August 1, 2021

Tour de France podcast: “Our bus looks like a battlefield”

Several drivers were involved in the serious mass crash on the first stage of the tour – including drivers from the Bora-hansgrohe team.

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In the second episode of the podcast for the Tour de France 2021 “Inside Bora-hansgrohe”, team manager Ralph Denk talks about the furious appearance of his protégé Ide Schelling, the bad falls at the start of the tour and the challenges of the second stage on Sunday.

Landerneau – The Tour de France 2021 started with one on Saturday difficult stage in Brittany. For Bora-hansgrohe, the Tour of France started with a positive development in terms of results. Ide Schelling conquered the mountain jersey and showed one at all on his first tour stage strong performance.

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But there was at the start of the Tour de France 2021 not just good news. Two serious falls caused chaos and led, among other things, to the abandonment of the German driver Jasha Sütterlin. Above all, the first fall left a lasting impression.

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Triggered by an unfortunate fall of four-time time trial world champion Tony Martin, there was a serious mass crash. A Spectator with a large cardboard sign brought down the 36-year-old on Saturday, then left several dozen drivers to the ground. The incident occurred a good 46 kilometers from the finish in Landerneau.

“In our team bus it looks like on a battlefield,” summarized Denk Consequences for his team together. Seven out of eight Bora-hansgrohe drivers were involved in the falls. “There are more investigations going on now. We hope that all of our drivers will be able to compete again tomorrow, ”continued Denk.

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Out from a technical result point of view The day went well for the Raublinger racing team. captain Wilco Kelderman lands on one strong fifth rank and lost in the overall standings only a few seconds to day winner Julian Alaphilippe.

And then there was that furious appearance of the touring debutant Ide Schelling. “Ide was part of the breakaway group. There he noticed that he was not the fastest. Accordingly, he had to withdraw. He succeeded in doing so, he is wearing the mountain jersey on his first Tour de France. Ide is in seventh heaven

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Tour de France 2021: The Bora-hansgrohe line-up

Finally, Denk looked at them second stagewhich is very similar in profile to the start of the tour. “We’ll try that Defend mountain jersey. It’s also about keeping Kelderman on track in the overall standings. And when Peter Sagan is feeling fine he definitely has options tomorrowHe said in conclusion.


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