Bora-Hansgrohe confirmed on Monday that Max Schachmann, Emanuel Buchmann and Gregor Mühlberger will all start the Tour de France, despite injuries sustained in recent races.
Peter Sagan is also in the eight-rider lineup, with the three-time former world champion aiming for an eighth green points jersey and stage wins.
Buchmann finished fourth overall in 2019, while Schachmanm won Paris-Nice but the team confirmed that due to their injuries they will be racing “under different conditions than initially expected”.
“All three runners have done a great job with the intensive rehabilitation measures that we have implemented over the past few days – this is, after all, also what makes a world class athlete,” said Jan-Niklas Droste, who is part of the Bora-Hansgrohe Medical Team.
Schachmann sustained a broken collarbone after a driver veered onto the course in the final kilometers of Il Lombardia and cut it. He managed to come back and finish seventh in the race but his season was in jeopardy after being diagnosed with a broken collarbone.
Buchmann and Mühlberger crashed outside the Critérium du Dauphiné on the descent of the Col de Plan Bois after just 29 km in stage 4, but both riders escaped fractures.
“It was a bitter setback. I actually thought the Tour was over when I couldn’t get up on my own after the crash. But luckily nothing was broken, ”said Buchmann, 27.
“To suffer such a fall was a shame because I was in very good shape. At the Dauphiné, I was the strongest on the mountain behind [Primož] Roglič, avec [Thibaut] Pinot.
“Now there are a few question marks hanging over my head, especially as the race is about to start in earnest so early. There is no time for a transition because, on the second stage, we will already be heading towards the mountains. We’ll just have to wait and see how far I can get up there. I can now tackle the Tour only day by day.
Bora-Hansgrohe roster for the 2020 Tour de France:
Emanuel Buchmann (Germany), Peter Sagan (Svk), Daniel Oss (Ita), Lennard Kämman (Germany), Felix Großschartner (Aut), Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut), Gregor Mühlberger (Aut), Max Schachmann (Germany).