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Press Releases | 19.09.2020

Max Schachmann best BORA-hansgrohe rider on penultimate Tour de France stage as team set sight on Paris sprint finish

The organisers of the Tour de France had saved the race’s one and only individual time trial until the penultimate day. Starting out flat, this 36.2km route had a sting in its tail – finishing with a climb up the infamous la Planche des Belles Filles – a first category ascent that covered 5.9km and had an average gradient of 8.5%. If this wasn’t tough enough, the last section of the climb was an eye-watering 20%, but while the stage had a climb, this wasn’t necessarily a stage for the climbers. The first BORA-hansgrohe rider out of the gate was Daniel Oss, measuring his efforts well to finish in a time of 1h04’26”, with Peter Sagan coming in with a time a little less than thirty seconds slower than Daniel’s. With the more natural climbers taking to the course, the times started to drop. Felix Grossschartner started his ride well, choosing to stay on his aero bike the entire course while others switched to a standard road bike at the foot of the climb. Finishing in 1h01’26”, the Austrian rider had set the best time for a BORA-hansgrohe rider, until Maximilian Schachmann came across the line with less than an hour in the saddle, finishing in 59’54”. While Lennard Kämna performed well on the climb, he was just unable to unseat Max from claiming the team’s bragging rights, taking a time of 1h00’07”. Max’s time gave him a top twenty finish, taking seventeenth spot after sitting in the provisional top ten much of the day, with Lennard ending the day in twenty-first. With just the road to Paris to come, the race wasn’t going to be over for BORA-hansgrohe until the dust had settled after the sprint on the Champs-Elysées. 

 

Results 

01 T. Pogacar                     55:55

02 T. Doumolin                   +1:21

03 R. Porte                         +1:21

17 M. Schachmann              +3:59

21 L. Kämna                       +4:12

 

From the Finish Line  

"We didn't have a specific goal or target, in terms of speed, time, or power, planned for me in today's time trial, I rode mostly on how I was feeling. During the entire Tour de France, I suffered from the aftermath of my broken collarbone at the Lombardia. I have had muscle problems, some days more painful, at times less, so I didn't want to push too much today. I'm already focused on the World Championship road race next Sunday and today I rode at a speed I felt comfortable with. In the last climb, I was feeling better and I accelerated a bit. In the end, it wasn't such a bad time but it wasn't my goal today.” – Maximilian Schachmann 

"I knew it was going to be a hard time-trial, so I rode at my own pace to make sure I was within the time limits. We have one more stage left, the most iconic of the Tour de France, and I think it is a dream for any rider, especially a sprinter, to win on the Champs-Elysées. We will give our best in Paris as well." – Peter Sagan 

"Felix and Lennard were our two riders today that were given the freedom to decide whether they wanted to go all out or save some energy for tomorrow's sprint on the Champs-Elysées. After the first intermediate point, Felix indicated he was nearly empty and went on at a steady pace until the finish, not pushing too much. Despite his tremendous effort in the mountains, and his stage win, Lennard still had the power to fight on and finish quite well. Max was BORA-hansgrohe's highest-placed rider, but he didn't push to the limit either. We are fully focused on tomorrow's sprint stage and Peter will receive the team's full support to maybe take his first win on the Champs-Elysées." – Enrico Poitschke, Sports Director

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