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Israel Cycling Academy, le texte de sa publication du 28-05-2019 20:30:04 :
ICA GIRO :

OH... MORTIROLO

A small but heartfelt story:

It was a bit after 16:00 when the group of 10 riders finally arrived To the legendary climb.

They were the last riders. The Grupetto.

All they wished is that they will be over that 11 km climb with the endless switchbacks and 11 percent plus gradient - and get before the time limit kicks in. Some of them were sprinters. Some sick or just fatigued from those grueling two weeks.

One was our Latvian Champion Krists Neilands. He is a proud rider. This is not where he imagined himself being. “I came with a great shape here but suddenly I got this thing”. The “thing” was the flu that hit him. Weakened, he still was fighting it. Refusing to surrender. Today was the second stage in a row that he was fighting it. Almost in despair.

The rain starting to pour. Hard. But Krists kept going. It was weird. It almost seemed that the worsening conditions are giving him a new life. Just 3 hours before it looked over when he came to the team car. “ I can hardly breath” he said. But still refused to give up.

A little after 5:30 PM, the rain pouring even harder, he cerise’s the finish line. On time. Just to save his Giro d'Italia. Just for the hope that he might get another crack on it.

“I felt a bit better as the day went on” he said.

Maybe tomorrow will look bit brighter.

Pictures; Noa Arnon and Bettini Photo

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