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Press Releases | 22.04.2019

Top 10 place for Rafal Majka on Tour of the Alps opening stage

The opening stage of the five-day Tour of the Alps stretched over 143 km of lumpy terrain around Kufstein in North Tirol. Two categorised climbs awaited the peloton, with the Hinterthiersee ascent, and its gradients of up to 10 per cent, having to be crested 12 km ahead of the finish line. Afterwards, the route went uphill, before a short climb to Marblinger Höhe had to be contended with, followed by a 3 km-long descent and a finishing straight featuring 1.5 km of flat roads into the finish. During the day the break was able to build up a lead of over 5 minutes, however their efforts had to remain in vain, and the leading group disintegrated with 30 km left to race. At around this time, Pascal Ackermann was involved in a crash and was forced to abandon the race. Thankfully he did not sustain any fractures. Some time later, his teammate Andreas Schillinger was then able to bridge to the chase group, and a few kilometres later, to the solo leader. As V. Nibali then launched an attack, Rafal Majka was able to go with him, and he lead the race with three other riders for a short while. However, everything came together in the end, and in the sprint in Kufstein, T. Geoghegan Hart crossed the finish line in first place. Rafal Majka took out 8th position, making him the top-placed rider from the BORA – hansgrohe squad.

 

Result

01 T. Geoghegan Hart    3:30:48

02 A. Aranburu                 +0:00

03 R. Thalmann                +0:00

08 R. Majka                      +0:00

 

From the Finish line

“I’m satisfied with my performance today. I have just returned from three weeks at altitude training, and I think that my form is getting better with each passing day. This race, with its many long and steep climbs, is really good preparation for the Giro d’Italia and my performance on the first stage here is a good sign for the upcoming month.”

- Rafal Majka

 

“Today, Pascal was unfortunately involved in a crash and had to give up the race. Thankfully he did not sustain any fractures, only a haematoma. However, it is disappointing for him and the entire team. We suspect that the crash was caused by a parked car on the route. His teammate Rafal Majka put in a good performance on today’s stage. He has just returned from altitude camp and was one of the strongest riders on the stage. Now we move forward without any specific goals in terms of the GC or stage wins. We’ll be using this race as preparation for the Giro d’Italia.”

- Christian Poemer, Sports Director

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