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Press Releases | 29.04.2021

Wilco Kelderman rides into Tour de Romandie GC top ten with strong sprint sixth on stage 2

While yesterday’s stage of the Tour de Romandie gently eased the riders into the mountains, today’s parcours was unforgivingly undulating from almost the moment the stage started. Six categorised climbs dotted the 165.7km profile, with the last being the first category La Vue-des-Alpes ahead of a short descent to the finish line in Saint-Imier. The start of the stage was peppered with attempts to break away, with several groups going on the attack only to be brought back. It wasn’t until 30km had been covered that six riders managed to make a move stick, going on to build a lead of a little more than two minutes over the peloton. This remained the case as the day went on, as Wilco Kelderman stayed safe in the peloton, awaiting the big moves on the final climbs, his BORA-hansgrohe teammates supporting him well. As the break splintered as the number of climbs racked up, a hard effort from the peloton brought the last escapee within reach, destroying their two-minute advantage in the space of 5km before making the catch with 20km to go. From here, it was the GC race that took centre stage, with multiple attacks pulled back and an incredibly fast pace stretching out the bunch. With no splits on the last climb to create time gaps, it was all going to come down to the fight to the finish. Here, Wilco rode hard and got involved in the sprint for the line, the Dutch rider taking sixth after staying in contention the entire stage. This strong finish saw him move into the GC top ten, closing the day in ninth position overall. 

 

Results 

 

01        S.Colbrelli                   4h21’42” 

02        P.Bevin                       + 0:00 

03        M.Hirschi                    + 0:00 

... 

06        W.Kelderman             + 0:00 

 

From the Finish Line 

"It wasn't an easy day, with those climbs but I stayed in the front group and had a good finale. I tried to sprint, I gave it my all but I don't have sprint legs. Sixth was probably the best I could achieve but it was a good result. We'll take our chances in the next stages and see what we can achieve." – Wilco Kelderman 

"It was a hard stage, with many climbs and a big altitude gain. The race played out the way we had expected and our goal was for Wilco to stay with the main GC contenders and not lose any time. It worked out well, the guys worked fine and we are right there, in the GC battle. I think we can be satisfied." – André Schulze, Sports Director

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