Itzulia - Alex Aranburu: I never thought about coming and fighting for GC
Apr 07 2021 04:46 am CET

Itzulia - Alex Aranburu: I never thought about coming and fighting for GC
Itzulia - Alex Aranburu: I never thought about coming and fighting for GC
Itzulia Basque Country

Alex Aranburu (Astana-Premier Tech) has been the first man to cross the finish line in the second stage of Itzulia Basque Country.

The Spaniard attacked on the last descent of the day and managed to keep the distance with the chasers on the last climb of the day. The rider took the first WorldTour victory of his career on his own, crossing the finish line 15 seconds ahead of his teammate Omar Fraile and climbed like this to the second place of the General Classification.

"We knew that there would be some movements on the final climb but the downhill was also very important," said Arenburu. "On the last part of the climb Omar tried and when they counterattacked him, it was my turn to try. I could make a small gap and then I went full gas until the finish. It's my first victory in a World Tour race. I started well this season but I hadn't won any races yet. To win at home at Itzulia Basque Country is very special. The team had very good results this year but not a win yet so it's always nice, even more if it is at home.

"I try to be a better rider, year after year. This season I had more confidence and experience for the Classics, and yesterday I also did a good time trial. I'll try to do my best and let's see where it takes me. There are still a lot of hard stages to come. I have a good position on GC but we also have strong riders in the team to go for it. We'll see day by day. I never thought about coming to Itzulia and fighting for GC but I feel good and I also felt good yesterday. Let's see day by day and we'll see where it takes us."


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