Maximilian Schachman claims stage 2 in Tour of Germany in photo finish

Maximilian Schachmann wins stage 2 tour of germany 2018

Home hope Maximilian Schachmann (Quick-Step Floors) won the second stage of the Tour of Germany on Friday after beating Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida) in a photo finish.

Schachmann takes the overall leader’s red jersey from his Colombian teammate Alvaro Hodeg, who won the first stage on Thursday.

The 24-year-old, an ex-world junior time trial silver medallist, timed his final sprint perfectly to pip Mohoric on the line after the 196km ride from Bonn to Trier. This year’s Tour de France runner-up, Tom Dumoulin, finished third.

The race burst into life with 50kms to go as Dumoulin and Romain Bardet put the lead group under pressure. Dumoulin and Schachmann powered to the front when the pair broke away from the lead group with six kilometres to go and opened a ten-second lead just after the final climb in the centre of Trier.

“It was incredibly fast going up the hill, then I followed my instincts,” said Schachmann. “My team put me in the perfect position and I am delighted to have completed the job.”

Schachmann said the goal is now to hold the jersey until the final stage in Stuttgart on Sunday with the Tour of Germany having returned this year after a 10-year hiatus.

Tour of Germany 2018 – stage 2 results (Bonn – Trier):

1Maximilian Schachmann (Quick-Step Floors)

4:50:36

2Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida)

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3Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb)

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4Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin)

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5Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (Dimension Data)

+08”

6Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Wanty-Groupe Gobert)

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7Frederik Backaert (Wanty-Groupe Gobert)

+10”

8Damiano Caruso (BMC)

+12”

9Odd Christian Eiking (Wanty-Groupe Gobert)

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10Patrick Konrad (Bora-hansgrohe)

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General classification after stage 2 results:

1Maximilian Schachmann (Quick-Step Floors)

8:25:34

2Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida)

+04”

3Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb)

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4Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin)

+10”

5Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (Dimension Data)

+18”

6Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Wanty-Groupe Gobert)

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7Damiano Caruso (BMC)

+19”

8Frederik Backaert (Wanty-Groupe Gobert)

+20”

9Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale)

+21”

10Nick van der Lijke (Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij)

+22”

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