Gregor Mühlberger wins stage, Patrick Konrad takes GC lead at Sibiu Tour
Jul 25 2020 09:04 pm CET

Gregor Mühlberger wins stage, Patrick Konrad takes GC lead at Sibiu Tour
Gregor Mühlberger wins stage, Patrick Konrad takes GC lead at Sibiu Tour

Gregor Mühlberger has taken the stage win and Patrick Konrad climbed to the top of the General Classification of the Sibiu Tour, to make it a successful day for Bora-hansgrohe.

The first stage of the race was 183 kilometres long from Sibiu to the Balea Lake over a route that was a test for the climbers. A small breakaway formed at the start of the day, but it was neutralised just before the start of the last climb.

A small group launched an attack on the first slopes of the ascent, including Konrad and Mühlberger, and with five kilometres to go, the Austrian national champion changed the pace again and went away by himself. A few kilometres later, he was joined by his teammate and the two men arrived to the last kilometre together.

Mühlberger took the day's victory and Konrad took the General Classification lead. "From the start, it was a tough race," said the winner of the stage. "Patrick and I worked well together on the final climb, and he launched his attack just at the right moment. Although it wasn't necessarily easy, I managed to catch up to him, and we crossed the finish line together.

"To have a teammate in the leader's jersey is great, and to finish first and second on the stage made this a perfect day. Winning the stage here definitely gives me motivation for the rest of the race and for the rest of the season."

"It went perfectly for us today because we both finished together, Gregor won the stage, and I took the yellow jersey," added Konrad. "I am happy that we were able to get such an excellent result in the end. Many thanks to the entire team for all their hard work today.

"I liked today's final climb quite a lot, and although we went full throttle, I enjoyed that experience. We waited until the others made a tactical mistake, and then we rode full gas. We were able to open a gap and eventually take the win."



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