Three days after the amazing win at Bemer Cyclassics, Mads presents another solid performance in Germany
Mads Pedersen is still not tired of collecting top results, and today in the prologue of the Deutschland Tour, he took second place behind Vernon (Soudal-QuickStep), missing out on the win by a margin of just 1.27 seconds. For the Danish star this is the seventh podium in nine opportunities. Since the end of the Tour de France he has amassed three wins, three second places and one third, as well as narrowly missing the podium with his fourth place at the World Champs.
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In short, an impressive series of results for Mads that speaks volumes about his excellent form and his status in the peloton. Today, the prologue in Sankt Wendel did nothing but confirm this. The 2.3km race against the clock required a mix of power and technical ability, where Mads presented a solid performance. Even if the win is always his aim, today’s podium certainly did not dampen Mads’ spirit and conviction to do well in the next days.
A prologue is always a tough challenge, especially when is so short. In the end, I think it was a good start of the race, it was a good day for me. Of course a win would have been nice, but I was beaten by a strong guy today. I really have no regrets on my performance today, I couldn’t have done more today so I can be happy and satisfied.
In races like this, technical and super fast, there’s no other way than to gamble a bit in the corners, because every tenth of a second counts to make the best time. That’s what I did, I took the corners fast with enough safety. I didn’t want to take crazy risks in the prologue and compromise the next stages. It was a nice course by the way, with the road going up just after the start and corners big enough to be fast. I think it was an exciting challenge to start the race.