Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team | Padun 3rd after a long breakaway
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Padun 3rd after a long breakaway

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Faro de Estaca de Bares, September 6th 2018 – Still a third place for the TBM at the end of a stage marked by a long 18 riders breakaway. On the podium of the twelfth stage the young 22 year old Mark Padun who has shown even today to have great talent.

Winner of a stage at the Tour of Alps last April, the Ukrainian rider finished behind the winner the Frenchman Alexandre Geniez and Dutchman Dylan Van Baarle. “We started immediately on the first climb – explains Mark – and we’ve always got along very well that we also have an advantage of 11 minutes. At about 10km from the finish line, we attacked in 8 and then we played the victory “.

“I’m very happy because in the first week he did so much effort but now I feel really good. I didn’t win, but today but today I understood that I can be competitive, I still have to learn a lot but I’m on the right track “.

Vincenzo Nibali was one of the great protagonists of today’s stage leaving the peloton a few kilometers after the start: “It was a suitable stage for the break and so I tried. I still had yesterday’s tiredness in my legs and it made itself felt in the end. I am satisfied with my race because I am finding the best condition and this is very important for the stages that are missing “.

Sport Director Gorazd Štangelj: “It was undoubtedly a good day. The young Mark did a great race and we just missed winning and Vincenzo continues to give signs of rapid recovery. Last but not least, the first place in the team classification is a further proof that we are working very well “.

Thanks to the break, the Spaniard Jesus Herrada is the new race leader with Ion Izagirre now 5th with a 3 ’39 “ gap from the red jersey.

Tomorrow begins a “three days” with many hard climbs.. The first challenge will be at the Alto de La Camperona, one of the toughest climbs in Spain, just over 8km long but with a maximum gradient approaching 20%.

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