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Press Releases | 09.06.2021

Breakaway wins in Gstaad, Maximilian Schachmann retains GC fourth at the Tour de Suisse

After the start in St. Urban, the peloton headed towards the western part of Switzerland, where the riders crossed the finish line in Gstaad following 171 km in the saddle and the climb up to the Saanenmöser. After 40 km of racing, a small breakaway group including Marcus Burghardt managed to break free, yet their attempt was thwarted 30 km later by the Alpecin Fenix-led peloton. Several breakaway attempts followed until eventually a quartet succeeded in getting clear with 85 km remaining, extending their lead during the day to over 7 minutes. None of the teams were willing to commit to the chase in earnest and as a result the advantage of the lead remained stable. In the end, S. Bissegger was able to take the sprint victory from his breakaway companions, while a reduced field containing Maximilian Schachmann, Toni Palzer, Matteo Fabbro and Marcus Burghardt arrived more than 5 minutes in arrears of the day’s winner. Max retains his fourth position in the GC, six seconds behind the current leader, M. van der Poel.



01 S. Bissegger               3:46:21

02 B. Thomas                     +0:00

03 J. Rosskopf                   +0:00

21 M. Schachmann            +5:16


From the Finish Line

"Today we wanted to finish safely and of course not lose any time in the GC. The team also tried to put someone in the break and potentially race for the win, but it didn't work out in the end. I actually felt pretty good and even though it rained at times towards the end, we all finished well." - Maximilian Schachmann

"Today saw a bit of a crazy race. We wanted to possibly win the stage via a breakaway and also tried to achieve that several times. Marcus was able to get into a leading group, but unfortunately Alpecin-Fenix didn't let them go far and only allowed a one-minute gap. After that, there was another attack from the peloton and the escapees were caught again. Another group then tried to get away, the field let them go and they were ultimately able to secure the day's victory. For us it was rather unfortunate, but sometimes bike racing is unpredictable like that." - Steffen Radochla, Sports Director

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