Being one of just three WorldTeams who took at least one stage win in every Grand Tour, BORA – hansgrohe can be satisfied after La Vuelta.
In a last thrilling final in Madrid, BORA – hansgrohe sprinter Michael Schwarzmann took 9th place, to end a satisfying La Vuelta for the German WorldTeam. Being one of just three teams who took a stage in every Grand Tour this season, BORA – hansgrohe joined an elite circle with Quickstep-Floors and Team Sky.
Today’s final stage of the Vuelta 2017 started in Arroyomolinos to take the riders over 117.6 to a last sprint in Madrid. After the General Classification was already decided yesterday on the Angliru, today was about the Points Classification and one last stage to take. BORA – hansgrohe clearly supported Michael Schwarzmann, who already took two top ten results in this year’s Vuelta sprint finishes.
When the fight for positions in the bunch started already on the penultimate of eight laps on a finishing circuit in the center of Madrid, the BORA – hansgrohe train also moved up front, leading out Schwarzmann. Accelerating from the last corner in 10th position, Michael caught the wheel of Van Asbroeck with 500m to go. But nobody was able to match M. Trentin’s speed on the home straight. Trentin took a confident fourth win in this Vuelta, while Michael Schwarzmann crossed the line in 9th position.
“The boys did a great job to position me in the end. Maybe we were a little early on the move, but anyway I couldn’t go on Trentin’s wheel. I was a little further back behind Van Asbroeck and there it was really frantic on the last kilometer. That did cost a lot of energy and in consequence on the last 200m I had nothing more than the 9th place left in m legs.” – Michael Schwarzmann
“We had a different plan for this Vuelta when we started in Nîmes. But after suffering from a really bad virus, we had to adjust our goals. There were tough days to survive for us, and at some points it looked like we lose even more riders. But now, here in Madrid, I can be proud, because the team did a great job, riders and staff, to refocus. We took one stage, but also a lot of top ten results. Being a newcomer in the WorldTour, we are now one of just three teams who took at least one stage in every Grand Tour, that’s some kind of achievement I think. And it shows how hard it is to win at this kind of level.” – Ralph Denk, Team Manager