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Team News | 11.03.2019

Felix Großschartner maintains GC hopes for BORA – hansgrohe after another windy day at Paris – Nice 

The race to the sun headed today from Les Béviaires over 165km to Bellegarde and ended with another flat finish. In theory it was a day for the sprinters, but with crosswinds expected and overall cold and rainy weather conditions, everybody knew already in the morning that it would be a tough day in the saddle. Like yesterday, the race split into several groups, with constantly changing race situations and echelons. BORA – hansgrohe paid attention all the time and was represented in most of the leading groups. Especially Felix Großschartner showed a great ride by making the split of a promising group including some of the race favorites on the last 50 kilometers. Chasing at 50 seconds, BORA – hansgrohe was also well represented in the second group with Sam Bennett, Patrick Konrad, Jempy Drucker and Pawel Poljanski. On the final lap of the day, Sam unfortunately missed another selection in the chasing group, while at the front seven riders distanced themselves from the leading group to fight for the stage win. Behind them the first two reduced fields regrouped and Jempy Drucker finished the day as best placed BORA – hansgrohe rider in 16th position. D. Groenwegen defended his yellow jersey with another stage win, while Felix Großschartner is still in contention just 25 seconds down in the GC.

 

Results
01 D. Groenewegen  3:14:04
02 I.Garcia                 +0:00
03 P.Gilbert                +0:00
16 J.Drucker              +0:05

 

From the Finish Line

“It was a difficult day, due to the heavy wind we had the whole day echelons. I saw myself always between the third and second group, and as we headed into the last laps I was able to join the second group and finished in 16thplace, of course not a result to be happy with.” – Jempy Drucker 


“It was a busy day today and a fight for the best position right from the start. I have to thank Schwarzi and to the whole team for protecting me that well. I think today was quite okay but now we have to recover and focus on tomorrow’s stage, which will be again a stressful day.” – Felix Großschartner 


“We went into today’s stage to deliver Sam for another bunch sprint and to protect our GC contender. Especially with Felix we wanted to limit any time losses. Unfortunately, Sam hadn’t the legs to play a role into today’s stage result, but I am sure he will come back the next days. Felix showed a good performance, he stayed the whole day with the other GC contenders at the front.” – Christian Pömer, Sports Director  

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