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Press Releases | 20.09.2020

BORA-hansgrohe look back at Tour de France of passion and teamwork as Peter Sagan takes third on Champs-Elysées sprint

As is tradition on the Tour de France, there would be no real racing on the last day until the riders arrived in Paris. The first part of the 122km route from Mantes-la-Jolie would be to celebrate the jersey winners and to contemplate the racing of the previous three weeks, with the sprinters taking centre stage when the day, and the race, came to its end on the Champs-Elysées. For the BORA-hansgrohe riders, it was a chance to reflect on a Tour de France that saw multiple strong team performances, with the riders working together well both to control the pace on important sprint stages in Peter Sagan’s quest for the Maillot Vert, as well as individual achievements, such as Lennard Kämna’s multiple days in the breakaway, before finally taking his well-deserved first Grand Tour win on stage 16. Entering Paris with 66km to go, the pace was relaxed as the peloton took in Paris’ sights, from the Cathédrale Notre-Dame to the Louvre museum and art gallery. Passing the Luxor Obelisk on the Place de la Concorde with 55km to go, the race proper was on for the first of nine laps of the Champs-Elysées circuit, with attempts to breakaway starting instantly. The day’s intermediate sprint was approaching fast, and Maximilian Schachmann jumped in a group of four to up the pace. The high speeds on the course meant Max’s group was never more than fifteen seconds in front, and as the sun set low on the roads and the kilometres remaining dipped below 10km, the sprint teams massed at the front. Gritting his teeth, Max was the only rider left, lasting until the 3.5km to go point before he was swept up. From here it was all about the sprinters. Moving his way up through the bunch, Peter Sagan was in a strong position on the final bend, and starting his sprint, he surged through the field, never letting go until the line was crossed. Narrowly missing out on second, the Slovak rider took third to draw his and BORA-hansgrohe’s Tour de France campaign to a close. 

 

Result: 21st Stage

01 S. Bennett      2:53:32

02 M. Pedersen         +0:00

03 P. Sagan               +0:00

04 A. Kristoff           +0:00

 

Result: GC

01 T. Pogačar         87:20:05

02 R. Roglič             +0:59

03 R. Porte               +3:30

04 M. Landa             +5:58

 

From the Finish Line 

"As expected, it all came down to a fast bunch sprint. I was well-placed, in Sam's wheel but in the end, he was faster and I took third. Everything is fine, the Tour de France is over and I'm happy to be here in Paris." – Peter Sagan 

"We had three objectives here, two of which, we must admit, we were unable to achieve. Peter’s preparation for the Tour and the Giro was something of a tightrope walk. Enough has already been reported about Emanuel’s fall – I think everyone could see from the Dauphiné that he was on course, but after that, unfortunately, it didn’t work out. In general, we had a lot of bad luck at the Tour this year. Mechanicals in the unluckiest of situations, Sagan, whose chain came off at a critical moment, or even Lukas’ bee sting. Nevertheless, I’m drawing a positive conclusion, because the way our riders presented themselves here was great. Their attacking riding style was received enthusiastically by the cycling world. You could see the passion, the fighting spirit, but also the form that would have actually been there. We performed here as a team. Lennard's victory was the reward for this hard work and a huge relief for everyone. I am particularly proud, as this was the first German stage victory for our team at the Tour. Next year, we will certainly come back with ambitious goals, and the potential to achieve them is definitely present in our team.“ – Ralph Denk, Team Manager

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