Vuelta Ciclista Murcia ends with a top twenty result for Felix Grossschartner.
The Spanish one-day race saw three BORA – hansgrohe riders in the breakaway of the day. Felix Grossschartner was able to go with the chasing group and finished in the top twenty. Sanchez (Astana) took the win ahead of Valverde (Team Movistar).
The one day “Vuelta Ciclista Murcia” started today, with its 38th edition, the race took the peloton from Beniel to Murcia over 208km. The course covered two sprints and four climbs, but the last one topped with 40km, therefore a final attack could be there.
The Team Tactics
The German squad BORA – hansgrohe was focused on supporting Patrick Konrad to reach a good result and before, to jump into an early group with Felix Großschartner and Cesare Benedetti.
The pace was high right from the start and after an hour of racing a 40-men breakaway, including Cesare Benedetti, Patrick Konrad and Giro d´Italia stage winner Lukas Pöstlberger, opened a gap over some minutes. After the second climb of the day, unfortunately Patrick had to decrease the pace. The group was split in two parts, six riders were in front and the riders from BORA – hansgrohe were in the chasing group only some seconds behind. After the Alto Collado Bermejo, the favorites for the win attacked and were able to distance themselves from the group. It was Luis León Sánchez (Astana) who took the win ahead of Alejandro Valverde (Team Movistar).
Best BORA – hansgrohe rider Felix Großschartner was able to go with the chasing group and finished some minutes later in 15th position.
01 L.L. Sanchez 05:06:34
02 A. Valverde +0:15
03 P. Gilbert +2:15
14 F. Grossschartner +5:16
From the Finish Line
“What can you do. Today I can just congratulate the team for a good job, because everyone worked as planed in the morning. Unfortunately, Patrick hadn’t the legs to go with the front group after the second climb. But Felix represented the BORA – hansgrohe jersey in the final, maybe it’s not the best result but the boys did a good job today” – Christian Pömer, sports director