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Press Releases | 11.06.2021

Matteo Fabbro puts in spirited performance in the breakaway on tough Tour de Suisse mountain stage

Today the Tour de Suisse went into the high mountains on a 130 km long course. After the start in Andermatt, the riders had to conquer two legendary climbs, the Gotthard Pass and the Lukmanier Pass, before they reached Disentis-Sedrun. Right after the start, a series of riders attempted to break free but no one was able to decisively get away. At the halfway point, a group including Matteo Fabbro eventually went clear. Several kilometres later more riders joined the leaders, while behind them on the climb to the Lukmanier Pass, the peloton split into several groups. On the steepest part of the ascent, several riders attacked from the large breakaway, which had a lead of about 3 minutes over the decimated peloton with 40 km left. Matteo managed to follow the attacks and crested the Lukmanier Pass in the first chasing group behind the solo breakaway rider D. de la Cruz. On the descent, the group including the Italian BORA - hansgrohe rider was able to edge closer to the leader, and at the beginning of the final climb, several chasers joined the soloist out front. In the end, A. Kron took the win in a sprint from the remaining breakaway trio. Matteo ended up in 9th place while Maximilian Schachmann finished in the group of favourites and remains third overall ahead of tomorrow's time trial.

 

Results

01 A. Kron                             3:14:52

02 R. Costa                                 +0:00

03 H. Pernsteiner                       +0:01

09 M. Fabbro                              +0:50

 

From the Finish Line

"It was pretty hard today, but I had good legs. I wanted to try to get into the breakaway, but it wasn't that easy because the peloton wouldn't let us go. Eventually, a big group managed to go clear. I was able to counter all the attacks there and was also part of one of the first groups on the final climb. I tried to attack again at the end, but I was quickly caught again and wasn’t able to fight for the victory. But I'm still very happy with my performance today and we still have a mountain stage on Sunday, so let's see what will be possible there." - Matteo Fabbro

"It was a super fast start. Alaphilippe tried to break the field and was able to get away with a small group, but then waited for the peloton again a little later. We tried to get into the leading group with Matteo as well, and that worked out in the end. Unfortunately, the group was very big and although he gave his best in the final, he was unable to follow Rui Costa's attack and ended up ninth. The finale was not optimal for him, but he wanted to use this chance to ride for the stage win." - Steffen Radochla, Sports Director

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