Matej performed tremendous descent from Cat 2 climb
Celje, June 15th – Third stage was 176 km long from Slovenske Konjice to Celje in Štajerska region of Slovenia. It was the longest stage with Cat 2 climb and finish on the Castle Celje.
During the race, we have seen breakaways and strong attack to the climb Cat 2 where Matej Mohorič was in the front group. His perfection is downhill and he confirmed his specialty by showing how fast is possible to descent from the hill. Commentator of the race at the finish line compared Matej to Valentino Rossi and it was really difficult to watch some curves on the big screen where we all expected to see who will be the strongest today.
After the descent there was soon again the last climb which was quite steep, 6,7 % and 1 km long to Castle Celje. In this part, Matej unfortunately lost his leading position and he crossed the line 9th.
After the race he was satisfied: »I gave my maximum today. We attacked with Uran and Roglič on the top of the mountain and then I left them behind on the descent. I knew I can do »my sprint«and I tried to get as much advantage as possible. I tried to go alone to the line but unfortunately the group at the back was collaborated too well and I couldn’t make a bigger gap so they caught me at 500 m to go. «
Photo credits: Mario Still and TBM