Giro d’Italia – Etappe 9


Foto: Gerhard Plomitzer

Castel di Sangro – Campo Felice (158 km)

1 Egan Arley Bernal Gomez (Col) INEOS Grenadiers 4:08:23
2 Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek – Segafredo 0:00:07
3 Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Astana – Premier Tech 0:00:07
4 Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-Step 0:00:10
5 Daniel Martin (Irl) Israel Start-Up Nation 0:00:10
6 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain Victorious 0:00:12
7 Romain Bardet (Fra) Team DSM 0:00:12
8 Marc Soler Gimènez (Esp) Movistar Team 0:00:12
9 Daniel Felipe Martinez Poveda (Col) INEOS Grenadiers 0:00:12
10 João Almeida (Por) Deceuninck – Quick-Step 0:00:12
11 Davide Formolo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 0:00:12
12 Hugh Carthy (GBr) EF Education – Nippo 0:00:12
13 Emanuel Buchmann (GER) BORA – hansgrohe 0:00:12
14 Simon Yates (GBr) Team BikeExchange 0:00:12
15 Koen Bouwman (Ned) Jumbo – Visma 0:00:31

Gesamtwertung
1 Egan Arley Bernal Gomez (Col) INEOS Grenadiers 35:19:22
2 Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-Step 0:00:15
3 Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Astana – Premier Tech 0:00:21
4 Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek – Segafredo 0:00:36
5 Attila Valter (Hun) Groupama – FDJ 0:00:43
6 Hugh Carthy (GBr) EF Education – Nippo 0:00:44
7 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain Victorious 0:00:45
8 Daniel Martin (Irl) Israel Start-Up Nation 0:00:51
9 Simon Yates (GBr) Team BikeExchange 0:00:55
10 Davide Formolo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 0:01:01
11 Daniel Felipe Martinez Poveda (Col) INEOS Grenadiers 0:01:12
12 Marc Soler Gimènez (Esp) Movistar Team 0:01:20
13 Romain Bardet (Fra) Team DSM 0:01:20
14 Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Alpecin – Fenix 0:01:33
15 Emanuel Buchmann (GER) BORA – hansgrohe 0:01:46

Matteo Fabbro stark in der Ausreißergruppe, während Emanuel Buchmann mit den GC-Favoriten als 13. die Ziellinie überquert

Die 160 km lange Bergetappe in den Abruzzen war gespickt mit langen Anstiegen und bot eine Chance für die Kletterer. Nach dem Start in Castel Di Sangro musste der höchste Punkt der Strecke bereits nach 35 km überquert werden. Danach ging es weiter über drei Anstiege, ehe die Fahrer über einen steilen Schotter-Abschnitt hinauf ins Ziel in Campo Felice gelangten. Das Peloton drückte gleich zu Beginn aufs Tempo und die Ausreißergruppe des Tages, in der sich auch Matteo Fabbro befand, bildete sich erst nach rund 60 km. Das Feld erlaubte der Spitze zeitweise einen Vorsprung von etwa drei Minuten ehe das Peloton im letzten Anstieg zu reagieren begann. Als einige seiner Fluchtbegleiter wenig später attackierten, konnte der italienische BORA – hansgrohe Fahrer nicht mehr kontern und musste sie im Schlussanstieg ziehen lassen. Auf dem finalen Schottersektor attackierte E. Bernal, überholte die beiden letzten Ausreißer und sicherte sich überlegen den Etappensieg. Emanuel Buchmann überquerte die Ziellinie mit der ersten größeren Verfolgergruppe auf Rang 13, zwölf Sekunden hinter dem Tagessieger und liegt damit unverändert auf dem 15. Platz in der Gesamtwertung.

Reaktionen im Ziel

„In dem ersten Teil der Etappe gab es einen wirklich harten Kampf um die Ausreißergruppe. Letztendlich bildete sich die Spitzengruppe des Tages, und wir hatten Matteo mit dabei. Felix brachte mich im Finale in eine perfekte Position für den wichtigen Schottersektor. Von dort an lag es an den Beinen und ich glaube, ich kann mit dem Tag zufrieden sein.“ – Emanuel Buchmann

„Heute haben wir versucht, in die Ausreißergruppe zu kommen. Wir haben unser Bestes gegeben und es war ein äußerst harter Kampf, es endlich zu schaffen. Ich habe mich gut gefühlt, aber leider hat uns das Peloton an der kurzen Leine gehalten, und wir wurden im finalen Schottersektor letztendlich eingeholt. Aber wir werden es bestimmt an einem anderen Tag wieder versuchen.“ – Matteo Fabbro

„Matteo ist heute ein ausgezeichnetes Rennen gefahren. Es war extrem schwer in die Ausreißergruppe des Tages zu kommen, und jedes Mal, wenn sich eine Gruppe bildete, war Matteo dabei. Er war sehr stark und hat die Gelegenheit wirklich ausgenutzt, um einen Versuch auf den Etappensieg zu wagen. Das war genau das Ziel hinter dieser Taktik heute. Unser zweites Ziel war es, Emu bis zum Finale zu unterstützen, damit er sicher ankommt, und dabei haben alle einen sehr guten Job gemacht.“ – Jens Zemke, Sportlicher Leiter

