Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) has been forced to abandon the Giro d’Italia following a mass crash during the opening kilometres of stage 15 in Grado. The German rider received medical attention onsite and he was later confirmed to have suffered a mild concussion and with several bruises on his face and hip.
"After the fall, Emu was taken straight to hospital. A CT scan ruled out any broken bones. He sustained a mild concussion and several bruises on his face and hip. In addition, he has a wound in his mouth on the inside of his lower lip," confirmed Christopher Edler, team doctor at Bora-hansgrohe.
The crash happened just three kilometres into the 147-kilometre stage 15 from Grado to Gorizia. Course director Stefano Allocchio declared a neutralisation to allow doctors and ambulances to reach the site where the accident occurred.
Buchmann, Natnael Berhane (Cofidis) and Jos Van Emden (Jumbo-Visma) received medical attention at the side of the road before it was confirmed that all three had to abandon the Giro d’Italia. Ruben Guerreiro (EF Education-Nippo) rode on for 18 kilometres before he was also forced to abandon.
Buchmann was positioned in sixth place in the overall classification following the previous day’s stage 14 that finished at the summit of Monte Zoncolan. The Bora-hansgrohe team leader finished 13th on the iconic ascent and was positioned in sixth overall 2:36 behind maglia rosa Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers).
Buchmann came into this Giro d'Italia as Bora-hansgrohe's overall contender aiming for a podium place, and after a challenging first week, he moved into sixth overall following an encouraging performance on the gravel stage 11 into Montalcino. Heading into stage 15, following another strong performance on the Zoncolan, Buchmann was still optimistic of his chances in the overall classification.
"One of the most difficult things that can happen to a team during a stage race happened to us today. Emanuel Buchmann, our captain with ambitions for the podium, was forced to abandon following a crash," said Jens Zemke, sports director at Bora-hansgrohe.
"We were careful to protect him well over the last 15 days, but nevertheless, he was involved in the large crash today, ultimately with no chance of continuing by virtue of his injuries. This is of course a very bitter moment for us, and now we'll have to adjust our tactics for the last week and try to limit the damage."
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