Team Visma | Lease a Bike quartet withstands final mountain stage in Giro d'Italia

Team Visma | Lease a Bike quartet withstands final mountain stage in Giro d'Italia

Team Visma | Lease a Bike got through the penultimate Giro stage without any problems. Attila Valter managed to hold on in the group of favourites for some time. He eventually finished eighteenth. The stage win was for Tadej Pogacar.

After opening the stage on rolling roads, the finale featured the double climb of the 18-kilometre Monte Grappa. Unlike in past stages, the Team Visma | Lease a Bike riders were not in the mix in the battle for the early breakaway. Hungarian champion Valter started the final climb in the group of favourites.

“On the first ascent, I felt surprisingly good”, Valter said. “I survived in the group with the GC riders. During the second climb of Monte Grappa it went too fast for me. Then I rode towards the finish line without taking too many risks. I am happy with the level I reached in the third week of a grand tour. Although there is definitely room for improvement towards the future.”

"Of course we will look back at this Giro with mixed feelings"

Attila Valter

With no big surprises in the final stage in Rome, Valter ends the Giro d'Italia 22nd in the general classification. “Of course we will look back at this Giro with mixed feelings”, he says. “I would immediately like to trade some places in order to still have Cian (Uijtdebroeks) in the race, but unfortunately it doesn't work like that. I find it especially unfortunate that Cian was never able to show himself in the stages that suited him. His stages were in the second and third week.”

After the forced abandonments of Robert Gesink, Christophe Laporte, Olav Kooij and Uijtdebroeks, Valter finished the remaining stages with teammates Tim van Dijke, Jan Tratnik and Edoardo Affini. “We can proudly look back at how the four of us still gave it our all in the last two weeks”, Valter added. “Even yesterday we showed again how combative we were and tomorrow we will try to sprint again with Tim. At times it looked like we were still racing with eight. I'm proud of that.”

Giro d'Italia

Stage 20

Result
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Result

1
Tadej Pogačar
UAE Team Emirates 04:58:23
2
Valentin Paret-Peintre
Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale Team +00:02:07
3
Daniel Felipe Martínez
BORA - hansgrohe +00:02:07
18
Attila Valter
Team Visma | Lease a Bike +00:09:54
42
Jan Tratnik
Team Visma | Lease a Bike +00:25:12
125
Tim van Dijke
Team Visma | Lease a Bike +00:43:48
126
Edoardo Affini
Team Visma | Lease a Bike +00:43:48

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