Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team | Ivan Garcia Cortina gone with the wind to the 2nd place!
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Ivan Garcia Cortina gone with the wind to the 2nd place!

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LES BRÉVIAIRES – BELLEGARDE – 163,5 km 

Bellegarde, France, March 11th – Ivan Cortina gets to his first seasons’ podium at Stage 2 of Paris-Nice 2019. The Stage 2 of Paris-Nice at demanding conditions. The biggest opponent to all the riders today was a very strong and continuous crosswind. 

Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) managed to go for another stressful stage to conclude his 2 out of 2 o wins at Paris- Nice 2019.  The Mailot Jeaune gave all of his energy it to resist in the front group and beat Ivan Garcia Cortina TBM and Philippe Gilbert (Deceuninck-QuickStep) in Bellegarde.

The strategy prior the race was to keep together as a team and support our leader Dylan Teuns and give it all to launch Sonny Colbrelli for the final sprint. But the stage got it windy character and it unfolded in its’ specific way. In a good way for Ivan Garcia Cortina, TBM’s rider and young Spaniard.

Ivan Garcia Cortina used his strength and his skills for resisting upfront at such hard wind conditions and succeeded to keep his good position and show his skills with other respectable sprinters.

The final lap of 23 kilometers shown us a 3 times change of wind direction. A headwind, cross-headwind, and finally some variable crosswinds.  Groenewegen and Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) resisted the wind shots with just over five kilometers to go.

The gap of the chasing group was a bit less than a few seconds but it would be enough to see that the victory belongs to this small group with Ivan Garcia Cortina.

Trentin pulled out the pistol first, but he could not hold it for long as Groenewegen reacted promptly and gave also a good signal for a smooth pass to Ivan Garcia Cortina to catch the runner-up place and Philipe Gilbert who took the third place.

 

Ivan Garcia Cortina;

“My teammates and me  fought good today. We were here taking care for Sonny, but I found my self in the good position at the front and couldn’t look back any more and decided to my very best. I learned a lot out of todays’ race how to go with a sprint. It maybe a bit tricky when to go for it. Sometimes it is to early or sometimes too late. I felt good today for starting it on right time. I am happy for my result today. I am not disappointed at all, but I also want to win. For my head I need a victory and hopefully it will come soon”. 

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