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Press Releases | 08.04.2021

Emanuel Buchmann puts in spirited performance on the Tour of the Basque Country’s fourth stage

The Tour of the Basque Country’s 189 km long fourth stage consisted of a demanding course with four climbs. After the last climb followed 20 km of downhill road, with a flat end to the stage in Hondarribia. Although there were several breakaway attempts during the first 100 km, no group was able to successfully distance itself from the peloton until a quartet managed to break free with 85 km remaining. However, it was only a matter of time before they were caught, and the last climb saw a battle among a reduced group of favourites. Eventually, a group of six riders, including Emanuel Buchmann, managed to break free and fight out the stage honours amongst themselves. Emanuel rode strongly at the head of the race, but despite launching several attacks, his attempts remained fruitless, with the stage being decided by a sprint from that group in Hondarribia, taken out by Izagirre. Emanuel finished fifth and thereby also moves up to 7th place in the general classification. 

 

Result

01 I. Izaggire            4:17:07

02 P. Bilbao                 +0:00

03 B. McNulty            +0:00

04 J. Vingegaard         +0:00

05 E. Buchmann         +0:00

 

From the Finish Line

"I felt pretty good today, better than on the previous stages here. And so I tried to counter the attacks that came on the last climb. That went pretty well and I managed to get into the small leading group. I attacked several times there to try to avoid the stage coming down to a sprint, but that didn't quite work out. Nevertheless, I'm happy with my performance, and I'm now in 7th place overall." - Emanuel Buchmann

"We can definitely be satisfied with the stage today. First of all, we tried to get into the break, but unfortunately that didn’t happen, due to the way the race played out. It became clear that the stage would be taken by the field, and so we concentrated on Emanuel and Maximilian. We wanted to try something on the last climb and that worked out pretty well. Emu put in a strong performance today in the first group. Max, on the other hand, didn't have such a good day, but he still managed to come back in the end. So overall we are quite happy with the result today. Emu tried everything, he rode very offensively, especially in the finale, and is now 7th overall, so a pretty good day for us." - André Schulze, Sports Director

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