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Press Releases | 24.02.2020

Max Schachmann takes second overall at the Volta ao Algarve

On the final day of the Volta ao Algarve, the peloton took to a 20.3km-long and flat course around Lagao to contest the race against the clock. With only small time intervals separating the best-placed riders in the GC, today’s stage offered up a dramatic finale to conclude this year’s race. Max Schachmann and Lennard Kämna, the highest-placed BORA - hansgrohe riders in the overall standings, left the start house among the last riders of the day. Max, who headed into the stage as second in the GC, set the third-best time at the intermediate checkpoint, and by the end of the day, took a solid fourth place with a deficit of 38 seconds to the winner of the stage, R. Evenepoel. With this, he concludes the race in second place overall, while teammate Lennard Kämna takes seventh in the GC.

 

Results - Stage

01 R. Evenepoel         24:07

02 R. Dennis                  +0:10

03 S. Küng                     +0:19

04 M. Schachmann        +0:38

14 L. Kämna                  +0:54

 

Results - General Classification

01 R. Evenepoel          10:23:42

02 M. Schachmann           +0:38

03 M. López                      +0:39

04 R. Costa                       +0:56

07 L. Kämna                     +1:26

 

From the Finish Line

“There were some good time triallists on the start line, so I had to give everything to stay up there. I put in a good intermediate time, but knew that it would be hard to beat Evenepoel. In the end, I was able to take fourth on the stage, and with that, second in the general classification. I’m relatively happy with what I was able to achieve, particularly with it being my first race of the season, and this also gives me confidence for my upcoming races. With two riders in the top 10 in the GC, I think the team can be satisfied with its performance in Portugal.” - Max Schachmann

 

“We knew that there are some very strong riders in attendance here, including the World and European time trial champions. But we still hoped for a good result with Max and Lennard in the race against the clock, and Max put in a particularly strong performance to finish fourth. With this result, he takes second in the general classification, which is good to see so early in the season. Lennard also managed to finish seventh in the overall standings, so to have two riders in the top 10 at this race is a satisfying result.” - Jean-Pierre Heynderickx, Sports Director

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