By Monika Prell
Friday's stage winner of the Vuelta a Asturias, Alberto Loddo, considered his victory "very important" for him as well as for his team. He underlined various times that his triumph in Avilés has been possible thanks to the work of his team in the final kilometres of the stage.
The Italian, who defeated Francisco Ventoso (Saunier Duval) and Aurelien Passeron (Acqua e Sapone) in a sprint, declared that the last kilometres have been "very hard," even if his team helped make his success "facil" (easy).
"The victory comes in a difficult moment for the team Selle Italia, after not having received an invitation for the Giro d'Italia, but we still have time to go on working," added Loddo according to todociclismo.com.
The 28 year-old admitted that he was one of the favourites for the triumph on the third stage of the Vuelta a Asturias, running 168 kilometres between Llanes and Avilés. He explained also that in the straight ending, "I paid attention to Ventoso because he is very fast, and he is has got a very good competition form in the moment."