Not an easy day for Ion but he holds the Top Ten
Andorra, September 14th 2018 – “Today I’m not happy – said Ion Izagirre – because I lost more than I thought. On the final climb I kept the pace in the hardest first kilometers but after I paid the effort. I lost contact with the red jersey group with 9km to go and then I climbed regularly. Tomorrow last effort, I will give my best as usual and then see what happens “.
Ion Izagirre lost 2’20 “ from the stage winner losing two overall positions. The Basque rider is now 9th with a 6’30” gap from the race leader Simon Yates.
The experienced Franco Pellizotti commented on today’s stage: “It was a fast race from the first kilometers with the Movistar that has always controlled the race. At the foot of the final climb, together with the Lotto Jumbo, they marked a really important pace that immediately made selection. Tomorrow another battle, our goal will be to help Ion finish in the Top Ten “.
Sport Director Gorazd Štangelj: “We had to try to limit the damage. Ion has paid the strong pace but this was quite predictable. Tomorrow is a different stage, more regular and not so explosive and I think more suited to Ion’s characteristics”.
Fireworks are expected for the penultimate stage. Only 97km, again many Andorran climbs including the finish line on the Coll de la Gallina: category “Especial” with gradients in double figures. In total, for the whole stage, the riders will face more than 20km of ascent with really important slopes.
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