Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team | “It’s a shame, but finally this 3rd place gives me enthusiasm”
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“It’s a shame, but finally this 3rd place gives me enthusiasm”

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“A third place a bit bitter – says Giovanni Visconti – but at the end is a good sign that I’m fine and that I can help Vincenzo in the decisive challenge on Saturday climbing the Angliru.”

“I went in the breakaway – he adds – because there were so many riders of different teams but I did not collaborate very much. I was always listening the information I was receiving from the team car. When we had a great advantage over the peloton I could try do my race”.

“In the finale, we were llike five or six riders but I missed a couple of moves. I was surprised and I could not retrieve it”.

In an uphill climb unsuitable for him, Nibali lost 21 “ from the leader Chris Froome and now has a 1.37 gap from him. Today’s stage was won by Belgian Sander Armée who arrived solo at the finish line in Santo Toribio de Liebana.

“It’s a pity to have lost some seconds – says Head of Performance Paolo Slongo – but it was a too explosive climb for Vincenzo and he paid the last 500 meters before the finish line.”

The nineteenth stage ends along the sea of Gijón. Also tomorrow many climbs with the last one only 15 km to go. The descent could make a difference.