Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team | Good race for Cortina at the sprinters festival
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Good race for Cortina at the sprinters festival

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Alhaurin de la Torre, 27th August 2018 – Prediction respected. It was a stage for the fast wheels and it was a bunch sprint to decide the third stage. The Italian champion Elia Viviani has beaten everyone with our Ivan Garcia Cortina in the fourteenth place.

“I’m not happy – says the young Spaniard rider – I suffered a bit on the last short climb and when I returned to the peloton top positions I realized I did not have a good legs enough. I made the last kilometer full speed but I could not reach the fastest “.

Mark Padun with his 22 year old is the youngest rider of the team here in Spain: “I’m on my first Grand Tour and the first three stages went well, Franco Pellizotti, the eldest at this Vuelta, is helping me to manage better and to find, after the bad crash at the Tour of Austria. more confidence when I ride in the middle of the peloton”.

Sport Director Harald Morsher: “It was a rather quiet day. The boys were always in the front to avoid crashes. Tomorrow there is the first stage of real climb and I see Ion Izagirre in good condition and with great motivation. I expect a good race also from his brother Gorka and from Pernsteiner ​​who has climbing skills “.

Tomorrow first ascent arrival of this Vuelta 2018. They are 160km from Vélez-Malaga to the Sierra de la Alfaguara with the first hard climb – the Alto de la Cabras Montés (15.7km, 5.9%) – after 50km from the start. The route remains challenging until the final climb: 12km with a maximum gradient of 11%.

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