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Press Releases | 20.02.2020

Max Schachmann takes a very close second on the most testing stage of the Volta ao Algarve

Stage two ran 184 km from Sagres to the now-traditional summit finish at the Alto da Fóia, a climb that has shown to be decisive to the overall win in the past. A trio got away relatively early in the course of the race, with the peloton allowing them a handful of minutes lead before reeling them back in just before the final climb. The pace subsequently picked up as the teams that were scouting for a good result put on the pressure. Several of the favourites then launched attacks, and a small group including Max Schachmann and Lennard Kämna was able to break free. Over the final 300m, R. Evenepoel launched a decisive attack, but Max was able to counter this move, with the German champion ultimately taking a very close second place on this very testing stage. With this result, he now sits in second place in the general classification.

 

Results 

01 R. Evenepoel         4:46:38

02 M. Schachmann         +0:00

03 D. Martin                   +0:02

04 R. Costa                     +0:02

 

From the Finish Line

“Today was only my second race day of the season, and it was the hardest stage of this race. The guys rode a solid stage toady. We worked perfectly as a tam, and they protected me well and kept me out of the wind. It was over the final 20km, where a series of ascents came thick and fast, that the race well and truly started. But I’m in good form and I felt very good particularly on the final limb. Evenepoel’s attack came as something of a surprise and I was somewhat blocked at the time, so was unable to react as quickly as I would have liked. However, we’re really satisfied with second place on this stage.” – Max Schachmann

 

“With the other teams controlling the race well, we were not forced to expend energy doing a lot of work, so we were able to concentrate on the final 30km. We knew that our GC riders are in good form, and the guys brought them into a perfect position on the final climbs, in the first group. Max was slightly surprised by the strong attack by Evenepoel, but he was able to counter it and rode a good finale. He was almost successful, but that’s cycling and we’ve got to accept how it panned out. We’re very satisfied with the result, and will head into the upcoming stages with confidence after this.” – Jean-Pierre Heynderickx, Sports Director

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