7/7/2013 - NEWS!

Bertazzo sprints to final stage win in Tour of Austria

July 7, Stage 8: Podersdorf am Neusiedler See - Vienna 122.8km



Austrian rider Riccardo Zoidl became the first home rider to win the Tour of Austria in give years, sealing the overall victory in the penultimate stage time trial and bringing home the result by finishing in the main peloton behind stage winner Omar Bertazzo (Androni Giocattoli).

It was the fourth victory of the year for the Gourmetfein Simplon rider. "About 500 meters before the finish I've been breathing and I realized it for the first time: I have won the Tour of Austria. A big thanks to my whole team, they worked great," Zoidl said.

The flat final stage began with a four-man breakaway, with Ben King (RadioShack), Aleksejs Saramotins (IAM Cycling), Bostjan Rezman (Voralberg) and Jakub Kratochvila (Arbö Gebrüder Weiss-Oberndorfer) gaining three minutes on the peloton, but only lasting out front until the penultimate lap.

Bertazzo then stunned Sky's Christopher Sutton and Simone Ponzi (Astana) by sprinting to the stage win by a narrow margin.

Former race leader Kevin Seeldraeyers (Astana) took home the points and mountains classification, while Katusha's Sergei Chernetski emerged as the best young rider.

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Photo: © Mario Stiehl

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