With perfect team work, BORA – hansgrohe prepares an impressive move of Rafal Majka. The polish national Champion takes the win in Rogla, as Gregor Mühlberger crosses the line in 4th place. Therefore, Majka is also the new race leader in the Tour of Slovenia.
The profile of the third stage in Slovenia today, was different to the fairly flat previous days. Between Celje and Rogla, the riders had to master 167.7 kilometers and a almost 14k mountain top finish. Therefore, today was the day for the GC contenders to battle for glory in the Tour of Slovenia.
After being unlucky with two crashes in the final yesterday, again today BORA – hansgrohe took responsibility in the peloton and worked for the Polish Champion Rafal Majka. For Majka the race in Slovenia is a last test before heading to the Grand Départ in Düsseldorf.
It took some time, before the attack of a group was successful and 6 riders went up the road. Their gap increased to over 4 minutes, when BORA – hansgrohe started to chase them seriously. With 40k to go, 3 remaining leaders had a gap of just 1 minute left.
At the foot of the last climb, all escapees were reeled in from a flying BORA – hansgrohe squad. Gregor Mühlberger set the pace in the bottom slopes of the ascent, which reduced the bunch to just 9 riders. With 10k to go Rafal Majka attacked the first time and just 2 riders could stay in his wheel. Nobody wanted to work though, because it was obvious that Majka was by far the strongest today. He tried it again and again to tiring his rivals, as Gregor Mühlberger controlled a 3-men chasing group.
In the end Majka took the win with a long sprint from the front, and Gregor Mühlberger finishes in 4th place. Therefore, Rafal Majka is not just new race leader, furthermore he looks confident and ready for the Tour de France.
“First I have to say thanks to my team mates. They did an excellent job, also the past two days. I attacked early because I didn’t know the climb and didn’t want to take any risk. Nobody wanted to cooperate, so I tried it several times. In the end I took the win, and that is important. I am very happy, not just for this win, also because this was a good test after 3 weeks training in Sierra Nevada. I think I am ready now for the Tour.” – Rafal Majka