Cycling

Schachmann wins Basque time-trial ahead of Yates and Thomas

2019-04-08 19:39
Maximilian Schachmann (Getty Images)

Zumárraga - Germany's Maximilian Schachmann of the Bora-Hansgrohe team won the 11.2km Tour of the Basque Country opening day individual time-trial on Monday.

Fresh from a stage win at the Tour of Catalonia, Schachmann timed 17min 10sec to edge Dani Martinez of Education First and Sky's Michal Kwiatkowski by nine and 10 sec on rain slick roads with several short sharp ascents around Zumarraga.

Milan-San Remo winner Julian Alaphilippe was fourth while Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas and fellow Briton Adam Yates were also in the top 10 on this first of six stages.

"I have no idea how I menaged to win this ahead of Alaphilippe and Kwiatkowski," he said after the race.

"It's a verty special win because it's a very difficult win," he said.

The race continues with three hilly stages and two mountainous ones culminating with a short steep 118.2km ride around Eibar on Saturday.

UAE's Dan Martin, Sky's Thomas and Kwiatkowski, Yates, Jakob Fuglsang and Movistar's Spanish hope Mikel Landa are amongst the favourites.

"I'm fine, maybe just lacking a bit of rhythm," said pre-race favourite and runner up here last year Landa, who broke a collarbone racing in Mallorca in January.

Stage 1 results/overall

1. Maximilian Schachmann (GER/BOR) 17min 10sec, 2. Daniel Martínez (COL/EF1) at 9sec, 3. Michal Kwiatkowski (POL/SKY) 10., 4. Julian Alaphilippe (FRA/DEC) 12., 5. Adam Yates (GBR/MIT) 16., 6. Patrick Konrad (AUT/BOR) 19., 7. Ion Izagirre (ESP/AST) 22., 8. Enric Mas (ESP/DEC) 24., 9. Geraint Thomas (GBR/SKY) 30., 10. Hugh Carthy (GBR/EF1) 31.

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk
Breaking News

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
Vote

Besides the 'Big 3' of rugby, cricket and soccer, which of the 'smaller' sports in South Africa do you enjoy the most?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.