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Press Releases | 05.04.2021

Ide Schelling nets strong result with 8th place in the opening time trial at the Tour of the Basque Country

The 61st Tour of the Basque Country commenced today with quite a tough 13.9 km individual time trial around Bilbao. After the start came a long steep climb, followed by a 10 km descent, before the final kilometre, which yet again led uphill with gradients of up to 19 per cent. Emanuel Buchmann opened the race against the clock for BORA - hansgrohe, while Maximillian Schachmann subsequently rolled off the start ramp not long afterwards. In the late afternoon, Giovanni Aleotti was the last rider from the team to take to the road. With a time of 17:46, Ide Schelling rode a solid race and in the end, his performance was enough to secure him 8th place, the best result of the team today, with P. Roglič taking the win. Max stopped the clock in a time of 17:48, placing 10th, while Wilco Keldermann took 11th with a time of 17:53.

Result

01 P. Roglič                 17:17

02 B. McNulty                 +0:02

03 J. Vingegaard              +0:18

08 I. Schelling                 +0:29

10 M. Schachmann          +0:31

11 W. Keldermann           +0:36   

20 P. Konrad                   +0:43

24 E. Buchmann              +0:47

 

From the Finish Line

"After the Tour of Catalunya, I took it as easy as possible, so I was pretty fresh at the start today. The parcours suited me very well, with the two climbs and the long descent, but I honestly didn't expect to net such a result. Today was the first time that I really rode full throttle in the individual time trial, and of course it's nice to be rewarded with a top-10 finish." - Ide Schelling

"We are very happy with how today's time trial went. We managaed to place several of our GC riders at the top end of the results, and we have four riders in the top 20, so we are in a very good position, upon which we can build in the upcoming days. During the next stages we will try our best to ride tactically and offensively. All in all, today's stage produced a good team performance all around. The riders are at a high level and have prepared very well, and we are very satisfied with the results today." - André Schulze, Sports Director

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