Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team | Grega won the queen stage in Izu
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Grega won the queen stage in Izu

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Izu, Saturday 26th May – As always, Izu with its lumpy circuit course is set to be the queen stage of TOJ 2018. The total elevation gain is 3,828 meters in its 120.8 kilometers, definitely the hardest stage of TOJ. Grega Bole joined the early breakaway and won the sprint in a last trio. He claimed his 2nd victory in TOJ 2018. Also, he retained his leadership another day in points classification! Hermann Pernsteiner finished the stage safe and sound in the peloton, he kept 2nd in GC (+35”).

“It was a really hard stage. 3 years ago, I lost here my green jersey, so I knew this stage very well. When I came to Japan, I planned to win this stage. So today I tried and we did it! I knew the parcour, because here it’s impossible to control the race, it’s better to be in the breakaway. I knew also that I can push a lot of watts on a parcour like this. Because these are not long climbs, short and up and down all day, so it’s the same if you are in the breakaway or you are in the back. Our team with 5 riders is impossible to control the race until the finish, we decided that I try everything today to go to the breakaway,” says our stage winner Grega after his victory.

Our sports director Harald Morscher commented: “I think we can be happy today with the race, especially how it comes to the victory. Because Grega and also Wang did a big effort in the beginning, they went in the lead of 6 riders, and survived all the circuit here. It was really hard, heavy circuit. It’s a fantastic win here also in the presence of Merida Japan, so I think we can give them something back also for this big invitation they gave to us.”

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