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Press Releases | 25.08.2019

Peter Sagan takes sprint sixth on BORA-hansgrohe home territory at EuroEyes Cyclassics Hamburg

Racing over its familiar figure of eight parcours, the 2019 EuroEyes Cyclassics Hamburg race would be fast from start to finish. The 216km profile was fairly flat throughout and while the terrain presented nothing that would give the sprinters any trouble in their quest for the win, there was plenty of street furniture to contend with and the Waseberg climb would slowly drain the riders’ energy reserves. Going off from the starting line at a breakneck pace, these high speeds made it difficult for an escape to form – the sheer amount of effort required to break free from an already fast peloton meant that there were no moves to speak of until more than 50km had passed under their wheels. Four riders made their way out in front and had soon built up an advantage of ten minutes – an impressive lead, but one that would have the peloton shift up a gear to make sure they weren’t going to be denied the win and, racing on German soil, the BORA-hansgrohe riders were – as always – at the head of the bunch, chipping away at the break’s lead, Marcus Burghardt and Cesare Benedetti taking control here. With their advantage falling quickly – down to five minutes as the race entered its final 50km – one of the escape’s number dropped off, leaving just three up ahead and with the peloton now on the finishing circuit – a small loop from Hamburg to Blankenese and back – it was clear that the break couldn’t last until the end. With 28km to go, the lead was just one minute and, having dropped another member, a few kilometres later it was down to ten seconds. Here, Peter Sagan was leading the peloton as they came closer to sweeping up the duo, but with more than 20km still to go, there was every chance of a dangerous late attack. A reduced bunch began to form, with the members of this small group attacking each other in short, sharp bursts to thin out the field, but Peter still very much in contention here as the race entered its final 10km, joined by Cesare, who was working to keep the pace high. The twists and turns of the finale meant only the strongest would survive to contend the sprint, with Peter picking his lines well and gaining ground in the finale. Fighting for space, picking off places and going wide to pass the riders already dropping off, the Slovak rider took sixth after a hard-fought effort.

 

Results

01        E.Viviani                     4h47’27”

02        C.Ewan                       +0:00

03        G.Nizzolo                    +0:00

...

06         P.Sagan                      +0:00

 

From the Finish Line

"I felt good in my first race after the Tour de France. The guys put in a strong effort to control the race and I'd like to thank Cesare Benedetti for the tremendous work in the final kilometres to keep me safe and well-placed in the reduced bunch for the sprint finish. It got a bit complicated for me in the final straight but I felt good in the short, sharp climbs, which will certainly help me in the upcoming races." – Peter Sagan

 

"We took the initiative today to control the race and keep the 4-man breakaway under short leash. Marcus Burghardt and Cesare Benedetti worked hard for this and we focused Peter Sagan and Pascal Ackermann for the finale. Unfortunately, Pascal didn't have his best day. It was a very tough, very fast race with hot weather. In the end, Peter was in the small bunch of about 35 riders. Cesare helped him to position himself and Peter took sixth. It is true we were hoping for a better result but this is Peter's first race after the Tour de France and there is much more to come. We look forward to next year's edition of the race to take a victory." – Jens Zemke, Sports Director

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