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Alejandro climbs again on the podium

Alejandro climbs again on the podium

3rd at the Strade Bianche

The Spaniard continues the 2014 season the same way he started: climbing on the podium of the races in which he takes part. Today he took the third position at the Italian classic “Strade Bianche” in the occasion of his second participation in that particular Italian race after he was already at the start last year.

Alejandro finished behind Michal Kwiatkowski and Peter Sagan, respectively 36” behind the Polish rider and 17” behind the Slovenian.

Alejandro’s quotes:

“I already stated last year that this was a race I liked, and I confirmed that feeling today – it’s wonderful, but still really hard, almost five hours and a half on the bike, even harder this year due to the wind. It’s awful that I couldn’t have my best day with punctures into the gravel sections – they all happened in the worst moments, especially the last one, when the group was strung out and the speed was high. The team was sensational again – chapeau to them. I always had team-mates to help me out and get back into the contest. Lastras was the one to support me in the first two, letting me his wheels; then Ventoso in the last one. Despite that all, I felt really strong in the finale. When Sagan attack, I was into a small group ahead and we started climbing slower than the others, who rushed past from behind. That moment of hesitation is crucial so many times to not let them go. I followed Cancellara’s wheel and wasn’t really thinking they would open such a big gap; even though we tried to reach, it wasn’t possible anymore. I’m happy with the legs I had today, content with this performances. Tomorrow’s race, Roma Maxima, is completely different. I know the route, too, since I rode last year’s race. We’ll see how it unfolds, because there’s a long way from the last climb to the finish, and that opens up the competition a lot.”