Kämna takes ‘flexible break’ as health problems weigh

Stage winner Team Bora rider Germanys Lennard Kamna celebrates as he crosses the finish line of the 16th stage of the 107th edition of the Tour de France cycling race 164 km between La Tour du Pin and VillarddeLans on September 15 2020 Photo by Stuart Franklin POOL AFP Photo by STUART FRANKLINPOOLAFP via Getty Images
Lennard Kämna (Bora Handgrohe) winning stage 16 of the Tour de France in 2020 (Image credit: Getty Images)

Lennard Kämna (Bora Hansgrohe) will take a ‘flexible break’ from racing to try and recover from lingering health problems, with a persistent infection derailing his Tour de France preparations and weighing on him physically and mentally. However the German rider was happy to announce a one-year extension to his current contract with Bora-Hansgrohe.

The 24-year-old, who won a stage at last year’s Tour de France and the Critérium du Dauphiné, had been targeting the French Grand Tour again this year. While 2021 started off well, with Kämna winning a stage at the Volta a Catalunya in March, he contracted an infection afterwards and when he then returned to racing at the five-day Volta ao Algarve in May he had not fully recovered. That led to a tough decision for the developing GC contender with an attacking style.

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