Astarloa's first day in Milram colours

Igor Astarloa's season with Milram has begun, the Basque raced twice on Wednesday, the opening day...

Igor Astarloa's season with Milram has begun, the Basque raced twice on Wednesday, the opening day of the Tour Méditerranéen. Starting the day was a 26.2 kilometre team time trial, where the team finished 54 seconds down, and ending the day was a 107 kilometre stage, marked with rain and crashes, but one that garnered a third place for Astarloa.

"The ending was truly dangerous," said the 30 year-old to tuttobiciweb.com. "There was rain on the asphalt making it slippery and the wind was blowing in from the side. My teammates and I always rode up front in the first positions and in the end arrived a good result.

Remarking on his early season form, he said, "I am not at the top, but there is still time to work on this and a solid start to the season is always a good omen."

Thursday, the teams of the 34th Tour Méditerranéen will face only one stage, stage 3, from St Cannat to Marseille, 158 kilometres.

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