Mark Padun takes stage win and overall leader jersey at Adriatica Ionica Race
Misurina Lake (Italy), July 26th– A new win for Team Bahrain Merida at Adriatica Ionica Race. On the Queen stage – 204,6 Km from Palmanova to the Misurina Lake – Mark Padun took a beautiful victory in the shadows of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo Dolomites.
“So good! I took this important result thanks to my teammates. The team was extraordinary today” the 23-year-old Ukrainian explains “On the first descent I had a mechanical and I had to change my bike and to stop two times. They helped me to come back to the main group. I managed to stay with the best riders and then I attacked on the final climb, but I couldn’t go solo. Anyway, I was the fastest at the reduced sprint. I’m so happy”.
On the ‘Dolomites’ stage Mark Padun took also the General Classification leadership. “It’s an amazing moment for the team” Sports Director Franco Pellizotti comments “I’m very happy because it was a tough mountain stage and boys did really a good race. Moreover, I live nearby so it was even more beautiful. Padun did a good job and now we will try to defend the jersey”.
With two stages left, Padun – who leads also the best young rider classification is determined “For sure it is possible to defend the leader jersey”.
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