Georg Zimmermann Takes 2nd on Stage 10 of the Tour de France
Georg Zimmermann continues to prove himself as a specialist on hilly days and takes a close 2nd place on Stage 10 of the Tour De France. Following on an impressive performance in the Criterium de Dauphiné, Georg again fought in a breakaway to secure a podium finish on one of cycling's biggest stages.
Stage 10 was labeled a "hilly" 167.2km stage which was only made more difficult with multiple attacks being launched early on. A breakaway lead by Israel-Premier Tech's Krists Neilands proved to be successful. Zimmermann with other riders began to chase down this breakaway towards the end of the stage in order to preserve a chance at a stage win.
Coming down to the final meters, Zimmermann and Pello Bilabo were left to sprint for the line with Zimmermann narrowly losing out at the line.
"Of course there is some disappointment after this second place, but since I had the legs to win, I can be optimistic. I may have made a mistake by opting for too much resistance (a big gear, ed.) at the start of the sprint. My legs took a while to get up to speed, while Bilbao was creating a gap.”
The Intermarché-Circus-Wanty team has put on an impressive show during this year's TDF. Putting Zimmermann in positions for stage wins and Biniam Girmay in the hunt for the Green Jersey will lead to success in the future.
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