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Press Releases | 22.07.2021

BORA - hansgrohe presents attacking racing style on the Tour de Wallonie's third stage

After yesterday's stage for the fast men, today's route was 177 km-long, with a start town that was moved on short notice from Plombières to Signal de Botrange. Shortly after the riders had left the town, the highest point of Belgium awaited the peloton, before the following 160 km followed an undulating profile until the final lap, where the steep ascent of the Côte de Befee had to be taken on only a few kilometres ahead of the finish in Erezée. The breakaway group of the day, which had managed to gain a lead of about 6 minutes, was uanble to claim the victory today, with all escapees being pulled back by the peloton 30 km before the finish. On the final climb, a small group attacked, to which Patrick Gamper was able to catch up, yet a short time later they were caught by the peloton. In the final 8 km a small group containing Matteo Fabbro broke away, but ultimately when a duo attacked, the Italian BORA - hansgrohe rider was forced to drop back. With Q. Simmons eventually taking the win from that group, Matteo had to settle for 26th place.

 

Result

01 Q. Simmons    4:07:19

02 S. Dewulf            +0:01

03 A. Renard            +0:13

26 M. Fabbro           +0:25

 

From the Finish Line

 "It was a tough race but I felt good. The entire team put in a strong showing and I also had some of my teammates with me ahead of the final. Over the last kilometres I gave everything, but the ascents were a bit too short for me and so the peloton was able to catch us again. Afterwards, a small group attacked again and was able to fight for the win amongst themselves. I think my form is better than expected, particularly as I've had a break from racing recently. In any case, I'm now ready to face new challenges." - Matteo Fabbro

 

"Now that we've had two days for the sprinters, today was a day for the Classic riders. We don't have any designated Classics specialists here and so we planned to ride a very attacking style in the finale, especially with Matteo Fabbro, Cesare Benedetti and Patrick Gamper. The guy did a good job in that respect. Our goal was to enter the two final laps with as little energy spent as possible and then to try to put in some attacks, a plan which worked out quite well.  Matteo in particular rode a very offensive race. On the steeper climbs he was able to break away several times as part of small groups, but in the end, it was not a day for the climbers, and rather for the real Classics specialists, and he was reeled back in. However, he did a great job with his tactics and rode a strong and spirited race. Unfortunately, the climbs were a bit too short for him. Patrick also rode very well in what was a difficult finale. Ultimately, we didn't quite get the result we had hoped for or that the guys deserved. But that's cycling. Tomorrow will be another day for the sprinters and we will try to race aggressively yet again, and net a good placing from that." - Christian Pömer, Sports Director

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