Big question marks over Emanuel Buchmann and Max Schachmann of Bora-Hansgrohe ahead of the Tour de France


While it was a tough day at Jumbo-Visma’s office at the Critérium du Dauphiné, the Dutch side would likely admit it could be worse, which was for Bora-Hansgrohe.

In a matter of hours, the German team could lose two of their best riders for the Tour de France, or at least lose them in top form, due to bad falls in separate races. Emanuel Buchmann on the bridge alongside Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma) on the fourth stage of the Dauphiné, while Paris-Nice winner Max Schachmann was hit by a car which entered the Il Lombardia course.

With Egan Bernal not starting from stage four, the Dauphiné saw last year’s first, third and fourth-placed drivers withdraw from the race, and Bora-Hansgrohe sporting director Enrico Poitschke said that his two pilots now had big questions as to whether they would. make the start line of the Tour in Nice.

“In the morning he still felt very bad and it was painful for him to get out of bed,” Poitschke said of Buchmann, who escaped fractures but suffered a large hematoma (a lump under the skin) .

>>> Jumbo-Visma hopes that the crash will not disrupt the preparation of the Tour de Roglič while awaiting news from Kruijswijk


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