Max Schachmann holds off chasing bunch to win Volta a Catalunya stage five solo

Bora-Hansgrohe rider ditched his companions after four-man breakaway looked doomed to failure

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Max Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) achieved what seemed like an impossible solo success to win stage five of the Volta a Catalunya, dropping his breakaway companions and holding an agonising 20 second lead into the final kilometres.

The German was part of a dangerous looking four man quartet which escaped the grasp of the peloton with around 140km of the 188km stage to go.

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