Trofeo Alcudia – Challenge Ciclista Mallorca 2021


Foto: Gerhard Plomitzer

1 GREIPEL André (GER) ISRAEL START-UP NATION 3:50:24
2 KRISTOFF Alexander (NOR) UAE TEAM EMIRATES 0:00:00
3 NOPPE Christophe (BEL) TEAM ARKEA – SAMSIC 0:00:00
4 JANSE VAN RENSBURG Reinardt (RSA) TEAM QHUBEKA ASSOS 0:00:00
5 CULLAIGH Gabriel (GBR) MOVISTAR TEAM 0:00:00
6 HOFSTETTER Hugo (FRA) ISRAEL START-UP NATION 0:00:00
7 LONARDI Giovanni (ITA) BARDIANI CSF FAIZANE‘ 0:00:00
8 DEVRIENDT Tom (BEL) INTERMARCHÉ – WANTY – GOBERT MATÉRIAUX 0:00:00
9 CAÑELLAS SANCHEZ Xavier (ESP) GIOS 0:00:00
10 VERNON Ethan (GBR) GREAT BRITAIN 0:00:00
11 ZANONCELLO Enrico (ITA) BARDIANI CSF FAIZANE‘ 0:00:00
12 THURAU Sven (GER) TEAM DAUNER | AKKON 0:00:00
13 PELEGRI FERRANDIS Oscar (ESP) ELECTRO HIPER EUROPA 0:00:00
14 DE VYLDER Lindsay (BEL) SPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE 0:00:00
15 VAN POUCKE Aaron (BEL) SPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE 0:00:00

Tro-Bro Léon 2021

Lannilis – Lannilis (207km) Unbefestigte Straßen
1 Connor Swift (Arkéa-Samsic) 5:18:38
2 Piet Allegaert (Cofidis) 0:00:00
3 Baptiste Planckaert (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert) 0:00:00
4 Olivier Le Gac (Groupama-FDJ) 0:00:00
5 Rasmus Tiller (Uno-X) 0:00:00
6 John Degenkolb (Lotto Soudal) 0:00:26
7 Oliver Naesen (AG2R Citroën) 0:00:26
8 Bram Welten (Arkéa-Samsic) 0:00:26
9 Christophe Laporte (Cofidis) 0:00:26
10 Kevin Geniets (Groupama-FDJ) 0:00:26

Tour de Hongrie – Etappe 5

Budapest – Budapest (91,8 km)

1 THEUNS Edward (BEL) TREK – SEGAFREDO 1:55:46
2 KOOIJ Olav (NED) JUMBO-VISMA 0:00:00
3 DUPONT Timothy (BEL) BINGOAL PAUWELS SAUCES WB 0:00:00
4 BAUHAUS Phil (GER) BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS 0:00:00
5 MALUCELLI Matteo (ITA) ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI – SIDERMEC 0:00:00
6 MEEUS Jordi (BEL) BORA – HANSGROHE 0:00:00
7 WEEMAES Sasha (BEL) SPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE 0:00:00
8 BARBIER Rudy (FRA) ISRAEL START-UP NATION 0:00:00
9 TEUNISSEN Mike (NED) JUMBO-VISMA 0:00:00
10 AULAR SANABRIA Orluis Alberto (VEN) CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA 0:00:00

Endstand Gesamtwertung
1 HOWSON Damien (AUS) TEAM BIKEEXCHANGE 18:07:10
2 HERMANS Ben (BEL) ISRAEL START-UP NATION 0:00:16
3 TIBERI Antonio (ITA) TREK – SEGAFREDO 0:00:24
4 GARCIA SOSA Jhojan Orlando (COL) CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA 0:00:32
5 DE BOD Stefan (RSA) ASTANA – PREMIER TECH 0:00:45
6 HUYS Laurens (BEL) BINGOAL PAUWELS SAUCES WB 0:00:51
7 CIESLIK Pawel (POL) VOSTER ATS TEAM 0:00:54
8 ROMO OLIVER Javier (ESP) ASTANA – PREMIER TECH 0:00:54
9 COLLEONI Kevin (ITA) TEAM BIKEEXCHANGE 0:00:57
10 BUITRAGO SANCHEZ Santiago (COL) BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS 0:00:59

