Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-hansgrohe) took the victory in the opening time trial of the 2019 Tour of the Basque Country.
Schachmann topped Daniel Martinez (EF Education First) and Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) by 9 and 10 seconds, respectively.
“I don’t know what to say, it’s my third victory this year,” Schachmann said. “Many time trials I’ve been in front, and I’ve never won. It’s a special victory for me. It was a very hard time trial. I don’t know how I did it. There were a lot of strong guys like Kwiatkowski. I’m speechless.”
Other GC contenders finished in top 10, with Michał Kwiatkowksi (Team Sky) in third, Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) in fourth and Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) rounding out the top-five.
Tour of the Basque Country 2019 – stage 1 results (Zumarraga – Zumarraga ITT):
|1||Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-hansgrohe)|
|2||Daniel Martinez (EF Education First)|
|3||Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky)|
|4||Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)|
|5||Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)|
|6||Patrick Konrad (Bora-hansgrohe)|
|7||Ion Izagirre (Astana)|
|8||Enric Mas (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)|
|9||Geraint Thomas (Team Sky)|
|10||Hugh Carthy (EF Education First)|