“My first Grand Tour breakaway”
“I also had time to enjoy it – smiles Domen Novak, one of the protagonists of the break that marked today stage – and I was almost amazed to be in front in a stage on my first Grand Tour. If I can, I will try again!”
“We went really fast – explains the Slovenian athlete – and on the last climb I did not make to stay with the best riders. At that point, I preferred to wait for Vincenzo and I tried to help him as long as I could. I will try again!.”
The first week of Vuelta closes with a positive balance. “Nibali is among GC top five – says Head of Performance Paolo Slongo – this is already a good result. Right now, Chris Froome has proven to have something more, but Vincenzo can still grow and be very competitive especially in the third and last week. ”
Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe, also in the day’s break, won at the top of Xorret de Catí by slamming Slovenian Jan Polanc and Polish Rafal Majka. In the overall standings, the leader Froome gained 17 seconds on Nibali, which now has a 53 second gap. The Italian champion, however, gained a position in the GC and is now 4th having surpassed the American Tejay Van Garderen.
Tomorrow’s 9th stage will cross the main resorts of the Costa Blanca to end again uphill at Alto de Puig Llorença. Another difficult arrival after a 4km climb – which is repeated twice during the stage – with an average slope of 9% and a maximum of 21%.
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