Giro d'Italia - Pello Bilbao: This is a very important victory
May 18 2019 12:45 am CET

Giro d'Italia - Pello Bilbao: This is a very important victory
Giro d'Italia - Pello Bilbao: This is a very important victory
Astana

Pello Bilbao (Astana) attacked in the last stretch of the seventh stage at the Giro d'Italia and managed to beat his rivals and take the first victory in a grand tour of his career.

The Spaniard was part of the breakaway of the day in the last kilometres made a move that left all his escape companions behind. The rider had the advantage of having his teammate Andrey Zeits with him, which gave him a tactical advantage over his companions and helped him to win in the Giro d'Italia for the first time.

"This is my first victory in a three-week race and that makes me very happy, it is very important," said Bilbao after the finish line. "All this was thanks to the team, but it was a great advantage to have Zeits in the breakaway because he worked a lot and that allowed me to relax a little.

"Zeits was the man of Astana for the breakaway but when I saw myself there I rode until the end and because I felt that I had the legs for it I gave it a try and everything turned out perfectly."

The rider made a move in the last kilometres and left his rivals behind, building a gap that he managed to keep until the end. "I knew that I could launch an attack on my rivals and that is what I did," he explained.

"(Davide) Formolo was the rival to beat but I felt the pressure for the victory. I waited for my sports director to tell me the moment to make the move. It was a very long last kilometre, but I still had some strength left and I knew I could win."




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