Jannik Steimle sprints to fifth place in the first stage of the 71st Tour of Austria and is second overall!

Team Vorarlberg Santic does not have to hand over leader jersey – and still happy!

The Spanish rider Carlos Barbero of the World Tour Team Movistar won the opening stage in Freistadt after 138 kilometers in front of the Latvian Emils Liepins (Wallonie-Bruxelles). Jannik Steimle ignited his turbo a little too early and had to settle for fifth place. And yet you are more than happy with the current situation. Steimle is now second in the standings behind Liepins. Thus, the team Vorarlberg Santic can take back tomorrow from the main responsibility. The tour will be long and hard!

Race: Hard day with the jersey on the shoulders!
What tactics choose, what do the other teams and riders do. The responsibility for the management team is therefore more than ever in their own ranks, but with a view to the future. To shoot too many grains before the heavy week would not be smart.

Top group with Brändle!
In rainy weather, after the start of a few riders quickly. Including numerous riders from Austrian teams AND the overall second Matthias Brändle (Israel Cycling). This crashed in the top group by a more than unfortunate situation and must give up the tour injured.

The team Vorarlberg Santic pro`s worked very hard at the first half of the race from the front and takes the responsibility in the field. As Movistar also joins the lead, the gap melts continuously. The group is placed – in the hectic finals Steimle holds again really clean and is strong fifth!

Conclusion: Although jersey must give just, but with a clever tactic style tomorrow is the next chance to try again. Above all, the tour ends on Friday in Kitzbühel.

Result: https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/tour-of-austria/2019/stage-1

7. Juli Grießkirchen – Freistadt 138 Km – 2147 HM
8. Juli Zwettl – Wr. Neustadt 177 Km – 2291 HM
9. Juli Kirschschlag – Frohnleiten 176 Km – 3752 HM
10. Juli Radstadt – Großglockner 103 Km – 3253 HM
11. Juli Bruck – Kitzbühel 162 Km – 2619 HM
12. Juli Kitzbühel – Kitzbüheler Horn 117 Km – 2215 HM

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Squad: Daniel Geismayr, Patrick Schelling, Gordian Banzer, Roland Thalmann, Colin Stüssi, Jose Manuel Diaz Gallego, Jannik Steimle;