Emanuel Buchmann attacks to take strong third place on Critérium du Dauphiné queen stage
The penultimate stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné was also the queen stage of this year’s edition. It was a short but intense day, the riders had to tackle 133,5 km but three category one climbs before heading up to the summit finish on Pipay, a Hors Categorie climb.
As expected a breakaway formed early in the day, as 22 riders established a gap of more than three minutes. Today, Felix Großschartner represented the German team in the day’s break. After the first ascent the breakaway split, as two riders managed to distance themselves from their fellow escapees. Felix Großschartner rode in the chasing group, which grew to 27 riders. The group rode together onto the final ascent of the day while, Emanuel Buchmann was riding in the yellow jersey group only some minutes behind the leading group.
The race headed onto the final climb as Felix was caught by the yellow jersey group, where Emanuel Buchmann rode. As expected it all fell apart in the final kilometers. Two riders at the front were caught and with 3km to go the BORA - hansgrohe rider launched an attack followed by Fuglsang. The young German rider dug deep in the closing meters of the stage. At the very last moment W. Poels bridged across and was able to overtake both to sprint to victory. The young German crossed the line in third place, moving up to fourth on the general classification. He is now 21 seconds down on the new leader, but only 1 seconds away from third place overall at the Criterium du Dauphine.
01 W. Poels 4:01:34
02 J. Fuglsang +0:01
03 E. Buchmann +0:01
From the Finish Line
“It was indeed a queen stage today, but the rain made the final ascent even harder. Huge thanks to the whole team, the boys supported me the whole day and always brought me into position. I rode in the group of favourites, and wanted to wait with a final attack as long as possible. Then I thought, now or never and launched and gave it a try. Fuglsang went with me but as Poels bridged across it was just too late to react. Of course, a victory would have been excellent but I will give my best tomorrow to make that one second up to the podium.”– Emanuel Buchmann
“The team did a stellar job and protected Emanuel the whole day. They brought him into perfect position ahead of the day’s climbs. We focused on the final climb and wanted to have as many helpers as possible for Emanuel, and that worked out perfectly. Gregor rode once again a really good race. In the last kilometers we planned an attack, and even that worked out. Emanuel showed a great performance today, and this was rewarded with a strong third place. He is only one second away from a podium spot, and we will give our best to make this second up tomorrow.”– Enrico Poitschke, Sports Director