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