Vuelta a España - Alessandro De Marchi: I was really fighting a battle
Sep 05 2018 05:20 pm CET

Vuelta a España - Alessandro De Marchi: I was really fighting a battle
Vuelta a España - Alessandro De Marchi: I was really fighting a battle
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Alessandro De Marchi admitted that achieving his third ever stage win in the Vuelta a España was a real battle.

The Italian of BMC Racing Team left fellow escapee Jhonathan Restrepo behind on the last climb, knowing that failing to do so would likely have cost him the chance to fight for the win.

"If I would have waited for the sprint, I surely would have finished second," he said. "The only option I had was to try everything on the last climb. Honestly, I didn't feel like I had the best legs but it was just the mind.

"At one moment today I just told myself that I just had to keep trying and going, because I was really fighting a battle. Every move seemed to be the good one but they kept coming back. It was really difficult but then I just decided to do the maximum I could and see."

The win comes at a good moment for De Marchi. "Sometimes you seem to have lost yourself a bit, and the feeling. You need to be the first at the line sometimes."




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