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Team News | 21.10.2020

Felix Großschartner finishes in top 20 after the gruelling second stage of the Vuelta a España

Today’s stage took the peloton from Pamplona over 151 km of hilly terrain and a steep final climb to Lekunberri. After several unsuccessful breakaway attempts, a group of five managed to go clear after 50 km of racing and keep the peloton at bay for a considerable length of time. On the second ascent of the day, T. Wellens broke free from the group of escapees, but was reeled back in 20 km later by the chasing group. Back in the peloton, BORA - hansgrohe remained very attentive as Movistar ramped up the pace, with gaps appearing in the field as a result. Felix Großschartner initially managed to make it into the first larger group, but ran into difficulties on the final steep climb, and lost touch with the leaders. The last 20 km saw several attacks, with the solo attack of M. Soler ultimately proving to be decisive and allowing him to net the day's win. Felix placed 18th, one minute in arrears of the winner and now sits in 9th overall after today’s challenging stage.

 

Results

01 M. Soler                  3:47:04

02 P. Roglic                       +0:19

03 D. Martin                     +0:19 

18 F. Großschartner           +1:01

 

From the Finish Line

"It was a hard and stressful day, particularly with the crosswinds. I actually didn’t feel super good at the beginning, but my teammates brought me into a good position ahead of the final climb, and I was able to stay up there for quote a while. However, when Soler accelerate, I was put on the back foot and had to fight to get back. Eventually I ended up making it back to the second group, although I had cramps in the end. However, I’m not here to go for the victory in the general classification, so it’s not vital if I lose a little bit of time here or there. I hope to recover for tomorrow’s stage, as the finish isn’t too bad. And of course I’d like to also thank my teammates for their hard work today. " - Felix Großschartner

"It was quite a satisfying race, although it was also very nervous and was made even more difficult because of the wind. We wanted to avoid losing too much time with Felix. We knew that it wouldn't be easy on the last steep climb and he rode quite well, arriving at the finish in the second group. The guys also supported Felix well during the race and he finished with a solid result. So, all in all, we can be satisfied with how the day played out.” – Steffen Radochla, Sports Director

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