Giro d'Italia - Alberto Bettiol: This sport teaches you about losing more than winning
May 28 2021 08:46 am CET

Giro d'Italia - Alberto Bettiol: This sport teaches you about losing more than winning
Giro d'Italia - Alberto Bettiol: This sport teaches you about losing more than winning
EF Education-Nippo

EF Education-Nippo's Alberto Bettiol has taken the victory of the 18th stage of the Giro d'Italia after surviving the escape.

The Italian rider -who has as his biggest victory the one he achieved at the Tour of Flanders in 2019- was part of the escape of the day and a move on the last climb of the day allowed him to cross the finish line on his own, taking a moment to pay tribute to his late agent Mauro Battaglini and the victims of the cable car accident at the Montarrone.

"Winning the Tour of Flanders changed my life but I needed to deliver more," said Bettiol. "I wanted to come back to the Giro and win on home soil. Today was a unique opportunity. I had many friends in the breakaway but I didn't speak much with them, I remained focused. I knew I could climb better than Cavagna but I had to win the mental game by dropping him straight away.

"In the third week of a Grand Tour we're all tired so the mental side of things makes the difference. In the past, I've wanted to be a super hero but I've learnt that cycling requires humility. This sport teaches you about losing more than winning, unless your name is Merckx. I wasn't upset on the finishing line, I was super happy."

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