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Emanuel Buchmann improved on the first Pyrenean stage of the Tour de France on rank five. The front of the impressive Julian Alaphilippe remains. The victory of the day goes to one of his compatriots.

There were three winners on the 14. Stage of the Tour de France: twice in France, once out of Germany. First climbed by the Frenchman Pinot, Thibaut the legendary Col du Tourmalet. 200 meters before the finish line had dropped off the professional from the Team Groupama-FDJ from the top group and the steep ramp was pushed up to the Pyrenean summit.

To him the residue of the carrier of the Yellow Jersey and the country man Julian Alaphilippe, and expanded also thanks to the time credit his lead in the overall standings, followed just six seconds. Alaphilippe is defending for the tenth Time, his leadership and supported his claim, but at least the favorites in this Tour in 2019 to. Before the Start of the tour de France this year had expected the Least.

Buchmann: “Not so fast”

Also far beyond the General expectations of Emanuel Buchmann was. The 19-Kilometer-long elimination of the contenders to the overall victory up to the Tourmalet, the man from the Team, “Bora-hansgrohe was” no nakedness, and attacked in the last Kilometer from the ten comprehensive driver Advanced.

Emanuel Buchmann (left) leads the top group on the last kilometers of the Tourmalet-rise

“We are not in a hurry, then I attacked, but the others were in the back and then I canceled it immediately,” said Buchmann, only seconds after the arrival in the ARD-television. At the end he landed after 117,5 kilometers long part of the piece to a strong fourth place. Just eight seconds Scam be behind the victory of the day.

The somewhat taciturn Buchmann, summed up the stage this way: “I felt really great, had a whole day of good legs and am optimistic for the next few days.” He must be also. Because in the overall standings Buchmann improved to rank five, he even succeeded in the final stage, defending champion Geraint Thomas by almost half a Minute to hang out.

“I’ve heard that Thomas had problems. That’s good to hear,” said Buchmann short-term weakness of the favourites. The Briton is next on court two, the gap Alaphilippe is but been 2:02 minutes. Buchmann is 3:12 minutes – the same time as the winner of the day Pinot. And all of this without his main helper. Maximilian chess man tags overthrown in a previously difficult and had to abandon the race with multiple metacarpal fractures.

Of the favorites on the final climb

Also in the high mountains a stunner: Julian Alaphilippe (l.) defended his Yellow Jersey impressive

Some of the co-favourites, had, however, buried their hopes on the first of four high-mountain stages. The Irishman Daniel Martin fell as well as Nairo Quintana from Colombia, the Bardet Briton Adam Yates and Frenchman Romain.

Already on Sunday on the second stage in the Pyrenees could improve Buchmann even further. Crucial is likely to be the Alps, where the Tour entourage will be on Friday and Saturday to visit. Has divided, Emanuel Buchmann and his forces well, and this appearance he made on the Col du Tourmalet, then at the final in Paris, even a place on the Podium for him this coming Sunday in.