BORA-hansgrohe loses time on first mountain stage
The second stage of the Tour of the Alps 2021 was a first mountain test for the riders. The first half of the race of the 120-kilometer stage from Innsbruck to Feichten (Kaunertal) was characterized by a mostly flat route and a 6-man breakaway group, which could pull out a maximum of 3 minutes ahead. The riders from BORA-hansgrohe held back in the peloton and tried to save energy for the final in the best possible way. In the decisive ascent to the Piller Sattel about 25 kilometers before the finish line, a high tempo was set and the attacks started. The later winner Simon Yates was able to break away decisively here, while the BORA-hansgrohe riders missed the front groups. Matteo Fabbro crossed the finish line in 28th place as the best rider of the team, 3:11 minutes behind.
01 S. Yates 3:17:42
02 P.Sivakov +0:41
03 D.Martin +0:58
28 M.Fabbro +3:11
30 F.Großschartner +3:11
From the Finish Line
“I gave everything today. Unfortunately, in the finale I had nothing left and when the attacks started I couldn't react anymore and had to ride at my own pace. The shape itself is not bad and I'm on the right way, but certainly not where I need to be. Since I no longer play a major role in the GC, I will try to race offensively and use my chances over the next few days. "
“We had big plans for todays stage and wanted to race offensively for the stage win. Unfortunately, we made a mistake in preparation for the finale and were too far at the back of the peloton as we entered the decisive climb. As a result, it was simply no longer possible to race for the win and a good result, which is why we can certainly not be satisfied with our day today. ” - Christian Pömer, Sports Director