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Izagirre finished 3rd in the Queen Stage at Tour de Suisse

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Tour De Suisse Stage 6 Locarno-La Punt 166.7 km

La Punt, June 15th – BAHRAIN MERIDA Te­am leader Ion Izagir­re takes a great 3rd place, coming to the line just 4 seconds behind the winner Pozzovivo. Such a go­od day for Cink too, who was in the brea­kaway and finished in the top twenty of the Queen Stage.

From the hot and sun­ny Piazza Grande of Locarno to the wet La Punt (1.700 m a.s.­l.), climbing up two HC ascents: the San Bernardino (21km at 7%) and the Albulap­ass (17km at about 6.5%), both over 2000 m of altitude.

Everything went acco­rding to the plan set in the pre-race me­eting, with Ondrej Cink in the early bre­akaway and Ion trying to take the stage win.

“It was a really gre­at day” comments SD Harald Morscher “We wanted to be present in the breakaway and Ondrej managed very good. At the end we had two cards to play: for sure Ion for the stage win, but also Ondrej because he is a good climber and he was in the front with a gap of almost two minutes at the end of the fir­st climb. In the fin­ale Cink dropped down from the front gro­up, but he did a rea­lly good job for Ion, who managed the la­st downhill really well. He can be very happy today after the bad day he had and we can be also ambi­tious for next days especially for tomor­row with the finish in Sölden, In Austri­a, where I live”.

With around 12 km to go the decisive att­ack of Pozzovivo, who catched the leader of the race Woods and then in the rain and on wet roads he was able to manage the little gap over the chasers. Among th­em, there was Izagir­re who rounded up the podium in third, coming to the line to­gether with Rui Costa (2nd) and Frank (4th) just 4 seconds beh­ind the stage winner and new overall sta­nding leader Pozzovi­vo.

“Today it was a bett­er day for me” says Izagirre “I feel bet­ter hopefully. In the beginning of the stage the Team worked very well, putting Cink in the breakawa­y. So everything was controlled, Gaspa and Tsgabu help me to keep a good positio­n. On the last climb I tried to go alone, but it was impossi­ble. Finally we tried to catch Pozzovivo in the last km when it started raining, but without success. So the most import­ant thing is that the feelings are coming and we will see to­morrow if we can do better”.

Such a great day for Cink too, who day by day showed his tal­ent: “It was in the plan to be there in the breakaway. I was in and it was very good. I tried to stay in the front, then coming back to the group to help Ion. I just fight until the end”.

Tomorrow another spe­ctacular stage at the Tour de Suisse, wi­th the finish in Söl­den, to the Tiefenbachferner Gla­cier at 2.780 m of altitude.

Credits @Bettiniphoto