Itzulia - Ion Izagirre: I truly thought Pello had won
Apr 09 2021 05:31 am CET

Itzulia - Ion Izagirre: I truly thought Pello had won
Itzulia - Ion Izagirre: I truly thought Pello had won
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Ion Izagirre (Astana-Premier Tech) has taken a photo-finish victory in the fourth stage of Itzulia Basque Country.

The Spaniard was part of the escape group that formed on the last climb of the day -which included names like Emmanuel Buchmann, Esteban Chaves, Brandon McNulty and Pello Bilbao. The six riders arrived together to the final kilometre of the day and they sprinted for the victory, in a fight in which Izagirre took the win, something that he knew after the photo-finish images were checked.

"The wind was coming from the front and we were all thinking about the final kilometres, for the sprint," said Izagirre. "Buchmann was the first to attack but Chaves made the good move to make a gap. I waited for Buchmann and McNulty to launch the sprint and I took their wheel. I waited because of the head wind. It was very very tight but luckily I could win and I'm really happy. I truly thought Pello had won. He was coming from behind and he raised his arms so I really thought I had lost.

"I congratulated him and assumed that I was second. When the soigneurs told me that they were checking the photo finish I wanted to be careful and I didn't wanted to celebrate. It feels really good after the the time trial. I came here very motivated and to start by losing 1'10" in the TT on the first day was hard to accept. After Alex's victory, winning again at Itzulia Basque Country feels really good."


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