Four years after the last red-white-red overall victory on the Austria Tour through Riccardo Zoidl, this year's triumphant is Stefan Denifl! The upcoming "Papa" defended his yellow jersey on the difficult last stage from Sankt Johann-Alpendorf to Wels! Like stage winner Clement Venturini, he was cheered by over 10,000 visitors.
The sixth and final stage over 203.9 kilometers was started today in Sankt Johann-Alpendorf in Pongau. There was no talk of peace. After many attacks in the initial phase, it was only after the second “Wiesbauer” mountain grading Pass Gschütt that a first group was able to break away after around 55 kilometers. But since the overall second Deli Fernandez Cruz was represented, they were put back after 20 kilometers. Then even Stefan Denifl, the man in yellow, attacked. He wanted to stop the constant attacks with an offensive driving style.
Mountain classification: Pieter Weening intercepts Rabitsch
Stephan Rabitsch from the Felbermayr Simplon Wels team has conquered the “Wiesbauer” mountain jersey after the first stage from Graz to Vienna. He had to take it off just before Wels. “Glockner King” Pieter Weening, stage winner at Tour de France and Giro d'Italia, intercepted the Styrian on the last day and secured the mountain price after winning the mountain classification in St. Martin today and finishing third in Hochlecken.
Vanmarcke wins “Flyeralarm” sprint rating
Shortly before the first “Flyeralarm” sprint classification in Bad Ischl after 85 kilometers, a trio ran away, but was soon put back. Speaking of sprints: Italian Olympic champion Elia Viviani lost his "Flyeralarm" point jersey on the last day. The Belgian Sep Vanmarcke, who drove to the Kitzbüheler Horn in the lead jersey, caught the Italian by three points due to today's second stage position.
Venturini - specialist for Upper Austria stages
After Hochlecken, the last mountain classification of the tour, the field split into several groups. Around 35 kilometers before the first crossing of the finish line in Wels, a top group of 35 men formed with all the favorites. But shortly before Wels it was called "field closed" again. The mass sprint was repeated in front of thousands of spectators. This time the Frenchman Clement Venturini struck. Two-time stage winner and sprint specialist Elia Viviani finished in the second field. “Sprint arrivals like that suit me. At the 200 meter mark, I was in second place and then I was able to pull through, ”said 23-year-old Venturini from Cofidis, who won the Ö Tour stage in Steyr last year and triumphed in Dunkirk this year over 4 days.
Großschartner misses the podium by 1 second!
As the best Austrian, Stefan Denifl finished 20th today. The 29-year-old Stubai from the Aqua Blue Sport team won 37 seconds ahead of Delio Ferneandez Cruz (Delko Marseille Provence KTM) and 59 seconds ahead of Angel Lopez Moreno (Astana). CCC professional Felix Großschartner only missed the podium in his home country by a mere second. "It was bitter. I really wanted to be on the podium with Stefan, but unfortunately it just didn't work out. Nevertheless, the day is fantastic, we have a tour win! ”Großschartner took the penultimate sprint classification and finished second in the last. Due to the time bonus, he was only one second behind Lopez.
Denifl celebrates tour victory!
The ray man of the day was Stefan Denifl, who will soon be a dad for the first time. After the 7th overall place at Paris-Nice and winning the mountain jersey at the Tour de Suisse, he celebrated the greatest success of his career with the tour victory: “Madness, it was a brilliant week that I have to process now. I can't do all of this yet. Thanks to my team, the fans and the organizers! It was not only a brutal week in the legs, but also in terms of stress. A huge stone fell from my heart when I reached the finish. ”This year Stefan, who was cheered in Wels by his entire family and many fans, will still contest the Vuelta Espagna.
The WorldTeam Dimension Data won the team classification.
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