Buchmann will return to the Tour after his fall at the Giro

The German rider will return to compete in the French round after his retirement from the Giro, although this time he will work for Wilco Kelderman, who will be the team leader.


Emanuel Buchmann already has a return date to competition after the crash that made him abandon the fifteenth stage of the Giro d'Italia when he was sixth overall and before the decisive days in the Alps.

The news has been confirmed through a statement released by the Bora-Hansgrohe team with statements from Buchmann himself explaining his reappearance after leaving the Giro. "My fall at the Giro was very bitter. I was in very good shape and I am convinced that I could have been in front. First I had to deal with this setback and recover from the injuries from the fall. I regained motivation quickly and everything after Come to the Livigno rally to see how I was doing. My knee has a bit of pain, but everything is fine. I feel fit although I can try to reach my peak for the Tour. Giro, my big goal ".

For this reason, Buchmann, fourth in the 2019 Tour de France, affirms that he will go day by day in the race and that he will work for Wilco Kelderman although it is not ruled out for the general classification either. "That's why my goal will not be to fight for the general classification. I want to go on the Tour day by day, without pressure, taking advantage of my opportunities and riding offensively when possible. That does not mean that I discard myself for the general, but with Wilco here. We have a leader who has been optimally prepared. He will be our leader and I will give him my support when necessary. "

Bora-Hansgrohe manager Ralph Denk was also very excited about Buchmann's return. "First, I'm very happy to see Emu on the Tour. I would have preferred to see him on the podium in Milan, but unfortunately it couldn't be. For the second year in a row Emu arrives with a great point that he has worked on for months. He is very hard and I respect. a lot how he has handled the situation and that is why he will try to attack again on the Tour ".

Denk also wanted to make it clear that the team leader for the Tour will be Kelderman, although he assured that Buchmann will also have the freedom to pursue his goals. "However, it is clear that Wilco is our leader. After several setbacks in the spring, his preparation has been good in recent weeks and at Dauphiné he has shown that he will be able to fight. He will have 100% team support. Emu will have freedom. But let's face it: the Tour course is not ideal for him and he had to leave the Giro due to injury. He will have to work to help us in the general classification but we will not let him be left behind. We will have to see how he goes and if he is capable to show his strength in the mountains. If his form is correct, I would like to see him attack and take risks. We want to show the German fans our offensive and attractive way of running. "

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