Also on the second mountain stage in the Dauphiné, the BORA – hansgrohe leader showed a strong performance. Attacking two times on the last 20k, Buchmann made a confident impression and finished the stage in Alpe d’Huez with Froome and Valverde in 14th place. He also extended his lead in the young rider classification.
Another day in the mountains was stage 6 in Critérium du Dauphine. The 167.5k long stage started in Aoste, while the finish was in the famous ski resort Alpe d’Huez. But the peloton approached Alpe d’Huez from a different side than the iconic 21 switch backs up from Le Bourge-d’Oisans, still it was another tough mountain finish coming from the Col de Sarenne.
For Emanuel Buchmann, the BORA – hansgrohe leader, another hard day in the saddle, trying to secure his superb GC spot. Yesterday the German climber took the white jersey for the best young rider in the race. With an astonishing effort on the Mont du Chat, he put himself in a perfect position, before unfortunately losing some seconds in the last downhill. Therefore, today’s finish in Alpe d’Huez could suit Buchmann even better.
The stage started very fast with several attempts. But it took a while until a group of 17 riders could go clear from the peloton on the second climb of the day. As the best placed riders in the GC of this breakaway was more than 8 minutes off the race leader, the bunch settled for a controlled pace. On the third KOM of the day, the gap was already up to more than 5 minutes, while Emanuel Buchmann was sitting in the bunch together with all GC favorites.
At the beginning of the final, A. Talansky attacked form the bunch. Sitting at 3:40 in the GC, a serious attempt to get into the top ten. At the same time the leading group did split up and just 6 riders were at the head of the race.
3k before the HC KOM, Bardet attacked from the yellow jersey group. Emanuel Buchmann also made a move and tried to close on Bardet, but was brought back from Valverde and Porte on the top of the climb. Going into the last 4k uphill to Alpe d’Huez, Bardet was together with Talansky, about 1:10 ahead of the group with Porte and Buchmann.
Buchmann tried it again on the final climb to the finish, this time with F. Aru. But it was the yellow jersey to counter the attack and drop all rivals. In the end P. Kennaugh took the stage out of the former leading group. R. Bardet gained about 40 seconds in the GC, while Emanuel Buchmann finished the stage in a group with Froome and Contador. He now lays in 9th spot in the GC and still leads the young rider classification.
“I again had good legs today. Especially on the Col de Sarenne I was never on the limit. But I missed the attack of Bardet, and when I decided to try and catch him, it was already too late. I tried again on the last climb with Aru, but he was a little too fast for me. But I am really happy with my performance again. I know the climb to the finish tomorrow from the Tour de L’Avenir, and it suits me well, so I am confident for the last stage.” – Emanuel Buchmann
“Originally we planned to save energy today, because tomorrow will be an exceptional hard day. But Emu felt really strong and wanted to try something. It’s a pity he missed the attack from Bardet. Together with him, he could have gained some time today. But he showed another strong ride today and by deciding to go back to the main group, he also didn’t waste energy at all. Now everything comes down to tomorrow.” – Steffen Radochla, sports director