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Press Releases | 19.03.2019

No top result for BORA-hansgrohe in closing individual time-trial at Tirreno-Adriatico as focus shifts to the Classics

In San Benedetto del Tronto, it was all about speed today. On the final stage of the 2019 Tirreno-Adriatico, the outcome of the GC race was still not confirmed, but it would be hard to gain any significant time gaps on today’s individual time-trial. The pan flat 10.05km course would be fast – made even faster by the straightforward course – with little to trouble riders other than a few turns on the out and back route. Today would be a day for pure speed, and this was apparent from the times being posted, with riders coming home in a little over eleven minutes. Maciej Bodnar – BORA-hansgrohe’s time trial specialist – was the first of the team to hit the road, jumping into the provisional top ten, but his time of 11:50 wasn’t quite enough to keep him there, finishing the day in 24th spot. For the remainder of the team, it was a chance to check their form and reflect on their performance over a hard race, before heading off to the Classics. While the team hadn’t brought home any victories, Rafał Majka and Oscar Gatto had shown grit and determination in continuing to push hard after they were brought down by a pedestrian in the opening Team Time Trial, while the team had worked well in the later stages, with Marcus Burghardt and Daniel Oss showing their strength both by jumping in the breaks as well as being able to drive the pace hard, while Davide Formolo and Peter Sagan had posted some strong top-five finishes.

 

Results

01 V. Campenaerts        11:23

02 A. Bettiol                      +0:03

03 J. Van Emden               +0:04

24 M. Bodnar                     +0:27

 

From the Finish Line

"I don't think it was a bad performance if we take into consideration how much I suffered in the last five days. My shape is more or less there, I wasn't feeling very well but I wasn't feeling bad either. Something was missing of course but on the other hand, I wasn't expecting to perform much better today after these pretty hard five days." – Maciej Bodnar

 

"Today, Maciej Bodnar didn't have the power we would have expected from him. He has been building his form in the previous races and here at the Tirreno-Adriatico to come stronger for the classics but in this time-trial he was far from his potential." – Patxi Vila, Sports Director

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