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Press Releases | 15.09.2021

BORA-hansgrohe shows an active race at the Grand Prix de Wallonie – Patrick Konrad finishes seventh

The Grand Prix de Wallonie is one of the most important one-day races in the second half of the Belgium racing season, and with its hilly profile similar to the Ardennes classics in Wallonia it suits especially puncheurs with climbing abilities. Therefore, BORA-hansgrohe sent a strong team to the start to tackle the 208 kilometres between Aywaille and the Citadelle de Namur, led by Tour de France stage winner Patrick Konrad and Sibiu Tour winner Giovanni Aleotti. The race was marked by a continuously fast pace and many attacks, especially BORA-hansgrohe rider Nils Politt showed a strong performance when he launched several moves with about 50 kilometres to go. However, in the fast finale it was Patrick Konrad who fought for the victory until the last metres up to the Citadelle de Namur. In the end, the Austrian crossed the finish line on a strong 7th position.


01 Christophe Lapore
02 Warren Barguil
03 Tosh Van der Sande
07 Patrick Konrad

From the finish line

„We wanted to make the race as hard as possible and therefore started to attack early on. In the finale, my plan was to attack on the penultimate climb in order to get into a smaller group. I tried that, but unfortunately, I couldn't break away decisively from the peloton. In the end, it came to a sprint of a big group where I managed to finish on the 7th position. We did our best and showed an attractive race, that’s why we can still be satisfied with our performance.“ – Patrick Konrad

„Our goal today was to show an active race in order to avoid a big group finish with the fast sprinters. With Ide Schelling, Giovanni Aleotti and Patrick Konrad, we sent a team with strong riders to the start, who are used to such race profiles. Patrick showed a good performance in the finale and even attacked in the last 15 kilometres. Unfortunately, he was caught by the peloton again. The fact that he still made it to the seventh position in the sprint shows his class. The whole team showed a strong performance – unfortunately, it didn't pay off in the end, but that's cycling..“ – Christian Pömer, Sports Director

Photo: Bettiniphoto (Archive)

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