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Team News | 25.01.2023

Solid start in Mallorca as Ben Zwiehoff takes 8th at Trofeo Calvia

Unusual cold and rainy weather challenged the riders today at the Trofeo Calvia at the European start of the season for BORA – hansgrohe. While an early break of four riders was in front for most of the day, BORA – hansgrohe controlled the race in the bunch in the beginning. After the Col de Soller Ben Zwiehoff was part of the decisive move of the day and fighting for today’s win. But when the initial break was caught another three riders went clear from that group and in the end, Ben took a solid 8th place while R. Costa was victorious.   

 

Results 

01        R. Costa                          3:59:34

02       L. Vervaeke                        + 0:00

03       B. Healy                             + 0:01

08      B. Zwiehoff                         + 0:03

 

From the finish line

“It was very cold and slippery today. Toni and Nils did a great job in controlling the race before the Soller. Over the top the race erupted and after the downhill I was part of a chasing group and thought it’s easier to ride a steady peace right away. When some riders joined us, it was clear that this group will fight for the win. I was able to counter some moves on the last climbs, but it was difficult for me without any teammate. In the sprint it’s always difficult for me, but I can be happy with the result and especially my shape.” – Ben Zwiehoff

“It was a solid start for us, but a lot more would have been possible. We also had Lenni in that chasing group, but he punctured just after they went away. Koni crashed in that moment, and I think both would have been part of this decisive chasing group. Ben rode a solid race but of course, it was quite difficult for him being alone. I think in the end the result is a solid start under those circumstances and it looks like we are already in good shape.” – Torsten Schmidt, Sports Director

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