Our six-man selection for the four-stage Deutschland Tour packs a wealth of experience for the race which gets underway with a 167km stage from Hannover to Halberstadt.
This includes important roles for Jay Thomson and Mark Renshaw, who will be working to position both Mark Cavendish and Reinardt Janse van Resnburg for the respective sprint opportunities on offer.
The latter finished in the top-10 in all four stages of the 2018 edition of the race, as he ended up 7th on GC and third in the points classification. He was also 12th at the recently completed Cyclassics Hamburg event. While Cavendish raced at the Tour de Pologne where he took a 6th place on stage three after which he played a crucial support role at the European Road Race Championships for his Great Britain team.
They will be ably supported by Enrico Gasparotto and Tom-Jelte Slagter, both of whom will likely be looking at what opportunity the final stage may offer, being one which could well decide the overall race winner.
Both most recently competed strongly at the Arctic Race of Norway with Gasparotto securing 9th on the GC after two top-10 stage finishes, while for Slagter a 7th place on stage three’s Storheia summit finish was an excellent result, not only on the day but for the overall ambitions of the team.
“I’m looking forward to racing the Tour of Germany again this year. Last year’s race was very tough with some exciting final stretches into the respective finishes. It’s great to have the event back yearly after its long period away from the calendar.
“It will be my final race in Germany and I would like to perform well after some illness last week. I hope to find the form again and enjoy the nice roads and the hard racing.
‘We will have a good team for the race and will be looking to help Reinhardt. Last year he was very strong and played a part in the stages and the GC. He showed good legs in Hamburg Classics and proved he has bounced back from the Tour strongly.” – Mark Renshaw