“It is a new situation for everyone – for the riders and the managers. Normally, each season, you have a period, but now we are running in November. I want to return to the competition and do my best, and then go from there. ”
While Schachmann was originally set to ride the Giro d’italia and the Vuelta a España, with the Ardennes Classics on the horizon 2020 schedule has changed completely, as he confirmed on Tuesday.
He will now ride the Tour de France in the months of August and September, before jumping the Giro d’italia, in order to be able to ride the Classic in October. As well as the familiar, in the hills to the ground of the Ardennes, he will also get a taste of the pavé, with its debut at the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix in the works.
“I have had a great impact in the decision,” Schachmann said. “You can’t compare the original to the season for the new season, because many of the races overlap. The initial plan would not have been possible. I am happy to have had the freedom to decide, and think that I am one of the best plans for the new season. ”
Schachmann will be at the head of the Tour de France in a team which also includes GC contender Emanuel Buchmann, who finished fourth overall last year, and sprinter-punch Peter Sagan, who will be aiming for an eighth green jersey.
Schachmann will have the freedom to chase stage victories in the mid-mountain, but the Tour is also a testing ground for his potential as a future Grand Tour contender.
“In my opinion and in the opinion of the team, it is something that we need to understand,” he said of his GC credentials.
“I have shown my abilities in different situations, but I still have to improve my climbing skills. The most important thing is to know how you can perform over three weeks, and it is something that you can’t really predict. You need to understand by the fact, by seeing the way your body reacts, especially after 14 days. It was the plan of the last year, but unfortunately, I fell, so this year, we will repeat the process. ”
As for the Classics, Schachmann will surely be one of the big favourites for Liège-Bastogne-Liège after the year in last place on the podium, but it will be interesting to see how he fares in the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix.
The new schedule, coupled with Sagan because of the absence of its commitments in the Giro d’italia, have opened the door to more races that could be suitable to the German all-rounder.
“For a rider like me, it is easier for the race of the Flanders with all the small hills. There are hard paved, but the emphasis is not only on the cobblestones, ” he said.
“Paris-Roubaix is really a big challenge, but this year, the calendar, it is possible to go and test it so I’m going to try. If it works, it works, and if not it does not. “