Emanuel Buchmann is looking forward to starting the Tour de France with the German championship jersey. “Of course it’s a great feeling,” said the 2019 tour fourth after his national triumph.

“Of course, the jersey also gives a little extra motivation. To start the Tour with it is a huge thing,” he added. In the Tour of France, which begins on Saturday in Bilbao, Spain, the lightweight will start in the Bora-hansgrohe team as an assistant to his Australian colleague Jai Hindley.

On Sunday, the 30-year-old Buchmann won the German championship for the second time after 2015 after an impressive solo ride of more than 70 kilometers. Nico Denz and Maximilian Schachmann came in second and third, making the German team’s triple success perfect.

“I didn’t think a climber would win, but he was just the strongest,” said top German sprinter Pascal Ackermann, who didn’t finish in the top 35. “It wasn’t a La Paloma race,” added the UAE team driver about the course, which was “not easy”.

Most recently, the 30-year-old Buchmann won in Mallorca in January 2020. Not much has worked since then, and he was repeatedly thrown back by falls, illnesses and Corona breaks.