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"Alex Dowsett is faster than me, so it was already theoretically hard for me to take bonification seconds, but I am a happy rider. We saved our podium spot and I feel good."

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17.05.2015 @ 18:59 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

The Bayern Rundfahrt was again a big success for Team Katusha. Rudi Selig was close to the victory in the 5th and final stage. Just John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin) was faster than Rudi Selig.


Tiago Machado and Eduard Vorganov were also on the podium for the team. Machado secured his second place overall behind Alex Dowsett (Movistar) and Vorganov was celebrated as most aggressive rider of the day.


"It is no dishonor to be beaten by John Degenkolb. I am really happy not only because of this podium place but especially because our director José Azevedo kept trust in me. The first stages I was not good enough, but José convinced the others to keep working for me. Especially Vladimir Isaychev was impressive today. He was doing such a big job; for me and for Tiago. He even was able to attack in the local laps. In the end I positioned myself behind the train of Cofidis but they waited too long. That’s why I jumped to the wheel of Degenkolb. Because of the wind he also waited long. So I waited too, maybe a bit too long, but he was the fastest rider. No real excuse for me. I can live with this second place," said Rudi Selig.


The 198 km last stage from Hassfurt to Nürnberg had no major difficulties on the course. A mass sprint was expected but that didn’t prevent six riders from escaping early in the race. Amongst the six was Eduard Vorganov. He was already very active in stage 1, and again he was the most active rider of the six guys in front. The maximum gap was 4 minutes. Vorganov was for a long time virtual yellow jersey of the race but he also won two intermediate sprints and so he virtually took over the green sprints jersey as well. In the end, Degenkolb and Vorganov scored the same number of points, but because of his win, John Degenkolb went home with that green jersey.


"Eduard did a super race for us. To show our jersey was one of our goals here, besides protecting Tiago and helping Rudi Selig in the preparation for the sprint. We succeeded on all fronts. Eduard was impressive today – a pity that he just lost the green jersey with the same points but Team Katusha was impressive. We knew it would be hard to beat Alex Dowsett for the overall, but we may not complain," said team director José Azevedo.


In the final general classification Alex Dowsett won the Bayern Rundfahrt only 2 seconds ahead of Tiago Machado, who was second. Third place on the final podium is for Jan Barta from Bora-Argon 18, who lost 18 seconds to the winner.


"Alex Dowsett is faster than me, so it was already theoretically hard for me to take bonification seconds, but I am a happy rider. We saved our podium spot and I feel good. Now I take a short break and than I will be in top form for the Dauphiné, my next race and goal," said Tiago Machado.



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