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Press Releases | 21.04.2021

Maximilian Schachmann takes a hard-fought 10th place at Flèche Wallonne

On the agenda today was the 85th edition of Flèche Wallonne, the second race of the Ardennes classics. After the start in Charleroi, the riders had to contend with 12 climbs over the 193-long course, including three ascents of the Mur de Huy. As expected, the race was ultimately decided on the short yet brutally steep final ramp, which proved to be too much for several riders. Following a series of attacks after the start, a group of eight riders eventually escaped, going on to stay clear for most of the day. On the second climb of the Mur de Huy, a handful of riders attacked, among them Patrick Konrad, yet the group's move was unable to stick and was reabsorbed by the peloton. Somewhat later, the squad from Raubling moved forward in the peloton, while the field attempted to reel in the remaining breakaway riders. On the final kilometre to the foot of the Mur, a fierce fight for position ensued between a small group, which contained Maximillian Schachmann, with only those entering the final ascent ahead of the bunch having a chance at a podium place. Over the last few hundred meters, Max tried to pull his way to the front, yet in the end had to settle for 10th place, while J. Alaphillipe took the win. 

 

Results

01 J. Alaphilippe              4:36:25

02 P. Roglič                          +0:00

03 A. Valverde                      +0:06

10. M. Schachmann              +0:16

15 P. Konrad                         +0:16

 

From the Finish Line

“Tenth place is admittedly not quite the result, that we had hoped for today. I felt ok during the race, and tried to cover all the important attacks over the last kilometres, which cost quite some energy. I was able to be up there in the important move on the final and decisive ascent of the Mur de Huy, but ultimately I was just missing that final kick to be able to fight it out for a top result.” - Maximilian Schachmann

"The entire race came down to the final climb and so the race was something for specific type of riders who possess particular skills. So it was clear that Roglič, Valverde and Alaphilippe would be the among the best. Of course we tried to do well with Max on the final climb, but with such a specific finish, it's difficult to net a great result and so under those circumstances, we can be satisfied with 10th place." - Steffen Radochla, Sport Director

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