Nowadays the quiet climber finds it a little easier to deal with the media, but it’s still not an environment in which he feels comfortable. Now and then he finds it hard to be constantly in the limelight and remain fully focused. Nevertheless, he still enjoys time with his fans amid the stresses and strains. He’s happy to sign autographs and is thankful for their recognition and support. Emu is not a natural-born captain, he admits that. He’s not one for making big speeches in front of the team, but he’s certainly good at giving clear instructions when it counts. At key points in the race, Emu tells his team if something isn’t working well, and likewise, he appreciates what the others do to help him. Treating each other with respect in the team is really important to the 27-year-old and is the key to success. The relationship with his domestique Gregor Mühlberger especially plays a major role during the Tour de France. They are disciplined, determined and get on really well as they are cut from the same cloth. Mühlberger says that you build a special rapport when you battle your way through the mountains together and keep on making progress both in terms of performance and development. The team and his coach Dan Lorang think Emu is absolutely capable of taking home the overall title. Emanuel Buchmann is a rider that has got both the legs and the head for professional cycling, especially with his strong and focused mind.