Sebastian Kienle will not be in Challenge Roth

The German triathlete has announced that will not be able to be on the starting line of the Challenge Roth, one of his goals for the season, because he has not recovered from Covid and a bicycle accident.

In his social networks Sebastian Kienle commented on his absence in Roth:

"The reason, frankly, is that I'm not in shape. I caught COVID in the US: before or after the race in St George is not clear yet.

But what's pretty clear is that it took me almost three weeks of good training and I'm still struggling a bit. I think I was on a good track, but about five days ago I fell off the bike. Nothing really major, just a little bit of skin left behind and some bruises.

But then again, it took me three to four days to fully train again, so we decided not to run…

But the problem really is that if you do something like that, you have to be 100 percent convinced that your body can recover, and I'm not 100 percent convinced.

Then you are going to risk your health, which is not a good idea. It is still a long course triathlon and you have to treat it with some respect. 

The other option, of course, would have been to just enjoy the race, soak up all the atmosphere, grab a beer at the aid station and high-five the crowd. To be honest, I'm not ready for that yet, I'm still very motivated to compete for wins and beat other guys."

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