Canadian high-end bike manufacturer Argon 18 just wrote a glorious page of its history today as team BORA – Argon 18’s rider and German Champion Emanuel Buchmann won the 3rd place of Stage 11 at the Tour de France, in a colossal effort to conquer the dreadful Col du Tourmalet.
Buchmann, only 22 years of age and the only neo-pro on this year’s Tour de France, caused an upset with this notorious podium win. Riding his Gallium Pro, the German finished the Pyrenees stage connecting Pau and Cauterets – Vallée de Saint-Savin in 5:03:24. By doing so, he made a giant 60-point leap in the GC, from 146th to 86th place.
"I’m really happy with the third place but I am also completely tired. It was a super hard stage – throughout most of the day in the attack. It’s just awesome that it all lead to the third place for me. I just rode my own rhythm and it went really good. Today, we all had the freedom to ride for ourselves and we all were trying to jump into the group. After a long fight, I then made it," said Emanuel Buchmann shortly after crossing the finish line.
Argon 18 Bikes Bring it Home
“It is with great pride that I learned about Emanuel’s podium result. He is the only neo-pro on the Tour this year and he just proved to everyone that he deserves his place among the sport’s elite. For Argon 18, this is obviously the materialization of many years of hard work. Every member of our team contributes to deliver the best possible material to the riders, so that they can in turn compete in the most important cycling event in the world. Today’s result confirms that our bikes are among the best in the world,” said Gervais Rioux, Founder of Argon 18.
Tomorrow team BORA – Argon 18 continues its ascent of the Pyrenees in Stage 12 of the Tour de France: a 195km ride between Lannemezan and Plateau de Beille. All hopes are high for this young, yet experienced, team.
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