Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team | Nibali still with the best in the second mountain stage
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Nibali still with the best in the second mountain stage

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Valmorel, 8th June, 5th stage – “These are short but explosive stages – explains Ivan Cortina – there is no feed zone and therefore you have to know when to eat during the race. Above all, just from the beginning the speed is always high and you have to be very careful to hold positions”.

The Irishman Daniel Martin won the fifth stage in Valmorel, only 130km, ahead of the British Geraint Thomas, who is the new race leader of the Critérium.

Before the last climb, Heinrich Haussler pushed very hard in the front of the bunch: “In the finale, it’s always better to stay ahead because  you save energy and avoid risks. I was also just testing the legs and going just a bit more deep after the altitude training. I started to feel the benefit of the hard training we did in Teide “.

The Head of Performance Paolo Slongo is satisfied: “even today, on the last ascent Vincenzo has lost a few seconds but for the preparation we are doing is absolutely normal. This year, the Tour de France starts a week later and so you have to get in shape in about a month. I’m happy with how Vincenzo is going and I’m sure he will be competitive when we return to France in July “

It’s time, tomorrow, for the “Queen stage” of this 2018 Dauphiné. Only 110km but with a very tough route with four climbs in succession: Montée de Bisanne (12.4km, 8% average gradient), Col du Pré (12.6, 7.6%), Cormet de Roselend (5.7, 6.4%) and finally the last 17km climb to La Rosière.

The route of this 6th stage is quite the same as that of the 11th stage of the Tour de France scheduled for next July 18th.

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