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Press Releases | 02.05.2021

Wilco Kelderman confirms GC 10th after confident ride in wet conditions on Tour de Romandie time trial finale

The final stage of the Tour de Romandie gave riders just a 16.19km individual time trial on which to pull back any time gaps in the GC race. The course made its way out of Fribourg and back again, traversing an undulating profile which even included a cobblestone section which, on time trial frames and wheels, would be felt in the tired legs of all the riders. Some riders would use the day as an opportunity to warm down after a hard week, where Peter Sagan took a strong sprint victory in his return to the race after eleven years, while others would be looking for a time that could improve their GC standing. The fastest riders were coming in with times under twenty-three minutes, and both Jordi Meeus and Ben Zwiehoff put in good efforts, but with rain coming down on the course, this made fast times more difficult to come by. Undeterred by the wet conditions, Wilco Kelderman was the last BORA-hansgrohe rider to make his way onto the course. The Dutch rider posted a time of 22:45, which put him thirteenth on the stage and was enough to confirm a top ten finish in the overall standings after consistent performances the entire week. 

 

Results – 5th Stage

01 R. Cavagna      21:54

02 S. Bisegger         +0:06

03 G. Thomas          +0:17

13 W. Kelderman    +0:50 

 

Results - GC

01 G. Thomas     17:59:57

02 R. Porte              +0:28

03 F. Masnada         +0:38

10 W. Kelderman    +2:20

 

From the Finish Line 

"I think it was a good time trial and although conditions weren't perfect, I finished the week in a good way. Unfortunately, it wasn't my best GC and not what I was expecting in the Tour de Romandie. I had some problems with my body but in my view, we can be satisfied with the effort and work of the entire team here. I now look forward to the rest of the season." – Wilco Kelderman 

 

"After an intense week with tough weather conditions and strong battles, we concluded the race with more rain today. Wilco put in a good performance in the closing time trial and stayed in the GC top ten. I believe that, in the end, we can be satisfied with our result." – André Schulze, Sports Director

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