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Press Releases | 11.07.2019

Emanuel Buchmann braves brutal Planche des Belles Filles to take eighth on Tour de France stage 6

After the relatively gentle opening stages, today was going to be a brutal eye-opener for the peloton. There was no gentle, flat start to the day – it was straight into the climbing. The profile looking like a set of sharp, pointy teeth, with no fewer than seven categorised climbs to contend with, as well as a first category summit finish on the famous La Planche des Belles Filles – the first of the race. The upper slopes of this 7km ascent were an eye-watering 24%, and with six climbs and 160.5km under their wheels at this point, only the strongest were going to survive to contest the finish. A large break made the jump early on, making good use of its fourteen-strong size and the cooler conditions to build a lead over the peloton. After a little more than 30km of racing, the advantage was sitting at seven minutes and with a lot of riding – and climbing – still to come, the peloton was happy to let them stay out. After ascending and descending two of the day’s climbs, the advantage hit its peak, and it was here that the peloton started reeling them back in, with Patrick Konrad, Gregor Mühlberger and Emanuel Buchmann driving the pace here and the break’s lead dropping by minutes. However, with 10km to go the lead was still at four minutes as the slopes of La Planche des Belles Filles came into view, but with the remnants of the break now strung out along the road, rather than a cohesive group, there were only four riders on the front at this time. Patrick and Emanuel were holding their own in the select group of riders further back, but knowing what was ahead of them, this GC group was nervously waiting to see who would make their move first. Keeping pace in the GC group, Emanuel kept his cool as the yellow jersey went on the attack, knowing that the very steepest slopes came just before the finish. The last few members of the break across the line, the German rider pushed on confidently with the GC riders to come in eighth position, with Patrick coming in just over a minute later in twenty-sixth. Emanuel’s cool head in the finale saw him rise to twelfth in the GC – just seconds from his rivals in the overall standings.



01 D. Teuns                4:29:03

02 G. Ciccone             +0:11

03 X. Meurisse            +1:05

08 E. Buchmann          +1:51

26 P. Konrad                +2:52



From the Finish Line

"I felt really good throughout the stage and my legs were reacting the way I was expecting. In the final climb to the finish, I was also confident and could stay in the select front group. I encountered a bit of trouble in the first, steep part, up to the finish line of the previous years. Then, I decided to put in a measured effort in the gravel road, so I didn't go to my limit in its beginning and managed to finish really strong. I am now in the group of the main race favourites, I feel confident about my chances and I look forward to the next mountain stages." – Emanuel Buchmann

"Overall, it was a good day for BORA-hansgrohe, everybody did a good job. We were expecting the breakaway to go free a bit later in the stage and it was surprising to see it. However, we focused on Emanuel and Patrick, to keep them protected and support them. They did well, especially Emanuel rode very strong if you judge by the gaps to Thomas or Quintana. He's there with the race favorites and this is something very good. Patrick had a good performance as well, he did lose a bit of time but this isn't worrying right now, it's one minute and this is the beginning of the Tour. There are big stages later on that could even create some chances for us in terms of our strategy in the first, important mountain stages." – Enrico Poitschke, Sports Director

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