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Max Schachmann holds off the sprinters to win Volta a Catalunya stage 5

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Maximilian Schachmann wins stage 5 Volta a Catalunya 2019

Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-hansgrohe) held on after a long breakaway to win the fifth stage of the Volta a Catalunya to Sant Cugat del Valles on Friday.

The German was the sole survivor of an early breakaway and finished 12 seconds clear of the pack at the end of the 188.1 kilometre stage.

Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) won the bunch sprint for  the second place. Dimension Data’s Ryan Gibbons rounded out the podium in third.

“I’ve shown in the last days that I’m in great shape,” Schachmann said. “I’ve tried to get a victory here; in the first stage I was second, and yesterday I felt good, and so today I said ‘if I have the legs, I will try and just go.’

“In the last 40km, I felt great and took over the major work in the group. Over the last climb, the group didn’t work very well, and so I attacked. I think I did one of my biggest rides here.”

Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) retained his 14 second lead over Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) at the top of the overall standings.

Egan Bernal (Team Sky) walked in behind the main pack carrying his bicycle on his shoulder after suffering a mechanical problem.

Volta a Catalunya 2019 – stage 5 results (Puigcerdà – Sant Cugat del Vallès):

1Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-hansgrohe)

4:25:45

2Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb)

+13”

3Ryan Gibbons (Dimension Data)

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4Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott)

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5Patrick Bevin (CCC)

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6Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain-Merida)

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7Jay Mc Carthy (Bora-hansgrohe)

+15”

8Nairo Quintana (Movistar)

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9Bjorg Lambrecht (Lotto Soudal)

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10Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)

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Volta a Catalunya 2019 – general classification after stage 5:

1Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)

21:57:05

2Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)

+14”

3Egan Bernal (Team Sky)

+17”

4Nairo Quintana (Movistar)

+25”

5Daniel Martin (UAE Team Emirates)

+46”

6Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma)

+56”

7Michael Woods (EF Education First)

+01’42”

8Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale)

+01’44”

9Rafal Majka (Bora-hansgrohe)

+02’27”

10Marc Soler (Movistar)

+02’36”