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Press Releases | 04.04.2021

BORA-hansgrohe misses decisive moves in Tour of Flanders finale

While the drama in most races tends to rise to a crescendo in the last 50km the Tour of Flanders is full on from kilometre zero to its finish in Oudenaarde 254.3km later. The 150th edition of ‘Flanders’ Finest’ lived up to its reputation as one of cycling’s five Monuments, with seventeen cobblestone sectors and nineteen tough climbs to contend with. Every rider knew that in this race, timing is everything, and so there was a frantic effort to be on the front to control the race, with Daniel Oss working to shut these down, but ultimately, even his efforts couldn’t stop a small group managing to make the jump ahead, joined shortly after by more riders, who swiftly built an advantage of twelve minutes over a peloton that seemed unsure whether to chase or let them go. It was from here that BORA-hansgrohe took control of the situation, pushing the pace with Marcus Burghardt and Lukas Pöstlberger working to bring the gap down to seven minutes with 100km remaining. Hitting the Koppenberg with 45km to go, the gap was below two minutes, and it was here the attacks started from the chasing peloton, while crashes on the tight, cobbled roads created splits that saw some of the favourites dropped. In the third group, the BORA-hansgrohe presence was strong, with both Peter Sagan and Nils Politt in the mix here, just seconds behind the attack group as the break was caught and the focus of the race changed to the finish, now 40km away. The long and straight roads showed just how close the groups were, and the gaps remained small as the race neared its end, but with more than 200km in tired legs, it simply wasn’t possible to follow the big moves and it was the attacks that sealed the day’s result, with Asgreen taking the win, leaving the bunch to fight it out amongst themselves for the remaining positions.

 

Results 

01        K.Asgreen                 6:02:12   

02        M.Van der Poel          +0:00  

03        G.Van Avermaet        +0:32

...

14        M. Burghardt.           +2:15

15        P. Sagan.                 +2:15

     

 

From the Finish Line  

"The Tour of Flanders, as expected, was very hard and fast. We had a strong squad and I'd like to thank them for their work but, unfortunately, when the decisive attacks came, my current form just wasn't enough to respond and follow them. I need to keep working in order to reach the level I had before being infected with Covid." – Peter Sagan 

"I don't think we need to be looking for excuses today, we simply weren't good enough. Our preparation for this race wasn't the ideal one but still, even taking this into consideration, for a team of our calibre we should have had at least one rider in the second group. We can take comfort in the strong effort the helpers put in until the final 80km. Everybody worked really well, Daniel Oss jumped in the dangerous moves, Lukas Pöstlberger did a tremendous job for nearly 150km but in the closing kilometres, our leaders simply didn't have the legs. There isn't much more we could have done." – Enrico Poitschke, Sports Director

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