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Eschborn - Frankfurt
« on: April 29, 2018, 18:29 »
Eschborn - Frankfurt 2018[1]

On May 1 a field composed of international standouts will bring down the curtain to this season’s spring classics in Germany’s most venerated race. Eschborn-Frankfurt will welcome the 140 riders from 20 teams who will battle on a course chalk-full of challenges. Edition 57 of this cycling classic will feature more difficulties than ever before over the 212.5 kilometres and 3,500m of elevation gain. With the new route of the Taunus loop and an even more arduous finish, this year the race promises to make it a nail biting end to the spring classic season.


Last year’s podium finishers Alexander Kristoff (UAE-Team Emirates), Rick Zabel (Team Katusha-Alpecin) and John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) head the notable entry list. “Eschborn-Frankfurt is a home race for me and like the major classics I have circled it on my calendar. Last year, I came up a bit short. I have stood on all the podium steps in a classic. The highest is always the best and if it was up to me, this is exactly the one I would like to be on again in two weeks”, said local star John Degenkolb in the run up to the race.
 
Following the transfer of three-time winner Alexander Kristoff, the cards have been shuffled at Katuscha-Alpecin. After a remarkable debut last year, Rick Zabel is also in it with a shot at the race win as is his team mate Nils Politt. The 24-year old rider capped of his strong start to the season with 7th place in Paris-Roubaix. Classics specialists like many time stage winner on the major tours Michael Matthews (Team-Sunweb) and Belgian national champion Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale) also plan to be in the hunt this year for the win in this race that concludes in front of the old opera house.
 
On a revamped final stretch, the classics specialists will take on the best sprinters in the world. Marcel Kittel (Team Katusha-Alpecin) returns to the race after his first participation last year. “I can’t wait for the start on May 1. The race is an important supporter of German cycling. The fantastic atmosphere and the many spectators along the side of the road make this event an absolute highlight for us riders. For sure, the new route will make the race more difficult. But if I am honest, it is not a big deal for a sprinter like me. After a break, I would love to find my rhythm and support my team mates in the best possible manner. Depending on how the race unfolds, Katusha-Alpecin will be able to use different strategies and I will do whatever it takes for the team. ”, says the 14-time Tour de France stage winner.
 
Kittel will face another world-class sprinter in none other than André Greipel who will make his return to Eschborn-Frankfurt after recovering from a broken clavicle, suffered on Milan-San Remo, which resulted in him passing on the spring classics. There will be plenty of other challengers such as multiple stage winner on the Giro d’Italia, Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) and Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis Solutions Crédits) as well as the latest generation of German sprinters represented by Pascal Ackermann (BORA-hansgrohe) and Phil Bauhaus (Team Sunweb). While Ackermann recently just missed out on taking his first victory at the pro level during three Belgian classics, Bauhaus has already showed his speed on winning stages on the Critérium du Dauphiné and the Abu Dhabi Tour, right under the very noses of the best sprinters on the planet.
 
In total, 16 German riders, or more than half of all the Germans pros on the WorldTour, are on the preliminary list of their teams for this edition. Accomplished climbers such as Emanuel Buchmann (BORA-hansgrohe) and Simon Geschke (Team Sunweb) will be thrilled with the dizzying elevation gains and the return of some of those climbs that have marked the history of the race.
 
In addition to these cycling house-hold names, there will also be some young and burgeoning talents at the Eschborn-Frankfurt start line. 2017 Under 23 world champion, Benoît Cosnefroy (AG2R La Mondiale) will test his skills on the challenging German race. Last year, Fabio Jakobsen was in the final sprint of the Under 23 edition of Eschborn-Frankfurt but now he rides with the pros. At just the age of 21, he has joined the most successful team in the peloton this year and with his wins on the Nokere Koerse and the Grand Prix de L’Escaut; he has made quite an impression at Quick-Step Floors.
 
Ten WorldTour teams and 11 pro continental teams will participate this year in the race. Quick-Step Floors and BORA-hansgrohe are leading in the WorldTour standings and will try to consolidate their positions in adding extra points to their respective tallies on Eschborn-Frankfurt. With Wanty-Groupe Gobert, Cofidis Solution Credits and WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic three of the best teams of the UCI EuropeTour will start at Eschborn-Frankfurt.


~pdf provisional startlist
 1. Source of all text: ASO press release
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    Re: Eschborn - Frankfurt
    « Reply #1 on: April 29, 2018, 18:42 »
    so with "more difficulties than ever before" they seem to refer to the the Billtalhöhe and the Ruppertshain as new additions on the early loops of the course. Coming right after the Mammolshainer Berg this does make it a pretty tough combination of climbs - better to be seen on this profile:


    Hard to say what kind of difference it'll make that early in the race.

    There's also a new little bump with ~10k to go, but that one looks unlikely to offer more than a potential springboard for an unsuccessful attack.
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    Re: Eschborn - Frankfurt
    « Reply #2 on: April 29, 2018, 20:28 »
    Amaro FTW (Probably not but as he is on the startlist ;) )
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    Re: Eschborn - Frankfurt
    « Reply #3 on: April 29, 2018, 20:56 »
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    ....as well as the latest generation of German sprinters represented by Pascal Ackermann (BORA-hansgrohe) and Phil Bauhaus (Team Sunweb). While Ackermann recently just missed out on taking his first victory at the pro level during three Belgian classics

    I think this parts needs an update now   :cool
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    Re: Eschborn - Frankfurt
    « Reply #4 on: April 29, 2018, 21:04 »
    well, technically it's still correct - he didn't take his first win during those race :angel

    good for him that he grabbed the opportunity in Romandie though, as I can't really see him hanging on over the climbs on Tuesday tbh
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    Re: Eschborn - Frankfurt
    « Reply #5 on: April 29, 2018, 21:30 »
    There are a couple of german big names that most likely will feature in the starting list but not dominate the race. This includes #katusha Marcel Kittel and #lotto Andre Greipel. The ASO preview doesn't focus on it, but I would see this race as a #katusha without Alexander Kristoff vs #uae Alexander Kristoff without #katusha. In other words, can #katusha Rick Zabel get the race (that he more or less gave away, last year) back from his old boss?
    The #uae UAE rooster doesn't have any good climbers, but #katusha is full of it (well, and Kitte too..l) . They may be able to isolate Kristoff on the early climbs.  I think bot Katusha and UAE wants victories now, so there will be serious racing.  AG2R and Dimension data wants to win too, and #didata Edvald Boasson Hagen usually climbs better than Kristoff.

