Omar Fraile becomes Spanish champion: Now I will start the TDF with special motivation
Jun 21 2021 12:35 am CET

Omar Fraile becomes Spanish champion: Now I will start the TDF with special motivation
Omar Fraile becomes Spanish champion: Now I will start the TDF with special motivation
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Astana-Premier Tech's Omar Fraile has taken the title of the road race at the Spanish National Championships for the first time in his career.

It has been a long time since the Spaniard could celebrate a victory, the last time was at the 2018 Tour de France. And he could do it at the championships of his country -which took place in one of the favourite places for cyclists, the Costa Blanca- by crossing the finish line ahead of Jesus Herrada (Cofidis) and his teammate Alex Aranburu.

"I was anxious to raise my arms again," said Fraile. "When I crossed the line I didn't believe it. It had been a long time since I had that special feeling and I did not believe it. That is why I was excited. It was a very hard day, a very demanding circuit, so we tried to control the race with Cofidis so that the break did not go too far. The finale was very crazy with many attacks. We all played our cards, but in the end we decided to try to prepare the sprint for Alex, but when it was time to launch it, I was a little stronger and I was able to get the victory.

"It was 100 percent a team effort today because all six of us worked as one so a big thank you to the riders and staff of the team. Now I will start the Tour de France with special motivation and a lot of confidence."

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