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Press Releases | 15.07.2019

Peter Sagan takes fifth in Tour de France stage 10 sprint and Emanuel Buchmann storms to 5th overall as crosswinds and BORA-hansgrohe effort explode GC race

There were just 217.5km before the Tour de France’s first – and long-awaited – rest day, but those kilometres weren’t going to be easy and the racing wasn’t over until every rider was across the finish line. While classed as a flat stage, the route would see four categorised climbs as well as rolling terrain from start to finish. After the last climb, the road started to make its way downhill, but a slight uphill in the finale could still frustrate the sprinters as the opportunities for them to take the win started to dry up. Today, the peloton wasn’t keen on having a strong breakaway group and so in the early kilometres, there were a succession of attacks and counter-attacks before a group of six managed to escape. Their lead never exceeded three minutes, rising and falling throughout the day, with the peloton confident that they would be able to draw them back in when they wanted, and this gap dropped even more as the peloton swept up the remaining points in the intermediate sprint, in which Peter Sagan took second from the bunch. Throughout the day, Marcus Burghardt, Daniel Oss and Patrick Konrad barely left the front of the peloton, working hard to keep the break in check. However, as the race drew closer to its end, it wasn’t the break but a select group from the peloton that proved to be the day’s talking point. With around 60km to go, the front half of the peloton, which was being driven hard by the BORA-hansgrohe riders, read the crosswinds well as it split in two from the pace, before splitting again around 10km later. This lead group passed the break with 25km to go without even pausing as they went by, its composition a mix of ambitious GC riders and sprinters who could smell the finish line – Emanuel Buchmann and Peter Sagan included. With just 3km to go, the lead group had an advantage of more than a minute and there were no signs of it dropping. Contesting the sprint, while Peter had the power, he found himself boxed in when he wanted to start his sprint, swooping around the outside to try and find space and accelerating as hard as he could, but simply didn’t have the time to get up to full speed, taking fifth. Riding strategically, protected by Patrick Konrad and staying safe among the sprinters, Emanuel jumped five places in the GC to fifth spot having read the race well and making sure he was in the lead group for the finale, while Patrick, having done the same, made his way to twelfth overall, jumping eight places.

 

Results

01 W. Van Aert          4:49:39

02 E. Viviani              +0:00     

03 C. Ewan                +0:00 

05  P. Sagan               +0:00

 

From the Finish Line 

"It was a very nervous day with lots of crosswinds and continuous attacks. You had to stay focused and alert every single kilometre of the stage. I think we did a good job, Emu and Patrick finished in the leading bunch and gained some time. As expected, we had a fast sprint finish. It was a bit tense but still, my fifth place and the points in the intermediate sprint maintain my lead in the points classification." – Peter Sagan

"Big thanks to all my teammates, they did a tremendous job today. They always kept an eye on me and Patrick and made sure to place us to the front before they made an important move. Everything turned out splendidly and I'm very happy I was able to gain some time on a number of the main GC contenders. Still, we have to be very cautious, the real GC battle will start at the end of this week and nothing has been decided yet. It is, certainly, good to start with an advantage and I look forward to the first mountain stages on the Pyrenees." – Emanuel Buchmann

"We knew crosswinds could play a crucial role today, as probably did every other team. However, there is a difference between acknowledging this and actually working on this and putting your riders in the front at the right moment to take advantage of it. Everything played out perfectly, we were always in the front in the critical situations and had no less than six of our guys when the split took place in the final kilometres. This allowed us to work towards our two goals, Peter and our GC guys were there, since in any case, that's where they had to be today. Unfortunately, Peter found himself boxed in the last straight but still, it's a good result and important points for him. Our two climbers, Emu and Patrick, also made big inroads in the GC, so, overall, it was a very good day for BORA-hansgrohe." – Enrico Poitschke, Sports Director

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