Vuelta a España - Mikel Iturria: I found strength I didn't know I had
Sep 05 2019 05:26 am CET

Vuelta a España - Mikel Iturria: I found strength I didn't know I had
Vuelta a España - Mikel Iturria: I found strength I didn't know I had
Euskadi Murias

Euskadi-Murias' Mikel Iturria took his first pro victory in the eleventh stage of the Vuelta a España.

The win of the Spaniard was the ninth of the team in 2019 and it came after he was part of the escape group and managed to launch an attack in the last climb of the day, leaving his fellow breakaway partners behind. The rider was closely followed by the chasers, but the last part of the course worked on his favour and he crossed the finish line six seconds ahead of the rest.

"To win at La Vuelta, and furthermore close to home and with my family around, is a dream come true," said Iturria at the end of the stage. "Before I came to the race, when the selection was made, they asked me which stage I’d like to win, and I chose this one. I’m not a cyclist used to winning and to open my record at La Vuelta is a dream. I suffered a lot on the climbs. I was feeling good but I suffered more than usual with the accelerations.

"When I got to the front, Jon Odriozola (the team manager) told me: ‘Attack with all you got and go to the finish!’ I listened to him and I opened a nice gap. I gave my all the whole time, pushing to be as fast as possible, finding strength I didn’t know I had. I wasn’t thinking of the gap, I focused on myself. And I won! I don’t have words for this. We’ll have to toast with champagne tonight!"




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