Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team | Antonio Nibali well on the Dolomites
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Antonio Nibali well on the Dolomites

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Passo Giau, 22 June, 3nd stage – “I wanted to have a good race today – says Antonio Nibali – and I’m happy with my 15th place. At the beginning of the last 12km climb, I was with sixteen riders and going on climbing we were less and less. When only with 4km to go, I felt heavy legs probably because of yesterday’s crash”.

“Antonio did a very good race – underlines SD Vladimir Miholjevič – and I’m glad he stayed with the best just a few kilometers from the end. Arashiro also went on the run proving to have a good condition. For Feng and Wang, this Dolomite stage was certainly a very useful experience “.

Yukiya Arashiro came out of the peloton around the twentieth kilometer and reached the six attackers. the Japanese rider went first on the Passo Rolle followed by the bunch with just over a minute gap. “I tried to stretch downhill – says Yukiya – but the peloton did not leave me space”.

The young Colombian Ivan Ramiro Sosa won the “Queen stage” of this first Adriatica Ionica Race, taking also the GC leader’s jersey.

The fourth stage is defined as “low difficulty”. From San Vito di Cadore to Grado’s seaside after 223km. Only one climb, the Passo Crosetta (21.8km, 3%), and at the end of the descent the peloton will ride for over 100km in the plain between Veneto and Friuli. A good chance for the sprinters.

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