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Press Releases | 24.10.2020

Felix Großschartner takes a strong fifth place on the fifth stage of the Vuelta a España

The first 115 km of the 185 km-long route from Huesca to Sabiñánigo traversed undulating terrain, while the last third featured three climbs of the second and third categories. Several riders tried to make it into the breakaway, but the peloton didn't necessarily make this an easy feat today and the first group was brought back after 40 kilometres of racing. A series of further attempts followed, yet all of them remained in vain until a group of 11 riders managed to distance themselves from the field with 90 km remaining.  20 km later, three riders from this leading group launched an attack, which served them well, as they ended up contesting the stage win in Sabiñánigo amongst themselves. The day's winner ended up being T. Wellens while Felix Großschartner battled it out with P. Roglic in the main field after attacking in the finale, crossing the line in a strong fifth place behind the Slovenian. With that, Felix remains in 7th place in the general classification.

 

Results

01 T. Wellens                4:19:25

02 G. Martin                        +0:04

03 T. Arensman                   +0:12

04 P. Roglic                           +2:13

05 F. Großschartner            +2:13

 

From the Finish Line

"Right from the start, things kicked off very quickly. Then when it became clear that one group was going to break clear, the pace was okay. We knew that the route would kick up at around 700m ahead of the finish and so it was important to be in a good position to avoid giving away any unnecessary seconds. I managed that quite well. I was in front when there was a crash, and fortunately I wasn't involved in it. In the end, I looked at Roglic, but I wasn't sure if I should go for it then. But when he started sprinting, I tried to follow yet just couldn't get past him. I felt good today and now I’m going to try to recover well and I am optimistic for tomorrow." - Felix Großschartner

"Today we rode quite a fast tempo on the hilly terrain. We wanted to try to get into a breakaway group with one of our riders. The group that managed to get away was very strongly contested, and in the end, a small group went clear from what was a tough battle. For us, it wasn’t a problem that we didn’t make the break. We wanted to then focus on getting a good result with Felix, and we can be very satisfied with his fifth place on the stage." - André Schulze, Sports Director

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