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Press Releases | 17.10.2020

Rafał Majka makes his way up the GC standings after impressive stage 14 time trial ahead of Giro d’Italia’s move into the big mountains

The second of three Individual time trials in the 2020 Giro d’Italia, stage 14 came ahead of a final week packed with mountain stages, where the GC race was going to come to life. The 34.1km course rolled, with a steep fourth category climb early on which, while short, saw an average gradient of 12.3% and a maximum gradient of 19% - enough to test the most able climbers. Today’s outcome would show which riders were on target for a strong GC finish in Milan, and which ones would have to push hard in the coming mountain stages. Starting in reverse GC order, this meant BORA-hansgrohe’s strongest TT rider, Maciej Bodnar, had a chance to find how the course was riding, as well as an opportunity to go for a good time himself, but with the course not suiting a pure time trialist, Bodi crossed the line with a time of 46:36, followed shortly after by Peter Sagan, finishing in 47:19. As the list of riders still to go out shortened, the GC riders staked their claim on the stage, with Rafał Majka and then Patrick Konrad hitting the road. Rafał put in an impressive performance of 45:17 – one of his strongest performances in a time trial – with Patrick taking 46:11. The Polish rider’s finish saw him take sixteenth on the stage, as well as climb to sixth in the overall standings.

 

Results 

01 F. Ganna                         42:40

02 R. Dennis                        +0:26

03 B. McNulty                      +1:09

...

16 R. Majka                         +2:37

33 P. Konrad                        +3:31

 

From the Finish Line 

"Today, my goal was to ride as steadily as possible. I didn't want to push in any part of the stage but instead I kept a steady pace, I didn't exaggerate or go on the limit anywhere. It was all about maintaining my power. I didn't lose any positions in the GC standings and I think that the days ahead on the mountains will be decisive." - Rafał Majka 

"I gave it my all today but I didn't have the best legs for this time trial. I did quite well on the first climb but, unfortunately, I wasn't able to keep the rhythm in the final part of the stage and I lost time. However, the Giro d'Italia is far from over and I feel confident about the upcoming mountain stages." – Patrick Konrad 

"I think we can be very satisfied with Rafał's performance today. He moved up in the overall standings, he's in close contention with the main GC riders and in terms of his power values, he did one of his best time trials. Patrick isn't satisfied with his result. We were hoping he could move to 5th or even 4th in the GC but he dropped to 9th now. However, keep in mind that yesterday, he put in a brilliant performance. He finished third, very close to victory and today we were hoping for a bit more. Still, there are seven more stages to race, and a lot of high-altitude climbs to go over, and that is where we need the legs. The morale is high in the team and we are focusing on the very hard days next week." – Jens Zemke, Sports Director

 

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