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Press Releases | 10.06.2021

Strong showing by Maximilian Schachmann on the first Tour de Suisse mountain finish

Not long after the start in Gstaad, the peloton took on a first category climb on today’s 175 km-long course. Following the lengthy descent, the terrain ran flat until 20 km ahead of the finish, when the riders had to crest the Erschmatt, another first category climb. Yet no respite followed, with the riders having to then take on the final uphill 4 km to the finish in Leukerbad. Initial attempts to break free were seen from the get go, yet they were pegged back by a fast-racing peloton, until 20 km later, when a small group containing the then GC leader M. van der Poel escaped, and managed to keep the field at bay for the better part of the day. Once the breakaway reached the final ascents, their advantage had, however, dwindled and a few kilometres later, the remaining escapees were reeled back in. On the ascent of the penultimate climb, E. Chaves attacked, but a 17-rider strong group of favourites including Maximilian Schachmann, were hard on his heels. In the descent, J. Fuglsang overtook the Colombian, yet with 3 km to go, R. Carapaz was able get the better of the Dane. In the end, the Ecuadorian won the day in a sprint duel, while Maximilian crossed the finish line with the first chasing group in sixth place, and with that remains fourth in the GC.

 

Results

01 R.Carapaz                         4:01:52

02 J. Fuglsang                            +0:00

03 M. Woods                             +0:39

06 M. Schachmann                   +0:39

 

From the Finish Line

"Today was the first real mountain showdown. Already on the penultimate climb, the pace was quite high. Nevertheless, I felt good, but the attack from Carapaz was slightly too fast. After that, there was some headwind and there wasn't much more I could do, but I'm still happy with how it turned out today." - Maximilian Schachmann

"It was a super difficult stage with a tough finale. With Max, we had our sights set on a stage win or even the yellow jersey. He tried everything and rode a strong race. Finishing sixth in the end, he remains fourth overall, and we can be quite happy with that. The team supported him all the way until the last climb and now we'll have to continue to see how things develop from day to day." - Steffen Radochla, Sports Director

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