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Press Releases | 28.10.2020

Felix Großschartner defends 6th overall after brutal climb concludes the 8th stage of the Vuelta a España

A challenging day in the saddle awaited the peloton today. Although the first half of the course consisted of relatively flat terrain, the second part took the riders over a 2nd category climb before they had to contest the steep Alto de Moncalvillo. After the start in Logroño, a 7-man group was able to break free following 25 km of racing. The situation remained fairly unchanged for a long period of time. However, Movistar then set the pace at the front of the field and with 20km remaining until the final climb, the lead of the escapees had dropped from a maximum of 4 minutes to one minute. At the foot of the Alto de Moncalvillo, the remaining breakaway riders had been reeled back in, with several attacks then being launched from the reduced field. Felix Großschartner was able to follow the moves at this point, but the brutal final ascent ultimately took its toll. Several riders, among them the Austrian BORA - hansgrohe climber, were distanced on the steepest part of the climb and a group of only 10 riders then rode their way to the finish. Over the last 5 km, the GC favourites battled it out for stage honours and eventually P. Roglič emerged victorious after 164 km in the saddle. Felix crossed the finish line in 17th place, around 2 minutes in arrears of the day’s winner, yet the BORA - hansgrohe rider was able to defend his 6th place in the overall standings.

 

Results

01 P. Roglič                4:07:08

02 R. Carapaz                  +0:13   

03 D. Martin                    +0:19

17 F. Großschartner        +2:05

 

From the Finish Line

"It was a hard finish. I probably didn’t have my best day today, andI lost some time, but it’s not too bad. Today was certainly not a stage for me either, so I'm satisfied with my performance. I fought hard and was able to maintain my 6th place in the overall classification. Our plan is to see day by day what we can achieve and today's result is quite ok. Thanks to the whole team who put me in a very good position for the last climb as well.” - Felix Großschartner

"It was a good day for us. A small group of seven riders managed to break away, but Ineos Grenadiers controlled the race very well. Later, Movistar came to the fore to ride for the podium. We yet again had the goal of keeping Felix in a good time and fighting for a top 10 on the mountain finish. He put in a solid race, found his rhythm on the difficult final climb and is now still sixth overall, which is a good result for us." - Steffen Radochla, Sports Director

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