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Press Releases | 14.03.2020

Max Schachmann conquers Paris-Nice and delivers career best performance to bring BORA-hansgrohe’s second WT stage race win

Paris-Nice’s Queen Stage was also the race’s grand finale, with the cancellation of Sunday’s racing meaning that it was all going to come down to the 166.5km of stage 7. Those kilometres were going to be the hardest the riders would face, with four climbs, all of which were first or second category, and the last of these being the first category summit finish on La Colmiane – 16.3km long at 6.3%. Knowing it would all come down to the result on the finish line, the break today included riders who could threaten Maximilian Schachmann’s position in the GC. Riding hard on the front, Michael Schwarzmann protected the GC leader over the day’s first three climbs, and with 20km to go, the gap had come down from almost three minutes to a minute and a half, the whole BORA-hansgrohe team pulling together to keep the pace high and reduce the advantage. The peloton had shed riders on the climbs, but Felix Großschartner and Austrian National Champion, Patrick Konrad, were riding in support of the yellow jersey in a select group. At the foot of the final climb, the reduction in the gap between the break and the peloton meant Maximilian was keeping hold of the GC lead, with the break’s advantage coming down as the stage moved into its final 5km it was just a matter of keeping calm and staying in contention. A late attack for the overall win came to nothing, and as Maximilian crossed the line in sixth on the stage, the German National Champion knew that he’d won the biggest race of his career. Holding the overall lead the entire race after his win on stage 1, Maximilian could finally claim the 2020 Paris-Nice yellow jersey as his own – the second UCI WorldTour stage race win in BORA-hansgrohe’s history.

 

Results

 

Overall
01 M. Schachmann      27:14:23  
02 T. Benoot                     +0:18
03 S. Higuita                     +0:59
04 V. Nibali                       +1:16
09 F. Großschartner         +3:39

Stage 7
01. N Quintana           4:27:01
02 T. Benoot                   +0:46
03 T. Pinot                     +0:56
06 M. Schachmann        +0:58

 

From the Finish Line

 

"It's such a great feeling to win Paris-Nice but this was a very, very hard day. Felix Großschartner, Patrick Konrad and Michael Schwarzmann did a brilliant job today, they controlled the race by themselves. The finale was really hard for me, especially the last 3km were, honestly, very painful, like going through hell. But right now, I'm in heaven and every small pain in my legs is worth it. This is the fourth year of my professional career and this victory is certainly my biggest success so far and one of the most important steps. It feels so great because my whole life people were doubting I could be a GC rider and it was always my dream. Here I am now, having won one of the most prestigious one-week stage races." - Max Schachmann

 

"Today everything went according to plan, there was only one difficult moment when the lead of the break almost reached 3 minutes. But overall, the team performance of the guys was very strong on this demanding stage. With only 15 km remaining, we had only four riders in front to support Max, but we still managed to get the overall win. We can be very proud of Max and the performance of the entire team over the past seven stages. Paris-Nice is the biggest stage race the team has ever won.”– Christian Pömer, Sports Director

 

"Our win in the GC is a huge success for the whole team, and also the way the team rode today and over the past stages. They put in a very strong performance from the first stage onwards, and managed to defend the yellow jersey every day. Special thanks to all the helpers who made it possible for Max to win. Especially Patrick Konrad, Felix Großschartner and Michael Schwarzmann. Patrick and Felix did a particularly fantastic job on the final climb today. We controlled the stage from start to finish like a champion team, and the guys managed to do that, despite having a reduced team today. What they achieved is really something to appreciate." - Steffen Radochla, Sports Director

 

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