Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team | Gorka Izagirre jumps from 12th to 4th in the overall
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Gorka Izagirre jumps from 12th to 4th in the overall

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Muscat, February 15th, 2018 – With a nice upswing on the final climb Gorka Izagirre finishes 4th on the Wadi Dayqah Dam just 3 “ from the stage winner – and new race leader – the Belgian Greg Van Avermaet.

The Basque rider has thus recovered eight positions in the overall standings and is now 4th in GC with a 19 “ gap from the Olympic champion. “The race has been turned on in the last 10 kilometers – explains Gorka – and immediately the speed has increased. It was important to stay in the first positions of the bunch to be able to take the last climb in front “.

“At 800 meters I was around the thirteenth position – he continues – and I managed to overcome several riders but not the first three. I’m happy with my race; a good sign for the next two stages that will decide this Tour of Oman “.

Giovanni Visconti closed 13th just slightly ahead of Vincenzo Nibali. “It was the first big effort of the season – the Sicilian champion commented – and I lost a few seconds on my opponents”.

The sports director Gorazd Štangelj says: “Last night we saw together the last 10 kilometers of the race. The final tussle was completely predicted and I’m glad Gorka, Vincenzo and Giovanni were in the top positions”.

The stage of tomorrow is undoubtedly demanding and tricky. Almost 120 kilometers with the ascent of Jabal Street (3.4 km at 8.8%) to be repeated three times the last of which is just over 10 km to go.

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