Wednesday January 31, 2024 at 4:51 PM
Matej Mohoric showed his specialty again in the opening stage of the Tour of Valencia, but his attack in the descent of the last climb ultimately yielded nothing. The Slovenian from Bahrain Victorious was eventually caught again by the thinned out peloton and saw the stage victory go to early escapee Alessandro Tonelli. “It’s good that the flight makes it,” he said afterwards Eurosport.
“It is the first day of racing for most riders, so most of them do not really have the confidence yet,” said Mohoric about the reason for his attack in the descent of the Desierto de Las Palmas. “You never know. We receive very little information. We knew we were two minutes behind at the top. Then you never know, because maybe an attacker will get a cramp, or there will be a fight in which they look at each other. But I didn’t know they were teammates, so unfortunately it didn’t work out.”
With his attack, Mohoric also wanted to make a statement to the other teams. “It is difficult to take on the pressure as a team. We now had to do most of the work, but in the end the flight made it. That is also good, because it does not happen very often in current cycling that these riders can win a stage,” he says. “It’s also a missed opportunity for us, but we did what we had to do. Maybe other teams should also help if they want to go for the stage victory.”
“I am happy with my legs and I am confident about the rest of the week and whatever comes next,” says Mohoric. At Bahrain Victorious, Pello Bilbao and Santiago Buitrago are the leaders for the general classification, he said before the opening stage.