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Press Releases | 19.02.2020

First stage of the Volta ao Algarve fails to net top 10 result for BORA - hansgrohe

The opening day of the Portuguese stage race headed over 195.6 km from Portimão to Lagoa, and with only two smaller climbs early in the race, it was an affair for the sprinters. The peloton wasn’t in any particular rush to reel back in the three escapees that formed the break of the day, yet they were steadily brought back until it all came together 30 km before the finish. Ten kilometres later, the peloton split and a small group of riders launched an attack from the front of the field, but their attempts remained in vain. In the end it came to the expected bunch sprint which was taken out by the Dutch champion F. Jakobsen. The top-placed BORA - hansgrohe riders were Jempy Drucker and Martin Laas, who took out 12th and 13th position in the bunch gallop respectively.



01 F. Jakobsen         4:55:37

02 E. Viviani               +0:00

03 M. Trentin              +0:00

12 J. Drucker              +0:00

13 M. Laas                  +0:00


From the Finish Line

“The plan was to get a good result with me or Jempy. With 3 km remaining, we were in a good position, and we were at the front of the field as we crested the small uncategorised climb shortly before the finish. After that, it became a bit chaotic, with a steep downhill and also a roundabout. I was able to find Jempy in the finale, however we became somewhat closed off in the peloton, and so I wasn’t able to launch a strong sprint, which is a bit unfortunate given that we came into the final kilometres in a good position.” – Martin Laas


“The stage proceeded largely as we had expected. A small break got away, was reeled back in, and a couple of attacks followed. The teams of the sprinters controlled the race the whole day, while we had the aim of protecting our GC riders and not losing any time in the overall standings. In the approach to the finale, we concentrated our efforts around Martin and Jempy, so that they could take their chances in the bunch sprint. It was a slightly chaotic finale, and the best result that we could come up with was 12th place.” – Jean-Pierre Heynderickx, Sports Director


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