Vuelta a España - Rafal Majka: I don’t think five or ten seconds will decide the race
Aug 20 2017 03:23 am CET

Vuelta a España - Rafal Majka: I don’t think five or ten seconds will decide the race
Vuelta a España - Rafal Majka: I don’t think five or ten seconds will decide the race
Photo of Rafal Majka by the A.S.O.

Bora-hansgrohe was briefly in the hot seat of the day's team time trial at the Vuelta a España. Though the team finished in six position, the squad was able to put its GC contender Rafal Majka in a good position ahead of the next stages.

The Pole is 21 seconds behind the BMC riders, and he is happy about that position. "It’s good, the boys did a great job," he said. "It’s just the first stage of the Vuelta and when you look into the third week, I don’t think five or ten seconds will decide the race.

"It was important to find a good rhythm and come home without any crashes. So, I think we did our job today and compared to some other GC guys our time was quite good."

Sports director Patxi Vila also thinks that the result of the first stage is positive for the team and Majka. "I think we can be happy," he commented. "Our goal was to limit our losses, but also not to take too much risk and finish the stage safely. It is really not easy to ride with nine riders in such a team time trial, when the parcours basically just goes from turn to turn.

"The guys in the back always have to use a lot of power accelerating from the corners. We tried to stay together in the beginning, before pushing hard on the climb. As planned we lost some riders there, but cornering on the second part was easier then. To lose 21 seconds in the end, is more or less what we expected, the sixth place is really good, and we are happy with that."




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