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Gino Mäder takes 3rd place at ITT Stage 7 of Tour de Suisse

Gino Mäder placed third on the 23.3 km long ITT stage 7 over the Oberalp Pass. The course was split into two parts, starting with a challenging climb to the Pass, followed by a fast descent to Andermatt with riders reaching speeds over 100km/h. 

Riders were faced with a decision to use their road bikes, TT bikes or a combination of the two. Mäder stuck with his TT bike throughout and proved to be third fastest on the day behind Rigoberto Uran (Education First Nippo)  and Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep)

Tour de Suisse 2021 – 85th Edition – 7th stage Disentis Sedrun – Andermatt 23,2 km – 12/06/2021 – Gino Mader (SUI – Bahrain Victorious) – photo Heinz Zwicky/BettiniPhoto©2021

Gino Mäder was glad to take a podium finish in his homeland: “Finally, I was able to show what I wanted to show in my home race. It was nice to have legs again. I missed them after stage 3; luckily, they’re back for these final days. I think it’s so good to take a podium position. I really enjoyed the race. It was super hard with the climb at the beginning and then a fast and furious downhill. I’m glad we could deliver a solid performance again today, which makes us hungry for tomorrow. Maybe the legs won’t be so fresh, but obviously, the mind will be so and also motivated. We hope for an excellent finish in this race.”

Tour de Suisse 2021 – 85th Edition – 7th stage Disentis Sedrun – Andermatt 23,2 km – 12/06/2021 – Wouter Poels (NED – Bahrain Victorious) – photo Sabine Zwicky/BettiniPhoto©2021

Wout Poels was the fastest on the downhill, and at the finish, he was just out of the top ten at 11th place: “It was not a bad time trial at all. So, I’m happy with the result and also with the fact that I had a faster downhill. In the end, of course, the time at the finish counts, so I think it was a good performance for me and Gino, who did an amazing job. So, I think we can be happy with the day. There is one more day to go, so let’s see what we have left in the tank for tomorrow and make a good and nice day of it and finish this week with a bang and hopefully another good result”.

— Simona Mazzoleni to bahraincyclingteam.com

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