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Press Releases | 13.03.2019

Unlucky crash makes for difficult Tirreno-Adriatico opener for BORA-hansgrohe

The 54th edition of the ‘Race of the Two Seas’ would see riders make their way from the Tyrrhenian to the Adriatic coasts, with seven days of action-packed racing ahead of them. However, it was an unlucky opening stage for BORA-hansgrohe, with two riders crashing today. The race opened with its traditional Team Time Trial in the seaside town of Lido di Camaiore – an out and back 21.5km route on pan flat roads with little that would trouble the riders in terms of terrain. However, with rain falling on the course all day, the roads were saturated and deep puddles dotted the course, making the racing slippery and treacherous. Some of the team were also coming back after a break in racing, while Slovak National Champion, Peter Sagan, was assessing his health after a difficult stomach virus. As one of the first teams on the road, the BORA-hansgrohe riders had barely started their ride when, 3.5km into the stage, a pedestrian walked out in front of the squad, taking out Rafał Majka and Oscar Gatto. While the remaining five worked together well to reach the finish, the team slipped down the rankings as the day went on. Finishing the day in a time of 24:22 and in 20th position, the team vowed to keep their spirits high and work hard to create opportunities later in the race. The stage was ultimately taken out by Mitchelton-Scott, who stopped the clock with a time of 22:25, a total of 1:57 faster than the team from Raubling.

 

Results

01 Mitchelton - SCOTT     22:25

02 Team Jumbo – Visma        +0:07

03 Team Sunweb                   +0:22

20 BORA – hansgrohe            +1:57

 

From the Finish Line

"It's a pity we started the Tirreno-Adriatico with such an unlucky incident. I felt well and I think we were doing a good time-trial but the crash so early in the stage was not a good thing at all. We lost our momentum and we had only five riders left for most of the stage, so it was difficult to be competitive. I wish Rafał and Oscar a speedy recovery" – Maciej Bodnar

 

"Unfortunately, we had a very bad day. Just 3.5km into the stage, a spectator crashed into the team, taking down two riders and splitting up the squad. From then on our guys weren't in the best mood but still gave a fight. The good news is that Rafał Majka is set to continue the race. He doesn't look good after the crash but he will be there. Our chances at the GC are probably gone now but we will try to fight for, possibly, a stage win that will keep our spirits high. Still, it was a very bad day for us." – Enrico Poitschke, Sports Director

 

"We had an unlucky day, marred by a bad crash. Oscar Gatto has quite a lot of bruises while Rafał Majka went down hard. He has hematomas and abrasions on his head and we will have to run additional tests and diagnostics in order to evaluate whether the impact caused a concussion or not." – Jan-Niklas Droste, Team Doctor

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