Team High Road's Marcus Burghardt remains pleased with his recovery from knee surgery. He has ridden several races lately and said that "I am satisfied and I am happy with the way things are going."
Writing on his website, marcus-burghardt.blog.ch, the 24 year-old noted that last week in the GP Buchholz, near Hamburg, Germany, he was in an escape group for much of the race. Although the group was brought back shortly before the finish line, Burghardt stated that "I am very satisfied with my performance. I even picked up enough points in the premium sprints to win the sprint ranking at the end of the race.
"With my racing and training kilometres, I am exactly on plan and I am well motivated," he continued. "I just miss the experience of stage racing."
He noted that he is particularly looking forward to the race in Bavaria, which features a number of Professional Continental and Continental teams. "I am looking forward to this race and find it great that many young riders get the chance to test themselves against the pros. That shows me that the organisers believe in the future of cycling. I want to honour that not only with my participation, but also with my respect and hopefully with a good performance, too."(SW)