THEUNS WINS THE STAGE AS HOWSON TAKES THE OVERALL

Edward Theuns (Trek–Segafredo) grabbed the fifth and final stage of the Tour de Hongrie on Budapest’s iconic Andrássy Avenue, leading home a whitewash for the WorldTour teams, which captured every single stage as well the general classification of the 42ndedition. The winner of yesterday’s queenstage to Kékestető, yellow jersey Damien Howson (TeamBikeExchange), sealed the overall victory ahead of Ben Hermans (Israel Start-Up Nation) and Antonio Tiberi (Trek–Segafredo).117 riders took the start of thefifth and final stage on Budapest’s monumental Hősök tere, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, ready to tackle a 92 km pancake-flat course in the streets of the Hungarian capital, which was hosting the finale of the Tour for the first time in four years. The road had already dried up after some morning showers. As soon as the flag dropped, the attacks came thick and fast. Riding alone, Erik Fetter (Eolo–Kometa) was the first man to cross the line on Andrássy Avenue, the most famous thoroughfare in Budapest, at the end of the first of twelve laps of the circuit. The 21-year-old Hungarian, who recovered from a nasty crash on Friday to finish eleventh on Kékestető on Saturday, was soon joined by Italian Manuele Boaro (Astana–Premier Tech), Belgian Jordi Warlop (Sport Vlaanderen–Baloise) and Pole Mateusz Grabis (Voster ATS Team), and together they expanded their lead to 40 seconds by the start of the third lap.Hungarian national champion Viktor Filutas (Giotti Victoria–Savini Due), his fellow countryman Gergő Orosz (Hungarian national team), Italian Mattia Viel (Androni Giocattoli–Sidermec) and Pole Piotr Brożyna (Mazowsze–Serce Polski) jumped from the peloton in an attempt to bridge the gap. The chase group trailed the break by 48 seconds with eight laps to go, followed by the peloton a further 27 seconds back. Jordi Meeus’s Bora–Hansgrohe and Phil Bauhaus’s Bahrain Victorious set the pace at the front of the main group for their leaders, who had already won one and two stages of this year’s Tour de Hongrie, respectively, as did overall leader Damien Howson’s BikeExchange, with the Australian determined to defend the yellow jersey he had seized the day before at the top of Kékestető.Around the halfway point, Warlop claimed the second intermediate sprint ahead of Grabis and Fetter, repeating his exploit from earlier, when he had outsprinted Grabis and Boaro at the first intermediate sprint, 23 km into the stage. The peloton picked up steam and reeled in the chase group with 44 kilometres to go. The Hungarian nationalsquad threw in its lot with the teams toiling away at the front of the bunch, helping to cut the gap to just 20 seconds with four laps to go, at which point the peloton decided to let the breakaway dangle out in front for a bit longer to deter any would-be attackers.34-year-old Boaro, the most experienced rider in the escape, with 11 Grand Tour starts under his belt, went on the offensive before the ninth passage of the finish line, taking the third and final intermediate sprint ahead of Warlop and Grabis. The leadingquartet nursed a 40-second lead with 20 kilometres to go. However, four kilometres later, as the race went over the finish
line for the penultimate time, the peloton surged to within 9 seconds of the breakaway thanks Vini Zabù, who were fighting to propelJakub Mareczko to his first stage win in this year’s edition nine months after scoring a treble in the same race.Boaro put in yet another acceleration in a bid to keep the escapees‘ hopes alive, but they were finally snuffed out by the peloton with 11 kilometres to go. The Italian’s 20-year-old teammate, Kazakh Yevgeniy Fedorov, rolled the dice next. Although the runner-up in last year’s UCI Asia Tour never got more than 5 seconds clear of the peloton, it did earn him the privilege of starting the final lap alone at the front. His gallant effort came to an end 4 kilometres before the line, setting the stage for the expected bunch sprint. Edward Theuns, eighth in the 2017 Paris–Roubaix, came out on top. Trek–Segafredo’s 30-year-old Belgian picked up his ninth career victory, the first in almost two years, ahead of Dutchman Olav Kooij (Jumbo–Visma), a decade younger than him, and fellow countryman Timothy Dupont (Bingoal Pauwels Sauces). Green jersey Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain Victorious) faltered in fourth placebut sealed his victory in the points classification by a wide margin.The top of the general classification remained unchanged after the final parade, modelled on the Champs-Élysées stage of the Tour de France. Damien Howson (Team BikeExchange) wrapped up the42ndedition of the Tour de Hongrie, standing at the pinnacle of the most competitive field in the history of the race, with no fewer than eight WorldTour teams, which took all five stages as well as the three steps of the podium.Howson, third overall last year, claimed his sixth career win and his second overall title, after the 2017 Herald Sun Tour in his home country, Australia. Belgian Ben Hermans (Israel Start-Up Nation) came in second at 16 seconds back. Third at 24 seconds back, 19-year-old Italian Antonio Tiberi (Trek–Segafredo) posted a breakthrough performance with his first stage race podium finish as a pro rider. Finally, the white jersey for the best Hungarian rider went to 26-year-old János Zsombor Pelikán (Androni Giocattoli–Sidermec) in 23rdplace overall

Tour de Hongrie – Etappe 4

Balassagyarmat – Gyöngyös-Kékesteto (202 km)

1 HOWSON Damien (AUS) TEAM BIKEEXCHANGE 4:55:50
2 HERMANS Ben (BEL) ISRAEL START-UP NATION 0:00:09
3 TIBERI Antonio (ITA) TREK – SEGAFREDO 0:00:15
4 GARCIA SOSA Jhojan Orlando (COL) CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA 0:00:19
5 DE BOD Stefan (RSA) ASTANA – PREMIER TECH 0:00:32
6 HUYS Laurens (BEL) BINGOAL PAUWELS SAUCES WB 0:00:38
7 CIESLIK Pawel (POL) VOSTER ATS TEAM 0:00:41
8 ROMO OLIVER Javier (ESP) ASTANA – PREMIER TECH 0:00:41
9 COLLEONI Kevin (ITA) TEAM BIKEEXCHANGE 0:00:44
10 BUITRAGO SANCHEZ Santiago (COL) BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS 0:00:46

