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

Kusztor rolls back the years on stage 2 ITT at the Belgium Tour

Sport Director Gennady Mikhaylov:

“Our target today was for all our guys to come through without any issues and try to try as hard as possible, gain some good experience and learn as much as we can. We are not hugely experienced time trialists and with the big guys that are here targeting the overall, it was never going to be our objective to have a go on this stage.”

“That said, it was pleasing to see our guys giving it their best shot out there. It was a flat course, made for big powerful riders, but it was great to see Peter in particular shaking off the effects of yesterday’s crash and almost catch his minute man.”

Peter Kusztor:

“That was awesome! I really enjoyed it. I felt good despite the crash yesterday and I was able to put some good power down. It was windy, but not too bad and to be honest I prefer going into the head/cross wind because a tailwind does more favours for the bigger, heavier riders.”

“I am pleased. I am not a young man anymore so to go well is satisfying and I hope it means some positive signs for the rest of the Belgium Tour.”

— tnn to www.teamnovonordisk.com