Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team | Bonifazio begins with a second place
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Bonifazio begins with a second place

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San Juan, Sunday 21st January – A second place at the end of a very difficult day. After that Vincenzo Nibali could not be at the start of the race and Mark Padun’s abandon after only 60 km came the first podium of this Vuelta San Juan thanks to Niccolò Bonifazio.

“I followed Gaviria – says the Italian sprinter – but I could not get over him. I’m not 100% but I’m sure I can grow again. Already tomorrow the finish will be very particular and will count less to have a so organized “train” for the sprint “.

“We have already tried the climb in the final – still Niccolò – it is just over a kilometer long and climbs in about three minutes. It will be decisive to reach the top in the first twenty positions and then organize the final sprint “.

“Bonifazio’s result – comments Head of performance Paolo Slongo – is important for the morale of the team that today was not the best. He made a good sprint surpassed only by a champion like  the Colombian Fernando Gaviria “.

“The absences of Vincenzo and Mark certainly do not help – he underlines – but we go forward with the same enthusiasm as before. Already tomorrow, we will have a new opportunity to win the stage. I’m thinking again about Niccolò but also Siutsou can have the chance”.

Tomorrow, second stage with start and finish at Peri Lago Punta Negra. They are almost 150 kilometers with a fairly demanding route that includes a climb of 1.5 which ends at 2.5 km from the finish line.