Earlier in the stage, a six-rider breakaway went clear but, the group was never allowed to gain too much of an advantage and, as a result, after going over the top of the first climb, a 6.7-kilometer long category one ascent, the gap fell to just one minute 40 seconds.
Back in the valley, the peloton continued to keep the leaders on a short leash before the catch was made just in time for new attacks to start on the penultimate category two climb but with CCC Team continuing to drive the pace, the Polish team was able to force the stage to come down to a bunch sprint for the line.
After being supported perfectly by his teammates once again in the closing kilometers, including on the final punchy 1.5-kilometer long category three climb which had pitches of 15 percent in places, the German rider showed his strength and consistency once again, navigating his way safely around a crash on the last corner before the home before powering to a close second place, his fourth top five finish of the race.
Riccardo Zoidl finished safely in the main bunch after a tough finale which saw the bunch strung out in single file on the run into Kitzbühel to remain sixth overall on the General Classification, one minute 10 seconds behind Ben Hermans (Israel Cycling Academy) while, Víctor de la Parte sits seventh. Zoidl continues to lead the Best Austrian Classification.
Unfortunately Laurens Ten Dam was involved in a crash on the final descent of stage five and was taken to hospital for observation. A further update will be provided when possible.
Quotes From the Finish Line:
“Today, the team did an amazing job. They worked really hard for me and in the end, it came to a sprint because of us. As a team we pulled the late attack back and Josef Černý did an amazing job. With the crashes in the final, it was really dangerous so, overall I am happy to have made it through safely. I know Laurens went down in the first crash and I hope he is okay.”
“It wasn’t my best day today. My legs felt quite heavy but I am happy with second place and to still be leading the Points Classification.”
Int. Österreich-Rundfahrt-Tour of Austria
Stage 5: Bruck > Kitzbühel (161.9km)
Top 3: 1. Jannik Steimle (Team Vorarlberg Santic) 2. Jonas Koch (CCC Team) 3. Patrick Gamper (Tirol KTM Cycling Team)
CCC Team Top 3: 2. Jonas Koch 12. Josef Černý 22. Víctor de la Parte