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Press Releases | 13.02.2021

Patrick Konrad takes tenth on Mont Ventoux stage of the Tour de la Provence

Today's 153 km-long stage commenced in Istres and concluded with a mountain finish at Chalet Reynard, approximately 6km from the summit of the legendary Mont Ventoux. The catch of the six-man breakaway group on the final climb saw a subsequent series of attacks, including from Matteo Fabbro. Although he was reeled back in not long afterwards, the Italian and his teammate Patrick Konrad managed to make it into the reduced leading group. When I. Sosa attacked with 5 km remaining, however, the two BORA - hansgrohe riders were forced to fall back somewhat. In the final few kilometers, Alaphilippe, Bernal and Poels attempted to counter Sosa's attack, but were ultimately unable to reach the Colombian, who went on to take the day's victory. 48 seconds later, Patrick Konrad crossed the finish line at Chalet Reynard in tenth place, thereby maintaining his 6th in the GC, just under a minute behind the overall leader Sosa.

 

Result

01 I. Sosa             04:08:14

02 E. Bernal              +0:15

03 J. Alaphilippe       +0:18

10 P. Konrad             +0:48

15 M. Fabbro            +1:24

 

From the Finish Line

"As expected, today saw the decisive battle for the GC. I think I did well, especially considering that it is so early in the season. After Sosa's attack, the pace became quite high in the reduced group of favourites and I tried to keep up. I did pretty well, and against such strong climbers I'm quite satisfied with the way I rode. Tomorrow we will see a sprint stage and I hope to defend my 6th place there. I think I'm on the right track for the UAE Tour, and am hoping to further build upon my solid form there." - Patrick Konrad

"This was without question quite a tough mountain finish today, with a 10 km ascent averaging 10 per cent. We wanted to ride for Patrick and the guys did well. They got into a good position ahead of the climb and Matteo was even able to follow the first attacks. A little later, the best riders were then able to break away. Although we were unable to counter those moves, in the end Patrick took 10th on the stage, and is now 6th overall. Considering the strong competition in attendance at this race, this is a very good result. So a very solid race from the team today." - Steffen Radochla, Sports Director

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