Vuelta a España - Ilnur Zakarin: This is a miracle
Sep 09 2017 09:43 pm CET

Vuelta a España - Ilnur Zakarin: This is a miracle
Vuelta a España - Ilnur Zakarin: This is a miracle
Photo of Ilnur Zakarin by Katusha-Alpecin

Katusha-Alpecin rider Ilnur Zakarin will finish on the podium of the Vuelta a España after moving into third place at the end of stage 20.

Zakarin finished well ahead of Sunweb's Wilco Kelderman, who until that moment occupied the third place in the General Classification.

"It is still hard to believe," the Russian said. "This is a miracle. In the last 3k of the race, I knew I had to do something but there was no real plan. I really gave it everything I have in my body. I have never gone so deep. It was a little bit tricky as I was afraid I would burn myself out. Anyway, I gave my maximum and it worked. I am so happy."

The situation was particularly completed as Zakarin was trying to defend his own position from Alberto Contador, while eat the same time attacking Kelderman.

"Kelderman came close at one moment but I never really looked behind as Contador was in front. With this situation I had to give it my all. In the end I had no idea where Kelderman was, but that did not matter as I was busy with Contador."

The 2017 season has been a real break-through for Zakarin, who had already finished fifth at the Giro d'Italia.


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