The German cyclists' association was on the verge of shameful rejection, and then Spremberg and Sachsenring entered the halls. A week before the start of the Tour de France for Tony Martina and Co in the German Championship final test.
Pascal Ackermann could easily handle it. "If they do not, I keep the jersey for just another year," said the ruling German champion in May in "SID" joke, as the quest for the title winner was still unsuccessful and the unpleasant rejection in the room stood.
Since spremberg finally jumped for the race in the test run on Friday, and Sachsenring for the road race two days later, this shame was spared by the Bund Deutscher bikers. "Thanks to the hosts," said Vice President BDR Erik Weispfennig, hoping for "exciting" races and certainly on Sundays near Hohenstein-Ernstthal at the touch of the Tour de France.
As always, DM is the final location before the peak of the season, which begins on July 6 in Brussels. And if the German champion jersey will be on 106th Tour de France, then Ackermann's defensive champion has a big influence.
Although his team of Bora-hansgrohe travels without Climbing experts and Captain Emanuele Buchmanna, who travels directly from the height training camp in Brussels the following week, has the strongest formation.
Vertical starter Ackermann is located at 180.6 km (14×12.9 km) on the World Motorcycle racing track, and in parts of the old Sachsenring course perhaps the largest candidate, the tour does not drive Palatin after the impressive Giro d 'Italia. It would not be represented in successful title defenses and recognizable jersey on French roads.
Martin wants the ninth title of the trial
Apart from Ackerman, his teammates Marcus Burghardt and Maximilian Schachmann are promising at a rather demanding course, coming with Sunweba team with Nikias Arndt and Lennard Kämn, Katusha for Nils Politt and Rick Zabel, as well as Trek Segafredo not considered for the tour by John Degenkolb . Politt will try to abolish champion Tony Martin in a solitary fight against the clock on Friday in the Spremberg city of Brandenburg.
Eight times, in the meantime, the 34-year-old has already become the German champion in the test run, and since 2012 holds the title uninterrupted. Martin seems to have been boosted this season by the Dutch Jumbo-Visma team, after they have been more or less divided into Katusha-Alpecina.
In Jumbu, the 5th tournament winner has a pertinent perfection that he "never experienced", as Martin explained in the "MDR" interview.
In Lusatia, the local Cottbuser wants to follow the title of nine-year DM trials after extensive camp training in the Sierra Nevada and gain confidence in his eleven-year participation in the tour, which, after much bad luck in recent years, was a "happiness release".