Of course, we have to start by saying that up there at the front there is someone who is making a run almost on his own: Tadej Pogacar, after winning yesterday’s first stage, triumphed again today in the very tough (but very, very beautiful) final of Alcalà de la Real. A start of the season in which the Slovenian really seems unbeatable, he is proving it every day and it seems difficult now that anyone can slip him the victory in the general classification of this Vuelta a Andalucia.
There, having said that we can also talk about the EOLO KOMETA. Yes, because again today fortunately our guys gave us reasons to talk about them. So let’s talk about Davide Bais, who was a splendid interpreter of the day’s breakaway: first on the attack, then great at staying with the top group, and in the end a perfect teammate when he helped Fortunato on the last climb: that’s how it’s done.
Fortunato, then: we know him by now, and even DS Jesus Hernandez has repeated it to us over and over again. He, he gets better as the days go by: kind of like what happens with good wine. And indeed, today Lorenzo went better than yesterday, holding on and crossing the finish line around 20th place. “Yes,” Fortunato says, “I feel better and better. Today the race exploded at a delicate point and the peloton broke up, on the final I found Bais who was in the breakaway and helped me to get as far ahead as possible on a climb that was really hard. I’m still not at the top but every day I feel better and better, the team is riding well, we’re only at the beginning of the season and we still have a lot to say.”
Jesus Hernandez: “Also today we showed a good image of the team, with Bais being in the breakaway and we are very happy about that because it was a quality breakaway-this is very important for us and for Davide because he is growing in awareness. Fortunato is better, he is growing and we are happy: tomorrow we will continue with the same philosophy trying to put a man in the breakaway and fight with Fortunato to finish as far ahead as possible.”