Bad day for Izagirre at the Tour de Suisse
STAGE 4 Bern – Villars-sur-Ollon 150.2 km
Villars-sur-Ollon, June 13th – The first taste of the mountains was not at all what Team BAHRAIN MERIDA planned to be. In the last climb Team leader Ion Izagirre suffered from breathing problems, due maybe to allergy, preventing him to contesting for a top placement. He finished more than four minutes behind the winner, losing chances for fighting for the overall standing.
Another hot day at the Tour de Suisse. The medieval town of Bern was the beautiful start of Stage 4 with the first summit finish of this year, in the heart of the Vaud Alps at an altitude of 1300 meters. As in the previous stages a breakaway was established almost since the beginning. Of the four men, just Larry Warbasse survived until the finish, taking a solo win atop Villars-sur-Ollon.
The Basque Izagirre, who was among the favorites, came to the line 30th after 4’29”: “I’ve got a bad day. In the last climb when some riders accelerated I couldn’t stay with them and I could not understand why. I have bad feelings, maybe due to allergy and the high temperature.The team worked very well as always, in the first climb with Gasparotto and Agnoli, then with Cink and Grmay who supported me. Now we must be focused on next days maybe to try to take a stage win”.
Today’s strong delay, caused him the 21st position in the overall standing, 4’01” behind the new race leader Caruso. “Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose” comments Sports Director Tristan Hoffman “Now we have no GC, but we will go on a breakaway and next days we will see what we can do. Ion can try to look for a stage win and the other guys will gave some freedom to try something. I’m sorry for what happened to Ion, He was prepared for this race. He was feeling good, there’s something to do with allergy. We have to analyze now”.