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Press Releases | 07.10.2020

Patrick Konrad edges main contenders to claim second in Giro d'Italia stage 5 as BORA-hansgrohe break GC top ten

After four days in Sicily, the Giro d’Italia made its way onto the Italian mainland and started to head north. The 225km stage profile was distinctly choppy, with not only three categorised climbs – the last a first category ascent cresting 12km before the finish line – but also an undulating parcours over the stage’s entire length, making for tired legs come the finale. Of the 3,700m of climbing today, 1,400m of it would take place on the Valico Montescuro, stretching 24.9km before a short descent to the finish line. There was a flurry of activity in the peloton when the stage started, with several attempts to break away – including one by the points jersey holder, Peter Sagan – extinguished by a nervous peloton. Four managed to get away, joined a few kilometres later by another four, their numbers allowing them to build a lead that hit 5:15 at its peak. After a long day on the front and the break closing in on the hard final climb, riders started to fall off the back, with their numbers shrinking to six, just as a two-man attack came from the peloton, just two minutes separating all the groups on the road as the race entered its final 25km. This duo caught the leaders just as the descent of the final climb started, its slopes wet from drizzling rain and creating treacherous conditions, before a further solo attack in the last 15km from Ineos Grenadiers’ Filippo Ganna went on to take the stage. While the GC riders were taking care on the wet roads, this didn’t stop some sprinting in the closing metres to try and gain bonus seconds, Patrick Konrad taking second with a strong effort and Rafał Majka crossing the line in eleventh. These efforts put both riders into the GC top ten, with Patrick in ninth and Rafał in tenth. 

 

Results 

01        F.Ganna                 5h59’17” 

02        P.Konrad                     + 0:34 

03        J.Almeida                    + 0:34 

... 

11        R.Majka                      + 0:34 

 

From the Finish Line 

"It was a hard stage but really under control. The team worked well together, we were brought into a good position for the climb and then focused on the descent. We were at the front, we didn't have to take any risks and, in the finish, I was able to take second place." – Patrick Konrad 

"We had another very good day at the Giro with Patrick Konrad's second place. If I'm not mistaken this must also be his career-best, a second in a Grand Tour stage. The GC contenders group caught all the riders ahead except Ganna, who has been strong lately. Patrick sprinted to second in the GC group and got the bonus seconds as well. We also move to 9th and 10th in the overall standings. In my view, we can be satisfied with the performance of the team so far. Peter retains the ciclamino jersey, we had three second places in five stages, our worst result in the road stages was fifth and I think victory will come. Having said that, the Giro is far from over, we still have 16 stages ahead of us, some of them really tough, so we need to stay focused and work hard every day." – Jens Zemke, Sports Director

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