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Team News | 05.08.2021

Ben Zwiehoff finishes first Vuelta a Burgos mountain stage inside the top 20

On the third day of the Vuelta a Burgos the peloton hit the mountains for the first time. While four riders formed today’s break, the favorites concentrated on the final climb of the day just 15 kilometers before the finish. R. Bardet attacked with about 3 kilometers to the summit to take an impressive solo victory. Ben Zwiehoff was able to stay in contention with the best climber on the first part of the Pico Blanco but had to settle in the second bigger chasing group later. With a solid performance he crossed the line 1:36 down on Bardet inside the top 20.

 

Results 

01       R. Bardet                 4:14:14

02       D. Pozzovivo            + 0:39 

03       M. Landa                 + 0:39 

... 

18        B. Zwiehoff             + 1:36 

 

From the Finish Line  

"I am quite satisfied. The team did a great job to bring me into the last climb, then basically you just had to follow. When the first riders attacked, I went a little too deep and had to pay for that effort afterwards. But I am happy with my performance, and I think I am on a good way back after my long break due to injury. This is my first race since Hungary, and I arrived straight from altitude. I think under these circumstances I did quite well, and I feel better here day by day." – Ben Zwiehoff

"First of all, the team did a great job to support Ben today. The positioning before the last climb was perfect. After that, Ben rode a solid race I would say, and we can be happy with his performance. He still misses some race rhythm after his break, and I am confident that we can still fight for a top ten on the next mountain stage if the progression we saw over the last days continues." – André Schulze, Sports Director

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