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Press Releases | 16.10.2020

Patrick Konrad takes close third on Giro d’Italia stage 13 as GC riders frustrate the fast men in finale

Barely rising a metre for the first 155km of the day’s 192km parcours, stage 13 of the Giro d’Italia was always going to be fast. Only two categorised climbs needed to be traversed by the peloton before a flat run to the finish line, something the faster riders would be eager to take, but only if they could stay in contact on the climbs. As always, the break had their eye on spoiling the sprinters’ plans, and after a few false starts that were drawn back, a group of seven managed to leave the peloton behind them, building a lead of three minutes. The stage was one Peter Sagan would want to challenge for, but if not, it was essential for Patrick Konrad and Rafał Majka to be well positioned for the finale. With this in mind, Cesare Benedetti and Maciej Bodnar stayed at the front to keep the pace high, and this saw the break drop below two minutes after the race had covered 100km, measuring their efforts well to make sure the catch wasn’t made too early. As the day’s two climbs appeared on the horizon, the BORA-hansgrohe riders were quick to up the pace, both to reduce the advantage to what was left of the break, which had splintered and was steadily being swept up by the bunch, as well as attempting to distance some of the sprinters on the climbs, but on the second climb, with the GC riders adding to the pace, the Slovak rider lost contact. While he pushed on hard, he was isolated in a small group as the overall riders contested the stage ahead of him. In this group, Patrick Konrad and Rafał Majka were both riding well and were in good positions come the finale. In a hotly-contested reduced bunch sprint, Patrick took a close third, narrowly missing the win, with Rafał coming across the line in thirteenth, and Peter coming in twenty-three seconds later to take twenty-fourth.

 

Results 

01        D.Ulissi                       4h22’18” 

02        J.Almeida                    + 0:00 

03        P.Konrad                    + 0:00 

... 

13        R.Majka                      + 0:00 

24        P.Sagan                       + 0:23 

 

From the Finish Line 

"After yesterday's very hard stage we had two options today. If Peter was able to go over the last two difficult climbs in a good position we would try to go for the stage win with him, if not, Rafał and I would need to respond to any attacks and moves in the GC group. The pace was strong on the last descent and the final flat kilometres to the finish, so it was going to be a sprint among the GC contenders. I had the position and legs to contest it and it was a very close finish. I took third place and got four bonus seconds, so overall I can be satisfied. It is another podium after my second place on stage 5." – Patrick Konrad 

"It was clear to us it was going to be very difficult to control the race today. We wanted to win with Peter but we were aware he had to go over two very tough climbs. We let a seven-man break go away and then Cesare with Maciej took over and controlled the pace. We kept the gap to the break at around two minutes and brought it down to one minute before the first climb. It was clear the break was over and that the real race would start. Patrick and Rafał were always in the leading group and Peter was able to stay on the first climb and crest the second one just 8 seconds behind. Unfortunately, he wasn't able to reach the first group, Deceuninck-Quickstep were pulling hard in the front to set their own sprint. He kept trying but it was impossible. Patrick sprinted to third and Rafał was also in the GC group, so in that aspect it was a good day." – Jan Valach, Sports Director

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