Paris-Nice - Max Schachmann: My legs felt painful but I could see the others struggling even more
Mar 09 2020 09:46 am CET

Paris-Nice - Max Schachmann: My legs felt painful but I could see the others struggling even more
Paris-Nice - Max Schachmann: My legs felt painful but I could see the others struggling even more
Bora-hansgrohe

Max Schachmann (Bora-hansgrohe) has taken the win of the first stage at Paris-Nice on a day in which the weather made everything challenging.

The first day of competition in the French race was everything but calm, the riders went through the rolling route under weather conditions of rain and wind, which caused echelons. Schachmann managed to stay in the chasing group until he bridged the gap to the front group and was the fastest in the last metres, taking the win and the GC lead.

"I'm so happy with this victory," the German champion said. "Actually, things worked out a bit better for me because in the tailwind, there was a traffic island in the middle and I found myself on the left, so I entered the crosswind nearly last. I managed to make it back step by step and I'd like to thank the team for their work. In one moment, Peter (Sagan) helped me and really saved me and in the finale, Felix (Grossschartner) did a fantastic job.

"It was the first really hard race for me and coming here I didn't know what my form was. My legs felt a bit painful in the finale but I could see the other struggling even more, so that gave me confidence. I'm very happy to bring home this victory for Bora-hansgrohe. I had a good start to the season, I missed a stage in Algarve by a few centimetres, so it's nice to win here. Being the overall leader is a great feeling and a responsibility, but we'll certainly do our best, we have a very good team here."







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