I hope that all of you have started out the New Year as well as I did. For the first time I celebrated New Year's Eve in Switzerland. However, the party was not at my house but at that of my almost-neighbor, Marcel Kittel.
In the winter I am underway as much as in the summer. I have not been home since the beginning of December. Instead, I was in a training camp at Lake Tegern and then on Majorca. I spent Christmas with my family in Berlin and I will start my next training camp on Gran Canaria next Monday. I am already looking forward to the first races!
I wish you all a healthy and successful New Year 2020! Yours, Maximilian.
Happy New Year | 01 Jan 2020
I have been back from Ethiopia for a week now. During the five days, I had the chance to dive into a completely new world for me. I consciously took some time to reflect and process on my experiences and impressions.
The last race of the season is history, and it is time to take stock. In the last week I did some intensive team building with my team Bora-hansgrohe in Lienz, Austria. Those days were good for the whole team. In addition to a lot of meetings, where we of course looked towards the next season, we were also athletically active, including downhill. But don't worry, nobody got injured and we had a lot of fun.
Today is the start of the six-day Gree-Tour of Guangxi. I am especially happy to be here at the start. Not just because as a land, China is always a real adventure, but also because after the many throwbacks this season, I have now worked myself into a performance level that makes me confident for this race.
Actually I wanted to be in Canada now and ride the two races in Quebec and Montreal this weekend. Instead, I am home and happy that I am almost healthy again. The last weeks I have had to fight a persistent infection. With my eye on the World Championships, I was probably back on the bike too soon and had a relapse.