Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team | Learning experience for Cortina in another sprint stage
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Learning experience for Cortina in another sprint stage

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Zabrze, August 6th 2018 – Todays stage 3 connects two stadiums. The start was on the track of Stadion Slaski Chorzow and after 139km the peloton finished just outside of Stadion Arena Zabrze. It was typical sprinters stage and again hectic at the end. This time roads were wider, but that didn’t stop teams to fight hard for positions. At the end Cortina finished 14th, repeating the same position Bonifazio had in stage 1.

 

Our other Sports Director Vladimir Miholjevic explained how the stage went: “After analyzing past two days we decided to give the chance to Cortina. We knew that it will be hard to keep the bunch in the line because of the very wide roads in the final loop. Our guys were in great position 3km to go, but other teams passed on opposite side and at the end in the sprint we didn’t get what we hoped for. Cortina is very young and it was lack of experience, as sprinting is about finding a right moment to go into the finals push.”

 

Ivan Cortina, our leader for today’s race said: “In theory it was easy race today with wide roads. In the loop that we did 4 times, first 3 times coming towards finish line the left side was faster then right, so with Bole and Bonifazio we positioned for last lap on the left side, but it was totally different, Quick-Step went full gas on the right side and we were closed on the left, and we lost a lot of positions 2km to finish. We were around 50th -60th place, but we managed to pass a lot of teams to kilometer 1, and at that point it was already chaos. I tried to pass as many riders as possible, and at the end I was 14th. I was happy with the opportunity, but not with the result, as I know I can perform better.”

 

From tomorrow the whole race moves to hillier parts and now we’ll see GC guys stepping up and fighting for wins.