Bora-hansgrohe's riders take six national titles: Five on the road and one on TT
Jul 01 2019 05:58 am CET

Bora-hansgrohe's riders take six national titles: Five on the road and one on TT
Bora-hansgrohe's riders take six national titles: Five on the road and one on TT

Max Schachmann, Patrick Konrad, Davide Formolo, Sam Bennet and Juraj Sagan have claimed the national titles of their countries. Earlier on the weekend, Maciej Bodnar defended his time trial title in Poland.

The riders took the titles of Germany, Austria, Italy, Ireland and Slovakia and Bora-hansgrohe took a total of 10 medals, which gives it confidence ahead of the next appointment of the season: the Tour de France.

"What to say, I am more than happy to have become the new German Champion and to keep the jersey in our team," said Schachmann. "We rode an amazing race today, my teammates supported me on the final laps and it is such an incredible feeling not only to take the win but also to complete the podium. I am really looking forward to wearing this beautiful jersey next week at my first participation at the Tour de France."

"It was a tough race," explained Austrian champion, Konrad. "There was already a selection on the first climb if the day. In the downhill, Michi Gogl attacked and Gregor and I were able to follow. It was still pretty far from the finish, but we worked well together to extend our lead constantly. With 20 km to go the attacks started.

"It was Michi who made a first move, Gregor closed, and I was able to counter-attack. Without Gregor it would have been a different story, he was really strong and was a big help in the final. He also would have deserved to win, but in the end, I was lucky to take my first road title. To wear my countries National Champions jersey at the upcoming Tour de France make me really proud and gives also an extra motivation for the race in France."

"I'm very happy to be crowned Slovak champion for the third time in front of such big crowds," commented Sagan. "It was a nice race and we look forward to some big celebrations tonight."

"When I attacked with 40km to go, I thought, I can try the same I did at Volta a Catalunya on the final stage and just pulled," affirmed Formolo. "With a gap of 30 seconds and less than 20km to go, I knew I have to give it my all and just put the head down and rode. I am so happy. To wear the Maglia Tricolore is something really special, I am so proud and overwhelmed to be able to represent, at the next races and the upcoming season, my country on the roads all over the world."

"I couldn't be happier to have become Irish National Champion today," added Bennett. "It has been a career goal for the longest time. I can't wait to wear the Irish National Jersey on the WorldTour in a bunch sprint finish. Eddie Dunbar was so strong today, I had to fight really hard to stay with him on the last lap. I am really pleased with the result."




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