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Press Releases | 30.09.2020

Patrick Konrad takes 7th at Fleche Wallonne to open Ardennes season for BORA - hansgrohe

In rainy conditions the peloton took on the 202 kilometers from Herve to Huy to race the first of the Ardennes Classics – La Fleche Wallonne –  this morning. An early break of 4 riders were able to build a lead of more than seven minutes over the bunch, before Ide Schelling started to chase the leaders together with A. De Marchi with 70 km remaining. About 20 kilometers later the Duo with Schelling was already over 2 minutes ahead of the bunch while still trailing the leaders by 2:40. On the penultimate time up the Mur de Huy, Ide lost contact to De Marchi and was little later caught from the bunch again. Still a great effort from the young BORA – hansgrohe rider today, while also the leading group felt apart. With about 15km to go R. Uran tried to escape from the main bunch, where also BORA – hansgrohe started to be active with McCarthy, Kämna and Konrad, but in the end the race was all back together at the foot of the Mur de Huy. It was M. Hirschi who proved to be the strongest on the final 500m, with Patrick Konrad taking a strong 7th place ahead of the Giro d’Italia, which will be his big goal of the season. 

 

Results 

01 M. Hirschi                       4:49:17

02 B. Cosnefroy                  +0:00

03 M. Woods                      +0:00

...

07 P. Konrad                      +0:05

 

From the Finish Line  

"At Tirreno I was not at the level I had hoped for after an illness prior to the race. The last weeks my training went well but I still didn’t really know where I am at the moment compared to the others. I put in a lot of effort during these weeks, training many ours in rainy conditions at home. During the race my legs felt quite good and therefore, we decided to go for me at the end. The change of the parcours was not in my favor, as the run in to the Mur was easier than the last years. Still I was positioned very well but didn’t have quite the legs to go for the win. When Woods launched the sprint, I think I also was missing a little bit of racing kilometers. But the 7th place is a good result and I am happy with that. Now I can go to Italy for the start of the Giro with good confidence." – Patrick Konrad 

"Our plan this morning was to wait with Patrick for the finale and try to go with a group in the last 30 km with Lennard if there is an opportunity. Before that, Ide was part of a chasing group which wasn’t planned, but still he rode a strong race today showing our colors at the front. Lennard was active after the penultimate time up the Mur, but there was not a big enough move. Uran alone had no chance. Lennard and Jay helped then to position Patrick, and I think he did a very good job to secure a top ten result today. All in all, we are happy with the day, and Patrick can go to the Giro now knowing he is in good shape." – André Schulze, Sports Director

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