    I think it can become an excellent race, but the starting list is a bit disappointing: debatable if this is WT-status-worthy.
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    Re: Eschborn - Frankfurt
    « Reply #6 on: April 30, 2018, 11:36 »
    I think it can become an excellent race, but the starting list is a bit disappointing: debatable if this is WT-status-worthy.
    They have the ten WT teams they're required to have to keep WT status (all ten are Velon teams, by the way) - and then they probably went for the cheaper option of filling the peloton with PCTs.
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    Re: Eschborn - Frankfurt
    « Reply #7 on: April 30, 2018, 16:46 »
    They have the ten WT teams they're required to have to keep WT status (all ten are Velon teams, by the way) - and then they probably went for the cheaper option of filling the peloton with PCTs.

    No problems with if the race satisfies WT requirements, more with "is this what the WT races ideally should be like"?
    Or should there be a stronger 2-nd tier European-level circuit where this could be one of the top races?

    I think the reason for me being critical is that if the best home riders (and Cottbus is quite close to home for one of them) are not participating, it is a hard sell to bring out the crowds. You know, those watching the race from the roadside that make the event a little bit larger than cycling itself? The people that come to watch because it is a big event going on, in their hometown?

    Fast forward on the calendar to the weekend, and the Tour of Yorkshire is the prime example of what we could have more of. It really doesn't matter that it is not a WT race, it is one of the best on the calendar anyway, the way I see it. It's amazing what a few good local conti teams, a handful of pro-contis and two or three WT teams can provide in terms of engaging the crowds - 10 WT teams with riders the local audience don't know about will struggle to do that.

    For a WT race to get people to the roadside, the best riders have to feature, and that has to include som local content. IMHO this points towards fewer and better races with larger prices for the winners plus a stronger 2nd tier  ("continental series") of races.




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    Re: Eschborn - Frankfurt
    « Reply #8 on: April 30, 2018, 17:03 »
    oh, the race is very big thing in the Taunus area with usually something around 1 million spectators - no matter if WT or not, or big riders or not. They also come for the amateur races earlier on.
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    Re: Eschborn - Frankfurt
    « Reply #9 on: April 30, 2018, 17:27 »
    OK, that sounds better than my impressions. There wasn't that many spectators last year, but there was a bit of rain, which could explain why :)
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    Re: Eschborn - Frankfurt
    « Reply #10 on: May 01, 2018, 19:28 »
    This year some of the streets really looked like a festival, so I'll have to take back some words said earlier, wash my mouth etc
    What does not change so much from year to year is the winner. It is

    #uae ALEKSANDER KRISTOFF #champeu of course :D


    This year, in pre-race interviews, when questioned about the route changes, Kristoff said something like as far as he could see, the organizers had done everything they could to make it impossible for him to win a 4th time (and 4 times in a row!) Yet he somehow managed to extract a win from a very challenging race situation in the last 60 km or so.

    The start of the race was very much business as usual, a not-too-strong break spitze group was allowed to go after approx 30 km after a fall in the peloton  hauptfeld reduced the pace.  The gap stayed at about 3 minutes for 130 km oar so. On one of the rounds up the iconic Mammolshain climb the pace was up in the hauptfeld and the gap was cut by 2 minutes in 2 kilometers. This started a very intense tactical race where small chase groups became spitze and then dropped riders.
    #katusha had Nils Politt and Simon Spilak up there, but Politt faded - and Kittel was long gone, as usual.
    #sunweb was riding strong in the hauptfeld with Geschke, but probably made a big mistake by sending Matthews in a small group to chase down the spitze. That must have cost some.
    #quickstep had Laurence De Plus in the spitze group and that was probably defining the final. It is good to see that LDP has recovered from his twin misfortunes in the Lombardia and South Africa, but he was unlikely to win the race and #quickstep would at some point start contributing to the chase in the hauptfeld. Now, there were others like #uae Bystrøm making significant contributions on the front, but #quickstep had Tim de Klerk and then it ended like it usually does, they caught the break, and put Gaviria in position.
    :fp for Fernando Gaviria to start his sprint way way too early. He must have been geographically confused, thinking he was closer to the finish than he actually was? Anyway, that set an unusual sprint going with everybody looking a bit like "should we start already now?" look. Aleksander Kristoff usually starts the sprint too early, and benefitted from that kind of training today, as he held on all the way to the line, and got there first,  despite #sunweb Matthews obviously riding faster towards the finish line.


    In honorable mentions - that's a good result for #wanty!


    After a disappointing spring season that the Kristoff camp seems to think was due to the early season 3 week "grand tour" of sandbox races not being hard enough for Kristoff's preparations[1], and possibly also some weight loss struggles on requests from the team that Kristoff himself was not very much in favor of -  this victory was quite welcome both for Kristoff and #uae. Next year will probably see a tougher spring programme, I guess that means Omloop and K-B-K back on the menu for Kristoff.

     
     1. key races missing from his success years: Tour of Quatar and 3 dagse de Panne
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