Germany’s Buchmann lowers expectations for Tour de France

German cyclist Emanuel Buchmann has played down expectations for the Tour de France, which starts Saturday, after a recent heavy crash robbed him of training time.

“There is a lot possible but it must all fit together, especially in the preparation,” the 27-year-old told dpa. “Unfortunately that didn’t happen for us.”

Buchmann was fourth in last year’s Tour de France but has not been able to train as intended after crashing at the Criterium du Dauphine race earlier this month.

“I have definitely lost a couple of important training days but I concentrated fully on the [physio]therapy last week,” he said.

It was an especially bitter blow, “because I was in really good form,” said Buchmann.

The goal is to reach the podium when the race concludes in Paris on September 20. “But there are still a couple of questions,” he admitted.

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