8th place for Emanuel Buchmann in the Tour of the Alps queen’s stage.
Again, the stage was shortened in the Tour of the Alps today. Still the queen stage’s outcome was the expected fight between the GC contenders. G. Thomas took the win, with Emanuel Buchmann finishing strong 8th. Pascal Ackermann defended his Red Jersey for the best sprinter another day.
Also the 3rd stage of the Tour of the Alps had to be changed due to snow. The Passo delle Erbe was cancelled and the new parkour covered 136 kilometers, still with 3 major climbs including a mountain top finish on the San Pietro.
Right after the start a 3-men breakaway went away from the peloton, for the first time in this tour without Pascal Ackermann, who is wearing the Red Jersey for the best sprinter since the first day. Quickly, the break was able to build an advantage of almost 7 minutes, but with lots of climbing the favorites didn't get nervous at any time. Also for BORA - hansgrohe's ambitions to defend Pascal's jersey, the race situation was quite comfortable with no one of the escapees threatening the Red Jersey. Therefore, the young German sprinter will also wear this leaders’ jersey in tomorrow’s 4th stage.
When Sky raised the pace in the peloton, the race was on. While the leading group was falling apart on the penultimate climb, also the peloton was already reduced. Hitting the last ascent up to San Pietro, the last former breakaway rider was caught and the reduced main bunch was fighting for the stage win.
Going into the last 5 kilometers, just about 15 riders were left at the head of the race, with Emanuel Buchmann and José Mendes still sitting in there. When M. Landa attacked, the group was split into pieces. Emanuel showed a strong performance by hanging on to the chasing group. On the finale kilometer G. Thomas bridged the gap to the front and took the stage, while Emanuel Buchmann crossed the line just 0:14 down in 8th place.
“Everybody was focused on the final climb today. The pace was high, but due to the head wind, the attacks started late. When Landa made his move, I couldn’t follow, but I tried to attack in the chasing group, without success. On the last kilometer, everybody gave it 100%. I am happy with my 8th place, after my performance wasn’t perfect in the first stage. After my crash in Paris-Nice I feel good again, but I am for sure not at my top level yet.” – Emanuel Buchmann