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Press Releases | 08.06.2021

Schachmann puts in yet another strong performance to take fifth ahead of first Tour de Suisse mountain test

Ahead of tomorrow's first challenging mountain stage, the peloton took on a hilly 185 km-long course from Lachen on Lake Zurich to Pfaffnau. A quartett escaped relatively early on and shaped the race proceedings for quite some time, while their lead over the peloton levelled out at around 5:30 minutes for the first 100 km. In the second half of the race, however, several teams took up the chase and as a result, the gap slowly began to dwindle. In the final phase of the race, BORA - hansgrohe and Alpecin-Fenix put down the hammer at the head of the field, leaving many riders to fall back. With 25 km remaining, Matteo Fabbro positioned his team captain Max Schachmann well at the front of the peloton while the breakaway was reeled back in. Yet when M. van der Poel launched his sprint on the finishing stretch, no one was able to follow him, and the Dutch champion took the stage honours. Max placed fifth, crossing the line in the same time, and with that result, he now sits in fourth position in the GC, 6 seconds in arrears of the current leader M. van der Poel.



01 M. van der Poel                 4:24:26

02 C. Laporte                          +0:00         

03 J. Alaphilippe                     +0:00   

04 M. Matthews                      +0:00 

05 M. Schachmann                 +0:00


From the Finish Line

"The stage was harder than expected, and particularly at the end it was really hard going in the reduced group. We had already seen the finale on the penultimate lap and in the sprint I was quite well positioned, yet unfortunately I was a bit boxed in and in the end it was enough for fifth place. But I'm in fourth position overall, only 6 seconds behind the leader, with the really hard stages still ahead of us." - Maximilian Schachmann

"The race was relatively controlled until the last climb. On the ascent, Van der Poel harnessed his teammates in an attempt to drop some sprinters. In the end Max sprinted to fifth place out of the reduced field of 30 riders. It was a bit of a shame because he had good momentum, however, he was caught up in the last 400m and had to brake. Then all the momentum was gone and fifth place was the best he could get out of that situation. But that's how it is sometimes. Overall, the team communicated and worked well together today and we'll now be looking to tomorrow." - Steffen Radochla, Sports Director

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