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Press Releases | 17.09.2020

BORA-hansgrohe get ready for tough final Tour de France stages with conservative ride on climb-packed stage 18

While the Queen Stage was a not-so-distant memory, this didn’t mean the race was going to get any easier. Stage 18 of the Tour de France covered 175km and five categorised climbs, the last of which being the Hors Catégorie Montée du Plateau des Glières – short, but incredibly steep, with an average gradient of 11.2%. The intermediate sprint came early on the stage, and so there was a rush from the fast men and their teams to be in position, a large group forming on the front made up of sprinters and climbers eager to go on the attack. Peter Sagan took third in the intermediate, taking fifteen points for his efforts, before the real break of the day formed. The break dropped the faster riders as the day went on, with other riders, including Lennard Kämna, trying to make it across. Eventually slimming down to eighteen riders, a small group then attacked and set about building a lead that topped out at six minutes. With none of the team in the break and the stage not suiting the BORA-hansgrohe riders, the decision was made to hold back and fight hard on stage 19, the hardest climb coming so close to the end of the day. Emanuel Buchmann, Felix Grossschartner and Lennard Kämna were the first of the team to cross the line, sharing the same time, with the rest of the riders coming in safely. 



01 M. Kwiatkowski           4:47:33

02 R. Carapaz                    +0:15

03 W. Van Aert                   +1:51

48 E. Buchmann                 +19:27

49 F. Großschartner            +19:47


From the Finish Line 

"I tried again today to go into the break but I didn't make it. I gave my best, I took my chance and I think I can be proud of myself. Tomorrow, we will go full gas for Peter, we still want to win a stage with him and we have two chances left, tomorrow and in Paris." – Lennard Kämna 

"As expected, the stage got off to a fast and hard start. The first part was a bit uphill, so it was up to each rider's legs to make it to the breakaway group. We had Peter there and for a time Emu who, unfortunately, didn't have the legs to follow. Then, in the first climb we tried again with Lennard to have a chance at bridging across. It didn't look daunting initially but, in the end, the speed of the front group was too high and our riders simply didn't have the energy any longer after having invested so much in the last two and a half weeks. On top of that, the crashes before the Tour and in the first stages took their toll and their effects are felt now. We have been riding aggressively since the start, everybody gave their best today, so we don't have any regrets in that aspect." – Enrico Poitschke, Sports Director

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