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Stage victory for Gschnitzer and Pechtl

24.06.2019 - 16:42

The second stage of the 17th TOUR Transalp was quite an affair. At temperatures over 35 degree, the riders had to cross the Penser Joch and the Schermoos Sattel.

Overall the stage covered 3473 meters of elevation, stretching over 143,4 kilometres. There is a new overall winner in the men classification: Thomas Gschnitzer (IT) and Daniel Pechtl (AT) from Team-Tec Automation rode into the yellow jersey. “The last two kilometres with several ups and downs have been a nightmare”, says Gschnitzer, exhausted but happy about the successOverall the stage covered 3473 meters of elevation, stretching over 143,4 kilometres. There is a new overall winner in the men classification: Thomas Gschnitzer (IT) and Daniel Pechtl (AT) from Team-Tec Automation rode into the yellow jersey. “The last two kilometres with several ups and downs have been a nightmare”, says Gschnitzer, exhausted but happy about the success.

In one group with the individual starter Mathias Nothegger (AT) Pechtl and Gschnitzner took the lead from the second pass. Finally Nothegger crossed the finish line as the fastest rider of the day. The heat could not stop the Austrian, spending most of his time in Gran Canaria. „I find mountain stages much easier than flat courses.“ Thanks to his victory of the day, he will slip into the leader jersey of the individual classification. His aim: to keep the shirt till Riva del Garda.

More than six minutes delay

With more than six minutes delay the Italian team Daniele Terzi and Piero Lorenzini (Argon 18-Hicari) finished the race, followed by the German duo Duo Tom Walther and Nils Kessler (Team Strassacker1/radsport-news.com). „We were riding the race very controlled today and did not start too fast at the Penser Joch “, says Kessler.

Riding in the yellow jersey today, Riccardo Zacchi and Christian Martinelli from Italy could not defend their overall win. They finished sixth. Zacchi: „Today it was tough from the very beginning.”

Although the Belgian women team Inge van den Broeck und Katleen Luypaert (#GFTbe Chicas) reached only second podium, they kept their pink jersey. Different to their husbend: Jurgen Van Goolen and Bart Van Kerkhoven (#GFTbe los azules) lost their overall lead in the Masters category to the Austrian  Bernhard Kohl Racing Team  (AT) Jürgen Pansy and Mattias Wolf.

More successful finished the Italian mixed duo Carlo Muraro und Tatiana Guderzo (Pink Dream). Tomorrow, they will again start in the orange shirt. So does Janine Meyer (GER), the fastest individual female starter of the race, and also Udo Bölts, the former pro rider, who suffered a lot from the heat, but still came first in the Grand Masters category.

All results: https://services.datasport.com/2019/velo/transalp/etappe2/

Video of stage 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSMglulnRng

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