Tour de France - Sweat at the Galibier - Sport
The climbers from Colombia convince at the 18th stage in the Alps, especially winner Nairo Quintana. The Ravensburger Emanuel Buchmann presents itself again strong.
How do you go about it? When three peaks beyond the 2000 meters in front of you pile up - the Col de Vars (2109), the Izoard (2360) and, as a tribute, the Galibier (2642)? If you climb 208 kilometers and five and a half hours through the Alps, but the heat reminds you of the Sahara? And wait for the next two days two more hard tests? Well, the favorites at the Tour de France were waiting for the Galibier on Thursday, but then it was over with the sweating. In the end, there was good news for the recently defeated team of Ineos and for the Colombian pros, especially winner Nairo Quintana. And for Emanuel Buchmann, once again.
The breakaway group at the 18th stage was initially German: Lennard Kämna from the German team Sunweb was there, Simon Geschke, Nikias Arndt and Nils Politt, who had become a father last week. Above all, Kämna, 22, is making a strong first tour these days: he had finished sixth last Sunday on the heavy Pyrenean stage to Foix, now he kept to the Galibier at the head of the field. And even if he had no chance against the attacks of Romain Bardet and Nairo Quintana: "I think that was the right decision - to listen to my feelings and not to go along fully," said Kämna at the finish, as his fourth place was official , He was "super happy" about it.
In the main field, it was the Ineos team that accelerated the pace at the Galibier. Buchmann soon had no helpers from his Bora team on the side, but he had practiced that before the tour: stay calm, especially at height, as the body snaps more and more oxygen and gets less and less. The group was soon shrunk to the core of the favorites, three kilometers from the summit Ineos rider Egan Bernal - also Colombian and used to the thin mountain air - actually dared the attack. He sat down, his teammate Geraint Thomas, second in the classification, waited. When none of the competitors responded, Thomas also jumped after.
It was Buchmann who led the group back to Thomas, along with the Frenchman Thibaut Pinot. But it blew Julian Alaphilippe back, the yellow-bearer, who this time in the mountains with the best kept up. He was lucky that there was still a departure, there he quickly pushed back into the group and kept his overall lead. Quintana took his lead safely to the finish, also Bernal kept the distance to his pursuers, 34 seconds were it at the end. The favorites are still close together in the classification, 44 seconds separate the new Second Bernal von Buchmann, the sixth. The Ravensburger was still satisfied: "Today it went well again," he said, only at the Galibier he had slipped deep into the red area at the end. In any case, there is still no reason, said Buchmann, "why it should go worse for me" - on Friday, when it goes on the roof of the tour, the 2770 -meter-high Col de l'Iseran.