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Press Releases | 14.03.2019

Felix Großschartner moves into seventh overall after solid TT performance at Paris – Nice 

Today’s stage 5 at Paris – Nice was a 25.5-kilometer-longrace against the clock, on a flat course with only some tricky corners and one short hilly section. With the start and finish in the city of Barbentane, the day was dedicated to the TT specialists. BORA – hansgrohe went into the day with the primary goal to move up in the GC with Felix Großschartner, who took fourth in last years’ time trial at Paris – Nice, and Patrick Konrad. First BORA – hansgrohe rider to leave the start ramp was Michael Schwarzmann, who finished the course in a time of 33:49 minutes. Pfingsten, Bennett, Poljanski and Drucker followed, and all took it relatively easy today to save as much energy for the upcoming days as possible. Second last BORA – hansgrohe rider to start was Patrick Konrad, he left the start ramp at 15:25. Unfortunately Patrick didn’t have his best day. Never finding his rhythm, he stopped the clock at 32:09, which put him into 50thplace at the end of the day. Felix Großschartner followed just a few minutes later. As expected, Felix judged his pace very well right from the beginning. He clocked a solid time at the intermediate split, 1:04 down on the leader, and was able to gain some seconds on the second part of the course. In the end he finished in a time of 31:24 after a solid performance, 58 seconds behind the stage winner S. Yates. With this result Felix moved into 7thplace in the general classification.


01 S. Yates                 30:26
02 N.Politt                  +0:07
03 M. Kwiatkowski      +0:11
19 F. Großschartner    +0:58
50 P.Konrad                +1:43
59 J.Drucker               +2:02
76 C. Pfingsten           +2:24
96 P.Poljanski             +2:49
104 S.Bennett            +3:06
115 M.Schwarzmann   +3:23


From the Finish Line
“The course didn’t really suit me, I prefer more hilly sections and undulated courses, today was simply too flat for me. Anyway, I am satisfied with my performance and the watts I was able to deliver. Maybe I started a little bit too slow, however, I am seventh in the GC after today’s stage and of course I want to still progress here at Paris-Nice.” – Felix Großschartner 

“Felix’ seventh place in the overall reflects his great performance from last year’s edition at Paris -Nice. We are now in a promising position ahead of the upcoming stages. Fourth place is just 8 seconds away and there is still some time until Nice, but there are also some other big names around us in the overall as well.” – Jens Zemke, Sports Director

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