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Martin Laas's World Tour debut: no failures, just the speed needs to get used to

Martin Laas is pleased with his debut with the Bora-Hansgrohe team. The team's goal was missed, but the process was painless.

The Estonian sprinter finished the six-day race and was ranked 110th overall. In the flat stages, Laas was usually at the head of the main group, best result was sixth.

"I was a little scared before the race," admits Laas. “But it wasn't too crazy. Of course, speed needs to get used to and the driving nature as well. We did not accomplish the purpose of the tour. All in all, TOP 6 was expected. But our general classification man, Australian Jay McCarthy, fell in the third stage and lost hope for a good result.”

Regarding his form, Laas told: “I was not in a very good shape yet. With the next race in mind, there is hope that I will be able to stay in the main bunch, when it doesn't climb longer than few kilometers. I should be able to do that."

There will be two more starts in Australia, one-day Race Torquay (30.01) and Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (02.02). Today, teams from Tour Down Under flew from Adelaide to Geelong.


Photo: Bora Hansgrohe @Bettiniphoto

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