2nd place for Matej Mohorič at King Stage
Kamnik, June 16th – Hard stage and good performance of the riders Team Bahrain Merida.
Today it was the hardest 155,2 km long king stage from Ljubljana to Kamnik with two Cat 2 climbs and one Cat 1 climb.
“Today was a tricky stage with three steep climbs but I knew them all very well because I have trained on it when I started cycling. I knew the 2ndclimb will be the hardest, so I tried to anticipated in the first descent. It worked well, the group caught me half way up the climb and I could climb with them. Then I went again on the 2nddescent to see what is happening behind and two guys came from the back and so we manage to work very well together and we got a small advantage before the last climb. I just tried to go on my own pace from the bottom to the top. I didn’t care about the rest of the guys and I managed to get on the top maybe only 30 sec before the 1stguys. Then I caught them on the decent and then I waited for the final sprint. I tried to attack before but it didn’t work that’s why I had to sprint for the 2nd place”, said Matej Mohorič who is, before tomorrow’s individual time trial, on the 5thposition of the General Classification 51”, behind Primož Roglič (Team LottoNL-Jumbo) and only 9” to catch the podium.
Head of Sports Director Gorazd Štangelj commented the hardest stage: “Today we were guessing a lot how to approach this stage because we don’t have a real climber in the team. We know Matej can also do well on tomorrow’s time trial, so we were trying to lose nothing today. Not losing on the climb it means anticipate every single climb to be really on the top with the best riders. We did this two times but it was, unfortunately, not enough to come on the top of the last climb with a leading riders. Matej did incredible job today. I also need to nominate Domen today because he was in the breakaway today, he was a great help in the middle of the stage and he fought all day to come back and help Matej.
Tomorrow, the podium is close but it will not be easy to reach it. We will try our best. Matej is motivated, he is strong, he is good time trial rider but there are a lot of strong contenders. We are in the top five, it will be very hard to get on podium and we would be very happy to reach it.”
Photo credits: TBM and Mario Stiehl