Despite the two disappointing years with heavy falls and a corona infection, former Tour de France fourth-placed Emanuel Buchmann has not lost sight of his podium goal in a big cycling tour.
“Usually people say that by 32 or 33 you’re at the best age to be in the general classification. So I still have a few years left,” the 29-year-old told the “Schwäbische Zeitung”.
This year Buchmann, who started the season on Wednesday with a ninth place in Mallorca, wants to attack the Giro again.
The route of the Tour of Italy suits the Ravensburger better than that of the Tour 2022, as fewer time trial kilometers have to be completed. “Of course I hope that the route of the tour will suit me more in the next few years and that I can attack again. But now I’m only looking at this year and the Giro. After all, I have a big goal there,” said Buchmann.
Shared the role of captain at the Giro d’Italia
However, he has to share the captaincy of the Giro with Wilco Kelderman (Netherlands) and Jai Hindley (Australia) for the Bora-hansgrohe team.
In 2020, Buchmann had no chance after a serious fall shortly before the Tour de France. A year later he had to give up at the Giro in sixth place after a crash.
At the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Buchmann had been affected by a corona infection from roommate Simon Geschke when preparing for the race, and later in the season the climbing specialist himself tested positive, after which he was “really flat” for four or five days. “And even after that, it took a long time for me to get back to my normal level of performance. I was extremely tired and my body just didn’t regenerate as well as I was used to before.”