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Kamna back to his best after time out from pressures of pro cycling in 2021

Cian Uijtdebroeks stopped alongside Lennard Kämna beyond the finish of stage 3 of the Tour of the Alps and hugged him with affection after realising…

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Cian Uijtdebroeks stopped alongside Lennard Kämna beyond the finish of stage 3 of the Tour of the Alps and hugged him with affection after realising his teammate had won the stage from the breakaway.

“Grande!” Uijtdebroeks said joyfully in Italian, the two young Bora-Hansgrohe riders sharing a moment of success together.

For the 18-year-old Belgian neo-pro, it was the first time a professional teammate had won a race. It was Kämna’s fifth career win but perhaps even more special than his others and he pointed to his head as he celebrated victory, indicating his newfound mental strength.

Kämna took time out from WorldTour racing for the second half of the 2021, opting to miss the Tour de France despite having won a stage the year before. This second victory of the season and the way he outfoxed rivals like Andrey Amador, suggests his career and his life are back on track.

Like Tom Dumoulin, other riders before him and a growing number of athletes from other sports, Kämna needed time out to recover mentally and physically from the constant demands and expectations of the sport that he had faced since the junior ranks.

Fortunately, Bora-Hansgrohe showed their support for the 25-year-old from Wedel in northern Germany and he returned to racing in 2022, ready to chase success.

“Last year was a great opportunity to get back to the rhythm of life and enjoy riding the bike again. I enjoyed it and I’m super happy I did it,” Kämna, slightly emotional after the stage.“Time away has […]

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