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Press Releases | 11.05.2021

Emanuel Buchmann patiently climbs the GC in punishing weather conditions on Giro d’Italia stage 4

The terrain was starting to get much tougher on stage 4 of the Giro d’Italia, and so were the weather conditions. From the start of the day, riders were drenched, and conditions didn’t become any better as the race made its way over the 187km parcours. As well as the rain and wet roads, the peloton would have to tackle three categorised climbs – the last of these coming just before the finish in Sestola. Initially, BORA-hansgrohe had intended for Peter Sagan to get in the break and push for points in the intermediate sprint, but a flurry of attacks and just as many counter-attacks made this difficult, and a mechanical issue for the Slovak rider, at exactly the critical time, made it impossible to make the jump in these chaotic conditions. With the break quickly building a six-minute lead, it was clear the peloton was going to have to work hard today if they were going to be able to contest the win. With the poor weather conditions continuing as the day went on, the climbs were all the more difficult, with many riders dropping off both the break and the peloton and with 50km to go, the advantage was rising rather than falling. A quartet had formed on the front and was destined to take the stage, which left the GC riders to fight among themselves to limit losses. BORA-hansgrohe were represented in the bunch by Emanuel Buchmann and Felix Grossschartner, and the final climb of the day, while only a second category ascent, saw ramps of up to 16%. Emanuel worked hard to stay with his rivals in these miserable conditions, the German rider staying with the smaller GC group as he was unable to follow the attacks in the closing metres of the last climb. Crossing the line in twenty-sixth position, Emanuel knew there were still many days left of this race on which to make an impact, as he climbed further places in the overall standings. 

 

Results 

01        J.Dombrowski            4h58’38” 

02        A.De Marchi               + 0:13 

03        F.Fiorelli                     + 0:27 

... 

26        E.Buchmann              + 2:11 

 

From the Finish Line 

"It was a really hard day, even more so with the rain from start to finish. The team did a very good job supporting me throughout the stage and Felix was with me in the finale. I wasn't able to follow the first group that went off in the final 500 metres of the last climb and lost some seconds. We knew in advance that this stage wasn't perfect for me but the Giro is still long." – Emanuel Buchmann 

"Our plan was to give Peter the chance to get into the breakaway, to potentially collect points there. That, unfortunately, didn’t work out, as at exactly the critical time he had a mechanical. Subsequently, a large group escaped from the field, and thereafter we focused on supporting Emanuel. He was then supported by Felix on the last climb, who did a really good job there, and arrived at the finish without losing too much time to the GC favourites” – Jens Zemke, Sports Director

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