Ion Izagirre: Doing so well on GC is new territory for me

Ion Izagirre attacks from the breakaway

Although he has been a pro for nine years, for Ion Izagirre ( Bahrain-Merida ), the Vuelta a España has always been unknown territory. Unknown, that is, until August 25 in Malaga this summer, when the 29-year-old Basque has finally made his debut in the Spanish Grand Tour and is lying fifth overall at 17 seconds after two tough days in the mountains and 10 days of intense racing. For Izagirre, doing so well on GC is, he tells Cyclingnews , “a real surprise.” His best place in a Grand Tour to date was 22nd in the Tour de France this year, when he was racing in support of Vincenzo Nibali. “Before coming here, I would have signed on the dotted line to be here in fifth place overall, and with such small differences between the main favourites," he said. “It’s been a good start to the Vuelta, but I’ve ...

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