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Press Releases | 28.03.2021

Wilco Kelderman confirms GC 5th after BORA-hansgrohe celebrate solid Volta a Catalunya

Just 133km remained of the 100th edition of the Volta a Catlunya. Today, the race would end in Barcelona after a week of solid performances from BORA-hansgrohe on every stage, including victories on stage 5 for Lennard Kämna and stage 6 for Peter Sagan, and a strong GC showing from Wilco Kelderman. Today’s route would bring the race to a close in Barcelona, with five laps of a street circuit rounding off the day. As the last opportunity for both a stage win and to make an impact on the GC standings, there was a lot of activity at the start, with several riders, Lennard Kämna included, trying to make their way into the break. The peloton shut down most of these moves until 50km of the race had been covered, where a large group of more than thirty riders built an advantage of 2:30, and arriving at the finishing circuit with 50km to go, this lead sat at around four minutes. The high speeds had created splits on the road, and Ide Schelling had made his way into the second group, but as the kilometres counted down, a number of attacks went off the front of the escape group, causing the break to splinter and, while the two leaders were struggling to work together, a late attack from De Gendt secured the win today. Further back, the GC group was working well and riding at a blistering pace, with Wilco in the mix here. Any attempts to attack to take bonus seconds were quickly shut down and, while there were no changes in the overall standings, Wilco confirmed his 5th place, crossing the line in the GC group, after a successful race for the entire BORA-hansgrohe team. 

 

Results 

Stage 7

01 T. De Gendt                   3:06:10

02 M. Mohoric                     +0:22

03 A. Valter                         +1:42

 

General Classification

01 A. Yates                           26:16:41

02 R. Porte                           +0:45

03 G. Thomas                       +0:49

04 A. Valverde                      +1:03

05 W. Kelderman                   +1:03

 

From the Finish Line 

"I think we had a really successful Volta a Catalunya, two stage wins, and a good GC position. It was what we came for here and we achieved it. We had a good team spirit and we can be happy with our performance. As for today's final stage, it was full gas from start to finish. I tried to stay with the main GC contenders and it was a good race as we finished together. I'm very happy with how my recovery is progressing after my accident in Lake Garda, it is much better than I expected, so I'm very happy with this." – Wilco Kerlderman 

"We had a very successful week, we reached all the goals we had. I think we can be very happy with the team's work and performance. The two stage victories were amazing but also important ones, for Peter as well, and the fifth spot in GC for Wilco is another really nice result. We look forward to racing in the next weeks." – André Schulze, Sports Director

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