While in Italy we look forward to the restart of cycling (in August), Eastern Europe reopens to sport and the first cycling competition in Europe, held in Lithuania, is won by the athlete of AMORE & VITA – PRODIR, Maris Bogdanovics.
After the lockdown in his country, the strong Latvian sprinter, he was able to go to Lithuania to take part at the Sakiai Tour, and he imposed himself with great authority in the second and last stage. At the start of this short stage race, there were the best athletes from the Baltic countries, mainly from Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, including Trek – Segafredo rider, Emils Liepins.
A great satisfaction at Fanini’s house for this first seasonal success on the road (given that Appollonio and Tizza were great protagonists in virtual racing with a total of 35 victories on the Zwift platform).
“This first success comes at a very delicate and important moment for all of us, which is why it has an extraordinary value – comments team manager Cristian Fanini. “Being able to win the first race ever after the lockdown gratifies us very much for the enormous efforts that we had to make to go ahead in this very bad moment because of the Coronavirus. Maris was absolutely great, he had to “roll up his sleeves” and do his best, and he did it perfectly. The race was demanding under many factors and the last kilometers were held on gravel roads, where Maris made the difference, attacking and reaching the finish line solo. We give him a big round of applause and we hope that the next weekend he will accomplish another victory in Latvia (where another race will be scheduled). I know that the race was carried out without the presence of the public and with the utmost respect for the security protocol and this is a merit that must be given to the organizers. The atmosphere was pretty surreal but on the other hand the period we are living in is as well. So all in the end makes this success even more special. In the meantime, we are enjoying this moment that we dedicate to our supporters and our sponsors with Mr. Giorgio Pagani of Prodir in top of the list, and we hope to get back to the races together as soon as possible, stronger and more aggressive than ever “.