Israel Start-Up Nation has been riding as a close team throughout the whole Volta a Catalunya. It has already led to great results this week, but the team is still hunting for a stage victory.
The team rode impressively well together in today’s stage 6. After Dan Martin’s fifth-place finish yesterday, Michael Woods’ second and eighth positions (stages 4 and 3, respectively), this time it was Daryl Impey who gave ISN a spot on the podium: second.
The South-African came very close to a victory after having been positioned amazingly well by his teammates and a powerful sprint to the line. “The guys truly helped me a lot today,” he would say after the finish.
His sports director Rik Verbrugghe agreed with him: “I am happy and proud to see this perfect teamwork. Chris Froome added: “We all had confidence in Daryl.” Israeli road champion Omer Goldstein concluded: “We nearly rounded off a perfect piece of teamwork.”
Impey himself was happy with second place. “We took responsibility today and rode at the front all day. With Peter Sagan on my wheel in the last few hundred meters, I knew it would be hard to beat him. To get second is good.”
Froome pulled hard in the last hour of racing to get the breakaway back. He said it was great to be able to get behind the team effort and contribute to getting Daryl to the line. “It was a fantastic team performance from start to finish, and everyone can be proud.”
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Goldstein, important in the lead-out for Impey, agreed with Froome. “We got so close to winning once again. I am sure the consistency that we show is because we race so well as a team. I feel like if we continue to keep racing the way we do, we will get even better results in the future.”
According to Verbrugghe, ISN could not have done more. “We were there all day, also at the critical moments. It was great to see Chris and Omer helping Daryl for the sprint, even after having pulled multiple times to get the escapees back.”
He gave Goldstein an extra compliment. “It is impressive how he shows up in crucial moments day after day. We can be proud. It was a great day for us, in a series of fantastic days.”
Photos: Noa Arnon and Bettini Photo
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