German cyclist Maximilian Schachmann took the second stage in WorldTour Around the Basque Country and assured the lead in progress after the third day. A few kilometers before the end, the winner of the stage of Tuesday and the second of Julian Alaphilippe of France had a strong fall.
Schachmann, twenty-five years old, was established after 191.4 km in the massive stream of Estibaliz. Italian Diego Ulissi and Enrico Battaglin were behind the winner of the second-round against Monday. "I do not know what to say. I just have to thank my team. I'm new here and I have not seen it as a big star, but I had 150 percent support and also good legs at the end," a member of the German stable Bora-hansgrohe enjoyed of victory
About six kilometers before the finish, Schachmann found his biggest rival in the fight for the yellow shirt. The second fall of Alaphilippe, the third Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland and the winner of the Tour de France Geraint Thomas of Great Britain, who had a great loss, finished in the ground during the fall. The only Czech racewoman, Petr Vakoč, arrived at 125.
Schachmann leads 33 seconds ahead of Spanish Ion Izagirr and his team-mate, Patrick Konrad. The race will end on Saturday in Eibar.
Bicycle race through the Basque Country
Stage 3 (191.4 km): 1. Schachmann (German / Bora-hansgrohe) 4:47:57, 2. Ulissi (It./SAE Team Emirates), 3. Battaglin (It./Katusa-Alpecin), 4. Hirschi (Switzerland / Sunweb), 5 I. Izagirre (Sp. / Astana), 6. Aberasturi (Sp. / Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) at the same time, … 125. Vakoč (CZ / Deceuninck-Quick Step) -4: 26.
Continuous order: 1. Schachmann 8:34:31, 2. Izagirre, 3. Konrad (Rak./Bora-hansgrohe) both -33, 4. Martin (Ir./SAE Team Emirates) -49, 5. Buchmann (Nem. / Bora-hansgrohe) -51, 6. Martínez (Kol./EF Education First) -53, … 65. Empty -8: 41.