Bilbao reaps benefits of major race program change in Pologne

APRICA, ITALY - MAY 24: Pello Bilbao López De Armentia of Spain and Team Bahrain Victorious competes during the 105th Giro d'Italia 2022, Stage 16 a 202km stage from Salò to Aprica 1173m / #Giro / #WorldTour / on May 24, 2022 in Aprica, Italy. (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)
Pello Bilbao (Bahrain Victorious) during stage 16 of the 2022 Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

Pello Bilbao (Bahrain Victorious) says he hopes to make the most of moving on from his usual menu of Grand Tour general classification battles to go for a new target of one-races this autumn. But that change in program also means he's already making progress at a race like the Tour de Pologne.

Ninth overall in the Tour de France last year and fifth in the Giro d’Italia both this May and back in 2020, Bilbao had been expected to take part in the Vuelta a España this autumn.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.