"When I won in California a rival asked who he was"

The Spanish Bahrain-Merida runner debuts this year in the Tour with the aim of entering the sprints: "In the team they give me freedom".


Ivano García Cortina (Gijón, 23 years old) makes his debut in the Tour in the ranks of Bahrain, in which he celebrates his third season and with which he has a contract in force for 2020. In the squadron they trust him, as shown by the fact that he is freedom to look for life in the sprints, despite the fact that in the lineup there is Sonny Colbrelli, a fast man with more baggage: "At the moment I feel great, in my sauce, obviously, it impacts the race for everything that moves However, is a competition like any other: it wins the one that arrives first. And I feel good legs, excited to do it well and to get into the volatas ".

The Asturian was formed in his land and he signed for the Euskadi Foundation in 2014. From there, he made the leap to Deceuninck's subsidiary, Constantia, with which he ran in 2015 and 2016. As a member of a Belgian team, he began to enjoy the clási cas del norte: "I really like that kind of tests, maybe it's not the prototype of Spanish that is motivated by the great laps. I'm excited about the atmosphere of the fans and the special characteristics of a single day ... apart that they adapt well to my conditions. " Although in 2016 he scored a stage in the Solidarity Race and the Olympic Champions as a U-23 cyclist, this course was opened in the Tour de California, in the World Tour.

After that, the final day in Ventura was not he will forget: "It was the first time that the Bahrain bet and worked totally for me, and I took the opportunity, I remember that a rival approached Rohan Dennis and asked him why we were shooting. Cortina: And the conversation ended with something like: "But what the hell are you saying? And who is that?" Since then he already knows. " With the Australian keeps very good relationship and share room in this Tour. He and Vincenzo Nibali expect them to complete "the best general": "I will give them a hand in whatever they need and I can help them" .

On the highway , they are passionate about "photography, tattoos and coffee": " I bought a camera that was pretty big, compact and handy for travel, a Sony RX-100. I love going around and taking pictures, I try to take advantage of my profession to discover new cultures, new languages and new places. " Spontaneous, different and brave, has the future ahead. In the sprint Nancy finished in 15th position, one place behind Matej Mohoric and three ahead of Colbrelli: "Although the three of us had the freedom to try, no nobody said that the massive arrivals on the Tour were simple. Maybe we'll hit the bell ".



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