Max Walscheid   
Max Walscheid
COUNTRY
Germany
Residence
Heidelberg, Germany
Riders Type
Sprinter
Favourite Giant Bike
Propel
Pro since
2016
2016 Race kms
5404
2016 Race Days
33


ABOUT Max Walscheid

Max has striking appearance in the peloton but despite his 1.99 metre height, there is nothing to be afraid of. Max Walscheid is a modest and clever guy, who’s always willing to work in the teams best interest. Walscheid lives in the beautiful university city of Heidelberg. “I’ve studied Medicine for five semesters. After my cycling career, I hope to finish it and become a doctor.”

Walscheid began his cycling career relatively late. The younger Max was more interested in athletics and MTB but once he was on a racing bike, he loved it. His win at the U23 German Road Championship in 2014 managed to attract the attention of the team. After a few months internship, Walscheid signed a professional contract with Team Sunweb in 2016.

His first year as a pro was a year of ups and downs. The start of the season was dramatic as Max was one of the six riders who were involved in the accident at the training camp in Spain in January 2016. He broke his leg and sustained various other injuries. A second place in the German Road Championships in June just behind André Greipel but in front of Marcel Kittel was a sign that Max was back in the game. This seemed to be an indication of his achievements that were to come during the Tour of Hainan in October 2016.

With five victories and winning the green jersey Max finished his first full WorldTour season in style. “In Hainan, it all worked out with the team, we had lots of fun together. It was a very positive atmosphere. The feeling you get when you’re crossing the finish line first is indescribable. I felt so powerful, this was because I was able to save a lot of energy during the whole stage due to perfect work from the guys. It was the greatest teamwork I’ve ever experienced and I was incredibly proud of the hard work we all did. My team mates put their confidence in me and it paid off.”

The sprinter already knows where he wants to peak next year. “I think I’m the first sprinter in the Tour of Qatar and Scheldeprijs. I also want to be sharp in the Tour of California. In between, I’d like to support our team leaders in Paris-Roubaix.”

In the future he hopes to be the first to pass the finish line on the Champs-Élysée, the last stage of the Tour de France. He realizes that this means he needs to survive three weeks with a lot of mountains – which is not really his favourite terrain. Max doesn’t want to think about obstacles, “setbacks, failures and challenges motivate me. They encourage me to work hard and beat them.”

 

"Setbacks, failures and challenges just motivate me."


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