Emanuel Buchmann will start in the Tour de France later this month.

The number four of 2019 will drive in the service of leader Wilco Kelderman.

The Giro d'Italia was originally the main target for Buchmann this year, but the German had to retire in the fifteenth stage with a concussion and some other injuries.

"My crash in the Giro was very bitter. I was in good shape and was convinced that I could have achieved a good result," Buchmann said on the BORA website on Thursday.

The 28-year-old climber has since recovered from his injuries.

"My knee was still a bit sore for a long time, but everything is okay now. I feel fit, although it remains to be seen how my form will be in the Tour, especially because I have not been able to prepare for a number of months like with the Giro. "

Wilco Kelderman finished fourth in the final classification of the Dauphiné last week, his last preparation race for the Tour.

Wilco Kelderman finished fourth in the final classification of the Dauphiné last week, his last preparation race for the Tour.

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"Kelderman is optimally prepared for the Tour"

Therefore, Buchmann will ride in a supporting role for Kelderman in the Tour, although he will be given the freedom to attack.

Kelderman made the switch from DSM to BORA last winter and is the leader of the German formation in the Tour.

"I don't write off the general classification in advance. But with Wilco we have a leader who is optimally prepared at the start," says Buchmann.

"He is our clear number one. I will fully support him where necessary and will ride the Tour without pressure. If possible, I will join the breakaway."

The Grand Départ of the Tour is on June 26 in Brest.

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