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Team News | 05.08.2022

BORA - hansgrohe misses out on targeted top result on queen stage of Sazka Tour

The 189.3km long second stage of the Sazka Tour was also the queen stage of the race. Four categorised climbs and a mountain finish in Pustevny promised an exciting day of racing in the Czech Republic. An early breakaway fell apart in the the second half of the stage but the last remaining rider of the group was brought back with only 10km to go. In the end it was L. Rota who sealed the stage win at Pustevny. After a solid team performance, BORA - hansgrohe ultimately missed out on a targeted top result. Ben Zwiehoff was the team’s best placed rider in 13th, who moved up to 12th in the GC.

 

Results

01. L Rota 4:51:46

02. O. Onley +0:01

03. D. Pozzovivo +0:01

13. B. Zwiehoff +0:25

 

From the Finish Line

“My goal for today was a stage win. Jonas Koch did a perfect lead out towards the bottom of the final climb and so I was in a pretty good position for the finale. As Taaramäe launched his attack I tried to stay on his wheel but with 500m to go I overheated and unfortunately was dropped. Looking at the GC I think the gaps are small and we still have a chance. After a long break I felt good today, so let’s see what we can do tomorrow. Thanks to the team for their efforts! “ Ben Zwiehoff

 

“Today was a super hard stage here and we were definitely aiming for a top result on this mountain finish. Unfortunately, we were not able to play a decisive role today. Ben Zwiehoff was our only rider who was in contention on the final climb, but he struggled a bit with the heat and so lost 25 seconds to the stage winner. With another tough stage on the menu tomorrow we’ll have another chance to go for a result.“ Torsten Schmidt, Sports Director

 

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