Wyss 8th in GC after individual time trial
As always, the penultimate stage of the Tour of Austria was determined by an individual time trial. The route in Podersdorf am Neusiedler See ran over a distance of 24 km and was also decisive for the general classification. Marcel Wyss’ place in the GC rose after his performance in the time trial and he ends the tour as the best NetApp rider in rank 8. Marco Pinotti (BMC) won the individual time trial ahead of Kristof Vandewalle and Frantisek Rabon, both riders for Team Omega Quickstep. NetApp time trialist Jan Barta ends today’s stage in rank 5.
The general classification is further led by Jakob Fuglsang (Radioschack), followed by Steve Morabito (BMC) and Robert Vrecer (Vorarlberg).
"Jan rode really well and emphasized his talent as a time trialist once again. Marcel risked everything and still ranked fifth at the turning point. Unfortunately he struggled on the way back, which was certainly also because the flat and windy stretch isn’t his terrain. Overall a solid performance,“ says Jens Heppner about the individual time trial.
“Altogether we can be really pleased with the ranking. For Leo and also for Marcel this has been the first big tour since their breaks due to injury and both were able to show their strengths,“ Jens Heppner continues.
The final stage of the Tour of Austria is held as the “Course de Honnaire“; in previous years it has always led to exciting attempts to breakaway. Before the overall winner of the tour is decided, the riders have to tackle a stretch of 122 kilometers from Podersdorf am Neusiedler See to Vienna. In Vienna 10 laps of 5.6 kilometers will be completed.
1 stage, 1 July: Innsbruck - Innsbruck
2 stage, 2 July: Innsbruck - Kitzbüheler Horn
3 stage, 3 July: Kitzbühel - Lienz
4 stage, 4 July: Lienz - St. Johann/Alpendorf
5 stage, 5 July: St. Johann/Alpendorf - Sonntagberg
6 stage, 6 July: Waidhofen/Ybbs - Melk
7 stage, 7 July: Podersdorf am Neusiedler See / ITT
8 stage, 8 July: Podersdorf am Neusiedler See - Vienna
Jan Barta, Cesare Benedetti, Matthias Braendle, Blaz Jarc, Leo Koenig,
Andreas Schillinger, Daniel Schorn, Marcel Wyss