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Schachmann wins stage 3 in Basque Country and extends overall lead

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Maximilian Schachmann wins stage 3 Tour of the Basque Country 2019

Maximilian Schachmann extended his overall lead in the Tour of the Basque Country on Wednesday by powering up a final climb to win the third stage in Estibaliz.

The Bora-hansgrohe rider took advantage of a dramatic crash that wiped out several frontrunners with six kilometres to go, stretching his advantage to 33 seconds over Ion Izagirre (Astana) and teammate Patrik Konrad in third.

“I knew I wasn’t coming here as a big star of the team but I get 150 per cent support,” Schachmann said.┬á“I trust them and in the end I had the legs. To win in the yellow jersey really is incredible.

“I’ve surprised myself but now we have two very hard stages. I hope my batteries are still full enough.”

The crash knocked over Julian Alaphilippe, who had been placed second overall after winning stage two on Tuesday. Alaphilippe was still able to finish, albeit 12 minutes late.

Schachmann was fortunate to avoid the collision and pulled clear of Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) and Enrico Battaglin (Katusha-Alpecin) around the final bend to seal a clear victory.

Tour of the Basque Country┬á2019 – stage 3 results (Sarriguren – Estibaliz):

1Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-hansgrohe)

4:47:47

2Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates)

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3Enrico Battaglin (Katusha-Alpecin)

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4Marc Hirschi (Team Sunweb)

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5Ion Izagirre (Astana)

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6Jon Aberasturi (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA)

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7Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)

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8Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)

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9Carlos Quintero (Manzana Postobon)

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10Grega Bole (Bahrain-Merida)

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Tour of the Basque Country┬á2019 – general classification after stage 3:

1Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-hansgrohe)

8:34:31

2Ion Izagirre (Astana)

+33”

3Patrick Konrad (Bora-hansgrohe)

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4Daniel Martinez (EF Education First)

+48”

5Daniel Martin (UAE Team Emirates)

+49”

6Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-hansgrohe)

+51”

7Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana

+54”

8Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida)

+01’11”

9Mikel Landa (Movistar)

+01’16”

10Sam Oomen (Team Sunweb)

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