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Press Releases | 13.05.2021

Emanuel Buchmann takes 13th in first Giro d’Italia summit finish to keep climbing up the GC as harsh weather continues to test riders

A summit finish would bring stage 6 of the Giro d’Italia to a close today. The 160km parcours was dominated by the second and third category climbs that came after 88.1km and 100.4km respectively, before the 15.5km second category ride up to the finish on roads with a maximum gradient of 10% in the top sections. Blue skies at the start in Grotte di Frasassi injected some ambition into the breakaway, with a group of six making the move and jumping ahead with two more chasing and bridging across. This group of eight set about building a lead that reached more than five minutes, but as the day went on, the wet weather of previous stages returned to demoralise the entire race. In spite of the wind and rain, BORA-hansgrohe were supporting Emanuel Buchmann as the decisive climbs of the day began, Felix Grossschartner and Matteo Fabbro flanking the German rider on the demanding gradients. With these weather conditions being felt in the legs of the riders, even the holder of the Maglia Rosa was distanced, leaving a select group of GC riders working to catch the breakaway riders, and Emanuel was in the mix here, latching on as the headwind caused massive splits. The breakaway group began attacking each other on the descent of the penultimate climb, leaving a chasing group strung out on the road and Emanuel’s group closing fast, the gap now below three minutes. The roads were treacherous, with standing water on the flat sections and water running down the mountain roads, causing Felix to slide out on a corner on the final ascent, but unaffected by the fall the Austrian re-mounted his bike and continued at his own pace while Matteo continued to ride with Emanuel. While the select group of GC riders was reducing the lead to the break, with 1:30 left and 5km remaining, it was unlikely the catch would be made and while Emanuel wasn’t able to respond to the late attacks from his rivals in the overall race, the German rider kept pace with the remaining GC riders and crossed the line in thirteenth spot, continuing his climb up the GC. 

 

Results 

01        G.Mäder                      4h17’52” 

02        E.Bernal                      + 0:12 

03        D.Martin                     + 0:12 

... 

13        E.Buchmann              + 0:40 

 

From the Finish Line 

"It was an extremely tough stage under harsh conditions, very wet and cold. The team put in a strong effort to help me and in particular, Felix and Matteo provided solid support in the final kilometres. Unfortunately, Felix wasn't able to come back after he crashed but Matteo was with me in the final, decisive, climb. I did my absolute best to stay as long as I could with the group of favourites in the last climb and try to limit any time losses as much as possible.  We've had some awful weather in this first part of the Giro and I hope it improves from here on." – Emanuel Buchmann 

"I think it was a good day for us, Emu moved up 10 places in the GC to 16th. The positive aspect we can draw from this stage is that Emu is able to climb with the best while the rest of the squad did a fantastic job, helping with clothing, feeding and making sure he's safe. We had a crash in the last town before the start of the final climb. Felix tumbled in a corner and although it wasn't anything serious, unfortunately, he wasn't able to rejoin the first group. Matteo was the last man with Emu in the climb, protecting him and positioning him. In my view, we can be happy today. The weather was really bad but the good thing is that our guys were always in a good position." – Jens Zemke, Sports Director

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