First World Tour victory for Ivan Garcia Cortina in California!
Ventura (USA), May, 16th – Amgen Tour of California 2019.
BAHRAIN MERIDA Pro Cycling Team, can shout out loud and announce the beautiful victory of Ivan Garcia Cortina!
Stage 5 – 219.5 km from Pismo Beach to Ventura, a stage on extremely windy and hard conditions.
The breakaway group were caught in the final 10km, and all of it broke apart at the final intermediate sprint. An extremely fast pace with many attacks for positioning the leaders with a bit less of 20 riders to go in a battle for the hard, long and headwind sprint to the finish at the more ideal place for wakeboarder than for cyclists.
In such conditions Ivan Garcia Cortina took his chance to pull out in the right moment to fulfill his dream of his first World Tour victory.
Ivan García Cortina said immediately after the race: “I’m glad my team had full confidence in me. They pulled for the last 50km, and I was thinking that I could win today. That was a pretty strong headwind in the finale and I saw this as a big opportunity for me because I always make mistakes in the sprints – like, maybe I start few hundred meters too early and too far out. But today I was more patient and started later, or finally, in the right and optimal moment. I saw 200 meters to go, and I thought, OK, this is the opportunity to go and I just took the wheel, and at 100 meters I was going full gas.”
Ivan Garcia Cortina mentioned at the press conference how his main goals are to follow one of his reference riders and idols as Juan Antonio Flecha and follow his way and ideas. “My main seasons’ goals are the classic races on which I put 200% and the rest of the season be as good as possible and helpful for my team at the big tours and look for good opportunities at these races and such races as Amgen Tour of California”.
Later on, on the way to the hotel Ivan said: “After this victory and three years of waiting, I believe I will have more confidence from now on. Today my teammates did a great job to support me and get to this victory. I like California so much and winning here means a lot to me. I’m not a real sprinter and when such hard conditions show up, I see them as a big opportunity for me when other sprinter have more pain in their legs and I can stay there agains the wind and fight better all day. I want to thank to thank to all the people that are here for me in good and bad moments. My girlfriend, my family, my friends and of course to all of my team.”
It was such a beautiful victory of Ivan Garcia Cortina and BAHRAIN MERIDA Pro Cycling team at the US West Coast.
Tomorrow is Stage 6, a Queens’ stage (127,5 km) from Ontario to Mt. Baldy and TBM wants to say much more with its riders and teams’ leader Rohan Dennis for a higher GC ranking.
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