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Press Releases | 20.10.2019

Gree-Tour of Guangxi queen stage brings 5th place for Felix Großschartner and 6th position in overall standings

On day four, the riders took on 161.4 km from Nannning to Nongla. The route of this queen stage featured a 3km long uphill finish at the Mashan Nongla Scenic Spot, with an average gradient of over 7 per cent, and was sure to shake up the overall standings as the puncheurs and climbers got a chance to show what they could do. After the start in Nanning, it didn't take long before three riders were able to escape up the road, but BORA - hansgrohe was attentive at the front of the field and kept the advantage of the break within reasonable limits of two to three minutes during the day. With 45km remaining, one of the escapees attacked and put a minute between himself and his two former breakaway companions. The peloton led by BORA - hansgrohe, EF Education First, and Deceuninck-Quickstep, allowed the lone leader a 5-minute advantage, however, with 35 km to the finish, the field stepped on the gas and ultimately caught up with the leader. Over the final 10 km the pace was high as the GC contenders kept jostling for position. A group of 30 riders, including Max Schachmann and Felix Großschartner, asserted themselves out of the thinned-out peloton over the steepest part of the climb. Not long afterwards, a trio attacked from this group and following a decisive attack over the last few hundred metres, E. Mas prevailed on the stage. Felix crossed the line 19 seconds in arrears of the stage victor, and with that moves up to 6th place in the general classification. Pascal was also able to fortify his lead in the points competition by day’s end.

 

Result

01 E. Mas                  3:52:53

02 D. Martinez               +0:01

03 D. Rosa                    +0:08

04 A. Tolhoek                 +0:12

05 F. Großschartner      +0:19

 

From the finish line

“Today, both Max and I wanted to ride for a good result. The team brought us into a good position ahead of the final climb, and up until then, everything went according to plan. However, it became apparent that I wasn’t in such great shape today. Despite that, I tried alongside Max to be up there at the front as best we could, and in the end, we have to be satisfied with 5th place. There are two stages ahead of us for the fast men, but I’ll still try to do something, with there being only a few seconds separating 5th and 7th place, for instance, in the overall standings at the moment.” – Felix Großschartner

 

“From the beginning of the stage, our riders controlled proceedings, with the aim of setting up the race for Felix and Max. Like in the previous days, a small group was able to break free, this time with three riders, and we were able to bring them back in due course. We then brought our two leaders into a good position on the final climb, and both gave their all over the last steep kilometres of the stage. In the end, Felix took 5th place and Max finished in 11th position. I think that more wasn’t possible today. Our tactics went according to plan and we did not make any mistakes, so it was a good performance from the team. Felix now lies in 6th in the overall standings, and we’ll also try over the next few stages to win another stage here.” - Enrico Poitschke, Sports Director

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