Buchmann snatches Tour of the Basque Country lead with stage 5 win

Emanuel Buchmann wins stage 5 Tour of the Basque Country 2019

Emanuel Buchmann took the overall lead in the Tour of the Basque Country on Friday by winning the fifth stage in Arrate.

The Bora-hansgrohe rider attacked on the penultimate ascent and held on to see off the challenge of Ion Izagirre (Astana), Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and Jakob Fuglsang (Astana).

“It’s incredible. It’s already the fourth stage win for us, and on the queen stage, and now with the leader’s jersey, it’s really cool,” Buchmann said in a post-race flash interview.

“We will try everything tomorrow to defend the jersey. We have a really strong team here – maybe the strongest team in the race. Tomorrow will be another really hard day; everyone else will try and win this race so that it won’t be easy. But we have a strong team, and I’m optimistic.”

The victory means Buchmann moves ahead of his team-mate Maximilian Schachmann, who drops to third. Izagirre sits in second place, 54 seconds off the lead.

The race’s final stage on Saturday should provide plenty of opportunities for other riders to challenge Buchmann in the race for the overall title.

Tour of the Basque Country 2019 – stage 5 results (Arrigorriaga – Arrate):

1Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-hansgrohe)


2Ion Izagirre (Astana)


3Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)


4Jakob Fuglsang (Astana)


5Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates)


6Daniel Martin (UAE Team Emirates)


7Mikel Landa (Movistar)


8Lucas Hamilton (Mitchelton-Scott)


9Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-hansgrohe)


10Patrick Konrad (Bora-hansgrohe)



Tour of the Basque Country 2019 – general classification after stage 5:

1Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-hansgrohe)


2Ion Izagirre (Astana)


3Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-hansgrohe)


4Daniel Martin (UAE Team Emirates)


5Jakob Fuglsang (Astana)


6Patrick Konrad (Bora-hansgrohe)


7Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)


8Daniel Martinez (EF Education First)


9Mikel Landa (Movistar)


10Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates)



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