The 23-year-old Israeli sprinter, Itamar Einhorn, won the last stage in the Tour of Slovakia! It was the biggest victory in his career, especially given the competition he beat in the final few hundred meters of the race.
Einhorn beat three-time world champion Peter Sagan (second) and Cees Bol (third) in the sprint which was made up of a selected group of riders.
“We again raced exactly according to the plan we set before the race. We raced with the legs and with the brain, and it worked out perfectly today. I am very happy with this victory!”
The stage exploded early, but Einhorn digested the hilly and fast start very well. The wind began to play a role afterward. That’s when the Israeli sprinter moved into the breakaway that would make it all the way to the finish line.
The break contained most of the GC-contenders, and ISN’s Chris Froome and Krists Neilands.
“The team did so well to get me in the breakaway. Chris and Krists then were phenomenal. They kept me sheltered from the wind in the open sections and gave me absolutely everything I needed to save energy for my sprint.”
The 23-year-old then launched his sprint from the wheel of Peter Sagan. He overtook him and left sprinters Kaden Groves and Cees Bol behind.
Neilands was the first one jumping into his arms after the finish. Soon after, Froome joined the party at the finish.
Froome: “What a great day for Israel Start-Up Nation. It was great to be out there in the front with the three of us. I am very happy Einhorn could finish it off!”
Neilands: “What a fantastic day. We believed in him all the time. The way Itamar sprinted to the line was just impressive!”
Einhorn had already come close to a good result a few times in Slovakia. He showed his power in the prologue, finishing eleventh.
He then got sixth place in stage 1. In the second stage, the Israeli rider did not get a chance to sprint, as several riders crashed in front of him in the final. In stage 3 Einhorn was right there amongst the biggest sprinters: seventh. In the fourth stage, he beat them all.