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)
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.”
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