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Schachmann: It was a tricky, dangerous Strade Bianche

Strade Bianche 2020 - 14th Edition - Siena - Siena 184 km - 01/08/2020 - Maximilian Schachmann (GER - Bora - Hansgrohe) - photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2020
Maximilian Schachmann third at Strade Bianche (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Max Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) opened the restart of the WorldTour with a podium finish at Strade Bianche in Siena on Saturday. The German champion said the race was tricky and dangerous at times but gave it everything he had to try and win, coming up half a minute shy of the day's solo winner Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma).

"I'm not disappointed because I expected to do worse in the heat but in the end I managed it quite well," said Schachmann, who finished third place after a sprint for second against Davide Formolo (UAE Team Emirates).

"It was tricky and it was dangerous in the gravel sectors. I did just a short recon yesterday. In the last sector I didn't risk enough and Wout did an excellent move there. He showed his cyclo-cross skills and made the final move."

Schachmann was part of a decisive breakaway that included Van Aert, Formolo along with Jakob Fuglsang (Astana), Alberto Bettiol (EF Pro Cycling) and Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team).

Van Aert made his winning move with 12km to go over the steep gravel sector, Le Tolfe. Schachman, Formolo, and at first Bettiol tried to chase but Bettiol struggled to keep pace, and the remaining two chasers could not close the gap to Van Aert.

Van Aert soloed to the victory while Formolo and Schachman sprinted for second place some 30 seconds later.

"I tried to catch him," Schachmann said. "I went all in for the victory and in the end I missed a little bit the legs in the sprint, but I gave it everything. I'm ready for the next races."

Strade Bianche marked the official restart of the WorldTour calendar after the season was shutdown due to COVID-19 coronavirus in March.

"I'm happy to race again," Schachmann said. "It's great race, great scenery and in the end a top three is a great start."

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Kirsten Frattini

Kirsten Frattini is an honours graduate of Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in Toronto, Canada. She has been involved in cycling from the community and grassroots level to professional cycling's WorldTour. She has worked in both print and digital publishing, and started with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. Moving into a Production Editor's role in 2014, she produces and publishes international race coverage for all men's and women's races including Spring Classics, Grand Tours, World Championships and Olympic Games, and writes and edits news and features. As the Women's Editor at Cyclingnews, Kirsten also coordinates and oversees the global coverage of races, news, features and podcasts about women's professional cycling.