The German professional cyclist Max Schachmann is preparing for the Tour de France. But the second corona infection within a few months threatens to stop him.

    Maximilian Schachmann from the German racing team Bora-hansgrohe is concerned about his start in the Tour de France, which begins next week on Friday (July 1) with the prologue in Copenhagen. The reason: Schachmann 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,” said Schachmann t-online exclusively.

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

    Schachmann: “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.