Gregor Mühlberger and Emanuel Buchmann on the attack on tough Critérium du Dauphiné stage 2
The second stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné was another challenging day for the peloton. 180 km with eight categorized climbs awaited the riders on the way from Mauriac to Craponne-sur-Arzon.
Already after 15km of racing, on the first climb of the day, 13 riders went up the road. Gregor Mühlberger and Emanuel Buchmann were able to follow the attacks and joined the breakaway of the day.
The leading group worked well together but the reduced bunch, with Team Ineos leading, wanted to give the breakaway not too much space and pulled hard to close the gap. With less than 80 km to go, the break fell apart into two groups followed by many attacks. Emanuel and Gregor rode in the chasing group trying to bridge across.
The race faced the last 58 km as the breakaway came back together and at this moment Emanuel attacked with three other riders. Unfortunately, they have been caught by the reduced bunch with 35km to go.
The race exploded on the final climb of the day, 20 km before the finish line, when many riders lost contact to the group of the favorites. After pulling the whole day at the front, Emanuel had to ride his own rhythm. Still the German was able to hang on to the second chasing group, while D. Teuns and G. Martin battled at the front for the stage win. It was Teuns who claimed victory in Craponne-surArzon, with Buchmann crossing the line in 16thplace, 44 seconds down on the stage winner. In the GC Emanuel now sits in 12thposition 55 seconds behind the leader.
01 D. Teuns 4:12:41
02 G. Martin +0:00
03 J. Fuglsang +0:13
16 E. Buchmann +0:44
From the Finish Line
“I felt quite good today, and as the attacks started I went with them because we knew it will be a day for breakaways. In the breakaway we worked well together. But as the break fell apart, I gave it a try and attacked once again, unfortunately it didn’t work out. And on the final climb, on the last meters, everything exploded. After being the whole day in the strong breakaway, I missed some power and was in the third group. Therefore, I decided to go with my pace to limit any time losses. Tomorrow is a chance for Sam followed by a time trial day.” – Emanuel Buchmann
“It was a really tough stage today with challenging climbs and bad weather conditions. We wanted to race offensively to achieve a good result. Therefore, we sent two of our climbers into the day’s break. It was a strong breakaway. However, the group was too strong and Team Ineos took over control in the main bunch. On the final climb the race went on fire, but Emanuel kept fighting and finished just seconds behind the stage winner. It is still a strong result after being the whole day in the break. If you never try, you will never know.” – Steffen Radochla, Sports Director