Bora – hansgrohe took the hot seat in Lausanne for 1.5 hours

Großschartner and Schachmann third and fifth

By Felix Mattis

Maximilian Schachmann was the first Bora – hansgrohe starter to roll off the ramp in Lausanne. | Photo: BORA – hansgrohe / sprint cycling

26/04/2022 | (rsn) – Slowly but surely, the German WorldTour racing team Bora – hansgrohe is freeing itself from the downward spiral in the first months of the season caused by illness. While Russian Aleksandr Vlasov and Colombian Sergio Higuita have already boasted top results over the past few weeks, Austrian Felix Großschartner and German Maximilian Schachmann shone for the first time in the prologue of the Tour de Romandie on Tuesday.

Both sat in Lausanne for about three quarters of an hour each in the hot seat of the fastest and finished third (Großschartner) and fifth (Schachmann).

“With Max you have to remember that this was his first race after a long time. Under these circumstances, fifth place is a very solid result,” praised sports director Rolf Aldag and summed up overall: “If you look at the newspaper.: Hayter, Dennis, Großschartner , Thomas, Schachmann – there we can be very happy! “

The German champion Schachmann started his season in late Paris-Nice in February after a corona disease, but had to cancel the sails there before the individual time trial on the 4th stage. He was then without a run for exactly six weeks before the 28-year-old returned to Lausanne.

In the 5.1-kilometer-long Romandie prologue, he rolled off the starting ramp in ninth place and took the prompt lead. He was by far the fastest at 6:05 minutes, until 15 minutes later Matteo Sobrero (BikeExchange – Jayco) clocked exactly the same time. Now they sat side by side on the hot seat, until another 24 minutes later, Großschartner hurried to the finish line.

Großschartner surprises himself

The 28-year-old Wels, who also had an eventful spring after breaking his collarbone in Paris-Nice on the first day, was three seconds faster than the leading duo, thus replacing his teammates at Platz an der Sonne.

“I’m very happy with my prologue result,” Großschartner said after the race. “I know I’m not necessarily a bad time trial player, but I’m a little surprised to be number three in such a short prologue. After my injuries in the first part of the season, this result is a nice confirmation of my form and I am really happy and look forward to the next few days here. “

Grossschartner was in the hot seat for 49 minutes until final winner Ethan Hayter (Ineos Grenadiers) became the first man to reach the finish line and the clock stopped in less than six minutes. The Briton was ten seconds faster than Großschartner in 5:52 minutes. Only former world time trial champion Rohan Dennis (Jumbo – Visma) then pushed himself between the two with two to five minutes.

Vlasov was even briefly in Arenberg after Liège

For Bora – hansgrohe, in addition to the two top results from Großschartner and Schachmann, it was also important in Lausanne, where the tour aces Vlasov and Higuita landed, both of whom had been in action in Liège-Bastogne-Liège on Sunday and there. in the first pursuit group of solo winner Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step – Alpha Vinyl) 14. (Vlasov) and fifth (Higuita) were.

In Lausanne, Vlasov finished as number 18, 19 seconds behind the winner Hayter, while Higuita finished number 84, 33 seconds behind. Anton Palzer (+ 0:31), Patrick Konrad (+ 0:34) and Frederik Wandahl (+ 0:40) took the places 71, 93 and 111.

“We wanted to keep stress levels down today, especially for Aleks, who rode Liège-Bastogne-Liège over the weekend and then also visited the Roubaix stage of the Tour de France. It was quite a strain.” , Aldag classified Vlasov’s performance, which is one of the top favorites for the overall victory in Romandy, and which with more calm could have entered the top ten in the prologue.

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