Gesamtwertung
1 HOWSON Damien (AUS) TEAM BIKEEXCHANGE 16:11:24
2 HERMANS Ben (BEL) ISRAEL START-UP NATION 0:00:16
3 TIBERI Antonio (ITA) TREK – SEGAFREDO 0:00:24
4 GARCIA SOSA Jhojan Orlando (COL) CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA 0:00:32
5 DE BOD Stefan (RSA) ASTANA – PREMIER TECH 0:00:45
6 HUYS Laurens (BEL) BINGOAL PAUWELS SAUCES WB 0:00:51
7 CIESLIK Pawel (POL) VOSTER ATS TEAM 0:00:54
8 ROMO OLIVER Javier (ESP) ASTANA – PREMIER TECH 0:00:54
9 COLLEONI Kevin (ITA) TEAM BIKEEXCHANGE 0:00:57
10 BUITRAGO SANCHEZ Santiago (COL) BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS 0:00:59

HOWSON SETTLES THE SCORE

Third on the slopes of Kékestető last year, Damien Howson (Team BikeExchange) conquered the „Bluish Mountain“ today and claimed victory in stage4. The Australian now sits in the pole position to take the 42ndTour de Hongrie, which is coming to an end in the streets of Budapest tomorrow.The first three stages were a real treat for sprinters and failed to make much of an impact on the general classification, with a mere 24seconds separating overall leader Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain Victorious) from the 100th-placed rider. It was but a mirage, as stage4 of the race, a 202kilometre romp to the summit of Kékestető —the highest point of Hungary and the Mátra mountain range—with an altitude gain of 3,221metres, was always going to play into the hands of the climbers. The current maglia rosaof the Giro d’Italia, Attila Valter, took the spoils here last year.Seven men missed the roll call at the start in Balassagyarmat, the City of the Brave, on the border with Slovakia, including the four riders of the Uno-X team, who were forced to withdraw after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19. The other three were Norwegian Asbjørn Andersen (Team DSM), Frenchman Charles Planet (Team Novo Nordisk) and Hungarian Gergely Szarka (Giotti Victoria–Savini Due), leaving the peloton with 119riders.Bauhaus padded his lead in the points classification at the intermediate sprint in Szécsény after 16kilometres of racing, edging out Mike Teunissen (Jumbo–Visma), runner-up to the German in stage3 yesterday, and Tom Van Asbroeck (Israel Start-Up Nation).It took 30kilometres for the break of the day to be established. Pole Adrian Kurek (Mazowsze–Serce Polski) was soon joined by Belgian Gilles De Wilde (Sport Vlaanderen–Baloise), fellow Pole Maciej Paterski (Voster ATS Team) and Russian Petr Rikunov (Gazprom–RusVelo). The four men’s advantage peaked at 3′30′′ at kilometre50, with Kékestetőalready looming on the horizon. The finish line on the „Bluish Mountain“, the highest point in Hungary at 1,014metres above sea level, was set up just 20metres below its peak.Both the escapees and the peloton got their first taste of the final climb, except for the last three kilometres, the steepest part of the ascent at an average gradient of 8%. Clad in the red jersey, Paterski wrapped up the mountains classification by taking maximum points at the top of the category2 Mátraháza climb, 70kilometres before the finish, while the main group, led by Bahrain Victorious, trailed by 2′30′′.As the peloton closed to within half a minute of the leading quartet with 15kilometres to go, Bauhaus eased up, aware that retaining the yellow jersey on such a toughclimb was well beyond the capabilities of a rider of his characteristics. Meanwhile, at the front, De Wilde went for broke with a solo move. It was all for naught, as he too was brought back into the fold at
the foot of the final climb, a 12km drag with an average gradient of 5.6%. Damien Howson (Team BikeExchange) fired a warning shot by grabbing three bonus seconds at the last intermediate sprint in Mátrafüred, 11kilometres from the line, followed by two DSM riders, Italian Alberto Dainese (2seconds) and Frenchman Romain Combaud (1). Team BikeExchange brought down the hammer for Howson, whose third place on Kékestető last year made him Valter’s heir presumptive.By the time Caja Rural–Seguros RGA took the right turn coming with 3.5kilometres to go at the helm of the lead group, there were only about 50men left in it. The Spanish Armada wrought havoc on the group and set the stage for 23-year-old Jhojan García to jump with 2kilometres to go. The Colombian’s searing attack put him 15seconds clear of the chasers going into the final kilometre, only for Howson to counter-attack with 800metres to go, overtaking García 300metres later to claim stage4 and seize the yellow jersey.Veteran Ben Hermans (Israel Start-Up Nation) finished second at 9seconds, while García had to settle for fourth place, 19seconds back and four seconds behind 19-year-old Italian Antonio Tiberi (Trek–Segafredo) in third. It was the fifth career win for the 28-year-old Australian. Barring any surprises, he will not have to wait for long to pick up the sixth, as the fifth and final stage, held in the streets of Budapest on Sunday, is tailored to sprinters and unlikely to shake up the general classification. The man from Down Under is now poised to take the 42ndTour de Hongrie and succeed Attila Valter as the winner of the race.

