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Hat-trick for Alejandro in Catalonia

Hat-trick for Alejandro in Catalonia

Another win in Montjuïc

This afternoon Alejando won the sprint in Barcelona. This is his third victory in the 2015 Tour of Catalonia. The Spaniard, who won a 2” bonus on the occasion of an intermediate sprint, is finally second overall, 4 seconds only behind Australian Richie Porte.

Alejandro’s quotes:

“We wanted to achieve the overall victory and we fought the whole day for it, yet we knew it was going to be really, really hard. The whole team was splendid, all the way through, and we set everything so I could attack in the hardest point of the circuit, the final slope of the last climb, but when I got into the flat after the steepest one I saw it was almost impossible to reach the finish alone. There was a strong headwind and I was relying on my rivals looking to each other, but Pozzovivo responded strongly, leaving all he had, so I decided to stop, reelaborate things and wait for the sprint. José Joaquín’s help was the key for success there – I thank him especially, and the whole team for everything they did for me this week.

“It was a really demanding Volta, as well in the racing pace -we rode fast every single day- as in the emotional side, with Pablo’s crash. Leaving it with three stages and the second place overall… you can’t really ask for anything else. It was also a pretty even contest – surely we could have seen more moves, but everyone was equally strong and it came down to the bonus seconds. Still, it was spectacular, much more than it seemed with the break on stage one. I might have won this shouldn’t that crash happen on day three, but I’m happy with what I obtained. With all those big riders in, taking a stage win was already remarkable, not even three. We’re really happy.

“We’re still thinking about racing Flanders or not – it would be quite a different race for me, on roads I don’t really know much, and it might add some risks to my racing schedule, that’s why we’re not 100% certain. If I don’t ride there, I’ll be competing in Estella, Rioja and Amorebieta before Amstel, Flèche Wallonne and Liège”.