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Cycling: Kämna also not at Vuelta – Team wants to extend contract

Cycling: Kämna also not at Vuelta – Team wants to extend contract
Cycling: Kämna also not at Vuelta – Team wants to extend contract

The professional cyclist has already won stages in the Tour, the Giro and the Vuelta. He still needs time after his serious fall. Contract negotiations are still ongoing. What will become of Schachmann?

Multiple stage winner Lennard Kämna will probably not compete in any more Grand Tours this year after his serious fall in the spring. “I don’t think Lennard will be taking part in a three-week tour after missing training and races. I would be happy if we could get back into it this year,” said team boss Ralph Denk of the Red Bull racing team to the German Press Agency.

Kämna would not have been scheduled for the Tour de France anyway, and the Vuelta in August would have been the last major tour possible.

Kämna, who has already won stages in the Tour, the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta, collided with a car in the training camp in Tenerife in April and suffered, among other things, severe thorax trauma with rib fractures and a bruised lung. “Rehab is going quite well. He is in the Red Bull Performance Center. We hope that he can race in the fall,” added Denk.

Kämna to extend contract – Schachmann on the verge of being fired?

Regardless of the injury, the German team would like to extend Kämna’s contract. “He has done a lot for the team. We are aware that Lennard is a racing driver who could be of interest to other teams. I would be happy if he chooses us. He also sees that we are going all in and supporting him as best as possible with all the rehabilitation measures,” said Denk.

The situation is more complicated for two-time German champion Max Schachmann, who has hardly been seen in recent years due to health problems and whose contract is also expiring. “In principle, I take the view that if a racing driver has once been at this level and is paid accordingly, it is not really an option for me to keep him in the team and reduce his salary. We have never done that. We want things to move forward,” explained Denk: “The best thing would be for Max to win a few cycling races in the next few months. Then we can talk about a good contract.” At the Giro d’Italia, he had already shown that he might be able to come back.

Source: Stern

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