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Press Releases | 20.08.2021

Felix Großschartner climbs to second in Vuelta a España GC after tough seventh stage

The terrain of La Vuelta's seventh stage featured several tough ups and downs spread out over 152 km through the region of Valencia. With six categorised climbs and more than 3,600 metres of altitude, the climbers were surely to be in their element. The final ascent to Balcón de Alicante, with an average gradient of 9.5 percent, provided a final challenge for the riders at the end of an already demanding stage. A few kilometres after the peloton had left the coastal town of Gandía, the first climb awaited them, and that was where an initial break finally went free from the peloton. Felix Großschartner, riding as part of a large chasing group, was able to catch up to the leaders after 55 km of racing. During the day this group was able to build up a lead of more than 5 minutes, with the efforts of the breakaway ultimately proving enough for M. Storer to take the stage win. Felix crossed the finish line in seventh place, 1:32 minutes behind the day's winner. Thanks to his strong performance he moved up to second overall and now sits only 8 seconds behind Roglič, the current GC leader.

 

Result

01 M. Storer                  4:10:13

02 C. Verona                    +0:21

03 P. Sivakov                   +0:59

07 F. Großschartner         +1:32

 

From the Finish Line

"Honestly, I am a bit disappointed. That was my chance to take red. However, in the end I think we gambled a bit too long. We just have to accept that. At the moment the situation still hurts a bit, but ultimately there are more positives than negatives here. I'm now second overall and after the first mountain finish no one could have predicted that, and from that perspective, I should be pretty pleased." - Felix Großschartner

"The idea was that this was going to be a three-way fight between Jumbo Visma, Movistar and Ineos beforehand. Movistar and Ineos both had three men placed higher up in the general classification and everyone else was more or less alone. In this situation, it's not necessarily possible to have all riders on your radar, we had already discussed that on the bus this morning. But Felix did a very smart job of getting into the bigger leading group. He tried to save himself for the finale, and then proceeded to ride very strongly. So it was a great performance by him today. It's a bit of a shame that he was 8 seconds short of taking the lead in the GC. However, he went from 15th place to second place in the overall standings and that is a huge achievement. So now we still have our goal in our sights here, to keep Felix in this top position." - Jens Zemke, Sports Director

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