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Movistar’s Jonathan Castroviejo won the time trial of the European Road Championships in Plumelec, ahead of Victor Campenaerts (Team LottoNL – Jumbo) and Moreno Moser (Cannondale-Drapac).
“Taking on such a TT just four days after a Vuelta a España is really difficult,” said Castroviejo. “It all depends on how you have finished things off there, if your team did well and you’ve got morale – I really tried to recover as much as possible, eat much and healthy, have as much rest as possible, and keeping my mind focused on this tough course, almost an hour-long one, with rough roads, small climbs, plenty of elevation gain. Fortunately, things turned out well.
“Having such experience from so many close calls really helped me today. You know that in such demanding courses, an effort of 55-60 minutes, everything can be lost on the last few kilometers, and as we saw that the start also suggested to take on a big gear and push hard, I rather decided to save some energy and stay calm for the end. We knew the Côte de Cadoudal and it was more than necessary to save some legs for the end.”
The win comes less than a month out from World Championships and could be a sign of form for the Spaniard looking for the rainbow jersey.
“Well, we’ve got time before that. For me, the most important thing now is having some more rest, recovering also my head and not only my legs. After that, we will race a couple of race with the team in Italy and we will start thinking about the Worlds after that. When it comes to physical work, we’ve done more than enough before Doha already!”
Team LottoNL - Jumbo
Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team
Today’s feature image comes from the Coppa Agostoni and shows Elia Viviani’s custom shoes for his gold medal win at the Rio Games.