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Julian Alaphilippe is hard in Tour of the Basque country, the leader Maximilian Schachmann takes second stage win

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Maximilian Schachmann (BORA-hansgrohe) Wednesday, the third stage in the vuelta al país vasco (WorldTour) to his name. The 25-year-old German remained after 191,4 kilometers between Sarriguren and Estibaliz in the sprint uphill the Italians Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) and Enrico Battaglin (Katusha). Schachmann, who already the first leg, won the general classification phase.

Maximilian Schachmann (BORA-hansgrohe) Wednesday, the third stage in the vuelta al país vasco (WorldTour) to his name. The 25-year-old German remained after 191,4 kilometers between Sarriguren and Estibaliz in the sprint uphill the Italians Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) and Enrico Battaglin (Katusha). Schachmann, who already the first leg, won the general classification phase.

The riders were given Wednesday in the longest stage in this Tour of the Basque country presented, just like Tuesday with a finish for punchers. That prevented a rapid initial phase not and ultimately managed six riders managed to drive away from the pack: Ben King, Bruno Armirail, Julien Bernard, Toms Skujins, Garikoitz Bravo and Nicolas Sessler. Not long after, were still two others, the crossing: José Joaquin Rojas and José Fernandes. The peloton allowed them a four-minute bonus, only at about 80 km from the end was the chase put in a stage that for the other at a slow average was finished in the second and third wedstrijduur.

Final was the last vluchter picked up 5 km from the end. Suddenly it went fast and that made for nervousness. The pack was startled by a large crash with about 20 riders, Michal Kwiatkowski, Enric Mas, Geraint Thomas and Julian Alaphilippe layers there. The peloton broke then into pieces, with a small group went towards the finish. Fabio Felline of Trek-Segafredo wanted to anticipate the tricky aankomststrook, but was got caught.

It was Alexey Lutsenko that the sprint from far, is just as Diego Ulissi. Maximilian Schachmann gaining them, however, with eloquent ease, good for his second victory after earlier profit in the openingstijdrit.

Results:

1. Maximilian Schachmann (Ger/BOH) 191,4 km in 4u47:57 (avg. 39,88 km/h)

2. Diego Ulissi (Ita/UAD) at 0:00

3. Enrico Battaglin (Ita/TKA) 0:00

4. Marc Hirschi (Sui/SUN) 0:00

5. Ion Izagirre (Spa/AST) 0:00

6. Jon Aberasturi (Spa/CJR) 0:00

7. Adam Yates (GBr/MTS) 0:00

8. Bauke Mollema (Ned/TFS) 0:00

9. Carlos Quintero (Col/MZN) 0:00

10. Grega Bole (Sln/TPM) 0:00

Stand

1. Maximilian Schachmann (Ger/BOH) the 352,1 km in 8u34:31 (avg. 41,06 km/h)

2. Ion Izagirre (Spa/AST) at 0:33

3. Patrick Konrad (Austria/BOH) 0:33

4. Daniel Martin (Ire/UAD) 0:49

5. Emanuel Buchmann (Germany/BOH) 0:51

6. Daniel Martinez (Col/EF1) 0:53

7. Pello Bilbao (Spa/AST) 0:54

8. Dylan Teuns (Bel/TBM) 01:11

9. Mikel Landa (Spa/MOV) 01:16

10. Sam Oomen (Ned/SUN) 01:16

Schachmann surprised themselves with new win

Maximilian Schachmann (BORA-hansgrohe) won Wednesday’s profit in the third stage of the Tour of the Basque country. “I have no words for this,” declared the leader of the general standings after his second victory. “This is really incredible. I have my team to thank, they delivered incredible work for the whole day and I had to only get the job done.”

Schachmann swapped last winter, Quick-Step Floors for BORA-hansgrohe. “I’m new in the team and yet I got 150% support,” said the German. “I think that was evident in the final. I could just trust, and eventually I had the legs to win. I wear a yellow sweater and now I win again in a yellow sweater. That is really very special.”

Schachmann has now 33 seconds ahead of Ion Izagirre (Astana) and Patrick Konrad, his team mate. But there are still three tough stages on the program. “I don’t know, not really”, he went on. “I am surprised about myself. There are now two very difficult stages, and I hope that my battery still have enough charge to these two days to survive.”

Last year went out of the race to Primoz Roglic. The Slovenian, there is this season, not because he is in full preparation is on the Giro.

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