Sadness on stage 15 of Giro d’Italia as Emanuel Buchmann abandons race after crash in opening kilometres
In a sad development for the BORA-hansgrohe squad, the team’s GC leader, Emanuel Buchmann, was forced to abandon the Giro d'Italia after being taken down by a crash in the opening kilometres of the stage. The race headed into Slovenia today for stage 15 and from the moment the stage started, there was a rush of activity on the front as riders fought to get in the break, knowing there was a good chance of being in contention for the win today. In the chaos of the first few kilometres, a huge crash took out BORA-hansgrohe’s Emanuel Buchmann in an incident that sadly forced the German rider’s retirement from the race. A tailwind at the start of the day pushed the peloton to speeds in excess of 70km/h when the crash in front of him left him with nowhere to go. With the stage neutralised to ensure the riders involved received attention from medics, the race re-started shortly after, the peloton allowing a large group to go ahead, this breakaway group building a substantial lead. With the bunch riding conservatively, the advantage quickly hit more than twelve minutes and stayed this way for the remainder of the stage, with the Maglia Rosa’s team controlling the pace in the peloton and stopping any attacks going off the front. With the race hitting its final 20km, the gap remained high and the rain started falling, making an unwelcome return to the race and soaking the riders to the skin. The cobbled streets of Gorizia were made slippery by the wet weather, making the chance of crashes all the more likely, forcing the peloton to slow down as the break took the stage win. For the BORA-hansgrohe riders, there was a sombre mood as they crossed the line safely with the bunch to end a disappointing day, Matteo Fabbro and Felix Grossschartner the first of the team to come in, the duo having supported Emanuel so well in the first two weeks of the race.
01 V.Campenaerts 3h25’25”
02 O.Riesebeek + 0:00
03 N.Arndt + 0:07
From the Finish Line
"After the fall, Emu was taken straight to hospital. A CT scan ruled out any broken bones. He sustained a mild concussion and several bruises on his face and hip. In addition, he has a wound in his mouth on the inside of his lower lip." – Christopher Edler, Team Doctor
"One of the most difficult things that can happen to a team during a stage race happened to us today. Emanuel Buchmann, our captain with ambitions for the podium, was forced to abandon following a crash. We were careful to protect him well over the last 15 days, but nevertheless, he was involved in the large crash today, ultimately with no chance of continuing by virtue of his injuries. This is of course a very bitter moment for us, and now we'll have to adjust our tactics for the last week and try to limit the damage." – Jens Zemke, Sports Director