Vuelta Ciclista a Murcia: Stybar on the Podium in First 2015 Race!
Etixx - Quick-Step rider Zdenek Stybar made his 2015 road debut at 198.1 Vuelta Ciclista a Murcia on Saturday, and the Czech rider already rode his way to a podium placing.
After a two-rider breakaway was neutralized at kilometer 146, in an up-and-down race with four categorized climbs and a Cat. 3 summit finish, Rein Taaramäe (Astana) went solo. He had a 2'20" advantage all the way into the final 5 kilometers. He held his advantage to the finish line for the victory, but only by 10 seconds over the peloton behind him. Bauke Mollema (Trek Factory Racing) was 2nd, and Stybar arrived in 3rd.
Stybar, Czech Road Champion, made his debut in the Spanish road race after an extended winter off-season due to two crashes in Ardooie — the first at Eneco Tour on the road, and the second as the defending World Champion at a cyclocross race.