Won the time trial of the first day with the Bora's jersey. He raised his arms in Estibaliz
yellow dress. Y in Arrigorriaga has won in black, wearing the raincoat, to protect himself from the rain. Maximilian Schachmann does not care about colors, nor modality, nor orography, nor even meteorology, which is so changing in the Basque Country. The German, 25 years old, is in a state of grace. He wants everything and It's taking everything in the Itzulia.
It does not leave even the crumbs. What a way to squeeze your form. It is what you will think the young Slovenian Tadej Pogacar (Emirates), winner of the last Tour del Porvenir, which he left with honey on the lips in the sprint of the four escapees that crowned with a handful of seconds the port of Zaratamo, third category.
The British Adam Yates (Mitchelton) was the one attacked on the last climb but he could not get rid of the leader Schachmann, all powerful. As well followed by Fuglsang (Astana) and Pogacar. He beat all of them in the last straight, as if it were a piece of cake, to add 10 seconds of bonus, in addition to the 9 that he took from the rest of the favorites.
So spectacular is the dominance of Schachmann in the Tour of the Basque Country that he should not even mistrust the second-placed team-mate Konrad, who is 51s behind, one less than Ion Izaguirre (Astana).
Schachmann does not have to worry about the second classified, which is his partner Konrad
The tactic of Astana was disrupted by a fall, one more, with 7 km left in which Lutsenko and Pello Bilbao went to the ground when they led the peloton. A curve with the wet road was the cause.
And is that 24 hours later, Wednesday's fall still had more consequences. Because Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck) was no longer in the fourth stage and Michal Kwiatkwoski (Sky) left at kilometer 74.