Emanuel Buchmann sprints to magnificent second place on the penultimate stage at the Tour de Pologne.
The penultimate stage of the Tour de Pologne took the riders through the Tatra mountains. BORA – hansgrohe rider Patrick Konrad escaped with six riders and built the breakaway of the day. As the escapees were caught, BORA – hansgrohe climber Emanuel Buchmann stayed at the front of the race and was able to achieve a great second place, while Pascal Ackermann defended his sprint jersey.
The penultimate stage at the 75th Tour de Pologne started in Zakopane and took the peloton to Bukowina Tatrzańska over 129 demanding kilometres. The peloton was faced with a circuit of four laps, each 24.2km long, which consisted of no less than 12 categorised climbs and one intermediate sprint.
The Team Tactics
The teams main focus was to achieve a good stage result, therefore, the German squad planned to be present in the break of the day, while Emanuel Buchmann should focus on the finale, to fight for the victory.
As expected, the pace was high right from the start and was dominated by many attacks. After some kilometres of racing, a group of six riders, including Patrick Konrad attacked and opened a gap of more than two minutes. Despite not feeling well, Peter Kennaugh, put in a dedicated effort to finish today's stage. Unfortunately, the BORA - hansgrohe rider was unable to do so and had to abandon the race. As the breakaway was caught shortly before the final laps the race went on fire and plenty of riders lost contact to the first group but Emanuel Buchmann stayed at the front and showed a strong performance. But on the line, it was the Austrian G. Preidler (FDJ) who took the win ahead of Emanuel Buchmann. The German climber moved up to fourth in the overall, while Pascal Ackermann defended with a solid ride his lead in the sprint classification.
01 G. Preidler 3:16:01
02 E. Buchmann +0:00
03 M. Kwiatkowski +0:00
16 D. Formolo +0:15
From the Finish Line
“I am more than happy with my result, of course the victory would have been nice. However, the team did a great job today and I think with this result, I showed that I am in shape and ready for my biggest goal in this season, the Vuelta. But we are still at the Tour de Pologne, tomorrow will be the last stage and I want to try to jump onto the podium.” – Emanuel Buchmann
“It was important to achieve a good stage result and to support our GC contenders. Patrick made it into the breakaway of the day, but the group was small and shattered into pieces early in the race. But he did a great work and helped his teammates Emanuel and Davide to stay in a good position for the finale. As we came into the finale, everything worked out and Emu showed with his great second place that he is ready to be the leader at the Vuelta a Espana. Tomorrow will be the last stage, and we want to reach a spot on the podium, maybe with another great stage result.” – Christian Pömer, sports director