The sixth medal in all for Portugal was won by Costa, who ended up 1.53 minutes from the winner, the Dutch Mitch Valize, in a race in which, he admitted, he had “some hope of discussing the victory”.
“I realized that there was a difficult climb and I thought that if someone attacked it could be more difficult for me, and that’s what ended up happening. [… ] It was third place, so of course I’m happy anyway,” he explained, quoted in a statement from the Portuguese Cycling Federation.
In H4, Flávio Pacheco closed the Portuguese participation with a sixth place, in a race won by Frenchman Joseph Fritsch.
The selector, José Marques, made a “very positive” balance, of a team that fulfilled the objectives, with podiums that “were the result of a lot of work”.
The race also served as an antechamber to the World Cup, which takes place between June 9th and 13th in Cascais, in the district of Lisbon.
Source: Correio da Manhã by www.cmjornal.pt.
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