One of only two German races on the UCI World Tour calendar this year, Eschborn-Frankfurt, takes place tomorrow over a shorter than usual 187km course. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka will be starting the race with a strong sprint focused team.
Alexander Kristoff (UAE-Emirates) has made this race his own in recent years, winning the previous 4 editions of the race. Edvald Boasson Hagen will hope to challenge his countryman, and improve on his 8th place of last year.
Boasson Hagen is part of a three pronged attack that also includes our South African’s, Ryan Gibbons and Reinardt Janse van Rensburg. A strong team will support our trio over the mid-race climbs with the hope of delivering them to a reduced group finish in Frankfurt.
“The Eschborn-Frankfurt organizers have kept the traditional climbs of the race but shortened the parcours slightly. It is 41 km from the last climb to the finish, that’s a distance that give dropped sprinters a chance to come back with the help of their teams, but if climbers work well together, they can also stay away, the course layout guaranties an interesting race. Our fast guys still climb well so if we can have a numbers advantage in a reduced bunch, that will set us up for a good result.” – Rolf Aldag, Sport Director