Giro d’Italia – Etappe 8

Foggia – Guardia Sanframondi (170 km)

1 Victor Lafay (Fra) Cofidis 4:06:47
2 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Eolo – Kometa Cycling Team 0:00:36
3 Nikias Arndt (GER) Team DSM 0:00:37
4 Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar Team 0:00:41
5 Giovanni Carboni (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizanè 0:00:44
6 Kobe Goossens (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:00:58
7 Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Team Qhubeka ASSOS 0:01:00
8 Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team 0:01:54
9 Fernando Gaviria Rendon (Col) UAE Team Emirates 0:03:04
10 João Almeida (Por) Deceuninck – Quick-Step 0:04:48
11 Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Astana – Premier Tech 0:04:48
12 Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 0:04:48
13 Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-Step 0:04:48
14 Gianni Moscon (Ita) INEOS Grenadiers 0:04:48
15 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain Victorious 0:04:48

Gesamtwertung
1 Attila Valter (Hun) Groupama – FDJ 31:10:53
2 Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-Step 0:00:11
3 Egan Arley Bernal Gomez (Col) INEOS Grenadiers 0:00:16
4 Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Astana – Premier Tech 0:00:24
5 Hugh Carthy (GBr) EF Education – Nippo 0:00:38
6 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain Victorious 0:00:39
7 Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek – Segafredo 0:00:41
8 Daniel Martin (Irl) Israel Start-Up Nation 0:00:47
9 Simon Yates (GBr) Team BikeExchange 0:00:49
10 Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Alpecin – Fenix 0:00:50
11 Davide Formolo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 0:00:55
12 Daniel Felipe Martinez Poveda (Col) INEOS Grenadiers 0:01:06
13 Marc Soler Gimènez (Esp) Movistar Team 0:01:14
14 Romain Bardet (Fra) Team DSM 0:01:14
15 Emanuel Buchmann (GER) BORA – hansgrohe 0:01:40

Emanuel Buchmann beendet die 8. Etappe des Giro d’Italia mit der Favoritengruppe, während Ausreißer den Sieg holen

Eine 173 km lange Etappe und rund 3,000 Höhenmeter waren heute auf der südlichsten Etappe des Giros zu bewältigen. Nach dem Start in Foggia führte die Strecke über hügeliges Terrain bis 50 km vor dem Ziel der 20 km lange Anstieg nach Bocca della Selvaes und kurz vor dem Ziel der Schlussanstieg nach Guardia Sanframondi warteten. Auf der heutigen Strecke hatte eine Ausreißergruppe gute Chancen auf den Sieg und nach mehreren erfolglosen Versuchen gelang es letztlich einer neunköpfigen Gruppe sich vom Feld zu lösen. Das Peloton ließ die Flüchtlinge ziehen und die Gruppe konnte zwischenzeitlich einen Vorsprung von mehr als 7 Minuten herausfahren. Am Ende konnte die Spitze nicht mehr gestellt werden und V. Lafay rollte als Erster der Ausreißergruppe über die Ziellinie. Emanuel Buchmann war bester BORA – hansgrohe Fahrer, der das Ziel mit der Gruppe von GC-Favoriten erreichte, und jetzt den 15. Platz in der Gesamtwertung belegt.

Reaktionen im Ziel

„Es war von Anfang an eine hektische Etappe mit viel Seitenwind aber wir waren immer vorne mit dabei und nachdem sich die Ausreißergruppe gebildet hatte, war es ein ziemlich kontrolliertes Rennen. Ich hatte gute Unterstützung, meine Teamkollege brachten mich vor dem letzten Anstieg in eine sehr gute Position und ich kam mit der Gruppe von Favoriten ins Ziel. Ich bin auch zufrieden damit, wie ich mich heute fühlte, bei dem guten Wetter ging alles doch viel besser. Jetzt müssen wir sehen, was in den nächsten Tagen passiert.“ – Emanuel Buchmann

„Heute haben wir uns auf Emu konzentriert. Wir wussten auch, dass es auf dieser Etappe eine gute Chance gab, dass die Spitzengruppe durchkommen würde, und so haben wir versucht, mit mehreren Fahrern in die Ausreißergruppe zu gehen. Leider hat das heute nicht geklappt. Aber am Ende konnte Emu mit den Besten des Gesamtklassements das Ziel erreichen und hat keine Zeit verloren.“ – Jens Zemke, Sportlicher Leiter

Campenaerts 7th after impressive breakaway effort on stage 8 of Giro d’Italia

Guardia Sanframondi, 15 May 2021 – A brave, fighting performance from Victor Campenaerts saw the Belgian take a strong seventh position on the uphill finish to Guardia Sanframondi on stage 8 of the Giro d’Italia.
The stage was won by Victor Lafay (Cofidis) ahead of Francesco Gavazzi (Eolo-Kometa) while Attila Valter (FDJ) retained the race lead overall.
On a day where the fight to get into the breakaway was particularly brutal, and saw numerous attempts by our own riders to make it, a group of eight riders eventually made their escape after approximately 55km. Campenaerts, as he’d promised prior to the start, refused to miss out and time-trialed his way to bridging the gap in the main move of the day.
After joining the leaders, the gap to the peloton rapidly stretched and looked likely that he the stage-winner would come from the breakaway. Campenaerts duly played his part and then safely navigated the long descent ahead of the climb to the finish before launching an attack of his own with about 7km to go.
Campenaerts was joined by Giovanni Carboni in the late surge for glory but the efforts of the day took their toll on the final climb and Campenaerts then gamely hung on for an excellent seventh place overall.

Victor Campenaerts
[On bridging the gap] It was terrible, really really terrible. I tried a few times to get in before we had a small climb and then I suffered a lot to get over the climb and then the breakaway went for free in the downhill.
I was not so happy to see that so I thought to let’s try and get there but they didn’t wait for me and the peloton was also chasing at that point with Bora. So that was my time trial of the day, early on in the stage when nobody was watching television!
I knew it would be very, very hard to win the stage with an uphill finish because I am not really a climber but I managed to get into a successful break and I also tried to do some sort of a final to try and escape before we hit the climb, I put a lot of effort into that for only 10 seconds.

