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Press Releases | 21.04.2019

Maximilian Schachmann scores fifth spot in Amstel Gold Race sprint after strong strategic ride

Blue skies and blazing sun would make each of the Amstel Gold Race’s 265.7km much more positive, given how unpredictable the weather is for the Spring Classics – the first of the three Ardennes Classics – but even for the most upbeat rider, it would be hard to take on each of the day’s thirty-five climbs and not be exhausted by the end. This jagged profile, with so many places from which to launch an attack, would have riders anxiously eyeing their rivals with no real idea who was going to go and when, and which move was going to be the decisive one and go on to win the race. An early breakaway took centre stage for the first 150km, a group of eleven building a lead that broke eight minutes at its peak, but as their efforts on the hills started hitting their legs, the eleven slowly started dropping in number, with only five remaining with 70km to go, and it was clear an early catch was going to be made. A little over 40km remaining and it was all over for the escapees, but it was here the race came to life. Multiple attacks saw several small groups on the road, BORA-hansgrohe’s Maximilian Schachmann joining one of these, while Jay McCarthy and Patrick Konrad were also pushing hard on the front trying to bring the attacks back in. Taking on the fearsome Cauberg for the final time – the 900m climb with gradients of 13% – it was clear the break had a good advantage, but this didn’t stop the BORA-hansgrohe riders working in the peloton to stay in touch, with the bunch knocking twenty seconds off the lead duo’s advantage with 15km to go. It was here Max went again, chasing solo and attempting to bridge to the front, the young German riding confidently after a strong performance at the Tour of the Basque Country. Joined by several chasers, Max’s group caught the leaders just on the final straight– the two leaders seemingly caught unaware – and while he wasn’t able to take the win, his fifth position after a well executed strategic ride was a show of strength for the young rider.

 

Results 

01       M. Van der Poel          6:28:18

02       S. Clarke                     +0:00

03       J. Fuglsang                  +0:00

05       M. Schachmann          +0:00

 

From the Finish Line

"When Alaphilippe went, I wasn't positioned well enough to follow. We were a small bunch behind him and I tried to drive the pace. After the Cauberg I attacked but I wasn't sure it was the right decision. Still, I rode at my own pace, I closed in on the chasing group and that's when I really started pushing.  In the final stretch, when I was on their wheel, Kwiato attacked, I made a move but suddenly, Van der Poel was on my wheel and went for a long sprint. I was able to hang in behind him but after going 15km solo and racing for 260km, I didn't have much left in my legs. So, I am happy with my fifth place at the finish." – Maximilian Shachmann

"The guys worked well together. In the first part of the race, we were concentrated on not allowing a big group to break away and having 9 to 11 riders wasn't a problem for us. It allows you to save energy. In the important part, we were well positioned with Jay McCarthy, Patrick Konrad, and Max Schachmann. Peter wasn't able to follow on the hard climbs but Maximilian was very strong in the finale. He tried on his own to chase the leading groups in the front. In the end, he was caught by the bunch behind, but he put in an excellent performance in the finishing sprint and took fifth, still a good result. It wasn't what we were aiming at today, we wanted to go for the win with Peter but still, overall, we can be satisfied with the performance of our young riders. We look forward to the upcoming races and we are sure Peter will come back." – Enrico Poitschke, Sports Director

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