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Press Releases | 13.05.2022

Giro Stage 7: Lennard Kämna’s spell in blue comes to an end, all BORA-hansgrohe GC riders reach the finish safely

After a rather quiet day yesterday, today's stage promised a much more challenging race in terms of its profile. With 4,510 meters of altitude on the 196 km long course between Diamante and Potenza, a cracking stage over the southern Apennines awaited the peloton. The first attacks came after 35 km, with Lennard Kämna also trying to get away, but the peloton countered all attacks until a 7-man group was able to successfully go clear after about 70 km of racing. A reduced leading group then ultimately fought for the win among themselves, while Lennard Kämna, back in the reduced field, took sixth as the best-placed BORA-hansgrohe rider. With this result he remains second overall, but had to relinquish his blue jersey, following three days as the leader of the mountain classification, to the day's winner K. Bouwman. All BORA - hansgrohe GC riders safely crossed the finish line in Potenza.

 

Result

01 K. Bouwman         5:12:30

02 B. Mollema              +0:02

03 D. Formolo              +0:02

06 L. Kämna                 +2:59

28 W. Kelderman         +2:59

30 E. Buchmann           +2:59

31 J. Hindley                 +2:59

 

From the Finish Line

"Today was the first really tough stage. It was also quite warm and that was a factor in the race as well. But everything went quite well and our three GC riders came through well and were always in a good position. They were sure to stay on the wheel of the other GC teams. We also tried to get into a breakaway with Lenny, but since he was second overall, the peloton didn't let him get away. After that it was a matter of surviving the stage and getting through the day well. Everyone did a good job, Giovanni rode strongly and stayed with our GC riders until the end. We had the idea to do something in the finale to potentially take the pink jersey. But when we reached the finale and INEOS Grenadiers upped the pace, we saw that we didn't have a chance in the end, and so we didn’t push for it." – Enrico Gasparotto, Sports Director

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