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Press Releases | 29.03.2019

Maximilian Schachmann solos to victory at Volta a Catalunya stage 5

After two tough mountain stages, today’s stage offered only one categorized climb, which was right after the start of the 188 km route from Puigcerda to Sant Cugat del Valles. Max Schachmann represented the BORA – hansgrohe colors in today’s breakaway, the German rider went on the attack together with three other riders and enjoyed a two minutes lead over the peloton. The group worked well together, and Max made an excellent impression, collecting all the intermediate sprints on the demanding course. With 20k to go, the leading group, with Max taking control over the pace, had still an advantage of one minute. Approaching the final 10k, Schachmann launched a well-timed attack on one of the final descents and distanced himself from his former breakaway opponents. With a tight gap of only 40 seconds Max gave it his all to ride the last kilometres solo at the front. While his former breakaway colleagues were caught from the peloton, the young BORA – hansgrohe rider was able to hold of a flying bunch in a thrilling finale. In a masterpiece of cycling skills, Maximilian Schachmann took the stage win 13 seconds ahead of M. Matthews. As a consequence, Max now leads the points classification, 6 points ahead of Matthews. 


01 M. Schachmann                  4:25:45
02 M. Matthews                      +0:13
03 R. Gibbons                        +0:13


From the Finish Line
“We went into this year’s Volta a Catalunya with one goal, a stage win. And for this goal we worked consequently from stage 1. Yesterday we nearly got it, but today it worked out perfectly. Max did a great job, huge respect. He showed a pure masterpiece.” – Christian Pömer, Sports Director 

“I knew, I am in a really good shape, therefore I wanted to achieve another stage victory at the Volta a Catalunya. After a second and fourth place, I knew I had to try it again, because there are not so many stages left. As the group attacked I joined them and with 20k to go, I thought, that we’ll have a good chance to make it to the finish. On the descent I attacked and just pulled to give it everything. I am so happy with the outcome and that I collected the points to now lead the points classification.” – Maximilian Schachmann   


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