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Team News | 13.06.2019

Strong fourth place for Michael Schwarzmann at the GP du canton d’Argovie

The 56th edition of the GP du Canton d'Argovie was comprised of 185,9km and two circuits. The first 9.15km-long inner circuit had to be completed three times, with a 19.8.km-long circuit, which was to be take on a total of eight times, commencing from lap four onwards. After starting the large lap, the riders rode into the town of Schlatt, where the classified climbs awaited them, and from that point onwards, the course led downhill and then relatively flat back towards Leuggern. It was there that a slightly uphill finish awaited the riders, which featured a gradient of 5 per cent in the final 500m. In the first lap, three riders were able to ride away from the field, which subsequently throttled the tempo somewhat, leaving the advantage of the escapees to grow to around 7 minutes, which was, however always well under control. Juraj Sagan, along with riders from UAE Team Emirates, controlled the tempo in the peloton for almost the entire duration of the race. The main field let the elastic stretch and wasn’t under pressure to reel back the trio, and as a result, the race situation remained unchanged for quite some time. But with 35km remaining, the escapees were eventually reeled back in. Five kilometres later, Andreas Schillinger launched an attack from the field and managed to ride solo at the head of the race until 15km remaining, when he was caught again by the field, which by this time was hurtling towards the finish line. Having reeled the German rider back in, the peloton rode together towards the finish n Leuggern, and in a sprint battle, A. Kristoff took the win. After a strong leadout from his teammates, Michael Schwarzmann launched his sprint 400m ahead of the finish, and only narrowly missed out on the podium, finishing the race in a strong fourth place.

 

Result

01 A. Kristoff                        4:26:57

02 A. Pasqualon                       +0:00

03 R. Janse van Rensburg         +0:00  

04 M. Schwarzmann                 +0:00  

 

From the finish line

“In the finale, the team was riding up the front. Schilli and Jay put in a good lead-out, and I opened up my sprint with 400m remaining. Shortly afterwards, the other riders were able to pull past me and take the podium places, but I still managed to hang on for fourth position. Normally I’m a part of the team’s leadout train, and it’s different when one has to sprint oneself. Perhaps my timing wasn’t perfect today, but in the end, after a hard day in the saddle, this is a satisfactory result.” – Michael Schwarzmann

 

“The team controlled the race well the whole day. Juraj was particularly strong and rode together with UAE – Team Emirates at the head of the peloton to set the tempo. We were able to close the gap to the escapees with 35km of racing left, and it was at this point that Andreas Schillinger launched an attack from the peloton. Although the main field was in pursuit after him, he was able to ride 15km at the head of the race. In the final sprint, Schwarzi put in a long spring and ended up finishing fourth behind three strong riders. I can say that the team put in a strong performance today.” – Ján Valach, Sports Director

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