Tour de France - Pello Bilbao: I told Mühlberger that the first thing you have to learn in cycling is to lose
Jul 19 2019 12:58 am CET

Tour de France - Pello Bilbao: I told Mühlberger that the first thing you have to learn in cycling is to lose
Tour de France - Pello Bilbao: I told Mühlberger that the first thing you have to learn in cycling is to lose
Astana

Astana's Pello Bilbao was one of the three riders that fought for the victory of the 12th stage of the Tour de France. He arrived to the final kilometre with Simon Yates and Gregor Mühlberger and the Briton celebrated at the finish line.

Bilbao was part of the breakaway of the day and after the group broke to pieces he chased the two riders in front by himself and caught them on the last descent of the day. The final kilometre was tricky with the last curve before the final sprint and Bilbao crossed the line just behind Yates.

"Yates was faster, he was possibly fresher and he took the curve very well," Bilbao said at the end of the stage. "I suffered too much at the last climb and I had to play my cards well. I kept an eye more in Mühlberger and in the end Yates was the first one to take the curve. I thought that maybe I would have time to beat him, but I couldn't even stay on my bike for longer.

"At the last moment I felt I could win and at one moment I went out of his wheel but the spark wasn't there. (Mühlberger) came angrily shouting at me and I simply told him that the first thing that you have to learn in cycling is to lose. He took the curve in the last position and after that, I wasn't going to open the door for him, logically."

The Spaniard has had a successful season so far with two stage victories in the Giro d'Italia and now the second place in a Tour de France stage. "I am happy but disappointed because today I couldn't finish it off and these chances don't come around every day," Bilbao explained. "Whenever I'm in this position, I try not to fail, and today I was close, I suffered a lot, I had to get my rhythm, try to hold on and keep the pace of the others. They are riders with spark and it was going to be difficult to beat them in a sprint.

"I think on the Tourmalet there will be a battle for the General Classification riders and we will try to be there with Jakob (Fuglsang) and climb up in the overall standing."




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