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Press Releases | 17.07.2021

Giovanni Aleotti sixth on the penultimate stage of Settimana Ciclistica Italiana and still in the young rider's jersey

Today the riders had to take on 168 km around the Sardinian capital of Cagliari. Three climbs and almost 2500 metres of elevation gain awaited them before reaching the finish after 20 flat kilometres. As on the previous days, a small escape group formed early on, yet was caught by a 24-man chasing group, including Felix Großschartner and Giovanni Aleotti after 100 km of racing. On the final climb, the peloton split into several groups at the back. Felix launched an attack with a few other riders, yet was reeled back in by the reduced group. Ultimately, Giovanni was BORA-hansgrohe's best-placed finisher today, crossing the line in sixth place, following the victory of D. Ulissi. The young BORA-hansgrohe rider thereby also retains the best young rider's jersey and third place in the overall classification.

Result

01 D. Ulissi             4:03:58

02 A. Riabushenko     +0:00

03 S. Vanmarcke       +0:00

06 G. Aleotti             +0:00

11 F. Großschartner   +0:00

From the finish line
"We had to take on several climbs in quick succession today. After the first ascent, only around 20 riders remained up front. Felix and I were up there with them and at the end we rode in a small leading group to the finish. Eventually, we tried to attack again and Felix managed to get away, but unfortunately he was caught again. After that, we didn't have a real chance to try anything, and in the sprint, I was able to cross the finish line in sixth place." - Giovanni Aleotti

"With a tough first category climb, today's stage was quite hard. After the first half of the race, the peloton split and Felix and Giovanni were able to make it into a front group of 24 riders. However, Team UAE Emirates and Israel Start-Up Nation set a strong tempo, and we had no chance of really trying any successful attacks. With 25km to go we had crosswinds, and Felix, together with a small group, tried to attack but they were caught again not long afterwards. Giovanni ultimately managed to take 6th place and continues to lead the young rider's classification. With his 3rd place in the GC, we cannot be dissatisfied, especially on such a course. The final part wasn't hard enough and so we just didn't have a real chance to attack on the final flat kilometres today." - Jean-Pierre Heynderickx, Sports Director

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