“I knew I had to do it on my own, I absolutely didn’t want to get to the finish line for a sprint like the one I had with Martínez,” Kämna said, referring to stage 13. “So, as soon as I had a gap, I went without thinking about it at all.
“When I got behind the wheel of Carapaz and he let people down, I knew it wouldn’t be easy. But then it didn’t look that good near the top, and I was like ‘now is the time to do this’.
After opening her gap at the top of the climb, Kämna quickly increased her margin over the winner of the 2019 Giro d’Italia to the point where she had 1:15 left with two kilometers to go and only one obstacle, the Côte 2000 in third category. at Villards-de-Lans left between him and victory.
“I thought I would be faster than him on the short descents and on the flats after the climb,” said Kämna, “and that’s what happened. ”
For Bora-Hansgrohe Kämna, the victory was timely, to say the least, as the team had several unsuccessful breakaway offers, a missed goal from the GC with Emanuel Buchmann, fourth overall of the year last, and a fight for an eighth green jersey with Peter Sagan stuttering badly.
“It’s absolutely a great relief,” the 24-year-old confirmed. “We were in the breaks a lot, but there were always small setbacks. Then last week we all started to feel better and better.
“I was so disappointed after my second place last week, but I told myself to keep working, and today I had really good legs and I went full blast. But I also knew I had to try to win on my own.