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Team News | 01.08.2021

Strong teamwork results in 2nd and 5th place for Aleotti and Schelling at Circuito de Getxo

One day after the Classica San Sebastian with the Circuito de Getxo another one-day race was on the program for BORA-hansgrohe. The hilly parcours around Bilbao led the riders over 193,5 kilometers with several short but steep ascents and a total elevation of about 2500 meters. After a fast start, it was Cesare Benedetti and Patrick Gamper, who made it up the road with a breakaway group of 14 riders. With 50 kilometers to the finish line, Wilco Kelderman attacked out of the peloton and split the main group. Nearly the whole team was part of that first split so the BORA-hansgrohe riders took on the race and chased the remaining 4 leaders. After the final and decisive climb is was Giovanni Aleotti and later also Ide Schelling who could make their way up to the front group of five riders to fight for the win. Ide first attacked alone but could not really get rid of the other riders so he gave everything to lead out Giovanni into the final ascent to the finish line. With perfect teamwork and a strong sprint Aleotti was only beaten by Giacomo Nizzolo and came away with a second place, while Schelling finished fifth and also secured the win in the team classification for BORA-hansgrohe.


01 G. Nizzolo          4:12:22

02 Giovanni Aleotti      +0:00

03 S. Buitrago             +0:00

04 A. Gonzalez            +0:12

05 Ide Schelling           +0:12


From the Finish Line

"We had a pretty good race today as we all worked together the whole time and the team did a next to perfect job. With 50k's to go we were able to chase down the break, split the bunch and go full gas into the final climb. The team supported Ide and me and kept us safe till that point so we could save a lot of energy for the finale. On the last kilometers, the two of us were able to share the work and make it a hard race for the others. As Ide got caught he gave everything for me to lead me into the final ascent. Unfortunately, Nizzolo was just too strong but I am still very happy with my second place and I am super thankful for the support of the whole team." - Giovanni Aleotti


"Our goal was to take on the race today and to make it difficult, in order not to take the sprinters and faster riders into the final. The team did a great job right from the start as we had two riders with Patrick and Cesare in the breakaway. Unfortunately Patrick was held back after a short time by a defect, which of course meant we had a little fewer options for the final. Nevertheless, the team worked perfectly together over the last 50 kilometers and put their stamp on the race. With Ide and Giovanni we gave everything and tried all we could on the last few kilometers. We didn't make any mistakes and if someone is simply better there is nothing to be done. Therefore, we are very satisfied with our teamwork and the strong placements of our riders. " - Andre Schulze, Sports Director

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