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Press Releases | 05.09.2021

Felix Großschartner completes Vuelta a España with 10th place in the GC

The final stage of the three-week journey through Spain did not end in Madrid as usual, but rather with a 33.8 km lumpy individual time trial between Padrón and Santiago de Compostela. For Felix Großschartner, who has shown his fighting spirit on several occasions during the Vuelta and rolled off the ramp in tenth place overall, the main aim was to defend his GC placing. The Austrian was only 16 seconds ahead of his nearest rival. While P. Roglič took the stage win, Felix finished in 7th place and thus retained his top-10 position. BORA - hansgrohe finishes the Vuelta with a second place by sprinter Jordi Meeus on stage 16 and 10th place overall with Felix.

 

Results: Stage

01 P. Roglič          44:02

02 M. Cort                 +0:14

03 T. Arensman         +0:52

07 F. Großschartner   +1:52

 

Results: GC

01 P. Roglič             84:55:29

02 E. Mas                      +4:42

03 J. Haig                       +7:40

10 F. Großschartner     +22:22

 

From the Finish Line

"These have been three very instructive weeks. It was the second time I went for the overall classification in a Grand Tour. My last races were the Giro and then the Tour of Sardinia, and although I trained well, I wasn't really able to assess my performance. There were good days and not so good days here, but I am satisfied that I was always kept focus and didn't give up. When I had a bad day, I always fought back and made the best of it. In the end, this was rewarded and I can be really satisfied with the result. It's important to analyse the mistakes that happened and to take them with us as experience so that we can benefit from them in the next races. So now I'm looking forward to the upcoming racing in Italy and hope for a good finish there. Three weeks are a really long time and even if things didn’t go so well always, like on stage 17 when I crashed before the last climb, I still fought my way back. So when you have a tough time and slip out of the top 10, it's not easy, but you always have to give your best. Unexpected things can always happen, and even in the last few days of racing, things can change and you have to be prepared for that. My thanks to the whole team because everyone gave their best. It was hard for everyone not only because of the course profile but also because of the heat and the stress. We also had some crashes in the team, but everyone tried to keep fighting. So thank you to all of them, everyone believed in me and supported me and despite the more challenging times, we had a good time together." - Felix Großschartner

"It was a rollercoaster ride of ups and downs. We had a disappointing performance on the third stage at the Picon Blanco, where Felix only finished 35th and already lost a lot of time there, and then on the third last stage to the Alto del Gamoniteiro, where we fell out of the top 10. But we also saw extremely strong performances when we missed the leader's jersey by only 8 seconds on one stage. So we leave the Vuelta with a good feeling and 10th place in the overall standings. That was also the goal, to confirm the top 10 from last year. This is a very respectable achievement for the kind of team we came here with, because three of our riders have never ridden a Grand Tour before. We were here with a very young team, a squad without significant Vuelta experience. A stage win was also within reach, with Jordi Meeus' second place in the sprint. That was the objective, to win a stage, which we narrowly missed, and a top 10 position in the overall classification, which we achieved. It's not always easy with a team of rookies to support Felix at the highest level, but the guys did well and everyone gave their best. The loss of Maximilian Schachmann hit us hard. He's a rider with whom, when he's in good form, we would certainly have been better represented in breakaways and would certainly have had a greater chance of winning a stage, but overall we can be satisfied."- Jens Zemke, Sports Director

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