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Press Releases | 05.05.2021

Late crash effects Volta au Algarve opener

The opener of the Volta au Algarve was one of two chances this week for the sprinters in the bunch. Even the 190 kilometers from Lagos to Portimao were quite undulated, a bunch sprint was expected at the end of the day. Plenty of attacks have been launch right from the gun, but it took a while before four riders formed the break of the day. In the bunch BORA – hansgrohe and Deceuninck Quickstep controlled the pace and as a result the gap to the leader never went over the three-minute mark. With 20 Kilometers remaining all escapees were caught and the sprint preparations started. In a fast and frantic finale, a crash with 3 km to go effected the lead-out trains and unfortunately BORA – hansgrohe lost all chances there. It was S. Bennett in the end who crossed the line fist in Portimao. 

 

Results 

01 S. Bennett              4:37:41

02 D. Van Poppel        +0:00

03 J. Aberasturi          +0:00

11 M. Schwarzmann    +0:00

 

From the Finish Line  

"Of course I am disappointed. We invested a lot to control the race and I had good legs today. Also the uphill stretch to the line would have favored my abilities, but there was no chance to avoid the crash. I had to ride full gas for 2 kilometers to get back and then the sprint started already before the last corner. There was nothing I could have done differently. It’s a pity, we just had bad luck." – Pascal Ackermann 

"Well, today we had really bad luck. We worked a lot, and the guys did a good job until the last 3 kilometers. Also there they have been positioned well, but the crash happened in the first positions of the bunch. Rudi went down, but he is ok, Pascal was on his wheel and had to stop. He was able to get back, but we lost all chances there as he had to spend all his energy. We did nothing wrong today, sometimes you just have bad luck." – Jean-Pierre Heynderickx, Sports Director

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