Felix Grossschartner celebrates on last stage of Tour of the Alps: To win is always great, to win close to Austria is even better
Apr 24 2021 01:43 am CET

Felix Grossschartner celebrates on last stage of Tour of the Alps: To win is always great, to win close to Austria is even better
Felix Grossschartner celebrates on last stage of Tour of the Alps: To win is always great, to win close to Austria is even better
Bora-hansgrohe

Felix Grossschartner (Bora-hansgrohe) has taken the victory of the last stage at the Tour of the Alps, becoming the first Austrian to achieve this since the advent of the race in 2017.

The last stage of the Alpine race was 120.9 kilometres long between Valle del Chiese and Riva del Garda and Grossschartner was part of a big breakaway. The Austrian made a move with 25 kilometres to go and after leaving all his companions behind, he crossed the finish line on his own, being the first Austrian to do so, something that he was very close in the third stage when he finished just behind Gianni Moscon.

"We knew it could have been a stage for me, and already last night with the team we had decided to try to go for it," said Grossschartner. "I had been showing off during the last days, but the legs weren't feeling as good as today. It's a valuable victory, achieved ahead of plenty of strong riders, and I want to dedicate it to my uncle, who passed away last year: he was my biggest fan, and today I know I would have made him happy. For the Austrians, the Tour of the Alps is a great opportunity to race at the highest levels on home roads, something that doesn't happen every day. It's nice to race one of the most important - and tough – one-week races in front of your fans.

"To win is always great, to win close to Austria is even better. After stage two I said to myself just try your best day by day, and that's what I did. It didn't work out two times but I stayed positive and the reward came with the win today. We planned again to go into the break and that worked out well. On the last climb I had the best legs and just went for it. To win from such a strong field two weeks ahead of the Giro is special and a great boost in confidence."




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