Kämna brightens Bora afternoon after Buchmann's withdrawal

The German won alone in Megeve, while his partner left. Kruijswijk also withdrew and Bernal did not take the exit. Roglic, leader.


The fourth day of the Dauphiné started without Egan Bernal, current winner of the Tour, due to back pain. He continued with the abandonments, also due to injury, of the third and fourth classified in 2019: Steven Kruijswijk, with a dislocated shoulder, and Emanuel Buchmann, with very deep cuts and abrasions. And it ended with success and fright for the dominator of the atypical 2020, Primoz Roglic, who consolidated the yellow in Megeve after previously falling without consequences (but with minor scrapes and injuries).

So three of the first four of the last edition of the Tour find themselves with physical problems two weeks after taking the start in Nice (on August 29). The second, Geraint Thomas, is not in excess of form. Things of the coronavirus and a calendar that does not allow even a break for the runners. A serious mishap can say goodbye to the compressed campaign. Although, according to L'Équipe, Bernal went out to shoot to test himself, which indicates that his withdrawal occurred more as a precaution.

Except for the unfortunate accident at Kruijswijk, the Jumbo continues to do business. Mikel Landa put his Bahrain teammates in the Bisanne port to shoot, tried an acceleration, as did Pavel Sivakov, but neither of them disturbed Tom Dumoulin and Sepp Kuss, Roglic's squires. Once the situation between the favorites was controlled (there were no differences), the Dutch team let them escape. Lennard Kämna, a powerful 23-year-old German from Bora (he was proclaimed European Under-23 chrono champion in 2016), won alone ahead of David de la Cruz. Kämna's first professional victory brightened the afternoon for his squad, who lost Buchmann (running third) and Gregor Mühlberger (with a broken arm).

This Sunday, the last stage of the Dauphiné with eight summits and a new finish line at the Megeve aerodrome. Landa placed fourth, 26 seconds behind Roglic and two from third position on the podium, behind Guillaume Martin.

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