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Press Releases | 18.09.2020

Peter Sagan gives his all in late break on Tour de France stage 19 after BORA-hansgrohe push the pace all day

Just two more stages until the ceremonial stage into Paris, but there was no sign of the riders at the Tour de France letting off the pressure just yet. Stage 19 was 166.5km long and with only one easy categorised climb, it looked like the faster riders would be contesting the finale on this undulating day. Taking to the front to control the race, the BORA-hansgrohe riders were quick to pull back any attempts to attack, with some important points available at the intermediate sprint after 117.5km, as well as at the finish line. One rider managed to escape and build a minute’s advantage, but the high pace made it hard for anyone else to get away. In an unfortunate and unlucky incident in the opening kilometres, Lukas Pöstlberger was stung in the mouth by a bee and was forced to abandon the race. The Austrian rider was immediately seen to by the race doctor before being taken to hospital for treatment, already feeling better, but unable to continue in the race. While the pace was high in the peloton, a late attack just before the intermediate sprint limited the number of points available, with Peter Sagan taking fifth here. From here, all eyes were on the finish, and the high speeds carried over from the intermediate sprint saw multiple attacks. Lennard Kämna and Maximilian Schachmann were riding hard to keep things together, before a group of twelve – including Peter – made their move. This group built a healthy lead and as the final 10km drew near, the attacks started. One rider managed to escape off the front, with Peter’s group chasing, but it wasn’t possible to make the catch. With the Slovak rider finishing in ninth position, there was only an individual time trial left to ride before the race’s finale on Sunday. 

 

Results 

01 S. Kragh Andersen     4:47:33

02 L. Mezgec                    +0:53

03 J. Stuyven                    +0:53

09 P. Sagan                      +1:02

 

From the Finish Line  

"I tried in every way possible today to go for the win and the team did its best to make that option happen. When we broke away with about 30km to go, the group grew to 12 riders and there were four teams I think that had two riders in there. As a result, it was impossible for me to respond to all the attacks on my own. Once again, we gave our best and I will certainly give it my all to try and win in Paris." – Peter Sagan 

"It was a fast stage and we tried to control it. Just one rider went on the breakaway and he slowed down after the intermediate sprint. After that point, there were many attacks in the peloton and we tried to control again but it didn't really work the way we wanted as we also had to follow the other attacks. Our riders were tired from the previous stages and on top of that, we lost Lukas in the first 10km when he had to abandon. His contribution was also missing in the finale. There was a late break where Peter was present alone, so he wasn't able to follow all attacks. It isn't the result we had hoped for but everybody gave his best." – Enrico Poitschke, Sports Director

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