Hendrik Redant – Sports Director
It was very strong performance from Victor today and he spent a huge amount of energy just to get into the break, as there were already eight guys in the front. It was really hard to close the gap at that point as there was already a lot of speed there and he really had to go fast.
He was riding to win today. We were planning on making an attack with about 20km to go as we knew the last climb was not going to be easy against Lafay and Gavazzi but we rode to win, he tried and got away a few times but at the end that last climb killed him off.
It was a great effort from Victor, sad we couldn’t win it and compliments to the winner and his team. A performance like this for the team is good for the morale of the team.

Tour d’Eure-et-Loir – FRA

2. Etappe: Courville-Sur-Eure – Dreux – 187 Km

1 LAMPERTI Luke USA TRINITY RACING 04:16:14 43,60
2 KIELICH Timo BEL ALPECIN-FENIX DEVELOPMENT TEAM 00:00
3 PAGE Hugo FRA GROUPAMA – FDJ 00:00
4 PENHOET Paul FRA GROUPAMA – FDJ 00:00
5 JARNET Maxime FRA VELO CLUB VILLEFRANCHE BEAUJOLAIS 00:00
6 VAN DER POEL David NED ALPECIN-FENIX DEVELOPMENT TEAM 00:00
7 FROIDEVAUX Robin SUI SWISS RACING ACADEMY 00:00
8 TURNER Ben GBR TRINITY RACING 00:00
9 PITHIE Laurence NZL GROUPAMA – FDJ 00:00
10 DUJARDIN Sandy FRA VENDÉE U 00:00
11 SEXTON Tom NZL BLACK SPOKE PRO CYCLING ACADEMY 00:00
12 HEIDUK Kim Alexander GER TEAM LOTTO – KERN HAUS 00:00

Gesamtstand:
1 HEIDUK Kim Alexander GER TEAM LOTTO – KERN HAUS 07:05:48
2 PENHOET Paul FRA GROUPAMA – FDJ 00:04
3 KIELICH Timo BEL ALPECIN-FENIX DEVELOPMENT TEAM 00:04
4 PAGE Hugo FRA GROUPAMA – FDJ 00:06
5 FROIDEVAUX Robin SUI SWISS RACING ACADEMY 00:08

Trofeo Andratx – Challenge Ciclista Mallorca 2021

1 ANACONA Winner Andrew COL TEAM ARKEA – SAMSIC 04:04:30 39,58
2 LAENGEN Vegard Stake NOR UAE TEAM EMIRATES 00:10
3 ITURRIA SEGUROLA Mikel ESP EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI 00:13
4 HERRADA Jesus ESP COFIDIS 01:34
5 HERREGODTS Rune BEL SPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE 01:39
6 MANNION Gavin USA RALLY CYCLING 01:39
7 CHEVALIER Maxime FRA B&B HOTELS P/B KTM 01:39
8 ZIMMERMANN Georg GER INTERMARCHÉ – WANTY – GOBERT MATÉRIAUX 01:39
9 BELLICAUD Jeremy FRA INTERMARCHÉ – WANTY – GOBERT MATÉRIAUX 01:39
10 BENNETT Sean USA TEAM QHUBEKA ASSOS 01:44
11 MAAS Jan NED LEOPARD PRO CYCLING 01:46
12 DELAPLACE Anthony FRA TEAM ARKEA – SAMSIC 01:46
13 GIBBONS Ryan RSA UAE TEAM EMIRATES 01:46
14 LOPEZ CARAVACA Jordi ESP EQUIPO KERN PHARMA 01:49
15 VELASCO Simone ITA GAZPROM-RUSVELO 01:51

Tour de Hongrie – Etappe 3

Veszprém – Tata (142 km)

1 BAUHAUS Phil (GER) BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS 3:17:30
2 TEUNISSEN Mike (NED) JUMBO-VISMA 0:00:00
3 WRIGHT Fred (GBR) BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS 0:00:00
4 MARTINELLI Davide (ITA) ASTANA – PREMIER TECH 0:00:00
5 RÄIM Mihkel (EST) MAZOWSZE SERCE POLSKI 0:00:00
6 WARLOP Jordi (BEL) SPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE 0:00:00
7 DUPONT Timothy (BEL) BINGOAL PAUWELS SAUCES WB 0:00:00
8 HALVORSEN Kristoffer (NOR) UNO – X PRO CYCLING TEAM 0:00:00
9 PACIONI Luca (ITA) EOLO-KOMETA CYCLING TEAM 0:00:00
10 JONES Taj (AUS) ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY 0:00:00

1 BAUHAUS Phil GER BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS 11:15:23
2 MEEUS Jordi BEL BORA- HANSGROHE 00:10
3 STOSZ Patryk POL VOSTER ATS TEAM 00:15
4 PATERSKI Maciej POL VOSTER ATS TEAM 00:16
5 TEUNISSEN Mike NED JUMBO – VISMA 00:18
6 MARECZKO Jakub ITA VI Nl ZABIT 00:18
7 DAINESE Alberto ITA TEAM DSM 00:18
8 BANASZEK Norbert POL MAZOWSZE SERCE POLSKI 00:19
9 WRIGHT Fred GBR BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS 00:20
10 PELIKAN Jänos Zsombor HUN ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI – SIDERM 00:20

