Emanuel Buchmann will return to action at the Tour de France after he was forced to abandon the Giro d’Italia following his crash on stage 15.
The German was not originally slated to ride the Tour but Bora-Hansgrohe confirmed on Thursday that he will be part of their selection, which has yet to be announced in full.
Buchmann was lying sixth overall when he was among the fallers in the mass crash shortly after the Giro gruppo left Grado at the start of stage 15. The German sustained a mild concussion and bruising to his face, hip and knee.
After the Giro, Buchmann joined a Bora-Hansgrohe training camp in Livigno, where it was decided to add him to the Tour team, though both the rider and team manager Ralph Denk insisted that Wilco Kelderman would be the team leader.
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"My crash at the Giro was very bitter. I was in really good shape and am convinced that I could have ridden right up front there. First of all, I had to deal with this setback and also heal the injuries from the crash. The motivation came back quite quickly and that’s why I went to the training camp last week to see where I stood," said Buchmann.
"My knee continued to be slightly sore for a while, however, everything is okay now. I […]