Cyclist Simon Geschke will start at the Tour de France starting on Saturday. This was announced by his cycling team Cofidis. For the 37-year-old it is the eleventh participation in the world’s most important event in cycling. His compatriot Maximilian Walscheid is ready to replace him.

Geschke, who wants to end his career next year, surprisingly wore the mountain jersey for nine days at the 2022 Tour of France. Shortly before Paris, however, he had to give up the lead to the eventual winner of the Tour, Jonas Vingegaard. In the spring, Geschke was thrown back by a corona disease. In the road race for the German championship at the weekend, the mountain specialist crossed the finish line in ninth place.

So far, seven German tour participants are known. On Sunday, Bahrain-Victorious announced the participation of German pros Nikias Arndt and Phil Bauhaus. Gino Mäder, who died in an accident a little over a week ago, belonged to this cycling team. A few days before his death, the Swiss professional cyclist had hoped for a debut in the tour in an interview.

The Germans John Degenkolb (Team DSM-Firmenich), Georg Zimmermann (Intermarché-Circus-Wanty) as well as Nils Politt and Emanuel Buchmann from Team Bora-hansgrohe are also at the start.