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