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Press Releases | 13.05.2019

Schachmann takes on Tahoe as German rider claims spirited fifth on both stage and GC on Tour of California stage 2

The snow on the ground wasn’t the only major difference the riders would see on today’s second stage of the Amgen Tour of California. While the temperatures were lower than stage 1’s 30ºC, it was the change in gradient that was most dramatic. From the start, the day’s route from Rancho Cordova to Lake Tahoe was all uphill, with the riders taking in no fewer than six categorised climbs, including one first category and three second category ascents to make the going extra difficult. Knowing how hard the day was going to be, a brave and enthusiastic group of seven wasted no time in staking their claim on the break, building a lead that stabilised around three minutes. With a lot at stake, the peloton wanted to keep this lead group in touch, and ahead of the halfway point, BORA - hansgrohe were one of the teams working hard to reduce this gap. With Daniel Oss, Juraj Sagan and Erik Baška taking turns at the head of the peloton, they succeeded in cutting the lead in half before eliminating it entirely with less than 75km to go. There was a lot of the day still left to race, and the stronger climbers made sure the peloton knew it, their pace splitting the peloton and leaving a large group – with Felix Großschartner in amongst them – powering up the road. Some committed members of the chasing group bridged across, with Maximilian Schachmann here, joining Felix in the lead group, only for him to make the jump into an attack as the race neared its final 10km. Biding his time and trying not to expend energy, it was only in the final kilometre that Maximilian lost contact with the small group that would go on to take the stage, but finishing just seconds behind, the young German rider closed off the top five with his strong finish. Maximilian also made his way into the GC top five, with Felix finishing his day ninth in the overall standings.


01 K. Asgreen                         6:17:11
02 T. van Garderen                  +0:00
03 G. Moscon                           +0:04
05 M. Schachmann                  +0:16
11 F. Großschartner                 +0:31


From the Finish Line

"Thanks to the guys for their work today. When we bridged the gap to the group of Felix in the front, I attacked and I was followed by a small group. We were the ones that fought for victory but, unfortunately, I missed a bit in the final kilometre. I tried, I gave my best today but it wasn't enough to win. Still, it was a solid day." – Maximilian Schachmann

"I think I had a good day. I tried to go in the breakaway with 60km to go. It was a good situation and it worked out well as I was able to finish with the group of favourites.  We have five more stages, so we'll see how everything plays out." – Felix Großschartner

"Today we had two goals in our strategy. Firstly, we had to make sure Felix Großschartner stayed with the group of the main GC contenders and secondly, we wanted to take our chances for the stage victory with Max Schachmann. It was a hard day with a lot of climbing and again the squad put in a great effort. We had Daniel Oss, then Juraj Sagan and finally Erik Baška that pulled in the front and kept the 7-man break under control. In the finale, Max was in the leading group of about 10 riders, Felix in the chasing group behind them while Peter with Daniel rode in the gruppetto. Max was at the front until the last climb and took a good fifth place while Felix came in a few seconds later, together with all the favourites. They are now 5th and 9th overall, within half a minute from the GC leader, so we are well positioned for the rest of the race." – Jan Valach, Sports Director

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