Shortly after a mass pile-up brought down yellow jersey Jordi Meeus (Bora–Hansgrohe), Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain Victorious) won the bunch sprint that decided stage3 of the Tour de Hongrie in a tumultuous finish in Tata. The German surged in the closing metres to pip Mike Teunissen (Jumbo–Visma) on the line and reclaim the overall lead.As the bunch revved up for stage3 of the Tour de Hongrie, rays of sunshine pierced the clouds above the cobbled streets of Veszprém, the City of Queens, which is set to host the European Capital of Culture in 2023. German Ben Zwiehoff (Bora–Hansgrohe) and Italian Leonardo Marchiori (Androni Giocattoli–Sidermec) missed the roll call and became the first riders to drop out of this edition of the Tour de Hongrie. The 128-strong peloton tucked into the shortest stage of the race, which stretched for 140kilometres and featured two category3 climbs in the first half of the course. Maciej Paterski (Voster ATS Team) padded his lead in the mountains classification after 17kilometres of racing, snapping up the maximum points on offer at the summit of the Hárskút climb (at 584metres, the highest point of the stage) ahead of his teammate and first man to wear the red jersey, Patryk Stosz, and Spaniard Sergio Martín Galán (Caja Rural–Seguros RGA).Local fans turned out in force along the course, gripped by Attila Valter-mania after the reigning champion of the Tour de Hongrie took over the pink jersey in the Giro d’Italia yesterday.Five men jumped from the peloton before the first intermediate sprint in Zirc, 28kilometres intothe stage, where Stosz claimed first place ahead of fellow Pole Norbert Banaszek (Mazowsze–Serce Polski) and Ferenc Szöllősi (Hungarian national team), with Spaniard David Riba Lozano (Novo Nordisk) and Slovenian Aljaž Jarc (Adria Mobil) in tow.Their advantage peaked at three minutes after one hour of racing, at kilometre41, while back in the main group Juraj Sagan (Bora–Hansgrohe) set the pace for his teammate and yellow jersey Jordi Meeus with the help of DSM.At kilometre68, the riders tackled the short but brutal slope leading to the Benedictine Abbey of Pannonhalma, perched at the top of the village. Stosz went over the category3 climb in first place despite Lozano putting in a long-range attack in a failed bid to pre-empt the sprint. Now trailing his teammate Paterski by just 2points in the mountains classification, Stosz bade farewell to his four breakaway companions and left them with a margin of 2′25′′.52kilometres into the stage, alarm bells started ringing in the peloton as Israel Start-Up Nation hit the front to form echelons, soon to be joined by Bora–Hansgrohe, Bahrain Victorious and BixeExchange, but the move petered out after a few hundred metres with the main group still intact.
The final intermediate sprint of the day, coming 20kilometres before the line in Oroszlány, sparked a fierce battle among the escapees. Banaszek outsprinted Jarc and Lozano, while Szöllősi was ejected from the back of the group. The leading trio was reeled in too with 10kilometres to go. Yellow jersey JordiMeeus, inexplicably drifting near the back of the peloton at this late time, saw his woes compounded when teammate Rüdiger Selig suffered a puncture.The Belgian started to move up, but it was to no avail, as he got caught up in the mass pile-up that split the peloton on a curve 1.5kilometres from the finish and whittled down the contenders for the stage win to just a dozen. Bahrain Victorious pounced on the opportunity to try and force a split for Fred Wright, but the Englishman faltered as Mike Teunissen (Jumbo–Visma) launched the sprint from afar. The Dutchman seemed to have his first win since the opening stage of the 2019Tour de France in the bag, only to be denied on the line by Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain Victorious). The German clawed back one metre ata time before lunging forward at the last possible moment, leaving Teunissen with the impression that he had won the stage. However, the slow-motion replay dispelled any remaining doubts and crowned Bauhaus as the victor 48hours after his first triumph in Kaposvár. He also took back the golden fleece from Meeus ahead of the queen stage of the Tour de Hongrie, which will be decided on the slopes of Kékestető on Saturday.

Giro d’Italia – Etappe 7


Foto: Gerhard Plomitzer

Notaresco – Termoli (181 km)

1 Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto Soudal 4:42:12
2 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Israel Start-Up Nation 0:00:00
3 Tim Merlier (Bel) Alpecin – Fenix 0:00:00
4 Matteo Moschetti (Ita) Trek – Segafredo 0:00:00
5 Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux 0:00:00
6 Fernando Gaviria Rendon (Col) UAE Team Emirates 0:00:00
7 Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Jumbo – Visma 0:00:00
8 Max Kanter (GER) Team DSM 0:00:00
9 Filippo Fiorelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizanè 0:00:00
10 Juan Sebastian Molano Benavides (Col) UAE Team Emirates 0:00:00
11 Fabio Felline (Ita) Astana – Premier Tech 0:00:00
12 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Team Qhubeka ASSOS 0:00:00
13 Gianni Moscon (Ita) INEOS Grenadiers 0:00:00
14 Peter Sagan (Svk) BORA – hansgrohe 0:00:00
15 Elia Viviani (Ita) Cofidis 0:00:00

