After two half-stages on this final day of racing, the Riwal Readynez-riders had the race under control and took the first overall victory as a pro-continental team.
“We succeeded!”, says directeur sportif Michael Skelde. “It was a super good day, but also very tough. But the hard work paid off, which is fantastic.”
After the first short stage in the morning, where hadn’t it been for Alexander Kamp’s strength in the final, the lead would’ve sailed away, the second stage of this afternoon was much more under control.
“The only focus we had today, was to win the overall with Alexander, which we barely managed earlier today, but luckily it never got too exciting during the last stage.”
With the Riwal Readynez-riders guarding the front, they made sure not to let more than three people get away in the early breakaway. With two of those being within half a minute of Alexander Kamp’s lead, they were kept on a short leash.
“We were slightly under pressure from the breakaway, but with a bit of help from other teams, we had it under control - in these smaller races, there are teams who are satisfied with their placing in the overall, and other teams wanted to sprint for the stage, meaning we could team up with others, who had the same interest in reeling the breakaway back in”, explains Michael Skelde.
“We’re very happy that we were strong enough to keep it under control in the beginning, and only letting a few people go, and to secure the overall victory in the end is just amazing. Great job by the whole team during this race”, ends Michael Skelde.
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