Tour de France - Emanuel Buchmann: I felt really good, with perfect legs
Jul 22 2019 05:26 am CET

Tour de France - Emanuel Buchmann: I felt really good, with perfect legs
Tour de France - Emanuel Buchmann: I felt really good, with perfect legs
Photo of Emanuel Buchmann (c)Bora-hansgrohe / VeloImages

Bora-hansgrohe's Emanuel Buchmann has once more shown a strong performance at the 14th stage of the Tour de France. The German crossed the finish line with Egan Bernal at 51 seconds from the stage winner Thibaut Pinot.

Buchmann remained with the Yellow Jersey group throughout most of the stage and when Pinot launched his attacks, he could follow him at first but then decided to keep his own pace, which at the end was rewarded with a good position at the finish line. The German is in the sixth place of the overall standings, at two minutes and 14 seconds from the holder of the Yellow Jersey, Julian Alaphilippe.

"I had another strong day where I felt really good, with perfect legs," said the rider at the end of the stage. "My teammates did an excellent job in protecting me in the tricky roads heading into the final climb. Once in the climb, I was in the yellow jersey group. When Pinot attacked, it was the first time I felt on the limit but I was able to follow him initially. However, he was constantly launching attacks and I realised he was too strong for me to go all the way to the top with him. So, I decided to ride at my own pace. Ahead of me, I think Bernal went too deep and was dropped, so I was able to catch him and feel I was stronger than him. I kept my pace to the finish line, which was perfect.

"I'm happy with my result in the stage and the GC. The final week will be decisive, but in my view, this Tour de France is more open than the previous years because there isn't any big team strong enough to have total control of the race. Right now, Pinot seems to be the strongest and is flanked by a fairly strong team, so he could be the favourite but, again, we still have one important week ahead of us."



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