Full attack tomorrow on the final stage towards Sonntagberg
3:10 minutes was the biggest lead of the nine-man leading group that formed near Liezen just before the Pyhrn Pass in today’s longest stage (197 kilometers/2,002 meters of altitude) of the Tour of Austria. The group was led by Team Vorarlberg pro Dominik Amann. On the way to Steyr, Ineos Grenadiers increased the pace in the peloton.
Before the first crossing of the finish line in Steyr “field closed”. 13 kilometers before the finish, the decision was made on the Porscheberg with a maximum gradient of 20 percent. 19 riders broke away. Among them was Swiss pro Colin Stüssi. With tenth place in the stage, he also secured tenth place in the overall standings, surrounded by all the World Tour teams as the best Continental rider in the Tour of Austria. It was one of the fastest stages in Tour of Austria history with an hourly average of 47.4 km/h.
Lukas Rüegg: “It was a tough fight for the escape group. We really wanted to have one in the group. Then we closed the gap. Luckily Dominik Amann was there. I actually wanted to go on the stage. The final climb up the Porscheberg was pretty steep and cost me a little time at the top. I didn’t manage to close the gap, but I think with Colin Stüssi we have a good man for the overall classification and a good placing in today’s stage. Was a successful stage for us.”
Colin Stüssi: “Top ten in the overall classification. is already our goal actually. And then once again try to go into the escape group. Let’s see, it’s difficult. Tomorrow last day, fifth stage. The World Tour teams have a strong kick. So far we are already satisfied, let’s see what tomorrow still goes.”
Werner Salmen sports director: “Target achieved. Two hours of war for the group. Amann inside. The group would probably have arrived since Ineos, UAE and Jayco had no interest. Primary objective met with Stüssi: No time to lose and finish 10th.”
Preview: In the last stage (155.8 km / 2,687 meters of altitude) of the 72nd Tour of Austria tomorrow it goes once again steeply uphill. With Maria Taferl, St. Leonhard/Wald and three times to the finish on the Sonntagberg, difficult mountain classifications are on the program.
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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