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Press Releases | 14.03.2021

Maximilian Schachmann wins Paris-Nice for the second time

Due to a route change, the final day of Paris-Nice started in Plan-de-Var and ended not on the traditional Promenade des Anglais in Nice, but in Levens in the hinterland of the coastal city. BORA - hansgrohe wanted to secure Maximilian Schachmann's second place overall on the last stage and the German rider showed his strength yet again today. During the day, BORA - hansgrohe was to be seen repeatedly at the front of the peloton, to keep the race under control. After P. Roglič crashed twice, the Slovenian had to drop back and was ultimately no longer in the fight for the overall victory. At the front of the field, the race was on, and Max, who by now was in the virtual yellow jersey, managed to close several gaps that appeared repeatedly on the final climb and to then follow the attacks of his close opponents. In the sprint over the final hundred metres of the stage, M. Cort Nielsen crossed the line first, while Max took 10th place in the same time, securing the overall victory at Paris - Nice for the second time in a row.

 

Result: Stage

01 M. Cort Nielsen                  2:16:58    

02 C. Laporte                              +0:00

03 P. Latour                                 +0:00

10 M. Schachmann                     +0:00

 

Result: General classification

01 M. Schachmann                   28:49:51

02 A. Vlasov                                +0:19

03 I. Izagirre                                +0:23

04 L. Hamilton                            +0:41

 

From the Finish Line

"I’m happy about winning the general classification, however, I have some mixed feelings. All the events came thick and fast today: I had a mechanical ahead of the first climb and had to chase hard to get back on, and Primoz then crashed twice. We tried to wait for him, but when he went down for the second time, we had a strong leading group in front of us and were trying to fight for the stage win. Several teams were riding very hard out in front and we didn't want to lose our current position. It was just crazy today. I don't know if I can be too happy about the victory at the moment, because it's never the ideal way to win a race. Of course, our goal this year coming into the race was to defend our victory from last year, and now I'm standing here on the last day in the yellow jersey. That was a bit unexpected and I am still somewhat speechless. I have to say thanks again to the whole team, which worked so hard all week and supported me well to make this possible." - Maximilian Schachmann

"At the beginning, we were a bit nervous because Max had a problem with his front wheel right before the first climb. However, Pascal managed to bring him back. Our strategy today was to ride at the front to secure our second place overall. When Roglič crashed, we slowed down the pace, and continued our race. But we had a total of 15 riders in front of us in a strong group, so it was a bit of a sticky situation for us, with Barguil being about two minutes behind us in GC. So we then had to go, in order not to endanger our second place. We’re sorry that Roglič and his team were unable to catch up. It's never the best way to win a race. We followed our initial strategy and were aiming for victory on the last climb, and our guys did well there. Chapeau to all our riders, who went deep today and gave everything, and ultimately helped to defend our biggest stage race win from last year." - Jens Zemke, Sports Director

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