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Team Bahrain Victorious Heads to Eschborn Frankfurt Classics

The Eschborn-Frankfurt is one of Germany’s biggest cycling races, first raced in 1962, under the name Rund um den Henninger Turm Frankfurt. In its 60 edition, the race offers up the chance for a diverse group of racing styles, from sprinters to climbers.

The current race route is 220km from Eschborn, passing through the climbs of the Taunus Hills, Feldberg, Ruppershain and Mammolshain, the latter being the toughest with a maximum gradient of 26%, climbed twice. Like the first editions, the race usually finishes with city laps: 4.5km in the centre of Frankfurt, in front of the Alte Oper concert hall.

Rolf Aldag, TBV Sports director; “I think our fine-tuned roster allows us to come there to play a good role, to be involved in aggressive riding with Dylan Teuns and Fred Wright at the front. Ideally, we hope they will climb well, with a small group in the hilly Taunus area. This couple will have the freedom to ride hard, but on the other hand, there’s a long way back to Frankfurt to the final circuit. For these moments, we want to be well organized to support the fast guys. From that standpoint, the race suits us well with Phil Bauhaus, who has chances to win if it becomes a sprint. Otherwise, if the race spreads in pieces, we have strong riders right away in the climbs with Dylan and Fred, who showed in the Benelux Tour that he’s also a guy who is climbing quite good. We feel like we could prepare good tactics, and we’re looking forward to this race that will be the last rehearsal for many riders before the UCI World Championships in Flanders the week after. Therefore, it is an important race, a World Tour race, and we take it very seriously and feel ready to go”.

Dylan Teuns; “I’m really happy to have this race on my program ahead of UCI World Championships, and it will be a good test and last rehearsal. I will look for the hilly parts at Taunus, and if there is any chance for me there, I will give all I can for sure. If the race enfolds into the bunch sprint, we will all be there for Phil Bauhaus.”

Phil Bauhaus; “I am looking forward to racing once again in Germany. Of course, I’m very motivated, and for all sprinters and me, it is not an easy race because there are more than 3,000 meters of climbing and I have to go to come with the first group in the last kilometres to make a good sprint there. We have a super-strong team with Dylan and Fred for the climbs and Heinrich Haussler, Marcel Sieberg and all of us in TBV jerseys. We have many cards to play, and I hope I can conclude a good result if the group sprint happens there. It is hard to say whether it will be a bunch sprint or a sprint from a small group. We are a strong team, and we hope for the best.”

Team Bahrain Victorious lineup for “Der Radklassiker Eschborn-Frankfurt”: Phil Bauhaus, Marco Haller, Heinrich Haussler, Jonathan Milan, Marcel Sieberg, Dylan Teuns, Fred Wright.

— Simona Mazzoleni to bahraincyclingteam.com

JACK HAIG FINISHES ON PODIUM AT VUELTA AS GINO MADER CROWNED BEST YOUNG RIDER AND TEAM BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS WIN TEAM CLASSIFICATION

It was another successful Grand Tour for Team Bahrain Victorious at La Vuelta, as Jack Haig secured a podium place in the GC. Gino Mäder, who worked tremendously hard to help Jack also found himself in the top 5 in GC and wearing the white jersey Santiago de Compostela. The teamwork at the race was also rewarded by winning the Best Team Classification, adding to the tally after winning the same prize at Tour de France.

After the incredible stage 20, it was only a 34km Time Trial to the finish in Santiago de Compostela, separating the riders from solidifying their positions at the start of the day. With Adam Yates (Ineos-Grenadiers) only a minute behind Haig, it was the biggest threat to the podium place for Haig.

Haig put on an impressive display over a challenging parkour with 600m of elevation, defending his lead and securing the third position, finishing 17th on the day, beating Yates. Gino Mader also secured the white jersey and fifth in GC.

Bahrain Victorious came into this race with the goal of a podium place, and in the end, the team finish the final Grand Tour of the season with the podium place in the GC, a stage win, the Best Young rider, and Best Team prize.

Vuelta Espana 2021 – 76th Edition – 21th stage Padron – Santiago de Compostela 33,8 km – 05/09/2021 – Primoz Roglic (SLO – Jumbo – Visma) – Enric Mas (ESP – Movistar Team) – Jack Haig (AUS – Bahrain Victorious) – photo Luis Angel Gomez/BettiniPhoto©2021

Jack Haig commented on his podium finish:” Its incredible, I was just speaking to my wife saying how you always dream of getting on a podium at a Grand Tour, but I really never knew it was possible or not. It’s amazing to move to Bahrain Victorious and then having the crash at Tour, and come here with no expectations, and be third on the podium. I have no words for it, and I want to thank everyone who got me here as it doesn’t just happen overnight. It’s not just a years work and there are so many people I’d like to thank along the way that helped me.

I will keep approaching racing the way I do, as long as I’m happy with the right people around me and enjoy it. If you’ve got that, then the results come, and I couldn’t be happier.”

Vuelta Espana 2021 – 76th Edition – 21th stage Padron – Santiago de Compostela 33,8 km – 05/09/2021 – Gino Mader (SUI – Bahrain Victorious) – photo Luis Angel Gomez/BettiniPhoto©2021

Gino Mäder was delighted with winning the best young rider: “Wow, it’s unbelievable for me, and the whole thing just fell into my hands yesterday. I was already happy before with my provisional 8th in GC and being amongst the best climbers in this race.

Now I’m sitting here in the white jersey having helped Jack on the podium and I’m a little bit lost for words. In the end it’s a fifth place, and there are a lot of really strong riders. It’s unexpected and maybe a bit too good, and I take it and I hope it’s not my last time in the top 5 in the GC.

Gorazd Štangelj:” We did some really amazing things here. We came here for Mikel after his success at Burgos, but unfortunately had some difficulty. We reacted fast and reset the roles in the team and the guys all did the maximum from the first to the last stage. Let’s look back at how windy it was in the first week which didn’t really suite us, and we struggled a lot on those days but we were able to do a great job with minimum losses. When the mountain stages came we got a victory with Damiano and then we had a good period.

We had a good plan for the next two weeks. I’m really happy for Gino to get this confirmation of his ability and for his future, he can be a GC rider. I was really sorry after Jack’s crash in Tour de France, but he bounced back and did a great job to get on the podium in the GC, which is a beautiful moment for him and the team.”

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— Simona Mazzoleni to bahraincyclingteam.com