BORA-hansgrohe misses top 10 in hectic sprint at Tour de Wallonie
Due to the flooding disaster in Belgium, the stage from Verviers to Herve that was initially planned for today had to be cancelled. The organisers instead located an alternative and so the race took place on the Zolder race track. The race featured 30 laps of 4 km of flat terrain each and ended as expected in a bunch sprint. BORA - hansgrohe tried to ride attentively and offensively to have a chance in the final sprint, but ultimately the sprint specialists proved themselves to be too strong and were able to decide the victory among themselves. With F. Jakobsen prevailing at the finish line, Rudi Selig was the highest-placed rider of the squad from Raubling, in 14th position.
01 F. Jakobsen 2:34:42
02 F. Gaviria +0:00
03 A. Capiot +0:00
14 R. Selig +0:00
From the Finish Line
"Our aim was to control the beginning of the race well, then save energy during the day and eventually concentrate on Rudi in the finale alongside our sprinter group here. The whole plan worked out quite well, yet unfortunately there was a little misunderstanding just ahead of the last bend. As a result, they were out in the wind slightly too early, and in the end Rudi was able to take fourteenth place. However, one has to keep in mind that the best sprinters are here with their lead-out trains and the final on these wide roads was also very chaotic and hectic. Nevertheless, Rudi's teammates, especially Michael Schwarzmann and Patrick Gamper, did a good job today. Slightly more could have been possible today, but I think we have at least one more chance to achieve a better result here with Rudi. Tomorrow is a stage that will suit the riders who are stronger on the climbs, or the Classics specialists, so we'll see what we can do there." - Christian Pömer, Sports Director