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Press Releases | 25.10.2020

BORA-hansgrohe’s Giro d’Italia campaign comes to a close with strong time trial from Maciej Bodnar in Milan finisher

It was going to be about all-out speed on the individual time trial that would draw the 2020 Giro d’Italia to a close. Starting on the outskirts of Milan and making its way into the centre, the roads were completely flat and, with very few twists or turns to slow them down, riders would have a chance to reach high speeds on the 15.7km parcours, that is, if they had the legs after three hard weeks on the road. For some it would be a chance to go for a good time and maybe a stage win, for others they would be looking to take extra time in the GC standings but for most of the peloton it was a chance to reflect on the previous twenty-one days. Peter Sagan was able to celebrate his first win at the Giro on stage 10, completing his hat-trick of Grand Tour wins with not only one of the most exciting wins of this year’s race, but of the race’s history. For Rafał Majka and Patrick Konrad there were a series of strong performances that saw them place well both in the GC battles and in the overall standings throughout the race, with the whole team riding well to provide support and ensure everyone was protected. Back on the roads, on a course that suited his riding style, Maciej Bodnar went hard and finished in a time of 18:20, a performance that saw him take second on the road for a time, ending the day in fifteenth when all the riders had come home. On a day they could have taken it easy, the entire team worked hard on the road, not easing off until the finish line was behind them, bringing the stage and the race to a close. Finishing the stage in 36th position, Patrick confirmed his 8th place in the General Classification after just under 3,500km of hard racing.

Results

01        F.Ganna                      0h17’16”
02        V.Campenaerts          + 0:32
03        R.Dennis                     + 0:32
...
15        M.Bodnar                   + 1:04

From the Finish Line

"The Giro d'Italia is now over and I think the whole team did a good job. We won a stage with Peter, we were always there in the fight for the ciclamino jersey, we had a good result in the GC. The team was always present, fighting for stage wins. That was my third Giro d'Italia and I really enjoyed it. It was nice being with this group for three weeks. The season is ending as well and I'm happy to be able to enjoy some time with my family after the difficult period everybody went through because of the virus." – Patrick Konrad

 "With his 8th place in the general classification, Patrick Konrad fulfilled his goal of a top ten result, and we are very happy with his performance. Unfortunately, he missed the victory on stage 13 only by a few centimetres, which would have been another great result for him and the team. Rafał was on track for a top five result in the overall classification until he got sick in the last week which was also very unlucky. Peter scored an impressive victory on stage 10 and four second places. However, we missed the points jersey which we had won last year. That's why I'm drawing a mixed conclusion: Compared to the two previous editions where we had won three stages each it was not our best performance and we definitely have to analyse in the upcoming weeks what the reasons for the missed goals were. However, it was still a good Giro and the whole team can be proud of its achievements." – Ralph Denk, Team Manager

Photo: Bettiniphoto

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