Emanuel Buchmann flying under the radar into Tour de France 2019 overall contention

The German climber has gone relatively unnoticed into sixth overall

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

German Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) was hardly on anyone's radar to win the 2019 Tour de France or to compete for the podium, which suits him perfectly as the race enters its final mountain stages.

The 26-year-old attacked the favourites including Geraint Thomas (Ineos) on the Tourmalet on Saturday and finished with an elite group the next day to Prat d'Albis. He sits sixth, just 39 seconds behind favourite Thomas in second.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.