It’s a hat-trick for Giovanni Visconti in Austria. What a week for TBM!
Tour of Austria 2018.
Wels, July 14th– Scheibbs – Wels / Stage 8 – 163.2 km
BAHRAIN MERIDA Pro Cycling Team concluded the extraordinary week in Austria with another success. Giovanni Visconti managed to take his third stage win ahead of Lutsenko (AST) and Van der Lijke (RNL) in the final stage 8 of the Tour of Austria.
Breakaway win for the Italian rider who went clear with a 5-man group after 21kms into the race and outsprinted his break companions to claim his third seasonal success. “It was very close today, because Lutsenko is a great champion and we were very tired due to this hard and challenging week and today’s stage was also very fast” comments a smiling Visconti “I’m so happy that I hardly know what to say. 3 stage wins for me in eight days and 5 for the team. Moreover we took second overall. It has been a great week! I’m very happy”.
What a week for Team BAHRAIN MERIDA, that have lots to celebrate: 5 stage victories with Matej Mohorič, Giovanni Visconti (3) and Antonio Nibali; the 2nd place in the General Classification of Hermann Pernsteiner, who takes the Best Austrian’s jersey as well. Moreover Giovanni Visconti grabs the points classification overall victory, with Matej Mohorič second. BAHRAIN MERIDA could only be the winner of Team Classification.
“It can seem easy when you win so many stages and you do a good GC” says Matej Mohorič happy as well with his week here “but it really wasn’t: it was a tough race also because they were not long stages, but very fast. It was a good work ahead of next targets”.
But the happiest of all is TBM Sports Director Harald Morscher: “It was something special and super special for me as Austrian, both for the victories and seeing such a big team effort. To win five stages out of eight is something amazing. We were riding for the General Classification too, but yesterday unfortunately we had a big crash with Hermann Pernsteiner and above all our Mark Padun, who was forced to abandon the race. It was a sad moment in a wonderful week, but we met Mark and he’s a strong guy. We wish him a speed recovery!”