Geelong (Australia), February 2nd – Team Bahrain McLaren finished the Australian campaign with another top ten result as Marco Haller was 8th at Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race.
The first WorldTour one day race of the season featured a 171km course, from Geelong and back to the port city in the state of Victoria, where a reduced bunch sprint is usually expected, but only if the fast men can survive to the finishing circuits: 3.5 laps with the climb of Challambra Crescent that is tackled four times.
Actually, that was the key moment of a tough race, that saw plenty of attacks since the beginning.
“It was a tricky race throughout the entire course because we had many sections with crosswind and we had also a super hard race on the circuit” Marco Haller commented at the finish “ I managed to be in the decisive break, then on the last climb it was all about the legs. All in all, I think we can be happy”.
The Austrian rider alongside with his fellow Hermann Pernsteiner controlled every move to try to not lose contact with the front of the race, but they were dropped on the final circuit. “I was always there and also, in the end, I was in front. Then I saw a group behind me, with the sprinters and I wait for them. Unfortunately, we couldn’t catch the front group any more, because they were racing at the maximum speed. Anyway, I’m happy with my results here and my shape. I want to say thank you to all the team, riders and staff, for this amazing journey here in Australia”.
Pernsteiner only missed the top ten, finishing 11th. “Having two riders both nearly in the top ten of a hard race like this is something that made us proud” Team Bahrain McLaren Sports Director Tristan Hoffman explained, “We’re satisfied, all the boys raced fantastically”.
Team Bahrain McLaren is about to leave Australia with two WorldTour top ten places achieved: the Tour Down Under overall with Pernsteiner and today’s result taken by Haller. “We came here exactly with the aim of two top ten, so we can say that it has been a great start as Team Bahrain McLaren,” TBM coach Tim Kennaugh said “We put km in the legs and trained with good weather. Now a long trip back home awaits our boys. They will get over the jet lag and probably they won’t find ideal weather conditions to train properly. For sure they will deserve four of five easy days once back to Europe”.
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