"He no longer wants to ride with us or for us" - BORA - hansgrohe boss confirms Emanuel Buchmann will leave after Giro d'Italia controversy

Although BORA - hansgrohe's 2024 Giro d'Italia will be looked back upon fondly after Daniel Martinez secured a second overall finish in the general classification, the fallout from the pre-race controversy over selection continues.

After Emanuel Buchmann was absent from the BORA - hansgrohe lineup, the German National Champion took to Instagram to vent his fury. "I cannot describe my disappointment and frustration be not nominated for the Giro d'Italia this year," the German wrote. " All year was planned for the Giro and even BORA - hansgrohe promised me the Co-Leadership for the GC."

Instead of the Giro, Buchmann was instead sent to the Tour de Hongrie and impressed too finishing second overall. The way it's looking however, the 31-year-old won't be riding in BORA - hansgrohe colours for much longer. "He no longer wants to ride with us or for us," BORA's team boss Ralph Denk explains in conversation with Eurosport. "He didn't tell me that personally, but he communicated it to the team."

"It was a misunderstanding on his part. We addressed who our leaders are and that he was going as a domestique," Denk continues. "We will do this professionally, he will still get his chance to race. We are grateful for what he has achieved for the team."

Buchmann has been riding for BORA - hansgrohe since all the way back in 2015 and during his time with the German-based outfit, he has twelve Grand Tour appearances under his belt, most notably finishing 4th in the general classification at the 2019 Tour de France. Where his future lies remains unknown at this point but it's sure to be an interesting story to follow as it continues to develop.

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