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Press Releases | 24.04.2019

Rafal Majka takes podium place on third stage of the Tour of the Alps

Although today’s third stage, at 106km, was relatively short, it was not lacking in intensity. The route went over lumpy terrain from Salorno, the southernmost town in south Tirol, to Baselga di Pinè. On the way, the riders had to traverse a second category and a third category climb. The last 9 km featured gradients of up to 10 per cent before the finish line at the river bank in Baselga di Pinè greeted the riders. Within the first few kilometres, twelve riders distanced themselves from the peloton. However, the field didn’t let the elastic stretch too far, and the escapees’ advantage remained largely within 3 minutes. On the last categorised climb, the front group split up, and a duo managed to position themselves at the head of the race. Back in the main field, AG2R La Mondiale set the tempo. On the final climb towards the finish, the sting was really being put into the legs, and the peloton proceeded to collect the remnants of the breakaway. In the final few kilometres, Rafal Majka put in an attack, which forced a selection in the field. He then rode together with a group containing several favourites, and proceeded to launch several more attacks out of this group. In the last kilometre, F. Masnada attacked and rode solo over the finish line, while Rafal put in a very strong finish and rolled over the line in third place, and with that he defended his fourth place in the general classification.

 

Results

01 F. Masnada                2:58:09

02. T. Geoghegan Hart    +0:04

03 R. Majka                     +0:00

 

From the finish line

“I feel that my form is good. I want to particularly thank Pawel for his help on the last climb, and all my teammates who helped me earlier in the race to always be in a good position. We still have a few stages left with long climbs, and we’ll continue to fight for good results.”

- Rafal Majka

 

“Today went well for us. We tried to motivate the sprinters in the team to assist the climbers as long as possible. Andreas Schillinger did a particularly good job today, however, Rüdiger Selig suffered from respiratory problems and unfortunately had to abandon the race. In the end, it was a battle between the strongest riders in the race, and Rafal was right up there with them. It is a bit difficult to fight for stage victories with only two climbers in the team here. However, there are still stages with long climbs to come, and we’ll continue to pursue our main objective of a stage win.”

- Christian Poemer, Sports Director

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