Australian cyclist Caden Groves won the preliminary round for the 65th annual international race around Slovakia and topped the overall standings. Home favorite Peter Sagan of Bora Hanzruhe finished 10th and won the jersey for the best Slovakian.
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“It was great, a lot of people. So after at least two years of covid sickness, I haven’t seen a lot of people together yet. It was fast from start to finish. I probably didn’t lose at this juncture, because it was going slow rather than fast. Expectations were higher. Everyone was expecting something better, but the important thing is for you to be there without falling off, so we just keep moving forward.” He said Sagan.
The Bike Exchange Groves rider managed a 1.6 km long trial in the historic center of Kosice in 1:50.46 minutes. Last year’s winner from Germany’s Yannick Steimel (Deceuninck-QuickStep) was second by 32 percent, third by 0.91 with Poland’s Marceli Pogoslawski (Mazowsze Serce Poslki).
About twenty-two years old Groves This was the sixth pro victory. “It was really a very long wait before I could start, but I am so glad I was able to make it what I went for in the front of the day. The start and the corner were the only trouble spots, but it wasn’t too long, so I kept my pace high. This is the time. It is my first time in Slovakia and it is an honor and a joy to be here.” The winner said in a TV interview.
The second-best Slovakian Erik Paska of Pori was 20th with a four-second loss, Lukasz Kubic (Dukla Banska Bystrica) finished six places and second down. “The feelings are very nice, but maybe the start burned a little more than I wanted, and in the last 200-300 meters I felt like my energy was running out. It’s too short, but even here you need to spread your strength. We pushed people to the goal. I am happy with the atmosphere, how many people They came here and I hope it will be the same in the coming days,” He said Bashka.
It is followed by Thursday’s 158.4 km first stage with a start and finish in Kosice, which will offer three speeds and four mountain installments.
Peter Sagan conducted an infernal mountain trek:
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