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Press Releases | 24.07.2021

Tour de Wallonie concludes with Rudi Selig’s second place in the sprint finale

After the start in Dinant, the peloton traversed 183.4 km on the way to Quaregnon. The first 140 km were undulating before the peloton took on a cobbled ascent twice towards the end of the race. A group of five riders tried their luck in the break early on and were able to extend their gap to a maximum of 7 minutes. Ultimately, however, their efforts did not pay off, and with 13 km to go, it was all over for them. In the final phase, BORA - hansgrohe moved up in the field to be at the front in preparation for the finale. The last attacks were countered by the field, with the stage ending as expected in a bunch sprint. F. Jakobsen took the stage win, with Rudi Selig sprinting to a strong second place.

 

Result: Stage

01 F. Jakobsen       4:32:31

02 R. Selig                 +0:00

03 M. Menten           +0:00

 

Result: General classification

01 Q. Simmons       21:31:13

02 S. Dewulf             +0:04

03 A. Renard            +0:20

28 M. Fabbro           +0:36

 

From the Finish Line

"I think that was all we could get out of today because Jakobsen was just too strong. He also had three riders to help him in the finale. Apart from that, Matteo, Cece and Schwarzi protected me well the whole day. In the finale, Schwarzi unfortunately had a flat tire, but the work he did on the stage was really strong, and without him my podium place would not have been possible. All in all, we put in a good team performance, and with only four riders we can be happy that we pulled off such a result in the end. Here at the race, I’ve found that I was getting better and better every day. After four weeks off racing, it was slightly difficult the first few days, but after that I got into the swing of things and I'm looking forward to seeing what’s in store in the future." - Rudi Selig

 

"Our goal was to go on the offensive again in the finale, especially because we saw that the time gap to the leading group had grown to 7.5 minutes. We thought that it would be difficult to control the final, with few teams being able to do so. Matteo Fabbro in particular had the task of riding offensively in the final, but then the three GC teams managed to close the gap. When we approached the lap in the end, we decided to ride fully in support of Rudi and support him in the bunch sprint. I have to say that it worked quite well with second place, especially when one considers that Rudi had no lead-out riders, and Matteo had to counter the last attacks. Rudi made it to second place without a real lead-out, a strong achievement. And chapeau to Matteo who was able to do the work of a Classics rider in the finale of a stage that had the quality of a Classic. Cece also worked very well today. In this respect, second place is a conciliatory finish for us, and certainly a reason to be happy. Hopefully Rudi can build on this good performance over the coming weeks." - Christian Pömer, Sports Director

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