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Press Releases | 11.09.2020

Lennard Kämna and Max Schachmann set light to Tour de France stage 13 with stunning team effort to take second and third

The big mountains were coming, and stage 13 made sure the peloton knew it, with 4,500m of climbing on the stage – the most of this edition of the race. No fewer than seven climbs dotted the 191.5km parcours with a mix of first to third category climbs and the day coming to a close on two categorised climbs: first, the second category Col de Neronne with its 9.1% average gradient, followed by the first category Puy Mary Pas de Peyrol, with its maximum gradient hitting 15%. Undeterred, the attacks started the second the flag dropped to start the stage, with BORA-hansgrohe pushing hard to get in the break. Five riders managed to get out in front, with other groups bridging across to them in the kilometres that followed – Maximilian Schachmann and Lennard Kämna managing to make the jump and working together well, with these seventeen riders building a lead that topped out at ten minutes. One rider attacked from the break and gained some ground, but with 36km to go, Max bridged across and with 18km left, dropped his companion to go it alone. The rest of the break was a minute behind and the German rider would be climbing the tough gradients of the two final climbs alone. Further back, the escape started attacking and Lennard was responding well, going with the move that split the breakaway group, forming a group of two that was around forty seconds behind Max with 10km left. With the peloton speeding up, the remnants of the break were swept up, leaving only three riders up the road nearly eight minutes ahead, Lennard’s duo joining up with Max with 1.4km to go. Distancing Max shortly after, the duo of Lennard and EF’s Martínez began attacking one another, neither giving up, neither dropping back. The young German attacked one last time, sprinting for the line, and was so close to taking the prize, but just missed out, having gone into the red. The frustration was clearly visible on Lennard’s face, but it was an incredible ride for the two Germans, taking second and third, and Max being awarded the day’s combativity prize after a second day in the break. 

 

Results 

01 D. Martinez                   5:01:47

02 L. Kämna                       +0:04

03 M. Schachmann              +0:51

 

From the Finish Line 

"I wanted to drop Martinez in the finale because I know I'm not a very fast sprinter but he showed he was also strong and had a good acceleration in the final metres while I was nearly standing still. I felt in good shape in the final climb and launched a few attacks but he stayed on my wheel. I was able to save some energy in the valley but also afterwards because Martinez was pulling and I was on his wheel since I didn't have to take any turns. I would have liked to finish this effort off but it is what it is, I can't change anything now. There are a few more stages coming up where I hope I can get a win.” – Lennard Kämna 

"Of course, we wanted to win today. I knew that the two last climbs weren't the best ones for me so I tried to go earlier. On the way, I thought I could have a good chance at stage win but Martinez showed a strong performance and won the sprint. Earlier in the stage, we devised a plan for the finale and I knew Lennard was approaching from behind. I thought he had a good chance at stage win and in fact, he showed it and the finish was very close. I'm getting better and better and I'm happy that part of my old shape, before my crash at the Lombardia, is coming back. I think I would need two to three rest days and we'll see how my legs feel in the final week." – Maximilian Schachmann 

"The stage got off to a frantic, crazy start. It was really hard, tough and only strong riders were able to stay in the front group. We had the right riders there and they did a terrific job in managing to jump into that break. Then, they worked brilliantly together, everything was perfect and the final 35km were a big BORA-hansgrohe show. I don't think Max and Lennard made any mistake; it was just a matter of one rider being stronger. There was nothing further we could do and we congratulate him. Once again, we did our best and we'll try to maintain this spirit and type of riding in the next stages to hopefully get a victory but also entertain the public on the road and the fans watching from home" – Enrico Poitschke, Sports Director

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