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Press Releases | 14.02.2021

Tour de la Provence finale: Matt Walls seventh in the bunch sprint, Patrick Konrad fifth overall

While yesterday's stage decided the overall winner, today offered the sprinters an opportunity to prove themselves on the flat 163 km-long route from Avignon to Salon-de-Provence. Although a breakaway dominated proceedings for much of the stage, the teams of the fast men had other ideas,  eventually reeling them back in with 2 km remaining until the finish. In the subsequent bunch sprint, Matthew Walls finished 7th behind the day's winner P. Bauhaus, a solid performance by the young Brit. Thanks to his third place at the first intermediate sprint, Patrick Konrad moved up in the overall standings, to conclude the French stage race in fifth place overall.

 

Result: 4th stage

01 P. Bauhaus            03:47:01 

02 D. Ballerini               +0:00

03 N. Bouhanni             +0:00

07 M. Walls                   +0:00

 

Result: General Classification

01 I. Sosa                     17:21:00          

02 J. Alaphilippe              +0:18

03 E. Bernal                     +0:19

04 W. Poels                      +0:39

05 P. Konrad                    +0:57

 

From the Finish Line

"Honestly, I was hoping for a podium place today, but the finale was quite hectic with a lot of corners. In the end we were ultimately just too far back to fight for a top result in the sprint. But with two top ten finishes this week, I'm pretty happy with my first race for BORA - hansgrohe and I hope to continue building upon my good form in the upcoming races." - Matthew Walls

"We essentially had two races today. First and foremost, we wanted to take bonus seconds in the first part of the stage. That's when the team controlled the race quite well and then brought me into a good position to sprint for the bonus seconds. Thanks to my third place there, I moved up to 5th place in the overall standings. So many thanks to the entire team for the great support. Overall, we can be more than happy with the performance of such a young team here this week." - Patrick Konrad

"This was a very good race for such a young team. With Matthew's 7th place, we achieved another solid result today. It was important for us to go for the bonus seconds to give Patrick an opportunity to make up a second on Mollema. The guys did that very well and it was a good tactical performance from them. Then, our goal shifted focus to bringing Matthew and Patrick to the finale in a good position. Overall, the outcome of the race is pretty good for us, we wore the young rider's jersey twice, had a rider in the top ten every day, and finish the race with Patrick now in the top five overall. Particularly considering that there are four very strong climbers ahead of him in the GC, this is a very good performance from him. In a field of such big names, I'd say it's been a successful week here." - Jens Zemke, Sports Director

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