Giro d'Italia - Jan Tratnik: I believed in myself, otherwise I could not win
Oct 21 2020 05:49 am CET

Giro d'Italia - Jan Tratnik: I believed in myself, otherwise I could not win
Giro d'Italia - Jan Tratnik: I believed in myself, otherwise I could not win
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Jan Tratnik (Bahrain McLaren) has taken the win of the 16th stage of the Giro d'Italia, after being part of the breakaway of the day.

The first stage after the second rest day of the Italian was over a long rolling course and the Slovenian was part of the escape of the day. As the escapee group got slimmer, the rider continued with his efforts until he was left by himself and although he was later on joined by Ben O'Connor, the rider was the strongest in the finale and crossed the finish line seven seconds before the Australian.

"I could not believe it when I crossed the finish line," said Tratnik. "It’s my first grand tour stage victory. It is very special feelings after a really long day. Also, it was a special day for me because today we are close to Slovenia. Many Slovenian fans are here including my girlfriend, my brother and my friends.

"Behind, in the chasing group, the guys did not collaborate well, and we also have Enrico Battaglin among the chasers. As he took control of the rivals, I just went on my own tempo and I dropped Manuele Boaro. On the last climb, I knew what I need is to go full gas, or there could be better climbers. In the end, I think I made perfect tactics and I had really good legs. The climb before the finish suits me perfectly. When Ben O’Connor attacked and I saw that was not fast enough, I went solo until the finish line. I believed in myself, otherwise I could not win."




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