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Press Releases | 21.01.2023

Jai Hindley and Giovanni Aleotti in the top ten on Tour Down Under's final stage

The final stage of the Tour Down Under was quite short at 112.5km, but included five steep climbs up to Mount Lofty. After a few unsuccessful attempts, a break including Marco Haller managed to go clear from the peloton. With 30km remaining, the leaders were reeled in and Jai Hindley, Giovanni Aleotti and Maximilian Schachmann moved to the front of the reduced field to position themselves ahead of the final climb. Max then tried to attack over the last 20km but was brought back quickly. Ultimately, it was S. Yates who won the sprint from a trio, to take the day's victory, while Jai and Giovanni crossed the line in sixth and eighth place respectively. The Australian thereby moved up to 16th place, with his Italian teammate placing 17th overall.

 

Result - Stage 5

01 S. Yates            2:41:16

02 J. Vine                    +0:00

03 B. O'Connor           +0:02

06 J. Hindley               +0:06

08 G. Aleotti                +0:06

 

Result - General Classification

01. J. Vine             16:07:41

02 S. Yates                  +0:11

03 P. Bilbao                +0:27

16 J. Hindley              +1:23

17 G. Aleotti               +1:44

 

From the Finish Line

"So it was a really hot stage, and we pretty much went full gas all day on a really challenging parcours, but the boys rode really well. We were always present in the front, either with the breakaway or the attacking groups. Although it was a tough course, it wasn't hard enough to let the pure climbers get away, and the day finished in a tough uphill sprint. Overall, thanks to my teammates, they did a great job to try to help get the best result possible, and in the end, sixth on the stage was the best we could do. However, we'll still take a lot of positives from the past week, which is also a good way to end the Tour Down Under." - Jai Hindley

"Our goal today was to have Max Schachmann in the leading group and fight for the stage win. This plan actually looked quite good at the beginning. Max was very active, but in the end he wasn't able to get into the group. However, we were eventually represented there with Marco Haller. Unfortunately they never had a real chance, because the largest time gap was always less than a minute. In the end we were hoping for a tough finale to have a chance with Jai Hindley and Giovanni Aleotti. They put in a solid performance, but were unable to compete for the stage win. All in all, we aren't completely satisfied as we head into the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, as we weren't able to take the hoped-for stage win or top ten in GC. However, it must be said that we were quite unlucky with losing Jordi Meeus after Stage 1. In this respect, luck was definitely not on our side. Regarding the Great Ocean Road Race, we're confident that we'll be able to finish off our Australian trip with a good success." - Christian Pömer, Sports Director

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