Grega 4th, Hermann well-prepared for Mt. Fuji
Minami Shinshu, Thursday 24th May – With the slope over 10%, it was a challenging stage for everyone. We expected it would be a bunch sprint in the end, but unfortunately, we did not see much cooperation in the peloton. It ended up to be a day for breakaways. Grega Bole finished 4th while Thomas Lebas(Kinan Cycling Team) claimed the stage victory in the final duo.
“When the time that one rider [Damien Monier] went, we pushed and kept the time like 2, 3 minutes, but when these 2 riders went on the climb, nobody gave us a hand to close, so we also decided not to close, because we have already lost 1 rider and 2 riders dropped”, says Grega after the podium. He kept the blue jersey for points classification, 2 points ahead Marco Canola(Nippo – Vini Fantini – Europa Ovini).
We had also Hermann Pernsteiner, who made an early move in the breakaway of 9 today: “I have to try, because there were good guys went. But the problem was I thought 2, 3 riders were a bit too strong for the others, so they didn’t cooperate. I didn’t react the attack until we didn’t have chance to reach the finish. But It was a nice try. I hope I have good leg for tomorrow.” Hermann is now 1’34” on GC.
A brief comment by our sport director Harald Morscher: “Tomorrow will be a very hard stage. It goes over 2,000 meters. You have to adapt about that. I think Hermann is well-prepared for Mt. Fuji. The altitude training camp was quite close before he came here. It’s also an advantage for us, now we have to see tomorrow.”
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