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Team News | 15.05.2021

Emanuel Buchmann comes in with GC favourites on Giro d’Italia stage 8 as breakaway beats the bunch to take the win

The Giro d’Italia was getting progressively harder, and stage 8 gave a taste of the mountains to come, with a constantly undulating 170km parcours that featured two categorised climbs, the last being a fourth category ascent to the finish in Guardia Sanframondi. In spite of the rising and falling terrain, the day could be taken by any of the riders and the break staked its claim on the stage from the start, with several attacks brought back by the peloton, and with several BORA-hansgrohe riders trying to get in the day’s move. It took more than 50km of hectic racing for the escape to finally stick, nine riders going ahead and building a lead of more than five minutes, the peloton waking up a little after this gap reached 7:30 to bring things down to a more manageable six minutes with 50km to go. Reaching the top of the day’s biggest climb – the Bocca della Selva – BORA-hansgrohe took to the front to ensure there were clear roads ahead of them in case of any crashes on the descent. With the final climb getting closer, the break’s advantage was going to make it hard for the peloton to make the catch before the finish line, and even as the escapees started attacking each other, this only saw the gap increase. There were going to be two races today – one for the stage win and one for the overall standings. With the stage won by a solo attacker from the break, attention turned to the Maglia Rosa group, where Emanuel Buchmann and Matteo Fabbro were representing BORA-hansgrohe. Emanuel was riding confidently in this select GC group, showing no signs of the day’s exertions as he crossed the line in 22nd spot. 

Results 

01        V.Lafay                       4h06’47” 

02        F.Gavazzi                    + 0:36 

03        N.Arndt                       + 0:37 

... 

22        E.Buchmann              + 4:48 

 

From the Finish Line 

"It was a hectic stage with lots of crosswinds from the start but we were always safe in the front and once the break was gone it was a controlled race. I had pretty good support from the team, they put me in a very good position before the last climb and I finished with the group of favourites. I'm also happy with the way I feel today, much better in good weather. We'll now have to see what happens in the next days." – Emanuel Buchmann 

"We concentrated our efforts today on Emu, and we knew that it could be a very good day for the break, so we also tried to make it there with several riders, which unfortunately didn’t quite work out. In the end, however, Emu was able to cross the line with the best riders in the GC. " – Jens Zemke, Sports Director

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