‘It will be hard to defend the title’ - Lennard Kämna on Bora-Hansgrohe’s Giro d’Italia chances

Jai Hindley won the Giro last year for the German team, but is sitting out the Corsa Rosa in favour of the Tour de France

Lennard Kamna
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As the Grande Partenza of the Giro d’Italia draws ever closer in Pescara, German all rounder Lennard Kämna believes it will be a huge challenge for his team Bora-Hansgrohe to attempt to defend the title.

The German team won the Italian Grand Tour last year through Jai Hindley. However, due to the heavy amount of time trialling in the route, the Australian is sitting out the Corsa Rosa this year. Hindley is likely to ride the Tour de France instead.

Speaking to the media at the recent Tour of the Alps, Kämna explained that attempting to win the Giro will be a huge task when it gets underway this weekend.

“I think as a team we’ll try to be as good as possible again. I think it will be hard to defend the title, but the aim should be the podium I think for at least one of us,” he said. “But I think it’s going to be really really tough. Last year before the Giro we had a few setbacks with our leaders, but in the end they all came through really strongly.”

“Hindley [Jai] was super impressive especially in that last week, so in the end we could take the victory. It was a little bit surprising at that moment, and I think it will be really hard to win it again but we’ll try everything to be as good as possible.”

While admitting that he may not be able to match the likes of overall favourites Remco Evenepoel (Soudal Quick-Step) and Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) when the final week arrives, Kämna explained that it was his intention to record his best finish yet in Italy.

“I’ll go to the Giro and try to do a good GC,” the German rider added. “It’s not my intention to be in the top three or top five, but I just want to be up there, I want to be in the game and to show myself in that GC battle.” 

Lennard Kamna

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Tom Thewlis

Tom has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2022 and his news stories, rider interviews and features appear both online and in the magazine. 

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