Tour of California - Ivan Garcia Cortina: Winning here means a lot to me
May 17 2019 08:44 pm CET

Tour of California - Ivan Garcia Cortina: Winning here means a lot to me
Tour of California - Ivan Garcia Cortina: Winning here means a lot to me
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Ivan Garcia Cortina (Bahrain-Merida) took the victory of the fifth stage of the Amgen Tour of California. The Spaniard was the fastest of the reduced front group.

The fifth day of competition in the American race was 219.5 kilometres long between Pismo Beach and Ventura. The breakaway was caught in the final 10 kilometres and a group of around 20 riders fought for the stage's victory, which was won by the Spaniard of Bahrain-Merida, Max Richeze and Sergio Higuita crossed the line in the second and third place.

"After this victory and three years of waiting, I believe I will have more confidence from now on," the rider commented. "Today my teammates did a great job to support me and get to this victory. I like California so much and winning here means a lot to me. I'm not a real sprinter and when such hard conditions show up, I see them as a big opportunity for me when other sprinters have more pain in their legs and I can stay there against the wind and fight better all day. I want to thank all the people that are here for me in good and bad moments. My girlfriend, my family, my friends and of course to all of my team.

"My main seasons' goals are the classic races on which I put 200%," said Garcia Cortina after the finish line. "The rest of the season I want it to be as good as possible and I like to be helpful for my team at the big tours and look for good opportunities at these races and such races as Amgen Tour of California.

EF Education First's Tejay Van Garderen crossed the line with the first group and he maintains the lead of the overall classification. Deceuninck-Quick-Step's Kasper Asgreen has climbed to the second GC position and is four seconds behind the leader.



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