Giro rookie Gijs Leemreize wanted to pull all the stops on the last mountain stage. The Jumbo-Visma rider laughs after the tough mountain stage he attacked climb after climb.
“It was a fight for your place, but I wanted to join in. When the group moved away, I jumped towards it. Towards the first climb it turned well, but I had heavy legs on the first climb. I didn’t feel like I could lead the top ten again.”
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“But even though it all hurt, I tried to keep pushing. My strength is that if I don’t drive myself over my head, I can keep up. That’s important with three tough bosses.”
The organization was unsuccessful in the pursuit of Covi, so the Italian managed to stay away. “Everyone has gone through it, which is why she didn’t turn.”
But overall Leemreize is a satisfied newbie. “It promises something beautiful for the future. I’m glad I discovered this Giro that I feel in week three of the Grand Tour.”
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