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Press Releases | 06.04.2021

Tour of the Basque Country stage two: Maximilian Schachmann seventh, takes mountains jersey

Today’s second stage offered plenty of terrain for attacks, with its 154.8km from Zalla to Sestao featuring two 3rd category climbs and one 2nd category climb, and the finale also ascending steeply up towards the finish. BORA-hansgrohe had some bad luck today, with crashes of Patrick Konrad, Wilco Kelderman and Cesare Benedetti, who were, however able to get back on their bikes and regain contact with the peloton. The catch of the break led to a series of moves from the reduced field. When Maximilian Schachmann launched a counter-attack, it was initially only P. Roglič who was able to follow him, with two other riders eventually catching up to the duo. Yet the group was later caught. With 10 km of road left, A. Aranburu launched an attack, for which no one behind had any answers. Max finished seventh in the group of favourites, 15 seconds behind the Basque stage winner, and with that performance, was the best-placed BORA - hansgrohe rider on the day. He also took the mountains jersey and now lies in 6th place, 31 seconds behind the current leader P. Roglič, in the overall classification.

 

Result

01 A. Aranburu         3:45:32

02 O. Fraile                    +0:15

03 T. Pogačar                +0:15

07 M. Schachamnn      +0:15

 

From the Finish Line

"I thought that we had a good chance today. However, the roads were wet and slippery and we were all taking precautions to avoid crashing. I was good on the downhill and attacked the group of favourites on the last longer climb. It wasn't an insane pace but it was nevertheless hard, so I thought that I should just go for it. Ultimately, I lacked that little bit extra in the sprint, but the form is still clearly quite good." - Maximilian Schachmann

"Our goal today was to try something in the final and to make the race offensive. Unfortunately, that didn't quite work out as we were a bit unlucky with two crashes. It cost Wilco and Patrick some strength to come back and the unfavourable weather and wet roads didn't help either, so the race was essentially decided on the downhill. Max then tried to get away at the front, but that didn’t quite work out either. Although the guys fought and put in a good performance, we can’t be completely satisfied with the result, as we would have liked to win. Despite that, we rode a good race with the team and will try to get the best out of the next few days of racing here." - André Schulze, Sports Director

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