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Press Releases | 23.02.2021

Buchmann in good shape: fourth place on Jebel Hafeet at UAE Tour first summit finish

Stage three of the UAE Tour took the riders for the first time in the mountains. The 166 kilometers finished on the summit of Jebel Hafeet, a 10-kilometer-long climb that also decided the GC in previous years. A break of two riders went away early, but despite carving out an advantage of more than six minutes, they had no chance in the end. Already 20km before the final climb the race favorites and their teams formed at the head of the peloton. Especially UAE-Emirates drove the bunch at the beginning of the climb and BORA – hansgrohe was represented with Buchmann, Konrad and Zwiehoff in a first select group. But when A. Yates attacked, this group fell to pieces while Emanuel Buchmann presented himself in good shape, always being part of the first chasing group. At the end he took fourth place, T. Pogacar won the stage ahead of A. Yates. 



01 T. Pogacar                     3:58:27

02 A. Yates                         +0:00

03 S. Higuita                       +0:47

04 E. Buchmann                  +0:47


From the Finish Line  

"I had good legs and I am happy. Of course, I am not at my top level yet and it was my first race since month, therefore, the race rhythm isn’t really there yet, and it is hard when the pace is super high. I struggled a little at some point but recovered quite well and felt strong again at the end. It’s a pity we lost the race already at day one, but at least now we know that our winter preparation was good." – Emanuel Buchmann   

"We can be absolutely happy today. Emu was up there with the best, which isn’t easy with all the big names riding here. Then, I think teams that prepared here or in South America have a slight advantage as they are better used to these temperatures. Also, Ben did a good race. It’s a new level for him but he managed to stay with Emu quite long and supported him well. In general, the team did a great job today." – Enrico Poitschke, Sports Director


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