The fourth stage in the Tour of the Basque country was won by the German Maximilian Schachmann. The rider of BORA hansgrohe recorded his third victory and strengthens his leadership position. Bjorg Lambrecht finished tenth.
The fourth stage of the Tour of the Basque country started without Julian Alaphilippe. The Frenchman still had to suffer from his injuries and also did the Basque country its reputation as a region where it always rains all the glory. The 164 kilometer stage and announced herself as, in fact, more than quite difficult. Sufficient reason for the rider of the Deceuninck – Quick Step for the towel to throw.
Despite the bad weather, eight brave souls the motivation for the attack. Among them Maxime Monfort Lotto-Soudal. The eight worked well together but Astana and Bora kept the flight is within range. During the ascent of the only climb of the first category – Bikotz Gane were Alessandro De Marchi and Carlos Verona in the offensive. Against better judgment, because in the peloton the pace significantly increased.
At ten kilometers from the finish line were the last remaining escapees in mind for the effort. With even a single challenging slope on the program there were, however, still possibilities. Adam Yates tried everyone by surprise but was with leader Schachmann, Fuglsang and the young Slovenian Pogacar some beautiful companions. Deceuninck – Quick Step shared already in the fold: both Serry when Honoré came in the final fall.
The four escapees were sprinting to the victory in which there was again no size on Max Schachmann. A third win for the German who is also his leadership position strengthens.