Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team | Boaro Sprint Champion and 4th place for Ivan Cortina in the London Surrey Classic
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Boaro Sprint Champion and 4th place for Ivan Cortina in the London Surrey Classic

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London, July 29th 2018. – Ivan Cortina sprinted to 4th place in the 187km long race that took riders from London to Surrey Hills and back with the finish line in The Mall, close to Buckingham Palace. Rain was persistent during the whole day but that didn’t stop breakaway to form. Manuele Boaro and Valerio Agnoli went in the breakaway with 4 more riders only to be caught about 14km before the finish line. During the race points were given for 5 Continental King of the Mountain competition as well as 5 Continental Sprint check points. Our Manuele Boaro collected the most points and won the sprint competition.

 

4th placed Ivan Garcia said: “The strategy for the race was that I help Bonnifazio in the sprint, but since he didn’t feel good and pulled out of the race, I took the lead and tried to do my best. It was very difficult because it was only Navardauskas and me, and he did help me a lot. I was second in last corner and then I was thinking all or nothing. I was behind Ackermann and when he tried to push I made mistake not to follow his wheel but opened up and went for my sprint. This was my first race after a month and a half, and after altitude training, so overall I’m satisfied with this result.”

 

Alberto Volpi, our sports director said: “I’m happy with the team work, and I’m happy with Agnoli and Boaro for going in the long breakaway of over 150km. In the middle of the race there was a double puncture for Cortina and Navardauskas but they came safely back to the peloton.  In the final sprint Garcia made a small mistake that probably cost him podium place, but I’m happy with his sprint and also with Boaro winning the Sprint classification.”