Torquay (Australia), Jan 30th – Team Bahrain McLaren competed at the inaugural ‘Towards Zero Race Torquay’ today, just missing the top ten with Marco Haller and animating the race with Hermann Pernsteiner in the early day’s breakaway.
On the fast 10 laps of a 13km circuit, our riders both tested their legs and supported our leader in the finale to put him in a good position for the sprint. The peloton was all together with 5 km to go and the fast men didn’t want to miss this new opportunity for them in 2020 season. In the hectic sprint, won by Bennet, Marco Haller managed to stay at the front, finishing in 12th place.
“At the end, I just missed the top ten. We came a little bit too early, but the team showed a great commitment for me and I’m very proud of this. Great job from the guys. We keep on fighting like this. The race was a harder race than expected because many teams wanted to test their legs and didn’t let the sprinters teams control it. A bit of crosswind and a bit hilly course made it also tougher”.
Although the race took place in the late afternoon, riders had to face also high temperatures. The circuit featured also two short climbs, that could favour attacks. Hermann Pernsteiner was among the earlier attacker, joining the first day’s breakaway, that managed to stay away for six laps.
“It was hard to be in the break for me, but I wanted to test my legs” the Austrian rider commented “I was in a 5-man breakaway and we worked very hard, but lots of teams chased and they caught us with four laps to go. In the finale, I helped Marco. I think we did a good race and I put in some hard km. I believe I have a really good condition after the Tour Down Under and I’m confident towards our next race the Cadel Evans Road Race, we have a good team and we have just to race smart”.
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