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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.”

— Mikkel to israelcyclingacademy.com

Bevin seventeenth in Giro after successful breakaway attempt

It took kilometers and kilometers before a big group of escapees was allowed to go up the road. Once it was decided, Bevin found himself in the mix.

A good move, from ISN’s perspective, to go with Bevin in the break; the team took a chance for a good stage result.

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The parcours suited the fast Bevin particularly well as there were a few tiny hills to overcome in the last thirty kilometers.

The Kiwi attacked his fellow breakaway companions with thirty kilometers to go, didn’t get away, then paid for his attempt.

After the finish, he said: “I tried to be aggressive, but I simply didn’t have the legs.”

He didn’t return to the front of the race again after several attacks from others.

“Disappointing”, he said, “especially after such a long day on the bike.”

Bevin finished seventeenth. “That’s it after 18 stages into the Giro.”

— Sjors Beukeboom to israelcyclingacademy.com