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Press Releases | 21.04.2021

BORA – hansgrohe strikes back at Tour of the Alps stage 3

Also the third stage of the Tour of the Alps from Imst to Naturns was a difficult one with plenty of opportunities for the climbers. After some disappointment yesterday, BORA – hansgrohe was looking for revenge and rode particularly aggressive right from the gun. Felix Großschartner and Matteo Fabbro attacked several times until a group of 15 riders was formed at the front of the race including both BORA – hansgrohe leaders. Even the gap was never bigger than 2:30, the group worked well together. On the penultimate climb of the day five riders were dropped from the front group where Felix and Matteo were still driving the pace. The decisive move was launched on the last climb when Moscon attacked first with Fabbro, but little later also Großschartner and Storer bridged across to the new leading group. The quartet was then able to hold off a first chasing group in a tight battle for seconds until the home straight, where Moscon took his second stage win in a close sprint ahead of Felix. Still an impressive ride from Felix and Matteo today who proved to be on track with their Giro preparations. 

 

Results 

01 G. Moscon                     4:04:25

02 F. Großschartner             +0:00

03 M. Storer                       +0:01

04 M. Fabbro                      +0:01

 

From the Finish Line 

"We really wanted to hit back today. After a long training block at altitude sometimes your performance is a little inconsistent, and maybe that was the problem yesterday. Anyway, there is no excuse, and we haven’t been there. But today we rode aggressive from the beginning. I was part of the group then together with Matteo, but the group didn’t really go well and both of us invested a lot because we really wanted to stay out there today. On the last climb it was up to the legs and we both made the split. But because the chasing group was that close there was no room for attacks and there was also headwind to the finish. In the sprint I had the speed, but I couldn’t overtake Gianni in this twisty inrun. He was smart to go from the front. But I am happy anyway, today was important, I can be confident now looking into the next stages and upcoming weeks." – Felix Großschartner 

"This was the reaction we expected, and I am proud of the boys today. From kilometer zero we acted, no being forced to react. We attacked several times and had Felix and Matteo in the group. We couldn’t attack in the finale because the group was very close with some fast riders in. Therefore, we decided to go for the sprint. We really would have deserved the win today, but one was faster. Still, we are happy today, strong team effort and important for the moral." – Jens Zemke, Sports Director

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