Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team | Izaguirre and Colbrelli in the Amstel Top Ten
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Izaguirre and Colbrelli in the Amstel Top Ten

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Good performance of the Team Bahrain Merida at the 52nd edition of Amstel Gold Race. On the roads of Limburg – from Maastricht to Berg en Terblijt for 261km – two red and blue athletes have closed in the Top Ten. Ion Izaguirre finished seventh while his teammate Colbrelli finished in ninth place.

The race was decided climbing the Kruisberg when the Colombian Sergio Henao and the Belgian champion Philippe Gilbert decided to attack. Behind them other five riders including Izaguirre. “I’m happy – he said – to be able to enter in the decisive action but I knew that other riders were faster than me in the final. Now I look more confidently to the Flèche Wallonne on the next Wednesday and to the Liege Bastogne Liege four days later. ”

A new confirmation also by Colbrelli, ninth at the finish line. “I tried to follow Henao, but the Kruisberg is too tough climb for me and I’m not a real climber. However, I’m glad about this new placement because it confirms my feeling with this kind of races. ”

“With two athletes in the top positions – commented sport director Alberto Volpi – it’s easy to be happy with our race, but perhaps with a little more luck and without Enrico Gasparotto’s crash we could do everything better. The team raced well, Ion was ready to enter into the right action right Sonny managed to enter once again into the Top Ten. We are satisfied. ”

Next race for Team Bahrain Merida on the roads of Belgium is set for Wednesday 19 with the Flèche Wallonne: 200 km in the Ardennes with the finish line on the terrible Mur de Huy.

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