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.”
— Mikkel to israelcyclingacademy.com