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ESCHBORN-FRANKFURT 2017

D-1 : INFORMATION

 

 

 

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Eschborn, Sunday, April 30th 2017 – Although it was created 55 years ago, a first will take place tomorrow for Eschborn-Frankfurt as it makes its entry into the UCI WorldTour calendar. A great reason to celebrate cycling for the million spectators on Monday May 1, with a programme of no less than 17 bicycle themed events with the main event being the much anticipated Pro race that promises to be spectacular!

 

 

 

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A day of cycling celebration

Since its creation and with the help of its race partners, Eschborn-Frankfurt has become the most popular cycling event in Germany and much more than just a race”, says Bernd Moos-Achenbach, the long-time race organiser. In fact, Eschborn-Frankfurt is an entire day dedicated to cycling, in a country that has shown a renewed fervour for the sport these past few years. Tomorrow more than 5,000 cyclists of all ages and levels will take part in 17 scheduled events between Frankfurt and Eschborn. From the cyclosportives, to the U23 race as well as races for children, juniors and of course the Pro race, this May 1st will be a proper cycling festival in a country that has rediscovered its passion for the sport over the past few years and that in 2018 will see the return of another historic race, the Tour of Germany, now known as the “Deutschland Deine Tour”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An ideal setting for this new WorldTour event

55 years after my father and my uncle created the event, Eschborn-Frankfurt has reached the summit of world cycling”, says Bernd Moos-Achenbach. A first appearance on the WorldTour calendar for the race that is now in the fold of A.S.O., the organiser of the Tour de France. And cycling’s elite will compete this year with no less than 11 UCI WorldTour teams to participate. This unprecedented number should make for a great race for cycling fans. The course should also allow the audacious riders to shine. It will run through the Taunus region and see the riders take on the climb to Feldberg (10.8km at 5%) as well as several circuits including four climbs of the famous Mammolshain slope (1km with a maximum percentage of 23%), before the riders head to the final 3km circuit in the city-centre, in front of the Opernplatz and the Frankfurt Opera.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sagan and the sprinters

The decor is set and the actors are known. In the starring role is world champion Peter Sagan, who for the first time in his career, will ride Eschborn-Frankfurt. The Slovak will be looking to get back on track in Germany after a somewhat disappointing classics campaign. However, he will be up against a horde of sprinters, none of which are coming to play second fiddle. The world’s top sprinters will also line up at Eschborn-Frankfurt, beginning with the German specialists who will be present in large numbers with Marcel Kittel, John Degenkolb and Andre Greipel, to take the win in front of their compatriots and bring the six year draught to an end. Attention must also be paid to punchers Tony Martin, Oliver Naesen and Jasper Stuyven who are capable of pulling away from the peloton early. Sprinters like Michael Matthews, Fernando Gaviria and Alexander Kristoff shouldn’t be overlooked either. The Norwegian will be out to take a third consecutive win, which has never happened in the history of the race. What's more logical for an already historic edition?

 

 

 

 

 

 

German’s speakings

Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) – “To make my comeback in the peloton at Frankfurt, where I'll race for the first time in my career, makes things even more special. I'm happy I will have the chance to discover this race and to meet new fans”.

André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) – “With this tough racecourse though, I expect a fairly intense race day. After my break, this will be an ideal preparation for my upcoming races. I'm looking forward to May 1st, because to race in the championship jersey in front of the German fans is always something very special."

Tony Martin (Katusha Alpecin) – "It 's always a very special event for me, because it's my home race. We go on many roads and paths that I've known since my youth and where I feel absolutely at home. So it’s always a great experience, regardless of the outcome of the race in Frankfurt. The atmosphere with all the fans on the course is awesome, and it’s always nice that many fans also come to cheer me.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Download the provisional startlist

 

 

 

 

 

The poster of the 2017 edition

 

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The photos from the 2016 edition

 

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The roadbook of the 2017 edition

 

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A race, an history (video)

 

 

The raceroad in video

 

 

 

More information about the race on eschborn-frankfurt.de

 

 

 

Press Contacts

 

 

Sandra Schmitz

sandra@flessnerschmitz.com

 +49 160 973 89898

Titouan Tiberghien

ttiberghien@aso.fr

+33.6.40.16.67.67

 

 

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