Bora-hansgrohe faces training camp divided into groups and with targetted Covid-19 tests
May 29 2020 12:56 am CET

Bora-hansgrohe faces training camp divided into groups and with targetted Covid-19 tests
Bora-hansgrohe faces training camp divided into groups and with targetted Covid-19 tests
Bora-hansgrohe

Bora-hansgrohe is already making preparations to restart the season with a training camp that will include coronavirus protocols.

The team is already looking forward to the restart of the season with the revamped calendar announced by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) some weeks ago and for its preparations it will do a first training camp. The team will go to O?tztal, Austria, where the riders can also do altitude training.

Bora-hansgrohe will put in place a Corona Protocol in which the riders will be divided into groups. "First and foremost, we are all very happy that things are finally commencing again," said the team's Team Manager Ralph Denk. "This camp serves as a type of prelude to the return to everyday life for all of us. We have two months to prepare for our first races, so the training camp is ideal and everyone is very motivated.

"Our partnership with O?tztal is really paying dividends, because they did everything they could to make this camp possible. We have perfect conditions, both at altitude and in the valley. Therefore, we can offer tailored programs for our athletes, so that they'll all be able to return to top form in August."

For the team the riders' health is a priority and that's why everything about this camp has been very well thought with anticipation. "For the team, it is, and has always been, our aim, even before the Corona crisis, to offer a responsible and sustainable approach to healthcare for our riders and staff," explained Jan-Niklas Droste, team doctor. "The Corona pandemic has presented us with new challenges, but it does not lead us to question these values.

"Instead, we are expanding upon them with new concepts that we have introduced to adapt to our new circumstances. The basis of these concepts lies in infection prevention through hygiene and behavioural regulations, well thought-out control over work processes and contacts, and clearly regulated medical measures such as targeted Covid-19 testing."

Ötztal offers accommodation for the riders in the valley and above 2000 metres altitude. "We are very pleased that Team Bora-hansgrohe will soon commence training in O?tztal and prepare in this location for the race-intensive late summer," said Oliver Schwarz, CEO Ötztal Tourism. "The team will be surrounded by the cycling attractions which sit right on our doorstep: the Timmelsjoch, which at 2,509 meters, is Austria's highest road border crossing, the Rettenbachferner with its average gradient of 10.5% and a length of 13.5 kilometres, and the O?tztal Glacier Road, which climbs to 2,830 meters, and even surpasses the famous Cime de la Bonette in France.

"We are looking forward to gaining insights into the daily training routine of professional riders and are glad that, despite the intense preparations which they will be undertaking, there will still be time to pay a visit to Bike Republic So?lden, the James Bond World 007 Elements, and other attractions. We look forward to welcoming the entire team with our spectacular mountain scenery, hospitality and hopefully good weather."
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