Team Vorarlberg crowned top performance with eleventh place
Jhonatan Narvaez of Ineos Grenadiers clinched the overall victory with his third stage win on the fifth and final stage of the Tour of Austria. In front of a great crowd of spectators, he narrowly prevailed in the final sprint on Sonntagberg. Professional Jon Knolle was part of the leading group in today’s last stage (155.8 kilometers/2687 meters of altitude difference) of the Tour of Austria from Ybbs an der Donau to Sonntagberg. The 23-year-old sprinted to first place in the second sprint in Waidhofen an der Ybbs. He was caught up by the group after the first ride over Sonntagberg.
On the final climb up the Sonntagberg, Switzerland’s Colin Stüssi once again put himself in the limelight. Although the 30-year-old pro had to let go at the end, he also secured eleventh place overall in the 72nd Tour of Austria as eleventh in the stage. This makes the Team Vorarlberg pro the best Continental rider behind the World Tour teams.
Colin Stüssi: “I was with the best at the bottom of the last climb, but then I was missing a bit. I wanted to be in the top ten in the overall classification. That was actually an even better stage for me, but what can you do. I think is not bad, but in the first moment there is always a little disappointment.”
Werner Salmen, sports director: “Gigantically well organized Tour. Despite the retirement of Oscar Cabedo, we achieved the maximum with eleventh place in the overall classification for Colin Stüssi.”
Thomas Kofler, Team Manager: “We are happy to have finished the 72nd edition of the Tour of Austria with the best rider of a Conti team. Colin Stüssi has been a super replacement for the absence of Oscar Cabedo.”
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Live on Servus TV On and K19, summaries on ORF
The Tour of Austria will be broadcast live on Servus TV ON and K19. In addition, there will be summaries of the daily stages on ORF 1 and ORF Sport Plus. Numerous stations will report via live ticker from all stages.
1st stage July 2, 2023, Dornbirn – Dornbirn 147.6 kilometers, 1762 vertical meters
2nd stage July 3, 2023, St. Anton – Innsbruck 158.8 kilometers, 1803 vertical meters
3rd stage July 4, 2023, Sillian – St. Johann/Alpendorf 148.5 kilometers, 2947 vertical meters
4th stage July 5, 2023, St. Johann/Alpendorf – Steyr 197 kilometers, 2002 vertical meters
5th stage July 6, 2023, Ybbs – Sonntagberg, 155.8 kilometers, 2687 vertical meters