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Astana – Premier Tech focuses on final Pyrenees stages at the Tour de France – Astana

Astana – Premier Tech focuses on final Pyrenees stages at the Tour de France

With just six stages remaining at the Tour de France, Astana – Premier Tech’s riders are eyeing the upcoming Pyrenean mountain stages as the last opportunity for a stage win at the Grand Boucle.

The Kazakh – Canadian team has been present multiple times in several breakaways, with Hugo Houle winning the combative prize on stage ten and Ion Izagirre narrowly missing the stage win on stage eight. The hunt for a stage win continues after the second rest day while the team also looks to support Alexey Lutsenko in the General Classification.

 

Lutsenko is satisfied with his race so far and is hoping to remain in the General Classification battle in the final week of the race.

“I am sitting currently in seventh place on the overall ranking, which makes me really happy. I came here to get in top shape before the Olympics and wanted to try to repeat a stage win, which I still want to, but I also kept an eye on the overall ranking. To finish the biggest and most known cycling race in the top ten overall would be amazing. So, I will try in the upcoming days to again be in the mix with the other GC contenders for the final mountain stages and then of course, the stage 20 time trial.” – Alexey Lutsenko

Jakob Fuglsang is looking to use the final week to fine tune his shape ahead of Tokyo.

 “It has been two tough weeks of racing so far. As mentioned in the previous days, I had my second covid vaccine ahead of the Tour de France, which I was really happy to do. But I think I reacted to the second one to an extent, especially going straight to a Grand Tour where you push your body every single day to the limit. It is not that I feel unwell but of course doing professional sport, especially a sport as demanding as the Tour de France, means you can react differently. I hope to reach my top form in the upcoming days and keep pushing myself to the limit and to finish this year’s Tour de France with a good result. We have some good opportunities in the next days in the Pyrenées so we will look to race as aggressively as possible. I then head to Tokyo on Monday for the Olympics, where I still have the goal of turning Rio’s silver into Tokyo’s gold.” – Jakob Fuglsang

 

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— nadine Pfeffer to www.astanapremiertech.com

Bahrain Victorious Double on Final Stages at Tour of Slovenia and Tour de Suisse

Bahrain Victorious took two victories on the same day, with Phil Bauhaus sprinting to success for his second stage win at Tour of Slovenia, while Gino Mäder’s perfectly timed move on the queen stage of Tour de Suisse saw him take the win.

In Slovenia, for the second time, Bauhaus was lead out superbly by his teammates to the final sprint and made no mistake winning by a clear margin. The last man of the lead out, Henrich Haussler, finished strongly and rounded off the podium on the final stage. Matej Mohoric also was rewarded for his strong performances throughout the five-stage race, securing the points jersey for Team Bahrain Victorious.

Phil BAUHAUS of BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS during the 5th Stage of 27th Tour of Slovenia 2021 cycling race between Ljubljana and Novo mesto (175,3 km), on June 13, 2021 in Slovenia. Photo by Matic Klansek Velej / Sportida

Phil Bauhaus was delighted with his fifth win of the season so far:
“It’s incredible. The team did a fantastic job once again today. We did the last two km pulling on the front, and then it was a perfect one into the finish: Haussler, as the last lead-out man, brought me in the first position 200 metres to go, and from there, I could start my sprint in an ideal condition. Happily, it was a good one!”

Overall best in points classification Matej MOHORIC of BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS celebrates at trophy ceremony during the 5th Stage of 27th Tour of Slovenia 2021 cycling race between Ljubljana and Novo mesto (175,3 km), on June 13, 2021 in Slovenia. Photo by Vid Ponikvar / Sportida

Matej Mohorič reflected on the race:
“We are delighted to conclude the Tour of Slovenia like that, with Phil’s win and my red jersey.
I think we can look forward to the Tour de France, where I will target the stage wins”.

At the Tour de Suisse, Gino Mäder secured his second win of the season on the queen stage. After his podium finish in yesterday’s TT, Gino put in a perfectly timed move over the final climb to move away from the GC group and beat Michael Woods (Israel Start-Up Nation) to the line.

Tour de Suisse 2021 – 85th Edition – 8th stage Andermatt – Andermatt 159,5 km – 13/06/2021 – Gino Mader (SUI – Bahrain Victorious) – photo Peter De Voecht/PN/BettiniPhoto©2021

Gino Mäder shared his happiness, especially for taking a win in his homeland:
“I was looking forward to this stage. I wanted to finish off my home race with a win, and I achieved it. The team worked well from the beginning, with Wout Poels in the breakaway, then Hermann Pernsteiner jumping across to him and having two riders in the front was perfect. All the other teammates were helping me behind, bringing food and water and mental support as well. They positioned me perfectly into the last climb. It was incredible teamwork from everybody”.

Tour de Suisse 2021 – 85th Edition – 8th stage Andermatt – Andermatt 159,5 km – 13/06/2021 – Passo del Gottardo – Gino Mader (SUI – Bahrain Victorious) – photo Peter De Voecht/PN/BettiniPhoto©2021

Team Technical Director Vladimir Miholjević commented on this fantastic day for the team: “There are not a lot of days that a team could enjoy a double victory. Today we had the privilege to enjoy it. From Slovenia to Switzerland, everything worked perfectly today. Great work from all team members, both staff and riders. Significant commitment and trust in the team and themselves. I can only express joy and gratitude to each staff member for their effort, as they are also part of the team success. We’re more than happy and proud. We’re eager to continue with the hard work and the improvement, as we always have some objectives in front of us. Not simple to reach, but let’s go and find the way towards our most significant goals.”

Tour de Suisse 2021 – 85th Edition – 8th stage Andermatt – Andermatt 159,5 km – 13/06/2021 – Gino Mader (SUI – Bahrain Victorious) – photo Heinz Zwicky/BettiniPhoto©2021

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— Simona Mazzoleni to bahraincyclingteam.com