Buchmann: Everything is still possible at the Giro d'Italia

Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) on stage 11 of the Giro d'Italia
Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) on stage 11 of the Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

During Tuesday's rest day, Bora-Hansgrohe manager Ralph Denk had appeared to suggest that Emanuel Buchmann's prospects of finishing on the podium of his Giro d'Italia debut were dwindling, suggesting to Münchner Merkur that only a place in the top five was now "within the realm of what is possible."

Buchmann's opening experiences of Italy in the wonderful month of May had not been entirely encouraging, but his race has taken on a different guise after the assured display on the gravel roads to Montalcino on stage 11 that lifted him to 6th overall, 1:50 off the maglia rosa Egan Bernal (Ineos) and 38 seconds off a podium place.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.