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Press Releases | 19.04.2021

Successful debut for Toni Palzer on Tour of the Alps opening stage

The opening stage of this year's Tour of the Alps led over 140.6 km from Brixen to Innsbruck. After the riders had crossed the border between Italy and Austria on the Brenner Pass, there were still two laps on the program, each with an ascent of the third category. The team starts the tour in the Alpine region with many neopros and newcomers. After the start, a group of three broke away, which was able to pull out a maximum lead of 5 minutes. In the last climb to Axams, almost 20 kilometers from the finish, there was a merger and the final was opened by various attacks. The BORA-hansgrohe riders were also active here. On the last small climb shortly before the finish, the later winner Gianni Moscon was able to use the narrow route and escaped from the pack. The team`s mountain and GC riders reached the finish without losing any time and kept all chances open for the next few days. The newest team member, Anton Palzer, was also happy about his debut as a professional cyclist and finished just 25 seconds behind the winner.

 

Result

01 G.Moscon        3:29:24

02 I.Andersen        +0:00

03 A.Riabushenko   +0:00

18 F.Großschartner +0:00

93 A.Palzer             +0:25

From the Finish Line

 

"Very cool experience. I didn't really have any problems riding uphill, but it's amazing to see how hectic everything is. You always have to be fully involved so that you don't lose touch. It all takes so much energy to be focused all the time. That makes you tired over time. Unfortunately, on the last small climb I was too far behind and when the driver in front of me lost the connection, I thought you couldn't get there anymore. I really enjoyed it and I am confident that I will find my way around better and better over the next few days and I am happy that the next few days will go to the right mountains." - Anton Palzer

"I felt good today and I am completely satisfied with my form after the high altitude training camp in Sierra Nevada. I tried once, but that was a little early. In the finale, due to the narrow roads and hectic, I couldn't quite get into position to follow Gianni Moscon, who just deserved to win today. I'm looking forward to the next few days and I'm optimistic." - Felix Großschartner

"It is a great experience and a great challenge to form a team of many neopros and newcomers. Our plan was to drive a good race as a team today and bring Rudi to the finals for the sprint. Unfortunately, the pace was just too fast for him on the last long climb. With our mountain and GC drivers, however, we didn't lose any time and we still have all the options for the next few days." - Jens Zemke, Sports Director

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