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) .
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“After a few minutes he felt better and can walk too. Yesterday he couldn’t, we had to help him. The good news is, nothing is broken, but we really don’t know how he will be in the next few days or how fast he can get on the bike. It’s still a big question mark if he can start the Tour de France.
While Poitschke blames Buchmann’s crash as bad luck, the same cannot be said for the “horrific” incident Schachmann was involved in.
“More than bad luck,” is Poitschke’s assessment. “I mean, a car so close to the finish in a WorldTour race. What can I say? It’s horrible. And he crashed, his collarbone is broken.
“It’s a very big disappointment for him, for the team. But it’s not clear whether he can start the Tour or not, we give the best of ourselves and he’s still motivated, I hope he can start but it’s difficult to come back to the top level . The Tour de France is important for him and for the team.