Mohorič 2nd at Tour of Slovenia As Pernsteiner 3rd at Tour de Suisse.

Bahrain Victorious took two podium finishes as Mohorič sprinted to second on Stage 3 at Tour of Slovenia, while Pernsteiner finished 3rd from the breakaway on Stage 4 at Tour de Suisse.

Matej Mohorič commented after the stage as he retained the points jersey for Team Bahrain Victorious and gained 9 seconds in the GC: “We expected that kind of scenario at the final. We planned to focus on starting the last climb in the front to calm down the group and help Phil stay in the peloton. Unfortunately, that didn’t work out. The pace was very high on the climb. The group split into more parts. I stayed in the first group with Jan, and Phil didn’t make it, and Jan and I tried to go for the stage ourselves. Jan tried to anticipate the sprint with a long-range attack, and he lined up the group, so it was easier for me to find a position for the sprint. Unfortunately, I hesitated a little bit, and I started a little bit too late, so I lost a sprint to the Caja Rural rider, and I have finished 2nd.”

Winner in points classification Matej MOHORIC of BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS celebrates at trophy ceremony after the 3rd Stage of 27th Tour of Slovenia 2021 cycling race between Brezice and Krsko (165,8 km), on June 11, 2021 in Slovenia. Photo by Vid Ponikvar / Sportida

At the Tour de Suisse, Pernsteiner showed his bravery yet again after being awarded the most combative rider on yesterdays stage, going in the breakaway on the Alpine course of stage 6. Along with Pernsteiner, Fred Wright and Gino Mäder were proactive in the breakaway. Pernsteiner held out all the way and crossed the line in third. Andreas Kron (Lotto Soudal) was awarded the win after Rui Costa (UAE-Emirates) was relegated due to a deviation from his line in the sprint. Wright was caught out on the final attacks and crossed the line just out of the top ten in 11th place.

Tour de Suisse 2021 – 85th Edition – 6th stage Fiesch – Disentis Sedrun 130,1 km – 11/06/2021 – Andreas Lorentz Kron (DEN – Lotto Soudal) – Rui Costa (POR – UAE Team Emirates) – Hermann Pernsteiner (AUT – Bahrain Victorious) – photo Peter De Voecht/PN/BettiniPhoto©2021

The Austrian rider commented on his effort after today’s third place:
“I had amazing legs today. Early on the first climb, I was in the breakaway, but they caught us back. Then a big group went, and with a good effort, I closed the gap to the front. After that, there was a flurry of attacks. Everybody was keeping an eye a bit on me. In the end, I managed to be in front alongside Rui Costa and Kron. I knew that the sprint would have been hard for me. Therefore I tried to surprise them. But I had no chance against these guys. I’m also not so experienced in sprinting, and for sure, it’s still a skill that I can improve. Anyway, I had no regrets today. I tried everything. I’m looking forward to the next two days”.

Tour de Suisse 2021 – 85th Edition – 6th stage Fiesch – Disentis Sedrun 130,1 km – 11/06/2021 – Hermann Pernsteiner (AUT – Bahrain Victorious) – Antwan Tolhoek (NED – Jumbo – Visma) – photo Heinz Zwicky/BettiniPhoto©2021

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— Simona Mazzoleni to bahraincyclingteam.com

Damiano Caruso 3rd on Queen Stage and Moves up to 2nd in GC

Damiano Caruso displayed his resilience in harsh conditions that saw the Queen Stage shortened by 60 kilometres, removing the epic climbs up the Passo Fedaia and the Passo Pordoi. The conditions were so poor that spectators were left with no coverage of the riders for most of the race as helicopters could not take off.

The race eventually started 30 minutes later than planned, and on the descent of the first categorised climb, La Crosetta, a breakaway of six strong riders formed. The gap was just over five minutes to the peloton but was closed down by the key contenders in the GC on the Passo Giau.

As the gap came down to the breakaway, the race leader Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) put in an attack that dropped the rest of the contenders, which saw him win the stage. However, Damiano Caruso managed his losses best and moved up against the rest of the field, finishing third and moving into second in the GC.

After Stage 16, Caruso now sits 2:24 off the Maglia Rosa, with third place Hugh Carthy(EF Education Nippo) 3:40 down.

Damiano Caruso was excited with his performance and shared his thoughts on the eve of a deserved rest day: “Although the race was shortened, the intensity was high all day long, as we expected.
I felt good on the last climb. I was looking at the faces of other contenders, and I could understand at that moment that I was almost the strongest, except for Bernal, of course. I tried to follow the Maglia Rosa but I couldn’t. So I focussed only on my tempo and doing my best until the end. The morale now is high, for sure.
I want to say thank you to my teammates because they did a great job also today and to all the staff that helped provide extra clothing during the race, and with such bad weather, it’s something vital. Now, we will enjoy the rest day, and then after tomorrow, we will start again with the last fight.”

Gorazd Štangelj, Head Sports Director praised Damiano Caruso and the team: “Damiano did an amazing job today. He raced using his head and legs. We get out of these days at the maximum. Tomorrow is the rest day, and I wish that our guys have a quality rest. They faced difficult stages and bad weather, fast racing every day. It will be fundamental to recover well ahead of the last week of the Giro, which will be very brutal”.

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— Simona Mazzoleni to bahraincyclingteam.com