The German had already commented long ago that his participation in Nice was not certain, since he wants to be focused on Kona. He had gotten the pass to the World Championship when he won in the IM 70.3 Kraichgau earlier this month.
To win in Nice, you would have to change your training
In May he was in Nice, training and observing the area. "ANDhe bike tour is very demanding and only the best mountain bikers have a chance to win«, After the victory in the IM 70.3 South Africa and the missed opportunity at Kona last year will be 110% focused on Hawaii.
To fight in Nice and go for victory, he would have to change his training and lose weight, he said. "That would not be optimal for competing in Hawaii."