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Omar Fraile on the attack on Tour de France stage 14 – Astana

Omar Fraile on the attack on Tour de France stage 14

Omar Fraile went on the attack on Tour de France stage 14, finishing it off with another top 10 result for the Kazakh-Canadian team, crossing the line in sixth place.

After yesterday’s flat stage, today’s stage offered five climbs on the 183-kilometre course from yesterday’s finish town, Carcassonne to Quillan, where another showdown was expected.

Like in the previous days, the nervous start phase saw several attacks out of the peloton, trying to form a breakaway. Jakob Fuglsang and Omar Fraile launched attacks as the race tackled the Col De Montségur, around 95 kilometres from the finish.

After constant attacking, the Basque rider and Spanish champion Omar Fraile made it into the breakaway of the day. The big group of 14 riders opened up a gap of more than five  minutes on the peloton.

On the descent of the penultimate ascent of the day, Bauke Mollema launched an attack, which turned out to be the winning move, while Fraile found himself in the chase group behind.

Fraile showed fighting spirit tackling the final climb of the day in the second chasing group, while Mollema held on to take the solo win.

The Basque and Spanish Champion finished today’s demanding stage in a solid sixth place, another top ten result for the Kazakh- Canadian team.

Teammate Alexey Lutsenko crossed the line in the peloton, and moved into eighth place on the overall ranking.

 

“It was a big battle for the breakaway today, we really spent a lot of time trying to make a move stick. I spent a lot of energy to get into it because we knew this was a good day for a breakaway. The team had this stage marked as one for us so I was really motivated to go away. The group was really strong and when you look at the guys in there, you see that they are all guys who are often working for a leader so when you get your own chance, you’re always motivated even more. Of course I wanted to win and I gave everything I had. I came here to win a stage but now we’re going into the final week and there are not many opportunities left for me I don’t think. But we are really motivated to help Lutsenko as much as possible. I think he’s really strong and in better shape now than he was in the Alpes.”, says Omar Fraile

 

Race Profile

Tour de France 

Stage 14: Carcassonne > Quillan (183km)

Top 3: 1. Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo), 2. Patrick Konrad (Bora-hansgrohe), 3.Sergio Higuita (EF Education Nippo)

Astana – Premier Tech Top3: 6. Omar Fraile, 38. Ion Izagirre, 42. Alexey Lutsenko

 

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— nadine Pfeffer to www.astanapremiertech.com

Omar Fraile wins maiden Spanish road race championship title – Astana

Omar Fraile wins maiden Spanish road race championship title

Omar Fraile continued Astana – Premier Tech’s dominance at the Spanish national championships, claiming the road race title with an impressive performance and a great display of teamwork, with Alex Aranburu rounding out the podium in third place.

Fraile inherits the jersey from teammate Luis Leon Sanchez in what was an emotional moment for the Basque rider, who secured his first national championship and first win since his Tour de France stage win in 2018.

“I was anxious to raise my arms again. When I crossed the line I didn’t believe it. It had been a long time since I had that special feeling and I did not believe it. That is why I was excited. It was a very hard day, a very demanding circuit, so we tried to control the race with Cofidis so that the break did not go too far. The finale was very crazy with many attacks. We all played our cards, but in the end we decided to try to prepare the sprint for Alex, but when it was time to launch it, I was a little stronger and I was able to get the victory,” said Fraile.

 

“It was 100 percent a team effort today because all six of us worked as one so a big thank you to the riders and staff of the team. Now I will start the Tour de France with special motivation and a lot of confidence.”

Astana – Premier Tech took control of the race and helped bring the breakaway back approaching the final 40 kilometres, at which point Ion Izagirre attacked from the reduced bunch and rode into the race lead with 35 kilometres to go.

Attack after attack played out in the last hour of racing with the race lead constantly changing. After Izagirre’s move was neutralized, Fraile attacked and was joined by two riders with 28 kilometres to go. The group grew in size with Sanchez joining Fraile at the front before the defending champion launched a move with one lap to go.

In the end, the groups came back together with 12 kilometres remaining, at which point Astana – Premier Tech had strong representation with Fraile, Sanchez, Izagirre, and Aranburu all there. The quartet, who had shown incredible teamwork all day, alongside teammates Javier Romo and Oscar Rodriguez, took responsibility in the finale with Sanchez and Izagirre setting the pace inside the final five kilometres.

Under the flamme rouge, Sanchez put the pressure on, with Fraile and Aranburu in his wheel, and as he peeled off with 500 metres to go, Fraile hit the front. Fraile started his sprint immediately and despite the distance to the finish line, he showed phenomenal strength to not only hold the lead but establish a gap with 150 metres to go.

The Basque rider had enough time to look over his shoulder, sit up and raise his arms in triumph as he took the victory ahead of Jesus Herrada and Aranburu, who sprinted to third place.

Fraile’s win secures a Spanish championship double for Astana – Premier Tech after Izagirre took the honours in the time trial for the second time in his career.

 

Spanish National Championships – Road Race (183km)

Top 3: 1. Omar Fraile, 2. Jesus Herrada (Cofidis, Solutions Credits), 3. Alex Aranburu

Photo: RFEClismo

— Phoebe Haymes to www.astanapremiertech.com