A lack of traction deprived García Cortina of competing in the Flanders final – International Cycling

A lack of traction deprived García Cortina of competing in the Flanders final – International Cycling
A lack of traction deprived García Cortina of competing in the Flanders final – International Cycling

By @Nandodimaria

Iván García Cortina was in impressive shape in the Tour of Flanders, he had sensational legs and he was in the best position. However, the technique failed and everything fell apart.

OUDENAARDE, BELGIUM – MARCH 31: Ivan Garcia Cortina of Spain and Movistar Team competes passing through the Koppenberg cobblestones sector during the 108th Ronde van Vlaanderen – Tour des Flandres 2024 – Men’s Elite a 270.8km one day race from Antwerpen to Oudenaarde / #UCIWT / on March 31, 2024 in Oudenaarde, Belgium. (Photo by Dario Belingheri/Getty Images)

Movistar’s work together was very well done, they took their best players to privileged positions during the tour. Both Oier Lazcano and García Cortina went hand in hand with Mathieu van der Poel.

But at the decisive moment, on the ascent to Koppenberg, everything went to waste: “A bit of helplessness because in Kwaremont they overtook me and I couldn’t continue on the bike and in Koppenberg I didn’t have any grip. He was trying to go with the softer slick but there was no way. I desperately tried to lower the pressure very quickly because if it wasn’t there I would have a bad time later and in Kwaremont I was dead,” said García Cortina.

It was an unfortunate moment, perhaps he could have been at Van der Poel’s wheel and competed at least honestly and strongly in the last kilometers. According to him, that lack of traction cost him a lot and would have “saved some effort.”

Fernando Estupiñán

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