1 VALTER Attila HUN GROUPAMA – FDJ 26:59:18
2 EVENEPOEL Remco BEL DECEUNINCK – QUICK-STEP 00:11
3 BERNAL GOMEZ Egan Arley COL INEOS GRENADIERS 00:16
4 VLASOV Aleksandr RUS ASTANA – PREMIER TECH 00:24
5 VERVAEKE Louis BEL ALPECIN-FENIX 00:25
6 CARTHY Hugh John GBR EF EDUCATION – NIPPO 00:38
7 CARUSO Damiano ITA BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS 00:39
8 CICCONE Giulio ITA TREK – SEGAFREDO 00:41
9 MARTIN Daniel IRL ISRAEL START-UP NATION 00:47
10 YATES Simon Philip GBR TEAM BIKEEXCHANGE 00:49

Pech für Peter Sagan im Sprintfinale der 7. Etappe des Giro d’Italia

Nach der gestrigen brutalen Bergetappe kamen auf der 178 km langen flachen Etappe von Notaresco nach Termoli entlang der Adriaküste die Sprinter wieder zum Zug. Die Strecke führte über einen kurzen aber recht anspruchsvollen Anstieg in Chieti, wo Peter Sagan beim letztjährigen Giro eine entschiede Attacke lancierte und letztlich als Solist einen spektakulären Etappensieg erkämpfte. Auf den finalen Kilometern gab es einige winkelige Straßen und eine kurze aber steile Rampe, die jedoch einem Massensprint nicht im Wege standen. Die Bemühungen der frühen dreiköpfigen Ausreißergruppe sich ins Ziel zu retten blieb unbelohnt, denn mit 15 km bis zum Ziel war sie wieder eingeholt. Für BORA – hansgrohe war es wichtig, dass Emanuel Buchmann vor den anspruchsvollen Etappen am Wochenende möglichst kräftesparend das Ziel erreichte, während Peter Sagan versuchte ein gutes Resultat einzufahren. Nach einem starken Lead-Out von Daniel Oss wurde Peter allerdings auf der Zielgeraden fast in die Bande gedrückt und konnte deshalb nicht mehr beim finalen Sprint mitmischen. Er überquerte die Ziellinie auf dem 14. Rang, während C. Ewan den Etappensieg holte.

Reaktionen im Ziel

„Ich würde sagen, dass heute eine bittersüße Etappe war. Ich hatte starke Beine, ich habe mich gut gefühlt und das Team war fantastisch. Sie haben perfekt gearbeitet, um mich zu unterstützen und gut zu positionieren, besonders auf den schwierigen letzten Kilometern. Ich war in einer guten Position für den finalen Sprint, aber ein Fahrer vor mir hat mich fast gegen die Absperrungen gedrängt und da konnte ich leider nichts mehr machen.“ – Peter Sagan

„Heute war eine Sprintetappe, die Peter sehr gut lag. Das Finale war knifflig, mit einer scharfen Rechtskurve 1,5 km vor dem Ziel, gefolgt von einem kurzen und steilen Anstieg. Peter war sehr gut positioniert, die Jungs haben den ganzen Tag einen ausgezeichneten Job gemacht und Daniel Oss ist einen sehr guten Lead-Out gefahren. Leider wurde Peter auf den letzten paar hundert Metern von einem anderen Fahrer eingeklemmt, berührte die Absperrungen und das war das Ende von seinem Sprint.“ – Jan Valach, Sportlicher Leiter

Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana – Challenge Ciclista Mallorca 2021

Lloseta – Deià (158,6 km)

1 HERRADA Jesus (ESP) COFIDIS 3:52:21
2 LASTRA MARTINEZ Jonathan (ESP) CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA 0:00:00
3 CARRETERO Hector (ESP) MOVISTAR TEAM 0:00:11
4 SCHMIDT Mads Würtz (DEN) ISRAEL START-UP NATION 0:00:20
5 KRISTOFF Alexander (NOR) UAE TEAM EMIRATES 0:00:20
6 HARDY Romain (FRA) TEAM ARKEA – SAMSIC 0:00:20
7 ZIMMERMANN Georg (GER) INTERMARCHÉ – WANTY – GOBERT MATÉRIAUX 0:00:20
8 SERRANO RODRIGUEZ Gonzalo (ESP) MOVISTAR TEAM 0:00:20
9 SCARONI Cristian (ITA) GAZPROM-RUSVELO 0:00:20
10 BONNAMOUR Franck (FRA) B&B HOTELS P/B KTM 0:00:20
11 GIBBONS Ryan (RSA) UAE TEAM EMIRATES 0:00:20
12 THALMANN Roland (SUI) TEAM VORARLBERG 0:00:20
13 SAVINI Daniel (ITA) BARDIANI CSF FAIZANE‘ 0:00:20
14 GAROSIO Andrea (ITA) BARDIANI CSF FAIZANE‘ 0:00:20
15 BARCELO ARAGON Fernando (ESP) COFIDIS 0:00:20
16 CHEVALIER Maxime (FRA) B&B HOTELS P/B KTM 0:00:20
17 LOPEZ CARAVACA Jordi (ESP) EQUIPO KERN PHARMA 0:00:20
18 STRAKHOV Dmitrii (RUS) GAZPROM-RUSVELO 0:00:20
19 KIPKEMBOI Salim (KEN) BIKE AID 0:00:20
20 CHERNETSKII Sergei (RUS) GAZPROM-RUSVELO 0:00:20