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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

Gino Mäder Victorious on Stage 6 at Giro d’Italia

After yesterday’s shock of losing Mikel Landa on Stage 5, today Team Bahrain Victorious turned their fortunes around with Gino Mäder winning from the breakaway.

The 160-kilometre stage started in Grotte di Farassi and finished on the summit of San Giacomo. An early breakaway of five riders formed, including Gino Mäder and Matej Mohorič, on another day in tough conditions.

Gino was able to stay clear in the break coming onto the final climb of the stage with only two other riders with him after great help from Mohorič. With 3.5 kilometres remaining, Gino launched his attack to go for the win. Gino’s gap from the GC favourites started to fall as they picked up the pace and looked for the stage win. With the time dropping, the fears of a repeat of Stage 7 at Paris-Nice looked possible, but this time he proved too strong and held out for the win.

Giro d’Italia 2021 – 104th Edition – 6th stage Grotte di Frasassi – Ascoli Piceno 160 km – 13/05/2021 – Gino Mader (SUI – Bahrain Victorious) – photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021

Damiano Caruso also managed to stay with the favourites and keep the fight alive in the GC, moving into 7th overall.

Gino Mäder‘s victory also moves him into the Maglia Azzurra, as leader of the best climber’s classification:

“Yesterday was a really sad day to lose Mikel due to the crash. We had some new goals today, as we do not have to protect Mikel anymore. So we wanted to race aggressively. We wanted to take part in the race differently and go for a breakaway, and I had Matej with me in the day’s breakaway. He did incredible work, and he believed in me. He already believed in me yesterday and told me this is your stage to win. I’m just really happy that it paid off and that we could finish it like this today.

Actually, what I learned from my past races is if you’re not the strongest, you have to go in a breakaway to have a chance to do something. You can’t influence the way the other guys are racing, so as soon as you have an opportunity to go for a victory, you have to play your cards, and you have to go all the way to the finish line. The only thing you can influence is your power, speed, and so on, be focused, and not lose any energy thinking about the other guys.

Regarding our following stages on Giro, we had a discussion today in the bus. My humble opinion is that we keep on racing aggressively, we keep on taking the opportunities that we get, and if it is that I can join a breakaway again, I’m surely going to try for it. If I have to work for somebody else, I’m pleased to do so and enjoy the Giro, which is the most beautiful race in the world for me, and it’s the race I always dreamed of. I can enjoy this great opportunity and make the best out of it and achieve for Team Bahrain Victorious”. 

Giro d’Italia 2021 – 104th Edition – 6th stage Grotte di Frasassi – Ascoli Piceno 160 km – 13/05/2021 – Matej Mohoric (SLO – Bahrain Victorious) – Gino Mader (SUI – Bahrain Victorious) – Giulio Ciccone (ITA – Trek – Segafredo) -Dario Cataldo (ITA – Movistar Team) – photo Dario Belingheri/BettiniPhoto©2021

Matej Mohorič; 

After all that happened with Mikel yesterday, we were super determined today to prove our point that we are going strong. We are going well for this Giro. Today was Gino’s turn to go in the breakaway and try to win the stage, and I was there to help him out. I worked as hard as I could to keep the advantage as big as possible. Even with the Team Ineos working in the back, we managed to get a big enough advantage that Gino could finish the work off. We are super proud of this. It was perfect teamwork today, and I’m sure we will have more success in this Giro, and we also look forward to the following stages”.

Giro dÕ Italia 2021 – 104th Edition – 6th stage Grotte di Frasassi – Ascoli Piceno (San Giacomo) – 13/05/2021 – Damiano Caruso (ITA – Bahrain Victorious) – photo Dario Belingheri/BettiniPhoto©2021

Damiano Caruso moved up to 7th place overall, with a gap of 39″ to the new Maglia Rosa Valter Attila (Groupama- FDJ)

“We started this stage aggressively. We’ve sent two guys in the breakaway, and also, on the back, we were quite good. I was super happy about today’s victory. It is the best present for what we can have for the team, and also my performance was quite well, and I know that I’m in great condition at the moment. It’s one of the best days of my career so far. We are aligned, solving bad luck and issues we had yesterday. I am still sure that everything is going ok and will be so until Milano”.

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— Simona Mazzoleni to bahraincyclingteam.com