Tour de France: Jan Tratnik grabs 3rd place in stage 9
Briode, July 14th – Jan Tratnik grabs 3rd place in the ninth stage of the Tour de France. Another good team performance completed by the 8th place of Ivan Garcia Cortina. Our two riders were the protagonists of a long breakaway of fifteen riders who played for the stage win that went to the South African Darel Impey.
“I’m super happy today and this is probably my biggest result of my career – Jan smiles on the team bus – and I have to admit that I was also excited going to the finish line. I’m on my first Tour and I knew very well that I wouldn’t have many chances but I wanted to try and it went well “.
“When I saw the gap was around 10 minutes from the peloton it was clear that the break was coming to the finish and I realized the last climb would be decisive. I made my pace but unfortunately I dropped from the three leaders with only 500m from the top. Then I wait for the group behind hoping to catch Impey and Benoot but they resisted to the finish line ”.
“I got the ok from the team car and went into the break – explains Ivan Garcia Cortina – together with Jan. We helped each other and in turn we tried to attack in the last 40 kilometers. I am satisfied with my first Top Ten at the Tour and I hope to have other opportunities soon “.
“Even today we have been competitive – comments SD Gorazd Stangelj – with two athletes in the decisive breakaway. Jan was very good and probably if he had saved more on the last climb he would have managed to stay with the two strikers in the finale. Ivan did a good race but is not 100% and failed to keep the pace of the first”.
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