Michael Schwarzmann finishes in 12th position at Clasica de Almeria
When an early break of seven riders was caught with 35km remaining, the sprinter teams started to organize their lead-out trains. A final, marked by heavy crosswind, saw C. Ewan as the winner. BORA – hansgrohe worked well the whole day but a crash in the final, where Matteo Pelucchi was involved, but no serious injuries were recorded, stopped all efforts for good result.
186km with an elevation of 1.900m awaited the riders today at the Clasica de Almeria. The 1. HC categorized race took the riders from Almeria to Roquetas de Mar with four intermediate sprints and four KOM´s.
The Team Tactics
Matteo Pelucchi was the leader for the day, the team tried to support him as good as possible and with Rudi Selig and Michael Schwarzmann the squad had another fast men for the final lead-out.
Early in the race a group of seven riders went clear from the bunch to be at the head of the race for most of the day. BORA – hansgrohe worked together with Mitchelton-Scott and Lotto-Jumbo in front of the peloton to close the gap. The efforts payed off, with 35km remaining the breakaway was caught and the expected bunch sprint was set up. The finale was marked by heavy crosswind and the pace was high. On the last 4km a crash catered for more excitement, unfortunately, Matteo was involved in this crash, but no serious injuries were recorded. Mitchelton-Scott brought their leader C. Ewan in a perfect position and he took the win ahead of D. Van Poppel (Lotto-Jumbo). After the crash, Michael Schwarzmann tried his best and finished in 12th position.
01 C. Ewan 4:35:28
02 D. Van Poppel +0:00
03 T. Dupont +0:00
12 M. Schwarzmann +0:00
From the Finish Line
“It was a very hectic finale and unfortunately Matteo was involved in the crash in the last roundabout. We tried to start again a lead-out, this time for Schwarzi, and Rudi brought him in a good position, therefore Schwarzi could finish in 12th place but it’s a shame, we worked so good together the whole day, but what can you do, that’s cycling.” Lukas Pöstlberger