Breakaway day for Berwick in his first Grand Tour

Israel Start-Up Nation’s Grand Tour debutant, Sebastian Berwick, showed an impressive fighting spirit on the challenging stage 12 of the Vuelta a España as he made it into the breakaway of the day.

After two very hot and very hard days on the bike, Thursday’s stage gave the riders no rest either. The first two hours took place in a blistering pace with countless attacks and counterattacks. The Israel Start-Up Nation riders tried multiple times to get away but it wasn’t until Berwick took off that a group finally manage to distance the peloton.

Despite this being his first-ever Grand Tour, Berwick put up a great fight at the front of the race. However, the pack never gave the break much of a gap and on the slopes of the final climb, the riders got caught and new attacks occurred.

Ultimately, a reduced bunch ended up fighting for the victory with James Piccoli finishing as best ISN rider on the day. On paper, tomorrow’s stage should be a day for the sprinters, which will give Itamar Einhorn a chance to shine.

Sebastian Berwick: “It was a hard day out there as it took a long time before the break went away. I was actually a little lucky because when I went, it was the first time I attacked so my teammates were a little jealous of me.

“It was nice to be up there in the break, I knew I didn’t have the best legs today but when you’re in it, you have got to commit. This has definitely given me a confidence boost and helped me realize that I can sort of be up there if I put my mind to it.”

— MC to israelcyclingacademy.com

Berwick climbs to 19th and moves up in GC of the Tour of Turkey

A serious mountain stage in the Tour of Turkey totally shook up the general classification in stage 5. Israel Start-Up Nation’s climber, Sebastian Berwick, was in the mix.

Over the last few days, Seb Berwick worked hard to get the sprint train into position. He was the first man chasing breakaways and closing gaps. In stage 5, the team roles were reversed.

First things first. Matthias Brändle decided early in the stage to spend most of his time in the breakaway of the day. After a group of riders went, the Austrian closed the gap and showed his strength in front of the race.

On the second categorized climb of the day, the gap decreased a little, but there was still a significant distance between the front group and the bunch before the final ascent to the finish started.

Brändle said he had great legs today. “We worked well together and grew our lead after the second climb to four minutes. The headwind in the last twenty kilometers was a game changer though. I attacked a few times on the final climb and enjoyed my time in the break today.”

The team protected Berwick sublimely in the beginning for the final climb, and after that it was up to the 21-year-old himself to put up a show.

Till three kilometers to go, the Australian was in the first group. When competitors started attacking, he chose to keep climbing at his own pace, finishing 19th.

“I gave everything I had”, he would say right after the finish. “I hoped for a top-10, but that was just out of reach today.”

Berwick moved up 130 positions in the general classification and is now sitting in 19th.

Pics: VeloImages, Bettini Photos and Sjors Beukeboom.

— Sjors Beukeboom to israelcyclingacademy.com