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Press Releases | 20.01.2020

Podium place for Erik Baška on the fast and furious Tour Down Under opening stage

The opening stage of the Tour Down Under started and concluded with a lumpy stage around Tanunda in the Barossa Valley. The peloton took in five circuits of a 30km loop around the town. A 7km pan flat straight run in to the finish line allowed the sprinters to have their day. After 15km on the road, a four-man breakaway formed, which managed to put a maximum of four minutes between them and the peloton. However, after 50km of racing, the peloton began to slice through their advantage. BORA - hansgrohe remained safely in the peloton, not contesting the bonus points on offer. With 50km to the finish, a rider managed to break free from the leading group, but with the peloton in full flight, he was quickly re-absorbed into the field. Inside the last lap, the teams of the favourite sprinters began to jockey for positions in the front. BORA - hansgrohe moved to the head of affairs to attempt to give their sprinter Erik Baška a good chance in the final sprint. After seamless preparation from his team, Erik was able to maneuvre around some of the sprint favourites to take a strong third place behind the stage winner S. Bennett and the second-placed J. Philipsen.

 

Result

01 S Bennett       3:28:54

02 J Philipsen          +0:00

03 E Baška              +0:00

04 E Viviani            +0:00

05 A Greipel            +0:00

 

From the finish line

“Today was a stage for the sprinters and we wanted to first of all see how it would go after the first lap. In the first few rounds, there was some wind and the race situation was constantly changing. We wanted to ride in a concentrated way, and maintain a good position in the field. In the last kilometre, it was quite tight up front and one had to watch out to get through safely and not be blocked. We tried to ride into an optimal position in the finishing straight, and the team really worked as a cohesive unit. We were able to carry out much of our plan so we can be satisfied with the result.” - Erik Baska

 

“This was a good start to the season. The team worked the whole day for Erik, and brought him up into a good place in the finish, where he had a suitable position from which to start his sprint. In the end, he was able to take third place in a field of quality sprinters, and we can be quite satisfied with this result. Of course we would have liked to sprint for the win, but there were simply two faster riders on the day, and we’re happy with this result” - Enrico Poitschke, Sportlicher Leiter

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