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Press Releases | 18.04.2021

Maximilian Schachmann nets podium place at tough Amstel Gold Race

The course of the Amstel Gold Race, the opener of the Ardennes Week, underwent changes this year. 219 km, 38 climbs, and almost 2,800 meters of altitude on a circuit east of Maastricht awaited the riders today. Following the start in Valkenburg, a 10-man breakaway formed and was able to gain a lead of approximately 4 minutes over the peloton. The race situation remained unchanged for quite some time until with 80 km remaining, BORA - hansgrohe joined in the chase and the gap to the leaders began to dwindle. Over the next laps, the peloton ramped up the speed, causing some riders to lose contact with the field. With 50 km to the line, Maximilian Schachmann and Cesare Benedetti were involved in a crash, with Max re-joining the peloton a little later. On the penultimate lap, Ide Schelling then attacked and rode solo for several kilometres but was eventually caught on the first part of the final climb of the Cauberg. A few kilometres later the race exploded and Maximilian managed to make it into the first group. The German tried to attack from the leading trio with a little more than a kilometre left, but in the end was unable to shake off his opponents. In the final sprint in Berg en Terblijt, Van Aert prevailed in a photo finish ahead of Pidcock, while Max took 3rd place. Teammate Ide Schelling was awarded the most combative rider prize.

 

Results

01 W. Van Aert           5:03:27

02 T. Pidcock                   +0:00

03 M. Schachmann        +0:00

04 M. Matthews            +0:03

 

From the Finish Line

"I knew that it would be very difficult in that group, because we were quite far out from the finish. I wanted to try something, of course, and I gave it a go with 1500m to the finish, because I believed that I had the best chance at that point. But unfortunately it didn't quite work out, because Van Aert immediately latched onto my rear wheel. Nevertheless, it was a very nice race, although it was a different feeling without spectators on the road. But I'm glad and grateful that we were able to race." - Maximilian Schachmann

"That was a super good performance by the entire team. We wanted to perform offensively in the finale and then finish it off with Max as the leader. We implemented this plan very well today. All the guys gave their best and we are very satisfied with his third place. Max tried to attack on the last kilometers, but he couldn't quite get rid of the other two riders. However, third place is a great result and a testimony of the strong work of the whole team." - Steffen Radochla, Sport Director

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