With an excellent time trial, finishing just 1:12 behind the stage winner Richie Porte, Emanuel Buchmann put himself in a promising position before the mountain stages to come on the week end.
Known as “race of truth”, time trails are marked as a major key to success in Tours. Therefore, today was a first decisive stage for the hopes of all GC contenders in the Dauphiné. One among them was BORA – hansgrohe leader Emanuel Buchmann.
The mostly flat 23.5 kilometer long time trial between La Tour-du-Pin and Bourgion-Jalieu, turned out to be more demanding as expected with two uphill sections, still it favored the TT specialists. Because the course had also no technical challenges, it was all about pure speed. A hard challenge for Emanuel Buchmann. The German climber from Ravensburg improved his TT skills in the last month, still today was about limiting losses against the main GC rivals.
For the rest of the BORA – hansgrohe squad, today’s task was just to finish inside the time limit and save as much energy as possible for the next days. Tomorrow is the last chance for Pascal Ackermann to score another top result in a bunch sprint. Then, when the peloton hits the mountains, the whole team will be needed to support Buchmann.
Emu showed a strong performance over the 23.5k. With a time of 29:19 he finished just 1:12 behind the stage winner R. Porte. Compared to other climbers like R. Bardet he even gained some seconds. Therefore, his GC hopes remain intact after today’s time trial.
“I am super happy with my TT. I pushed from the beginning and could still take the last climb without any problems. Also in the flat parts I felt really strong today. With just 1:12 behind Porte I even surprised myself today.” – Emanuel Buchmann
“Emu did an impressive TT today. We hoped that he can limit his losses to about 1:30, but he did a lot better than that. I have to say “Chapeau”, we are really happy with the result today.” – Enrico Poitschke, sports director