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Press Releases | 25.10.2020

Felix Großschartner improves to 6th position overall after tough Vuelta mountain stage

The sixth stage was originally planned to ascend the Col de Tourmalet, but due to health restrictions in France, the race organiser was left to find an alternative route. As planned, the peloton left the starting point of Biescas, subsequently making its way up a 146 km long route over two climbs, as well as a first category ascent to the Aramón Formigal ski station to cap off the rain-soaked stage. 23 riders formed the breakaway group of the day, while BORA - hansgrohe remained in the peloton. On the descent following the climb to Puerto de Alto de Cotefablo, G. Izagirre attacked from the leading group, and 20 km before the finish he had managed to carve out a lead of about 30 seconds. The rest of the escapees were hot on the heels of the Basque rider, however, and he was caught with a little more than 5 km of racing to go. The final kilometres saw numerous attacks from the breakaway group, while the 15-man group of favourites, which included Felix Großschartner, fell to pieces. Over the final few kilometres, I. Izagirre attacked from the reduced escape group and ultimately took the stage honours. Back in the extremely thinned out group of favourites, Felix was to be seen riding very actively and was up there amidst several attacks. In the end, the Austrian BORA - hansgrohe rider took 16th place, improving one position to 6th in the overall classification.

 

Result

01 I. Izagirre            3:41:00

02 M. Woods                     +0:25

03 R. Costa                         +0:25

16 F. Großschartner           +1:21

 

From the Finish Line

"The weather, with the cold and the rain, really made racing that much more difficult today. Nevertheless, I felt quite good for the whole stage. The escapees managed to prevail, and in the end, was able to improve slightly in the overall classification, which is of course a nice way to conclude the stage. Now I'm looking forward to tomorrow's rest day. The team worked well together yet again, and they brought me into a good position, which ultimately allowed me to keep up ahead of the finale. Now I hope that things will continue in the race like this.” - Felix Großschartner

"From the get-go, it was a very offensive race. On the first climb there were several attacks and a strong breakaway group was able to go clear. We wanted to ride conservatively with Felix to the finish line, but it was a very difficult day, with almost 3000 meters of climbing and bad weather. At the finish, there was still heavy rain and it was about 5 degrees. Felix was able to keep up with the group of favourites until the finale, and he then tried to make the best out of the race situation, eventually producing a good result: 16th on the stage and 6th overall. On the final ascent there was a real battle, rider against rider, and everyone suffered, putting up a strong fight. It was a solid race, with Ide also doing well, having been able to stay with Felix for quite a long time. Tomorrow, there’ll be a very well-deserved rest day." - Steffen Radochla, Sports Director

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