Maximilian Schachmann narrowly missed the overall podium at the Tour de Suisse.
In the home win of the Swiss Gino Mäder on the last difficult stage around Andermatt, the Berliner from the Bora-hansgrohe team crossed the finish line in tenth place, 21 behind.
In the overall standings secured by the Ecuadorian Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers), the fourth-placed chessman was four seconds off third.
“The stage was really difficult.
Of course I drove fully and it annoys me a bit that I had to let go in the last few meters, "said Schachmann:" I fought hard, but I'm still a bit disappointed that it didn't work out with a podium finish in the end. "
For the 27-year-old chessman, it was still a tough test for the Olympic Games.
The two-time Paris-Nice winner has decided not to start the Tour de France, which begins on June 26th, in order to optimally prepare for the competitions in Tokyo (July 23rd to August 8th).
On the last 159.5 kilometers with the difficult climbs to the Oberalp Pass, Lukmanier Pass and Gotthard Pass, Carapaz finished fifth, nine seconds behind Mäder, to maintain a 17-second lead over the Colombian Rigoberto Uran (EF Education-Nippo) in the overall standings.
Schachmann (total deficit 1:19 minutes) had lost touch with the group of favorites and had to cede his third overall place to the Dane Jakob Fuglsang (Astana / 1:15).
The originally third-placed world champion Julian Alaphilippe (France / Deceuninck-Quick Step) did not start the last stage because his partner Marion Rousse, a prominent TV commentator, was expecting their first child together.