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Press Releases | 19.01.2023

Fight on the Corkscrew Climb: Hindley and Schachmann reach the finish in the first chasing group 

Stage 3 of the Tour Down Under was relatively short at 116.8km, but featured a brutal final ascent. As expected, the race exploded on the final Corkscrew climb. Maximilian Schachmann and Jai Hindley managed to move to the front with the group of GC favorites. However, when J. Vine, S. Yates and P. Bilbao attacked out of a reduced field on the steepest part of the ascent, the two BORA - hansgrohe riders were unable to stick with them. With P. Bilbao taking the win, Maximilian and Jai ultimately reached the finish in the first chasing group.

01 P. Bilbao                 2:48:10
02 S. Yates                       +0:00
03 J Vine                         +0:00
12 M. Schachmann         +0:28
19 J. Hindley                  +0:28   

From the Finish Line
"As expected, it was a hectic stage with an even more hectic finale. The last ascent was quite tough. We tried to ride into the climb in a good position and then remain at the front. The level here in January, however, is really high. I think I was just missing something so early in the season that was needed to get a better result today." - Maximilian Schachmann

"After we saw yesterday that Jai is one of the best on the ascents, we tried to go for a good result with our climbers today. I have to say the teamwork was fantastic again. We tried to use the short and steep Checker climb at 30 kilometres ahead of the finish to put our team in position, and were quite successful there. Unfortunately, some riders managed to catch up from behind. Nevertheless, our climbers managed to arrive well placed at the decisive climb. So compliments to the whole team, especially to Marco Haller. In the end, it was clear that Jai had to pay slightly for his efforts yesterday and so didn't quite have the legs that he did on Stage 2. On an optimistic note, Max Schachmann was able to move up to twelfth place in the general classification, so a top ten result is within reach. Our goal of winning a stage remains. Tomorrow is another day for the fast men and then on Sunday, we have a stage that should suit the climbers. We will try until the last day to achieve our two goals." - Christian Pömer, Sports Director

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