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Second stage Vuelta not as ISN expected, and medical update on Cataford

Designated sprinter Itamar Einhorn was disappointed after stage 2 in #LaVuelta21. The Grand Tour debutant was the team leader, but could not get in the mix for the mass sprint.

“I was too far back, and then when my teammates, especially Davide, brought me to the front of the bunch, I ran out of energy.”

He was not surprised by the high level of racing in the Grand Tour, but he hoped – even though his last WorldTour-race took place last year – that he could compete with the top sprinters till the finish. Luckily for him, there are more chances to come.

“I am disappointed, of course, but I do know where I should improve in order to be more successful in the next mass sprint.”

“I was happy with the chance, and I am looking forward to the next stages.”

Alexander Cataford was involved in a crash with four kilometers to go. The Canadian suffered through his pain and finished the race.

He was taken to hospital after the stage where the medical staff diagnosed him with a broken collarbone. The Canadian will not start stage 3 in La Vuelta a España.

Sports director Oscar Guerrero is sad to see Cataford go, especially so early in the Vuelta. “This is a pity for him and the team.”

“He is young, comes to develop, and to fight for breakaways. Last year he crashed in the Giro d’Italia, and now he starts this Vuelta like that…”

— Sjors Beukeboom to israelcyclingacademy.com