Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team | Ion Izagirre in the Top Ten after the prologue
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Ion Izagirre in the Top Ten after the prologue

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Malaga, 25th August 2018 – Ion Izagirre in the Top Ten and Vincenzo Nibali author of a good time trail. This is the verdict of the first stage of La Vuelta 2018: an individual 8km time trial in the center of the Andalusian city.

General Manager Brent Copeland: “We are more than happy with the way went today. The Izagirre brothers have both done a great race and also Vincenzo was really good if you think that 40 days ago he had a broken vertebra and today I finished with the Top riders “.

For Ion Izagirre 9th final time with a 22” gap from the stage winner Aussie Rohan Dennis:” I wanted to have a good race and being able to get into the Top Ten is a great result. The design of the route was particular: many very technical parts and parts where it was only necessary to make speed”.

Vincenzo Nibali is also satisfied “It was a good return to the races and my time is in line with that of the favorites for the final victory. Let’s go on like this”.

The Austrian Hermann Pernsteiner made his Grand Tour debut: “This morning, I was feeling a bit nervous but now I think it’s a race like the other. My prologue was ok, I did not take risks in the corners and I tried to push when you could. Tomorrow the real race will start and I’m looking forward “.

Tomorrow the second stage from Marbella to Caminito del Rey (163km). The route presents several short ascents – 2nd and 3rd category – and an arrival at the end of an ascent of about 6km. A good chance for puncheurs.

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