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Press Releases | 31.07.2020

Martin Laas takes top 10 on the fourth stage of the Vuelta a Burgos

The penultimate stage of the Vuelta a Burgos from Bodegas Nabal to Roa de Duero took the riders over 163 km through the southern part of the province, and featured partly unpaved roads. The breakaway attempts came right after the start, with a group of 6 riders eventually managing to escape. The teams of the sprinters were able to keep a tight leash on the leaders over the long, flat course, and 10 km ahead of the finish, the remaining escapees were reeled back. Shortly afterwards, BORA - hansgrohe showed itself yet again at the front of the field in an attempt to fend off any attacks, and were joined by several other teams that fancied their chances today. In the last kilometre, a crash occurred in a sharp curve, in which our riders were fortunately not involved. Shortly afterwards, S. Bennett launched a decisive attack and won the stage solo. Although he was somewhat boxed in on the finishing straight, Martin Laas managed to take eighth position in the sprint for the remaining places.

 

Result

01 S. Bennett           3:51:19

02 A. Demare                 +0:05

03 G. Nizzolo                 +0.05 

08 M. Laas                     +0.05

 

From the Finish Line

"In the last 10km, we were riding in front and in a perfect position until the base of the climb. At that point, there was a crash, but I was able to stay upright and I started the climb in third or fourth position. That’s when Bennett attacked, but he was simply too strong for everyone else. In the final corner, I knew that I could put in a good result, however I was a bit boxed in on the finishing straight, and so I wasn’t able to launch a full sprint. It’s disappointing, because I had good legs today and the team did an amazing job.“ - Martin Laas

 

"The race was a relatively easy one to control. Wth Martin and Jay, we had two options to net a good result in the sprint. Jay was ultimately held up by the crash, however, Martin was able to put in a strong performance in the finale. It was a shame that he was blocked somewhat in the end, but that's how it rolls sometimes in these hectic sprints. The team worked well for both riders, particularly over the last 10 km, but unfortunately we just had some bad luck today.“ - Steffen Radochla, Sports Director

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