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July 1, 2013  

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Sergio Pardilla just missed out on a top ten placing on the second stage of the Tour of Austria (June 30 – July 7 / UCI 2.HC). The Spaniard riding for Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung climbed to the top of the Kitzbüheler Horn as eleventh,1:17 minutes after the winner.

"I felt better today than I did yesterday," said Pardilla, who in 2010 finished second overall in this race. "That was a brutal ascent and the climbers didn’t make it easy for each other. I will continue to look for my chance. There are still tough stages to come."

The stage win after 157.4 kilometers under brilliant sunshine again went to the winner of the first stage, Belgian Keven Seeldraeyers of Astana. The team dominated, as his two teammates Alexandr Dyachenko (Kasachstan) and Fabio Aru (Italy) finished second and third. Pardilla’s teammate Dennis Van Niekerk was 30th on Austria’s „most difficult cycling climb."

Pardilla moved up to 13th in the overall rankings and is now 3:59 behind Seeldraeyers.

The second stage of the Tour of Austria also saw an escape group dominating the early part of the day. Austrian Harald Totschnig (Tirol) got away together with Italians Federico Canuti (Cannondale) and Alessandro Malaguti (Androni) in the hectic start of the stage. The trio worked well together and had a lead of up to seven minutes before their break came to an end on the climb up the Kitzbüheler Horn.

Tuesday sees stage three from Heiligenblut to Matrei over 119.7 kilometers.

The 65th edition of the International Tour of Austria started on Sunday June 30 in Innsbruck and runs over 1,115.2 kilometers and eight stages to the national capital, Vienna. Highlights of the race include the dreaded climb to the Kitzbüheler Horn (stage 2), and the famous ride of the Großglockner (stage 4), where every year the „Glöckner King" is crowned. The time trial specialists will have their day on the penultimate stage in the race against the clock along the Podersdorfer See before the race ends in a mass sprint in Vienna.

Race information:

Tour of Austria – (June 30 –July 7 / UCI 2.HC): Gerald Ciolek (GER), Martin Reimer (GER), Ignatas Konovalovas (LTU), Sergio Pardilla (ESP), Johann Van Zyl (RSA), Louis Meintjes (RSA), Martin Wesemann (RSA), Dennis Van Niekerk (RSA)

Staff: Jens Zemke (Directeur Sportif), Basti Büffel (Soigneur), Hagen Bernutz (Soigneur), Jarrad Zuydam (Doctor), Heiko Heinrici (Mechanic), Daniele Nieri (Mechanic), Francesco Bonnini (Bus Driver)