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Tour de la Provence. Samuele Battistella makes fourth in the prologue
Samuele Battistella made a solid start at the Tour de la Provence (2.Pro) in France, which began today with a seven-kilometer-long prologue in Berre-l’Étang.
The Astana Qazaqstan Team rider finished fourth, losing just 15 seconds to the World Champion Filippo Ganna, who won the stage.
“Well, I am quite happy with the way the race turned out for me. This winter I worked a lot on my TT bike position and I improved a lot, so I was confident I could get a good result here. The route suited me well and I was motivated to try my best for a high place. Well, I am fourth at the end of the day and this results in my first race inspire me ahead of the entire season”, – said Samuele Battistella.
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“This is my first participation at Tour of Slovakia, and I am very happy to be here to show what’s possible with diabetes.”
“Today’s prologue was short but intense. It was a very flat course with a tricky u-turn halfway covered in cobblestones and tramlines. The pressure was high but I did my best and I’m quite satisfied with my result.”
“This is my first participation at Tour of Slovakia, and I am very happy to be here and look forward the the road stages to show what’s possible with diabetes.”
Sports Director, Massimo Podenzana (ITA)
“We expected a fast start today and we got it. With less than 1.6 kilometres to go, this prologue required full power from start to finish and there was no space for error.”
“The boys were very focused, and ready to give it all. It was good to see some of our guys among the fastest riders crossing the line in less than two minutes from the start.”
“It was a good warm up to tomorrow’s stage,which will be a tough one.”
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Israel Start-Up Nation started out Tour de Romandie with Patrick Bevin taking taking 16th place in the prologue.
With a distance of just 4 km, it was always expected to be a close fight for the win today. However, as the last 800 meters were uphill towards the finishing line, the riders good on the climbs did have an advantage on the pure time trial specialists.
Starting out as one of the early riders, it was no surprise to see Bevin clock one of the best times as the crossed the finishing line in Oron. The clock stopped at 5:44 minutes, seeing Bevin ride into second place at the time. From here on, it was a waiting game to see who else could challenge for the top positions.
Ultimately, Rohan Dennis (INEOS) took the win, whileISN’s designated GC captain, Michael Woods, did well to stay in contention for the overall classification as he finished the day in 36th place.
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