Professional cyclist ackermann before new start: “have no worries”

professional cyclist ackermann before new start: 'have no worries'

"I have no worries. Of course we have special precautionary measures, but i’m very relaxed about it," the 26-year-old pfalzer told the german press agency.

Ackermann returns to racing with his bora-hansgrohe team at the sibiu tour in romania after a break of around four months. "We’ve had enough training now, after all we are cyclists to race and not just to train. It’s definitely time to get started," ackermann confessed. The two-time stage winner of the giro d’italia 2019 was last in action at the french tour paris-nice in mid march, which was won by his compatriot and teammate maximilian schachmann and was also the last race before the corona break.

Originally, the giro d’italia was to be ackermann’s seasonal highlight again this year. The corona break and the tight race calendar afterwards, however, changed this plan. Instead of the italy tour (3. Until 25. October) the sprinter will now start the spain tour (20. October to 8. November). "In terms of chances, the vuelta is the best for me this year – that’s why we’ve rebuilt again. If i was going to race the giro, i couldn’t race many other races," ackermann explained.

Whether the season can ultimately take place as planned despite the corona pandemic is something that even ackermann cannot predict and said: "I certainly hope that everything can be carried out as planned now. Whether it will really work out like that in the end, of course, one does not know."

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