BORA – hansgrohe not in the mix at Volta ao Algarve queen stage
Today’s second stage at the Volta ao Algarve was also the first mountain top finish and a real test for the GC contenders. For BORA – hansgrohe Lennard Kämna was the man to watch and when an early break of eight riders went up the road the priority of the team was to keep Lennard save and in position for the final ascent to the Alto do Foia. But already in the penultimate downhill the peloton split into several groups and on the following climb a select group formed at the head of the race after the break was caught. Unfortunately, Lennard Kämna was not able to play the expected role and couldn’t jump into this select group. On the final climb Ineos Grenadiers controlled the race and in the end E. Hayter took the win.
01 E. Hayter 4:48:43
02 J. Rodrigues +0:00
03 J. Lastra Martinez +0:00
From the Finish Line
"Unfortunaltely, I lost several days of training due to my illness. I tried it but wasn’t able to be up there in the final today. I was already out of position after the crash of Costa and couldn’t come back then. I am in a new build up and this race is an important steppingstone on the way to get into shape again. Let’s see what’s possible in the next days." – Lennard Kämna
"We tried to support Lennard today as good as possible. We wanted to try it, but without any pressure. Lennard was not in the first group after that downhill and when we saw there is no chance today, he took it easy. That’s ok, the race comes a little early for him I think, but he is on a good way. Now we already focus on the sprint tomorrow and the guys are fully motivated." – Jean-Pierre Heynderickx, Sports Director