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Gasparotto 8th in the first battle for Tour de Pologne GC

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Szczyrk, August 7th2018 – The 179km between Jaworzno and Szczyrk (try to pronounce it if you are not Polish) can be split into two races. First half was flat and uneventful, while second half had 5 climbs with the steepest climb coming in last 2km. Race passed through the village of Oswiecim where Auschwitz Memorial Museum is located.

 

Enrico Gasparoto is our GC leader for this race and he showed us why he was selected. He ended up 8thjust 6 seconds behind winner and favorite of this race Michal Kwiatowski.

 

Gasparoto was full of praise for his teammates: “First of all I think today we rode like a real team, the whole day. They stayed with me the whole time, and we could see on the climbs big effort even from guys like Bonifazio, Cortina and Bole that are sprinters, and they stayed with me as long as possible. This gave me in one hand more responsibility and in the other hand special power. Then it was all about the climb to the finish line, and I can say that on the bottom of the climb I lost a bit the front of the group, as it was chaos. During the climb I tried to reclaim the front positions without really strong effort but just a progression, and I managed to be in top 3 shoulder to shoulder with Kwiatowski and Dylan Teuns with 300m to go. I managed to keep it that way 150m to go and then Teuns started sprinting, I managed to keep it up for a while, but then legs just gave up 100m to go. I did good 8thplace, and it’s good for my moral. It didn’t happen too many times in past 2 years that I’m a leader of my team in stage race where you need to motivate your teammates and pay attention to details on daily basis. It is different then one day races, completely different effort, different energy that is going away.  I feel pretty happy, I fell good, but I’m sure in coming days it will be hard and good battles for the GC. And one more time I have to give thumbs up to all my teammates who worked really well today. You don’t see sprinters very often working hard in mountain stages, that’s not their job, but they still came to help which I’m really appreciate.”

 

Tomorrow’s 152km hilly stage will see continuation of the GC battle as we saw today.