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Roche: We can't afford to 'ride stupid' in the rain

Roche: We can't afford to 'ride stupid' in the rain

27/08/2019 at 11:23Updated 27/08/2019 at 13:49

Vuelta red jersey holder Nicolas Roche hoped that stage four of the Vuelta would not be interrupted by rain.

Monday's third stage looked to be threatened by rain but the threat has not entirely passed.

Asked about the possibility of 'Irish weather' coming to the Vuelta, Roche said the roundabouts in the stage posed a threat in potentially dangerous conditions.

"I definitely hope not but it looks like that unfortunately. It's going to make it even more stressful and even more technical with a series of roundabouts. If that's what it is, we're going to have to adapt."

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Roche predicted that with the Vuelta already underway it would be difficult for the leaders to make any mistakes:

The Irish rider said: "I still think tomorrow is going to be a crucial day and at this point you always see, especially coming into the finish a lot of teams already in position, and it's harder and harder for the leaders to be caught out."

Looking to hold onto the lead for Team Sunweb, Roche admitted that it would be difficult to contend with blustery conditions.

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Roche explained: "I think it will take a lot of energy to go into the cross winds.

"We've seen it before, it's happened before. It's something you have to keep in the back of your mind that it's a possibility.

"During the race has been quite nervous and quite hectic, and I'm trying to ride as smooth as possible and to make sure I don't lose it for riding stupid."

Luka Mezgec

Bora-Hansgrohe sprinter Sam Bennett will be the favourite to win Stage 4 after his impressive victory on Monday. However, Mitchelton-Scott's Luka Mezgec could pose the pain threat and told Eurosport prior to the start of the stage how he plans to beat the Irishman.

Video - Luka Mezgec explains his plan to beat form sprinter Sam Bennett