The 2018 EuroEyes Cyclassics Hamburg is expected to be a showdown among the sprinters over the 216km course.
The day features a 160km loop out and back to Hamburg and finishes with a series of circuits that includes a short, sharp climb over 700m, repeated three times.
Our team includes sprint specialist Mark Renshaw who most recently raced at the RideLondon-Surrey Classic after competing at the Tour de France and joining him is Jay Thomson who has had some well deserved rest following his debut performance at Le Tour.
Lachlan Morton, who raced at the Tour de Pologne, is one of three Australians in our line-up as exciting youngster Ben O’Connor also joins the fray. The 22-year-old is still making his way after returning from injury following his crash in latter stages of the Giro d’Italia.
Jaco Venter’s calm demeanour and experience will be invaluable alongside the Welsh youngster Scott Davies while the former Eritrean champion Natnael Berhane completes our line-up.
Rolf Aldag – Head of Performance
It’ll very likely be the showdown of the sprinters and from our side we really hope for the experience of Mark Renshaw who has shown in the past that he can time the sprint in the right way, he’s finished on the podium here. That’s what we’ll aim for.
We try to cover any potential breakaways on the Waseberg which is more a little hill than really a climb, and then it will come down to the sprint royale. Mark Renshaw’s our man so we need to position him in the right spot so he can have a good run in an expected sprint of around a 100 riders to to the line.
With its network of velorouten continually being expanded, Hamburg is consistently listed in Europe’s list of top 20 cycling friendly cities. What’s more, they’ve even got an app, Bike Citizen, that rewards cyclists for commuting.
The velorouten map reminds us of the expanded mobility of Qhubeka bike recipients who get to travel further and faster allowing them to get to schools, clinics and shops.
Speaking of fast and shopping, the race finishes on the main shopping street in Hamburg, Mönckebergstraße. Expect an exciting finish with the fast men getting their elbows out as they go shopping for glory.