Press Releases | 08.10.2019

Misfortune for BORA - hansgrohe at Tre Valli Varesine

Today saw the 99th edition of the one-day race Tre Valli Varesine. The 197km-long parcours between Saronno and Varese was quite demanding, consisting of several ascents, the last of which came around 1000m ahead of the finish. The terrain then flattened out in the run-in to the finish line. Already early in the proceedings, a group of six riders distanced themselves from the peloton, but they were never allowed a lead of more than 3 minutes. After 70 km in the saddle, their gap had been halved due to the tempo that was being set in the peloton by BORA - hansgrohe and Jumbo Visma, and with 50km remaining, the field was only a minute behind the two remaining leaders. The last two laps around Saronno saw a series of attacks from the main field and eventually a small group containing the Italian champion Davide Formolo was able to break free, but the chasers could not hold off the charging field and it all came back together again. Shortly afterwards L. Sanchez attacked, and Davide along with a few other riders attempted to follow, but the chasing group with the Italian BORA - hansgrohe rider took a wrong turn and lost valuable time. They were therefore no longer able to contest the decisive stage of the race. Over the last 10 km, a new chasing group, which included Rafał Majka, formed from behind and set after the lone Spaniard at the head of the race, however, with less than 500 m to the finish line, he was ultimately caught. In the finishing straight, P. Roglič was able to attack from the chasing group to cross the finish first, while Rafał reached the line with the remaining chasers ahead of the main field. 



01 P. Roglič          4:40:46

02 G.Visconti            + 0:03

03 T. Skujiņš              +0:03

15 R. Majka               +0:00


From the finish line

“It’s a shame that the group with Davide went the wrong way, because he is very motivated for the Italian races this week. I was in the group behind him, but after this incident, we became the first chasing group, and we tried to bridge the gap to Sanchez, which we were eventually able to do. In the end, the race was decided in a sprint from a group of around 25 riders, but when Roglic attacked, no one was able to follow him. He was imply too strong. That being said, the most important race for us is Il Lombardia on Saturday, and it’s encouraging to see that our riders are in good form at the moment. We’ll also use the upcoming races as preparation for that.” - Rafal Majka


“It looked promising for us around 15 to 20 kilometres ahead of the finish, with Davide Formolo in the 14-rider leading group. Unfortunately, they were led the wrong way by a moto and as a result, his group ended up falling behind the main field. Afterwards, we had Rafal Majka in the reduced main field, who was ultimately able to take 15th position from a group of around 25 riders at the finish. When a race is run over different laps on the same course, the chance of a mishap increases, like we saw today. It’s a shame that it happened like this, because with Davide in the Italian champion’s kit, we had expected somewhat more at Tre Valli Varese.” - Jens Zemke, Sports Director

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