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Einhorn hunts for glory in explosive battles at Tour of Slovakia

An explosive prologue and an interesting first stage opened the Tour of Slovakia. Einhorn was very well in the mix.

With the knowledge that Einhorn got safely over the final climb in stage 1, Carl Fredrik Hagen gave it a good go and bridged the gap to the breakaway of the day. As he joined them, there were only two riders left from the original group of escapees.

Tour de Slovaquie 2021 – 65th Edition – 1st Stage Kosice – Kosice 158,4 km – 16/09/2021 – Israel Start-Up Nation – photo Igor Stancik/BettiniPhoto©2021

The three guys in the break defended a gap of twenty seconds over the peloton in which Israel Start-Up Nation didn’t have to bother about the chase. Chris Froome, Norman Vahtra, Krists Neilands, and Einhorn were very well positioned in the final twenty kilometers of racing, patiently waiting to see if Hagen would be caught or whether they could sprint for a stage victory.

After yesterday’s prologue, a stage win could have potentially put Einhorn in the leader’s jersey, as he was just a handful of seconds behind the leader after an impressive 1.6-kilometer-long effort in the streets of Kosice. However, competition is huge in Slovakia, with sprinters like Hodeg, Nizzolo, and local favorite Peter Sagan.

Hagen got reeled in with five kilometers to the line. From there, Froome, Neilands, and Norman brought Einhorn in the top-10 before the final turn. Einhorn was fast, overtook several competitors, and sprinted to sixth.

Tour de Slovaquie 2021 – 65th Edition – 1st Stage Kosice – Kosice 158,4 km – 16/09/2021 – Bora – Hansgrohe – Israel Start-Up Nation – photo Igor Stancik/BettiniPhoto©2021

“I could rely on my teammates today,” Einhorn said after the finish. “We were well positioned, but it was a big battle for the first spots in the pack towards the final turn. Just before that, Norman got a little bit boxed in. I came from too far back to go for the podium, but I felt fast.”

The strong finish gave Einhorn morale for the next few stages. “Tomorrow there is another chance. As a team, we are capable of doing better than the sixth place, and the second stage is a good one to prove it so.”

— Sjors Beukeboom to israelcyclingacademy.com