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Press Releases | 25.08.2021

Felix Großschartner brings strong performance yet again to tough finale on stage 11 of the Vuelta a España

Although today's course through Andalusia was only 131.6 km long, it culminated with the climb of the extremely steep Puerto de Locubín, which was to be taken on only 8 km ahead of the finish. After cresting the summit, riders went along a 6 km long downhill stretch before tackling the short final ramp of Valdepeñas de Jaén. which reached gradients of up to 20 percent in some sections. Just like yesterday, the escapees were keen to take their chances again today and after 20 km of racing, a breakaway managed to go clear. Their lead never stretched to more than two minutes during the stage, and at the foot of the last climb they were almost all reeled back in. At this point Cort Nielsen launched a strong attack from the lead group, but he was ultimately caught by Roglič and Mas over the last few hundred metres of the stage. In the finale, Felix Großschartner managed to stay up front and crossed the finish line in a strong 7-man group only 7 seconds in arrears of the eventual stage winner Roglič. He thereby retains his 10th place in the general classification.

 

Result

01 P. Roglic                3:11:00

02 E. Mas                        +0:03

03 M. López                    +0:05

07 F. Großschartner         +0:07

 

From the Finish Line

"The feeling was quite ok today. I crashed around the middle of the race but it didn't have any serious consequences, just some abrasions. In the finale it became really stressful. I lost a bit of confidence in the corners. In the end, I think I have to be satisfied with 7th place. After all, I gave my best and the others were just stronger. But we'll see. Hopefully everything will stay pretty calm tomorrow, to allow some recovery from the past few tough stages." - Felix Großschartner

"On today's 133km long stage, which featured 2700 metres of elevation gain, we wanted to make it into the leading group. We managed to achieve that at the beginning with Patrick Gamper, who was in a group of seven for the first 25km. However, they were then caught and afterwards, a quintet went clear with Cort Nielsen, who almost made it to the end today. Otherwise, it was important for us to get through the race well with Felix. Unfortunately no one was with him in the finale, but he rode a strong finishing part of the race, and we can be very happy with his 7th place. He still keeps his top-10 in the GC and it's another tough day in Spain that's now behind us." - Jens Zemke, Sports Director

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