Tour de Suisse – ST7
ST. Gotthard, 21st June 2019 – “Rohan and Domenico did a fantastic performance – comments SD Tristan Hoffman – and they made a super high level race today. We are very excited for the tomorrow’s time trial and we will see what will happen”.
“All the boys made a great job working together since the first climb and after controlling the break together with Eneos team. We calculated the time and so the situation has been always under control waiting for the last climb”.
Going up to Gotthard Pass there were several attacks, the most important being that of race leader Egan Bernal who won the 7th stage and so extend his GC lead. Behind him, Domenico and Rohan arrived respectively 2nd and 3rd with a 23” gap from the stage winner. Thanks to this good result, the Australian rider is always second overall at 41” while Pozzovivo climbed back to fourth position with 1 minute and 17″ from the Colombian rider.
“It has been a very hard race – says Rohan Dennis – and the team was really very good to put me and Domenico in the the best position before Gotthard Pass. I was not feeling great but I wanted to repay my teammates for the trust they placed in me and the only way was to do my best. I haven’t lost much from Bernal and tomorrow I’ll try to get the jersey back”.
“Me and Rohan did our best and we have recovered precious time on the other GC rivals – explains Domenico Pozzovivo – the last climb was not too steep but difficult because of the cobbles in the finale. I am even more optimistic about my chances in this Tour de Suisse and I hope to do a good time trial tomorrow and after give everything in the Queen Stage on Sunday”.
Tomorrow the penultimate stage will be a 19.2 kilometres ITT in Goms. Although the race is played at an altitude of more than 1,300 metres, the route is almost completely flat fla with an altitude gain of 98 metres.
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