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Press Releases | 08.08.2020

Long day in the saddle nets top 10 placing for Rafał Majka on the third stage of the Tour de Pologne

The third and longest stage of the Tour de Pologne consisted of 203 km and seven categorised climbs on the way from Wadowice to Bielsko-Biala. Four riders managed to break away early, with a small group of riders, including Maciej Bodnar, attempting to chase down the leading quartet on the second climb. Their efforts were ultimately thwarted and they were forced to drop back again. At this point, BORA - hansgrohe moved to the front of the field and set the pace, and as a result the gap to the leaders reduced to two minutes. 40km ahead of the finish, Deuceninck - Quickstep forced the tempo, and the remaining breakaway riders had to ultimately concede defeat. When N. Haas launched an attack to lead the race solo, BORA - hansgrohe joined the Belgian squad up front to set the pace and eventually the Australian was reeled back in again. In the finale, R. Carapaz launched his sprint around 300 metres ahead of the finish line, and proved himself to be the fastest out of the group of favourites, while Rafał Majka took 10th place and with that moved up to 8th position in the GC. Maximilian Schachmann crossed the line in 12th place, while Patrick Konrad followed with the same time in 24th position. The squad from Raubling also holds the lead in the team classification.

 

Result

01 R. Carapaz                  5:04:54

02 D. Ulissi                          +0:00

03 R. Molard                        +0:00  

10 R. Majka                          +0:00

12 M. Schachmann              +0:00 

24 P. Konrad                         +0:00

 

From the Finish Line

"The guys were very active in the race today. Maciej got into a chase group, and then in the last third of the race we took control and concentrated on the upcoming finale, where we wanted to put in a strong team performance. Unfortunately, it didn't quite work out in the end. We had three riders in the front on the finishing straight, but in the end Max and Patrick were a bit blocked on the road, and couldn’t quite make it to the front. I still finished 10th and was able to move up in the overall standings. As it is at the moment in the GC, Max, Patrick and I are all 10 seconds behind Carapaz. We'll try again tomorrow." - Rafal Majka

"The stage played out largely as we had expected. We had the race action under control at all times and were represented in the key moves. With the heat and the numerous climbs, our sprinters were unfortunately not able to be in the running today, and so Pascal wasn’t able to mix it up in the finale. Our remaining riders worked towards preparing the final as well as possible for Max. But unfortunately he was somewhat blocked in the finale. In the end, our three GC riders didn't lose much time and so we can be satisfied with how the stage panned out." - André Schulze, Sports Director

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