Ion kept the 9th overall
Andorra, September 15th 2018 – “For only 2 seconds – Ion smiles – but I did it and I kept my 9th place overall. Even today was a difficult day for me and I was dropped from the red jersey group when about 40km were missing at the finish line “.
“Franco Pellizotti did a great job that allowed me not to lose too much time. Obviously, I have to thank him and all my teammates for what they have done for me. It’s my first Vuelta and my first Top Ten in a Grand Tour and I’m going to Madrid with the awareness of being competitive even in the three-week races “.
The Basque rider finished today’s stage almost 5 minutes from Spaniard winner Enrico Mas and finished ninth just over 11 minutes from race leader Simon Yates.
Sport Director Gorazd Štangelj: “We are reaching the initial goal that was to make a Top Ten, we suffered in the last stages because it is a very hard Vuelta with great athletes. I’m satisfied even if there is no victory in a stage. We were good at the team standings where we are second. We gave everything we could “
Tomorrow 21st and last stage of the Vuelta 2018. As tradition wants, the peloton will face the traditional circuit in the center of Madrid. A 100km route will be the end of the Spanish race. Almost sure a conclusion with a mass sprint.
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