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Press Releases | 15.06.2019

Maciej Bodnar blasts into second on Tour de Suisse stage 1, beaten by fractions of a second

Starting, as is the tradition at the Tour de Suisse, with a prologue time trial, Maciej Bodnar, Patrick Konrad, Peter Sagan, Marcus Burghardt, Andreas Schillinger, Daniel Oss and Lukas Pöstlberger lined up at the start of an overcast day in Langnau im Emmental. The profile would barely rise more than 50m over the 9.5km out and back course, making for some fast times to decide who would wear the race’s coveted yellow jersey on the first road stage – providing the roads stayed dry. One of the first riders out of the gate to start the 2019 edition of the race was BORA-hansgrohe’s Maciej Bodnar. The Polish time trial national champion set an early best time of 10:50, making it clear the other riders would have to break eleven minutes in order to be in any kind of contention at the end of the day. While Bodi was knocked off the top spot shortly after he’d set the provisional best time, he didn’t leave the top five for the rest of the day, taking second when all the riders were in – the only rider able to beat him being the UCI TT World Champion – and even then, by fractions of a second. Using Maciej’s ride to inform his own, Peter Sagan put in his own fast time to cross the line just seven seconds slower to take seventh spot. With the rain now falling, the times started rising, with the remaining members of the team focusing on staying safe and being in a position to pick up time later in the race, rather than risk crashing and ending their chances with so much of the race remaining.

 

 

Results

01 R. Dennis              00:10:50

02 M. Bodnar             +0:00

03 M. Matthews          +0:01

07 P. Sagan                +0:07

17 P. Konrad               +0:19

 

From the Finish Line 

"I think it was a good start to the Tour de Suisse. I'm satisfied with my performance today and my form has been building well in the last few days. We had prepared this time trial very well and I think being beaten by the world champion by a fraction of a second is a good sign, even if, of course, a victory would have been excellent. I could have taken a curve faster or pushed a bit more at some other point, but that's part of the game. We have a long race ahead of us and from tomorrow I'll be working for the rest of the squad, trying to get the best result we can." – Maciej Bodnar

"This was my first race day after the Tour of California and an extended period training at high altitude, so it was a bit challenging for me but I felt well, especially in the final part of this short course. I sprinted to a top ten result but the Tour de Suisse is long and tough, so we'll have to fight every day." – Peter Sagan

 

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