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Press Releases | 16.09.2020

Lennard Kämna keeps competing with another breakaway effort on Tour de France Queen Stage

There were only two climbs on today’s stage, but being the Tour de France’s Queen Stage, these were going to be some of the hardest climbs that the race would have to offer. Starting the climbing 88.5km into the 170km stage, it was the famous Col de la Madeleine first, with an average gradient of 8.4% over its 17.1km distance, before the summit finish on the newly-paved Col de la Loze in Méribel – 21.5km at an average gradient of 7.8%. In spite of taking the win yesterday, Lennard Kämna tried to jump in the break for a second time. While the initial move was pulled back, Lennard managed to stay ahead with four others, staying with this select group as they built a lead of nearly six minutes. Hitting the slopes of the Madeleine, it was clear the young German’s exceptional efforts on yesterday’s stage had taken their toll, dropping back to the peloton to save energy. The ambitions of the GC riders for this stage were clear, and the BORA-hansgrohe riders were holding off to be in a position to challenge on another day, knowing just how brutal the changeable slopes of the Col de la Loze would be and its maximum gradient of 24% at the top of the climb. The level of suffering in the peloton confirmed this was the right decision, with Lennard and Emanuel Buchmann the first to come to the finish line a couple of minutes apart, and the rest of the team coming in safely within the time limit. 



01 M. Lopez                         4:49:08

02 P. Roglic                          +0:15

03 T. Pogacar                       +0:30

37 L. Kämna                         +21:47


From the Finish Line  

"Today was a hard stage. I made it to the breakaway group but I didn't have the legs to follow them on the Col de la Madeleine. So, after that, I just wanted to ride to the finish." – Lennard Kämna 

"As we have always said, we'll take our chances whenever we can, so today we tried to have a rider in the break. Our best option was Lennard because he could have the opportunity to maybe also fight for the mountain jersey. However, after yesterday's strong effort, Lennard didn't have the legs to follow the leading group in the Col de la Madeleine. This is understandable, because he's a young rider and had already spent a lot of energy in the last two and a half weeks. He put in a valiant effort and tried several times in all those stages, so at some point you need to realise that he will get tired. After that point, our goal was to save as much energy as we could because right from the start we knew the break didn't have much chance of making it to the finish. Even if Lennard had the legs, cresting the Col de la Madeleine would have been our goal. We want to save energy for tomorrow where we will give our best and try to fight for a stage win." – Enrico Poitschke, Sports Director

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