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Press Releases | 10.04.2021

Unstuck in the descent: BORA-hansgrohe misses the decisive move on the final stage of the Tour of the Basque Country

This year’s race came to a conclusion with a 112 km-long queen stage, which treated the riders to seven categorised climbs, among them three first category ascents from Ondarroa to Arrate. On the topographically challenging route, tactics were sure to play a significant role, and on the 8.7 percent steep last climb, it came to a showdown for the overall classification. In the battle among the favourites, Roglic, Gaudu and Carthy managed to open up a gap, followed by a group of about 13 riders, while the overall leader McNulty found himself in serious difficulty. Unfortunately, it was a tough day in the saddle today for the BORA-hansgrohe riders, who missed the decisive attacks and were unable to make the jump into the front groups. At the end of this short yet brutal stage, the victory went to Gaudu, while Roglic was crowned the overall winner of this year's race. The highest-placed BORA-hansgrohe rider on today’s stage was Emanuel Buchmann, who finished 16th, ending the race in 13th place overall.




01 D. Gaudu            3:05:42

02 P. Roglic                +0:00

03 A. Valverde            +0:35

16 E. Buchmann         +4:05


General classification:

01 P. Roglic                19:11:36

02 J. Vingegaard            +0:52

03 T. Pogacar                 +1:07

13 E. Buchmann            +5:01


From the Finish Line

"That was a really brutal stage. We were hoping to do something in the finale to make up time in the general classification, but we weren’t able to follow the attacks on the descent and after that it wasn't possible to close the gap to the front groups. It's a disappointing day but we will definitely learn from what happened." - Emanuel Buchmann

"It was an extremely hectic stage, it was full throttle right from the first kilometre of the race. Of course we wanted to be represented in the front group, and then try something with Emanuel from the halfway point of the race onwards. Unfortunately, we were left behind in the downhill and could only fight to limit the damage. Emu showed great fighting spirit but it was too late and so the stage did not go as we had hoped. Our initial goal was to move up a few places in the overall standings, but we essentially lost all chances in the downhill. We can only learn from that for the future." - André Schulze, Sports Director

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