• Haas punches the air as he crosses the line in first (Vuelta a Burgos)Source: Vuelta a Burgos
Aussie Nathan Haas put the icing on the cake for Team Dimension Data during stage 4 of the Vuelta a Burgos, powering to the victory in Lerma ahead of Jean-Pierre Drucker (BMC Racing) and Patrick Bevin (Cannondale-Drapac).
Cycling Central

6 Aug 2016 - 8:52 AM 

With the stage finishing at the top of 400 metre lightly cobbled climb at seven per cent, it was always going to be a finish for the punchy riders and Nathan Haas fit the bill perfectly for the stage win. 

"I’ve always been a firm believer that teamwork makes wins happen," said Haas after the victory. "It doesn’t happen purely because someone is good or strong. It happens because the whole team is together and doing exactly what they need to.

"The last 3 days we have had some absolutely fantastic moments and we’ve also had some misfortune, which is probably why hadn’t had a victory yet this week."

"Today the team committed for me, which is a responsibility I take very seriously. I don’t ask to lead a race unless I think I can win it. So a huge thanks to the guys for believing in me."

"Vuelta a Burgos has been a fantastic opportunity for us, the group that is going to the Vuelta a Espana, to come together and really create a good energy and I think the way we are working here is really exciting coming into the Vuelta a Espana. I think we will see something pretty exciting in the next month."

As it happened

The stage was fairly uneventful until the finale, with Janse van Rensburg (Dimension Data), Lluis Mas (Caja-Rural), Amets Txurruka (Orica-BikeExchange) Jesper Asselman (Roompot-Oranje Peloton) and Marino Kobayashi (Nippo Vini Fantini) breaking away from the gun with the teams of the fast men gradually reeling them back.

With eight kilometres left, crosswinds forced a front split with 20 riders going clear. Haas was well placed in the front split with 2 teammates and even though they were brought back with 1.5 kilometres remaining, it was key to be in the front group to ensure good positioning on the slight uphill finishing sprint.

From this point Haas showed his strength and class, powering up the cobbled road with nobody able to hold his wheel and taking a fine win for the African team.