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Press Releases | 20.01.2023

Untimely mechanical leads to mixed results on the fourth stage of the Tour Down Under

On today's stage for the sprinters, the fast men had one more chance to secure a stage victory. With BORA - hansgrohe having lost Jordi early in the race due to a crash, it was a matter of getting the climbers safely to the finish ahead of tomorrow's demanding final day of racing. The first half of the race was dominated by a breakaway duo, while at the start of the second part of proceedings, echelons caused a split in the peloton. While Maximilian Schachmann suffered an untimely mechanical and was forced to fall back, Jai Hindley and Giovanni Aleotti managed to jump into the first group, which in the end decided the race in a bunch sprint. B. Coquard took the day's win, while Jai and Giovanni crossed the finish line in the same time as the winner. The two BORA-hansgrohe riders moved up to 21st and 22nd in GC respectively, while Maximilian Schachmann, the former best-placed rider from the Raubling racing team, has now slipped to 36th.

 

Result

01 B. Coquard         2:53:41   

02 A. Bettiol                +0:00

03 H. Page                   +0:00

34 J. Hindley               +0:00

36 G. Aleotti               +0:00

 

From the Finish Line

"We knew that there was the risk of crosswinds today, and so we were ready for anything from the beginning on. There was a split after we crossed the finish line for the first time, and Jai and I managed to stay in the front group. From that point, it was full gas until the finish. We both tried to find a good position for the sprint, but we knew that in such a large group, it would be tough and very chaotic. Neither of us were able to sprint for a top result, but there's still one stage to go and we'll try again tomorrow." - Giovanni Aleotti

"Unfortunately it was not our day today and so we're a bit disappointed. We had planned to move up in the GC with Max Schachmann today. We also wanted to have a chance to sprint for the stage win, but unfortunately that didn't quite work out. Max suffered a mechanical at an inopportune time and had to change his bike, which contributed to him finding himself in the rear group afterwards. But chapeau to Jai and Giovanni, who were in the first group together. Tomorrow we'll have to see if we can realise our goal of a stage win." - Christian Pömer, Sports Director

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