Landa the 'sterrato' of the stage seemed ... "shit"

The leader Schachmann applauded him and would have liked more kilometers and Alaphilippe, winner of the stage, loved it. Omar Fraile knew the arrival well.


Mikel Landa ended up disappointed one more day in the Tour of the Basque Country. If on the opening day he finished at 54 seconds, at Gorraiz, full of traps, he also lost valuable seconds. "The 'sterrato' of this stage has been mmmmmm ... shit, I have not felt very well but I am happy because I have been with the best and I have arrived with the group of favorites". Tomorrow he arrives in Álava, his land "and it will be special". "But I do not think it wins, it's not a stage for my characteristics," he continued at the finish line, "Itzulia is very hard and there is room to recover but it is a pity what happened in the time trial because I lost a lot of time because of running. with the water thinking that things would get worse, and then the opposite happened, it stopped raining, the team worked very well, I'm happy. "

The leader Schachmann took advantage of the bonus sprints to start four-second prizes. "I'm happy to keep the jersey on a day like today, I also had the opportunity to fight for the stage, I always try if it fits my possibilities, here in this region, all stages have climbs like this. to make a good result. " He confessed that he liked the sterrato "and I would not have minded traveling a few more kilometers". .

Alaphilippe took the eighth victory of the year and we are only on April. "It is very important, I was motivated but it was a very nervous day because of the sections of sterrato and the end that itched upwards I have punctured a couple of times and a teammate had to leave my bike, I think I attacked at the most opportune moment and I managed to win, it was a stage that suited my conditions ". The Frenchman admitted that the last 500 meters were not easy at all, "I have placed a little to the right and I have plotted the last few meters". He is one of those who are in favor of the sections of land "because they make the race more nervous, the peloton is stretched and there are movements before entering the stages". His goal is clear: "I will look for victory in the Itzulia, I'm ready, but there's still a lot left."

Omar Fraile fought for victory in the final climb to Gorraiz, but was closed at 300 meters. "It was a final climb that I had pointed out, I had even trained it and I liked it a lot, I thought it was very good for my conditions and I tried it in the end I entered the quarter but it was a shame because with runners of this level they do not forgive you In the absence of 300 meters I had to put my hand on the brake and I could not win, we are very good, we have wrapped up our leader but in the end they let me go a bit free ", explained the Biscayan cyclist.



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