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Press Releases | 06.10.2022

Frederik Wandahl makes the top 10 at Gran Piemonte

Today's race in the north of Italy was one of the last chances of the season for the sprinters. After some hills in the early stages, the course took the riders over flat roads before two more climbs in the last third of the race, which were not to be underestimated. More than 30km ahead of the finish, the last escapees were caught by a large chasing group. BORA-hansgrohe was represented by Ben Zwiehoff, Frederik Wandahl, Matteo Fabbro and Felix Großschartner in this group of about 40 riders. Together with Intermarché, EF and Bahrain Victorious, the team from Raubling set the pace at the front and was able to keep the field at bay until the finish line. In Beinasco, the victory came down to a sprint, in which Frederik took 10th place, with the victory going to I. Cortina.

 

Results

01 I. Garcia Cortina            4:21:44

02 M. Mohoric                        +0:00

03 A. Vuillermoz                     +0:00

10 F. Wandahl                          +0:00

 

From the Finish Line

"We don't have a pure sprinter here in Italy, but we remained attentive during the race and four of us made it into the leading group. From that perspective, it was a good performance. Felix and Matteo did a really good job to keep me well positioned in the first group, and Ben was pulling at the front of the group. So I think we worked well together. The race was well controlled over the last kilometres, so it was hard to try something there. But all in all, given that we don't have a sprinter here, tenth place for me is a good way to finish off my season, so I'm pretty pleased." - Frederik Wandahl

"Without a pure sprinter here, our goal for this race, which seemed to be predestined for a sprint, was to use the climb to make a selection in the peloton and possibly ride with a medium-sized group towards the finish. That worked out quite well. I have to give a big compliment to Ben Zwiehoff, who was really one of the strongest uphill. Felix Großschartner, Matteo Fabbro and Frederik Wandahl also got over the climb very well. And when the race exploded, we had four riders in the first group of about 40. We then also invested quite some energy with Ben to keep this group out front, with several sprinters having been left behind in the second group. So again, chapeau to Ben. In the end, the intention was to create some chaos and to fight for the victory with Felix or Matteo with a solo attack, or as plan B to give our young Dane Frederik Wandahl the opportunity to get a good result in the sprint from the reduced field. Unfortunately, the solo attack option didn't quite work out. The race was too organised and so Frederik ended up getting his chance and he used it very well. With tenth place in such a prestigious race, he can complete his second season in professional cycling pretty satisfied. I'm very proud of today's team performance and I'm also happy that Frederik was able to achieve a nice result to finish off his season." - Christian Pömer, Sporting Director

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