BORA – hansgrohe takes a strong fifth place in the team time trial on the Vuelta a España opener
The 76th edition of the La Vuelta a España got underway today in Torrevieja with a 13,4 kilometers-long team time trial on a quite technical course. In the evening the teams headed onto the course and BORA – hansgrohe was one of the last teams to roll off the ramp.
Gregor Mühlberger led the team from Raubling, with Davide Formolo, Sam Bennett, Pawel Poljanski, Felix Großschartner, Rafał Majka, Jempy Drucker and Shane Archbold behind him. The team was quick to find its rhythm and showed a really strong performance on today’s short but technical opener. Setting one of the best times at the intermediate check point, the team kept up their effort until the line. Coming in with a strong time of 15:04, the team took fifth place at the end of the day.
Following this respectable result both GC contenders, Rafał Majka and Davide Formolo, ranked in a good position for the overall.
01 Astana 14:51
02 Deceuninck -Quick Step +0:02
03 Team Sunweb +0:05
05 BORA – hansgrohe +0:13
From the Finish Line
“We couldn't expect a better start to this year's La Vuelta than we had. The guys worked perfectly together and found the rhythm right after the start. It was great to watch such teamwork, I think we can be really happy with this result and it gives us motivation and confidence for the upcoming stages.” – Patxi Vila, Sports Director
“I think we started really good, of course it is a pity, we missed a podium place by just some seconds but it is how it is. We worked well together and heard on the radio that we should be careful on this corner, where some teams crashed, therefore we went through slower but all in all it was a good start to this final Grand Tour of the year.” – Felix Großschartner