Costa Rica’s Andrey Amador: ‘I don’t feel fear. Respect, yes, but not fear.’

May 25, 2015

MADONNA DI CAMPIGLIO, Italy – Costa Rican cyclist Andrey Amador, who currently ranks third in the Giro d’Italia, said Monday during a break from the race that he is “proud” and “motivated” to defend his position “for as long as I can” before facing the last week of competition.

On Tuesday, Amador will embark on the 16th leg, just 4 minutes and 19 seconds behind Spanish leader Alberto Contador, but with an edge of barely 27 seconds over Basque competitor Mikel Landa.

“Each day I’m less surprised at what we’re accomplishing. I’m happy to still be there, to be struggling, at my rhythm, to give what I know I can,” Amador said.

“Tuesday will be complicated. We have Campo Carlo Mango at the start, then Tonale, which is a puertarraco [a major uphill battle], after that, Mortirolo, two passages through Aprica, which although it’s flat and I already know it, always becomes difficult,” Amador added. “I don’t feel fear. Respect, yes, but not fear.”

The Costa Rican cyclist added: “I believe you always have to think big. We can all have a complicated day, but I feel motivated, willing and I’m going to try to keep and defend what’s mine for as long as I can.”

For Amador, this year’s “Giro” has been exceptionally challenging: “We’ve had a lot of rain this second week, and in general there’s not been a day when you could say, ‘Look, today we rest,’ as we’ve had in other editions. … Every day, including the short or flat ones, there’s been tension, and tomorrow will bring more of the same. There’s still more to come.”

For Costa Rican fans cheering back home, Amador expressed gratitude, saying, “I’m completely grateful for the support they’ve given me. Whatever I’ve accomplished, I dedicate it to them.”

You may be interested

Ocean-gazing under the dome
Photos & Video
4453 views
Photos & Video
4453 views

Ocean-gazing under the dome

Katherine Stanley - October 17, 2017

Renowned Costa Rican pianist and composer Manuel Obregón, artist Carlos Hiller, underwater photographer Simón Bolivar, LUZ ART and the Children's…

Día de las Culturas/Columbus Day: a brief, incomplete guide
Global
1100 views
Global
1100 views

Día de las Culturas/Columbus Day: a brief, incomplete guide

Jill Replogle - October 16, 2017

Happy Día de las Culturas (Cultures Day), Columbus Day, Día de la Raza (Race Day, loosely translated), Indigenous Peoples Day,…

Costa Rica’s cement scandal isn’t over, but public trust is unquestionably damaged
Op-Ed
1765 views
Op-Ed
1765 views

Costa Rica’s cement scandal isn’t over, but public trust is unquestionably damaged

The Tico Times - October 16, 2017

The summary we published three weeks ago about the Chinese cement affair is now in the past, because every day…