Maximilian chess man, a man with a future


At the Giro d’italia, he achieved his breakthrough in the championship, the first international medal: a professional cyclist Maximilian chess man on the following polished the success of the BDR and its large potential.

The rain began to Bronze: Maximilian chess man

You realize, Maximilian chess man, that he does not want to hang this success is too high. A gentle Smile, but no big emotions, and a quiet voice. “I didn’t put my expectations too high. The more it pleased me,” says the newly minted bronze medalist in the individual time trial of Glasgow in an Interview with the ARD. Since the 24-year-old cyclist from Berlin brings a surprise to many (but?) Precious metal at the European Championships, and is only behavior? Maybe it is, that in Cycling is often just the victory really is appreciated. But it is more likely that chess man shows the same Understatement that since the beginning of his career.

The Podium of the EM: Jonathan Castroviejo (l.), Victor Campenaerts (M.) and Maximilian chess man (R)

“I got through, and with the conditions well,” said chess man and plays with it on the rain wet and slippery streets of Glasgow. Very professional. This is chess man is important, he takes his profession very seriously. And the can is set on the external conditions, a kind of road Cycling. He was given to see because of the rain and the gusty wind phase is hardly something through his helmet visor. 54:06,16 minutes he needed for the 45-km-long course through the Scottish metropolis. Winner Victor Campenaerts from Belgium, who thus defended his title from the previous year, is 27,38 seconds faster, Jonathan Castroviejo, from Spain, won the silver medal. With Bronze chess man cared for the 14. Medal of the Federation of German cyclists (BDR) in the case of the multi-sport title fight in Scotland. Although a number of time trial aces were missing there with world champion Tom Dumoulin, Tour winner Geraint Thomas, his team Sky colleague Chris Froome, as well as the injured German Tony Martin. Nevertheless, chess, a businessman, a result, it is difficult to assess in excellent time, drivers such as Viktor Campenaerts, Jonathan Castroviejo, Alex Dowsett and Stefan Küng.

Chess man already looks in the direction of world Cup

This chess man had, according to a recent altitude training camp in Livigno, Italy, no too much hopes on a strong showing, “because of the amount of points only in the second part of the season”. After the Tour of Germany (23.-26. August), he aims at the world Championships in Innsbruck in September even with a double start in the individual time trial and road race, the course, the Italian Ex-Tour winner Vincenzo Nibali has called the most difficult of the past years.

Chess man? Since his stage win at the Giro he is not a stranger in the world of Cycling

But the chess man is not afraid of the mountains. At the Giro d’italia in may, he won, quite surprisingly, a stage with a mountain Nevoso arrival in Prato. Despite the decay, the cold and the ordinary cough of the up to then rather only as a time trial specialist well-known chess man fought his way to victory. “Madness. I can hardly put it into words,” said he at the time. The fact that he won his first Grand Tour only a stage, but also on the overall rank of 31 landed, and for several days the Jersey of the best young professionals wore, suggests, is what chess man is capable of. Long ago he traded as the upcoming German tour of talent. It depends on the one that Cycling in Germany is one that can compete with the Best in the fight for the overall standings – the last two representatives of this genus were Kloden and Jan Ullrich and Andreas. However, it is also with chess’s great Potential.

Almost his career would have been over

The had already suggested itself early: at the age of eleven, already a chess man started in the sport of Cycling. In 2012 he was racing at the Junior world Championships, third in the street, 2015 is a world championship silver medal followed in the individual time trial in the U23, and in the following year he repeated this success. In addition to his success in the time trial, he had but also his Talent on the mountain flashed: As a soloist, he won a mountain finish of the Giro della Valle d’aosta will be the first international U23 race and repeated a little later also the overall standings of the Tour Alsace. Chess man was, as Tony Martin and Marcel Kittel in the Thüringer Energie Team, under the watchful eye of team Manager Jörg Werner. This has led many talents to the top. With chess man a racer grows up so that, in itself, could succeed in the classics: The heavy Flêche walonne in Belgium, he was put in this year as an outlier, only a few meters in front of the goal and still came in Eighth to the finish.

Here, the career would already be over before it had properly begun: At the tour of Poland a year ago, a man plunged Chess hard, had to undergo heel surgery. “I have a plate and ten screws have been used. The forecasts didn’t look good,” recalls chess man in conversation with the DPA. In the rain of Glasgow, he had not addressed due to the memory of his fall a year ago, on the slippery road of the city of course, the last risk, drove a little more careful around the curves – which enhances his results so a little. You may be curious where the journey of the young Maximilian chess man like lead. Glasgow and EM were in any case only a short stopover.