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Press Releases | 19.09.2020

BORA - hansgrohe concludes Tour of Slovakia with green jersey and GC top 10

For the race’s final stage, the peloton set off on the 171.7 km long hilly route between Topoľčianky and the historical town of Skalica. Along the way, the riders had to cross three climbs before the last 60 km took them over relatively flat terrain until the finish. Only after 70 km was a small group able to distance itself to create a gap to the field, which extended out to five minutes during the day. In the final phase of the race, the breakaway was caught and the day ended in the expected bunch sprint, which was taken out by R. Barbier. With 150m remaining, Martin Laas brushed past a spectator with his shoulder, which hindered his sprint and he had to make do with third place. BORA - hansgrohe completes the Tour of Slovakia with two stage wins, a third place and the green jersey with Martin, and a third place and top-10 position in the GC with Jempy Drucker.

 

Result: Stage 4

01 R. Barbier      3:56:37

02 A. Hodeg           +0:00

03 M. Laas             +0:00

 

Result: General Classification

01 J. Steimle         15:49:04

02. N. Denz                +00:00

03. S. Archbold          +00:18

07 J. Drucker             +00:26

 

"The plan was to win another stage and we had a good chance in the final sprint. We also wanted to help Jempy to get some bonus points. The guys supported me very well today and although the final was again very hectic, I was able to jump on Jempy's rear wheel and he put me in a good position. With 200m to the finish line I launched my sprint at the same time as Barbier, but I brushed past a spectator with my shoulder and that threw me out of my rhythm and in the end I only took third place. I am pretty disappointed that something like this happened in the final and I am relieved that I didn't fall. But this is cycling and you have to take it as it comes. All in all, the Tour of Slovakia was a successful race for us with two stage wins and the points jersey. I am especially happy that I was able to reward the hard work of my teammates with the green jersey." - Martin Laas

"The plan was to ride for Martin and try for another stage win. I rode the lead-out for him and did my best, but ultimately, it wasn’t enough to take a third win today. I’m feeling better every day and I'm confident that I’ll only improve in the next weeks. I actually didn’t really expect to fight for a GC position here, and so I am satisfied with my seventh place overall.“ - Jempy Drucker

"We wanted to keep Martin in front and the guys did an amazing job for him. We tried to fight for a few seconds for Jempy, but it didn’t quite work out. However, it was good to see such cohesive cooperation between all the riders. Jempy did the lead-out for Martin but when he opened his sprint there was a spectator standing too far over the barriers, and Martin brushed past him with 150 m to go and lost his speed, otherwise he might have taken the stage. However, overall, we’re happy with our results here. Two stage wins, a top 10 in GC and the green jersey isn’t bad at all.“ - Jean-Pierre Heynderickx, Sports Director

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