German cyclist Max Schachmann is preparing for the Tour de France. But he may not be able to start there.

    Maximilian Schachmann from the German racing team Bora-hansgrohe is concerned about his start in the Tour de France, which starts next Friday (July 1st). The reason: He was infected with the corona virus. “I’m very nervous about the start of the tour. A negative PCR test is necessary in the coming week,” says Schachmann t-online exclusively.

    On Sunday, the German team now wants to announce the squad for the Tour of France. “Our team is now evaluating what we are doing and how to proceed. I hope that I will have a negative test again by Sunday,” said Schachmann, who is doing well and is completely symptom-free. The 29-year-old’s worst fear is not having any symptoms and still not being able to compete in the biggest event of the cycling year.

    “It looked very good”

    Before the positive corona test, Schachmann assessed his chances of starting the tour as good: “It looked very good. But there is still uncertainty for all athletes, because the next massive corona wave is rolling. “

    Particularly bitter: It is the second time that the professional cyclist has been infected with the corona virus. The illness slowed him down in the spring. Like many other athletes, Schachmann was infected at the Tour de Suisse. There, more than 40 drivers had to end the race prematurely. There were also three positive cases in Schachmann’s Bora-hansgrohe team, including the Russian Alexander Vlasov, who even had to leave the race as the overall leader.

    You can read the entire interview with Maximilian Schachmann on t-online in a few days.