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Press Releases | 29.01.2020

Maciej Bodnar and Matteo Fabbro turn in strong performances to take top ten finishes in Vuelta a San Juan time trial

After two road stages, the third day of the Vuelta a San Juan gave the time trial specialists a chance to stretch their legs and take centre stage. The 15.2km course took riders on a deceptively undulating route from Ullum to the Dique Punta Negra on a mainly straight route, but with some twists and turns towards the end. The first BORA-hansgrohe rider to hit the road was the Polish Time Trial Champion, Maciej Bodnar. While one of the first riders to set out, Maciej crossed the line in 20:43 and set the time to beat, taking the top spot and maintaining a top ten position as the day went on. The team’s new signing, Matteo Fabbro, also posted a strong time of 20:57. However, the weather conditions worsened, with the sky turning black and high winds and rain making it risky to push the limits in the hope of posting a fast time. With two top ten finishes and the whole team home safely, the attention turned to Wednesday’s next challenging road stage.

Results

01        R.Evenepoel               19:16
02        F.Ganna                      + 0:32
03        O.Sevilla                     + 1:08
...
06        M.Bodnar                   + 1:27
...
09        M.Fabbro                    +1:41

From the Finish Line

"Overall, I think it was a positive day and taking sixth wasn't a bad result. The time differences were quite considerable but this early in the season this isn't surprising, given the bigger goals we have further down the road. I can't complain, I did my best. The weather was quite tricky and variable, especially in the final kilometres, so depending on your starting time, winds could be different. We have to focus now on the four remaining stages and work in order to get the best result possible." – Maciej Bodnar

"Today wasn't a day for me, my aim was to save energy for the next stages. As the day advanced, weather conditions got worse and since I was one of the last riders to start, I was affected in the second half of the stage. There were strong winds and pouring rain, so it was important to finish safely and avoid crashes." – Peter Sagan
 
"Today was the first time trial of the season and took place under very special conditions since the riders were not allowed to use traditional time trial bikes but instead had to use their road bikes. Our goal was to achieve a good result with Maciej Bodnar, and we also wanted Matteo Fabbro to achieve the fastest time he could in order to stay in touch with the general classification contenders. Maciej did very well on the flat part in the beginning but lost a little bit of time in the final climb. Therefore, the 6th place was our maximum for today. Matteo did very well and finished 9th. If he continues to show his strong form, he has a chance to reach a good position in the overall classification." – Jan Valach

Photo: Bettiniphoto

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