Due to the absence of the two Slovenian top stars Primoz Roglic and Tadej Pogacar, the cards are shuffled – also for the German drivers.
However, Jens Voigt primarily expects success in the form of daily victories. Lennard Kennan, for example, has the potential “to be at the forefront of the group on the 4th stage at the top of Etna and win the stage,” the 50-year-old believes.
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In addition, Voigt sees good chances for a German stage victory in sprints to the finish line. “Phil Bauhaus is a hot tip with his qualities,” said the former professional, who won part of the 2008 Tour of Italy.
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Tobias Laure conducted the interview
The gyro is again full of heavy mountain tapes. What are the chances from a German point of view?
Jens Voigt: With Lennard Kennan and Emmanuel Buchmann from Bora-hansgrohe we have two strong German climbers. However, with restrictions.
Voigt: In my opinion, the two are not yet in shape to be able to stand up to top players like João Almeida, Richard Carapaz or Mikel Landa in a man-to-man match on the mountain. You probably can not get past these mountain kings. It is different if you manage to drive away from the front to avoid such duels – or if there are group arrivals. Then there are stage successes on the mountain for Kämman and Buchmann.
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Bora-hansgrohe in particular seems to have a wide range of tactical options. What is the best option?
Voigt: I would give Kämmen the order that he would deliberately lose a lot of time the first two or three days and then be at the front of the group on the 4th stage at the top of Etna – and win. With Wilco Kelderman, Jai Hindley and Buchmann, the team has three drivers who can enter the rankings. In my opinion, for example, Buchmann has a top ten spot on the overall ranking.
What about the sprinters?
Voigt: Phil Bauhaus from Bahrain-Victorious is a hot tip with his qualities. Probably the third part of the Giro over 201 kilometers from Kaposvár to Balatonfüred will be the prey of the sprinters. This is the great opportunity for the Bauhaus to put an exclamation point early and gain confidence. If he takes momentum with him, he can also get further stages.
But the competition is strong …
Yes, oddly enough, a few other German motorists mind. At Israel-Premier Tech, Rick Zabel will try to get Giacomo Nizzolo in position for the win. Roger Kluge, Rüdiger Selig and Michael Schwarzmann have similar plans in Lotto Soudal, only for their top sprinter Caleb Ewan. It will be extremely interesting comparisons for the sprinters.
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How do you assess the Germans’ chances of breakaway success?
Voigt: I’m thinking of Jasha Süterlin from Team Bahrain-Victorious. If the team gives him freedom from an outburst, he can definitely win a stage. The same goes for Michael Schwarzmann from Lotto Soudal. He was to coordinate with Thomas de Gendt in the style of: ‘Today you are in the escape group, tomorrow me.’ In addition, there is Nico Denz from Team DSM, who must also be considered strong in a large group of ten to 15 riders in terms of a day’s victory – he was often close to success as a breakaway in the Giro.
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