Team NetApp with two riders in Paris-Bourges final
Paris – Bourges today was the last race of the season for Team NetApp. After 190 kilometers, Florian Vachon (Bretagne Schuller) prevailed in the sprint of a larger group ahead of Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) and John Degenkolb (Argos - Shimano).
A group with four riders broke away early. But the bunch controlled the escapees well and had dramatically cut down the lead by the second mountain classification. It was then that a large group with approx. 30 riders separated from the main bunch. Leopold König and Bartosz Huzarski of Team NetApp found themselves in this lead group, in which the four escapees were quickly placed where they stayed until the finish. Leopold König gave Bartosz Huzarski a good starting position for the final sprint in the last kilometer. But the sprinters still in the lead group decided the race among themselves. Bartosz Huzarski came in 17th place.
“With the medium difficulty profile today, we concentrated completely on Leo and Bartosz. The race went completely according to plan. The team brought Leo and Bartosz well into position on the narrow approach road to the climb so they could stay with the large group. That our strategy worked out that way was a real achievement for the team. Bartosz and Leo made a good showing in the finale, but of course it was very difficult, pushing through against the sprinters. Even if there was no top result, we are happy with the organization of the race. It was a good way to end the season,” summed up Enrico Poitschke.