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Press Releases | 15.05.2019

Tour of California stage 3 goes to the breakaway as BORA - hansgrohe work together to protect Schachmann’s fifth and Großschartner’s ninth overall

Stage 3 of the Amgen Tour of California was to be another long day in the saddle. Riders would be finishing the 208km stage in Morgan Hill, the irony being that in spite of its name, the finale was where the gentlest terrain of the day would come. Dotted throughout the profile were six categorised climbs – including the first Hors Catégorie climb of the race, the fearsome Mount Hamilton. Summitting at the 138km point, there was still a long way to go to the finale, and while the ground levelled off for the last 20km, there was no chance the sprinters would be in any condition to contest the stage. Plenty of attempts were made to break away at the start of the day, Oscar Gatto trying his luck early on, but it took 50km for anything to stick – a duo making the most of the warmup the flat terrain provided before the road turned upwards. While small in number, these two riders built a significant lead of more than ten minutes, and while the two lost contact with each other a little ahead of the day’s HC climb, they each still maintained a lead of more than seven minutes on the peloton, who seemed disinclined to pull them back owing to their not threatening the overall standings. In spite of some attempts to bridge from the bunch, the solo breakaway rider’s lead with 10km to go was still sitting around eight minutes. With the winner across the line, it was a matter of the GC contenders working to protect their position in the overall standings. Coming in sixth on the stage, Maximilian Schachmann held onto his fifth position in the GC, while Felix Großschartner held GC ninth after finishing with Maximilian in the bunch.

 

Results
01 R. Cavagna          5:44:22
02 B. King                  +7:11
03 S. Geschke             +7:11
06 M. Schachmann      +7:47
18 F. Großschartner     +7:47

 

From the Finish Line
"It was a very long stage but without any change at the top of the GC. Once the smaller break went away, the peloton didn't have much interest in chasing them. Cavagna didn't present any threat, so we stayed with the group of the GC contenders and made sure we didn't lose any time. Felix and I keep our positions and it's one stage less to Pasadena." – Maximilian Schachmann


"Another very long stage where we raced for our GC riders. We stayed in the peloton, calm, in view of the coming stages. A big group with 20 riders went away after the start and Oscar Gatto was there but after 20km they were reeled in. Then Cavagna with another rider escaped and the two were allowed to build a gap of 9 minutes because there wasn't any interest in bringing them back. The stage then went on like this until the finish and Cavagna took the win with a margin of 7 minutes. Our GC riders, Felix and Maximilian, together with Daniel and Juraj, finished in the group of favourites while Peter, Oscar and Erik came in a few minutes later in another group." – Jan Valach, Sports Director

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