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Press Releases | 13.03.2019

Christoph Pfingsten in the day’s breakaway, while Felix Großschartner moves up to 10th in the GC at Paris – Nice 

The first few days of Paris – Nice were tailored to the fast men of the peloton, but today’s stage was one for the climbers and GC contenders. The longest stage in this year’s edition of Paris – Nice started in Vichy and took the riders over 212 demanding kilometres to Pélussin. The course covered five categorised climbs, the last one coming 10km ahead of the finish. Right from the start, several riders fought to be in the breakaway of the day, and after a few kilometres of racing, 13 riders went clear. One of the escapees was BORA – hansgrohe rider Christoph Pfingsten, who was able to open up a gap of six minutes over the main bunch, together with his breakaway companions. The break stayed at the front of the race for many kilometres, but as expected, as the race approached the final four climbs of the day, the breakaway disintegrated. Christoph Pfingsten waited for his teammates, in order to bring them into a good position for the upcoming demanding kilometres. Patrick Konrad and Felix Großschartner put in a good performance and managed to ride in the chasing group, a few seconds behind the leaders. But the original breakaway was able to keep its advantage until the finish line, where M. Cort (Team Astana) took the stage win. Both BORA – hansgrohe climbers crossed the line in the first chasing group, in 23rd and 27th place. Following this result, Felix Großschartner moved up to 10th in the general classification of Paris – Nice. 


01 M. Cort                  5:03:49
02 T. de Gendt              +0:07
03 G. Ciccone               +0:13
23 P. Konrad                 +0:48
27 F. Großschartner       +0:48


From the Finish Line

It was a tough day today. A tailwind made the race fast, and we had a solid breakaway with riders who were strong enough to make it from the break all the way to the finish line. But the team worked very well to bring Patrick and me into position, and we stayed with the other GC contenders. Now, we’ll focus on tomorrow’s TT stage and will of course give it our all.” – Felix Großschartner

“There was a big fight for the breakaway, and as we expected, a very strong group went clear. The whole peloton tried to close the gap, but it ultimately didn’t work out. It could have also been because we had to wait for the train to pass, and so we couldn’t go all out for a top result today. However, we’ll do our best again tomorrow.” – Patrick Konrad 

“Ahead of tomorrow’s time trial, we wanted to bring home our GC rider Felix safely today. We also knew that a strong breakaway would dominate today’s stage, and we therefore planned to have one guy up there. With Christoph we had the right man in the break, and he did a great job. Shortly before the finish, he just lacked that last punch but was the perfect relay-station for our two climbers. We’ll now turn our attention to the time trial, and with Felix having taken fourth place last year, we are looking forward to that stage.” – Christian Pömer, Sports Director 


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