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Israel Cycling Academy, le texte de sa publication du 01-08-2019 20:10:27 :
SWEET AND SOUR START IN PORTUGAL.
(Actually more sour then sweet)

When we started this Afternoon The first stage in The Tour of Portugal , there was one rider already in some serious trouble.

Alex Cataford.

Alex is a tough Canadian kid. A revelation this season for ICA . The Canadian in his first season in the European scene - has shown that he is adapting pretty well and emerging as a potential GC talent.

But suddenly things went into a bad spiral for him. In Tour of Hungary he crashed and hit his head. Alex tried to continue but severe head pain has forced his hand. Then came more then a month of slow recovery.

Coming to Portugal he had high expectations to be our GC leader in this hard and long race.

But 2 days ago he started having stomach pains. He refused to give up, battling it in the prologue and started this afternoon, determined to fight it out. “ Just need to survive the a stage or two” he vowed. As he seemed to feeling better, he got the medical green light to try it out.

But 100 km’s into the race it turned out that it was a hardest task then he or we imagined. He passed the first big climb but it was clear he was losing his energy leftovers. And then came a point he could hardly paddle. Convinced , at last to give up, he was transferred to a local hospital , Devastated.

Indications are that it was food poisoning but as we write these words, he is still going through more checkups.

The team, now without its GC man, refused to let it affect its determination. They kept racing hard and towards the finish they formed a lead out spearheaded by our road captain Zak Dempster.

The Australian veteran took a monstrously impressive turn , leading the whole bunch with our Norwegian August Jensen sticking to his wheel.

But in the uphill last stretch, August was losing some power and finished 4th.

Last night the main concern within the ICA riders , was Alex situation and his well being.

Racing is secondary. Tomorrow we will worry about tomorrow. One thing you can bet on: The team will keep in the fight.

Wish Alex fast recovery. He certainly deserves a break.

Pictures: Fotojaf

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