Lennard Kämna extends contract with BORA - hansgrohe but will likely forego Tour participation
The young German rider and BORA - hansgrohe have provisionally extended their contract, which expires in 2021, by one year. Together they will be aiming to further continue Kämna's development. Firstly, however, health problems must be fully cured, and so he is taking a break in order to facilitate this.
"After long consideration and intensive consultation with my coach and the team, I have decided to most likely not participate in the Tour de France this year. The decision was very difficult for me, and it is also one that hurts. I’d like to firstly say that I want to postpone my goals and plans for the season, until late summer. I had an extraordinarily good start to the year, having taken a stage win in the Volta a Catalunya. After that, I had to fight an infection for quite some time, which was still apparent during my participation in the Volta ao Algarve. I also had to cancel the altitude training camp that I had planned for the Tour. To be honest, I have to admit to myself that maybe I pushed the accelerator too hard during the spring and paid too little attention to my regeneration and what my body was trying to tell me.
I want to be open with my team and the public. Unfortunately, the past weeks have also weighed on me mentally, more so than I wanted to initially admit. Now, with a heavy heart, I have to accept the reality that I’m currently not fit enough to meet the demands presented by a Tour participation. I’m now going to invest a lot of time and energy in regeneration and slowly building up my form.
The team has therefore given me the chance to take essentially a flexible break. However, I would like to stress that I am doing well. Nevertheless, I’d like to be able to freely determine my return. That could be in the short term, but it's likely that we'll decide together not to fully re-engage again until the second half of the season. I am extremely grateful to my team, especially my coach Dan Lorang, for all the support during this time.
However, I am happy that there is at least something positive to report, and that we have extended my contract. I have the perfect environment here, and the last few weeks have only further confirmed that. We have common goals, which I am extremely motivated to pursue. We all work together and in a very determined manner, and I really like that, because I feel that I’m able to receive the support that’s necessary for my development. But first of all, I’ll have to return to fitness now." - Lennard Kämna
"Unfortunately, Lennard has been struggling with health problems for a few weeks now. The infection he contracted before the Ardennes turned out to be very persistent. And from that time onwards, preparations weren’t able to run so smoothly. That is of course a big shame, but it also hurts personally, because I know how hard he has worked, and I would have very much liked to see him reap the rewards of this work.
However, the most important thing now is his health. I see my task as team manager to protect him and remove him from the line of fire, so to speak, and that's why we’ve decided to draw a line in the sand and start again after a reset. First of all, we want him to make a full recovery.
The entire team is behind Lennard and we’ll only keep looking forward together. His contract extension is also a further indication of our common direction. Together, we’ve come to the decision to extend the contract for one year. Lennard has developed very well with us. His victories not only last year, but also this spring, show that he is still making progress. With Lennard, we’re making plans for the long term because we still see a lot of potential in him, which we can develop together. He fits very well in our team environment and we’re envisioning a long-term solution with him in a timely manner." - Ralph Denk, Team Manager