Great expectation for tomorrow’s time trial
Valdegovia, 4th April 2018 – Today’s was a relatively quiet stage waiting for tomorrow’s individual time trial, which should redesign the overall standings. “It has been a race that in some moments has become nervous – says Yukiya Arashiro – because of the wind and the narrow streets. I’m at my debut on European roads, after Tour Down Under in January, and every day that passes my condition is growing”.
They will be the 19km time trial around Lodosa to give a new face to the GC. The route is entirely flat with no particular technical difficulties. “I tried it several times – explains Gorka Izagirre, who will start strong of his 3rd place – and there are no special tricks.
You have to find the most aerodynamic position and after you need to push “a bloque” – the Basque rider smiles – to make as much speed as possible. This year I think I have improved in time trials and even at the last Paris-Nice I did a good race compared to the specialists”.
“I think tomorrow night – adds brother Ion – the ranking will be different and I think I can recover some places and maybe enter the Top Ten. It is a route where you have to push without stopping and there is not much space to recover. It’s an area where there is usually always wind and this could affect the race”.
Waiting for the time trial, the third stage with the finish line located in the green Valdegovia saw the victory of the Australian Jay McCarthy who won at the end of a mass sprint.
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