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A youngster at the 60th – Jasper Philipsen wins the anniversary edition of Eschborn-Frankfurt

Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Fenix) has won the 60th edition of Eschborn-Frankfurt. On his debut in the German Classic, the 23-year-old Belgian relegated local hero and 2011 winner, John Degenkolb (Lotto Soudal), and record winner Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) to the podium places. After 187.4 kilometers the youngster secured his first victory in a WorldTour classic and set the next exclamation mark in his outstanding season. Pascal Ackermann (Bora-hansgrohe), the last winner in Frankfurt, sprinted to 5th place.

Jasper Philipsen after his victory: "It was a really hard race. A few weeks ago, I decided that I wanted to do this race because it's typically a sprint finish. Then I looked into the profile and thought it might be harder than expected. So now I'm super proud with this victory. The team support was key today because I was really struggling in the middle part. On the climbs the team just stayed with me and that was important. I kept pushing because I knew that the last 40km were flat. I was able to recover and could do my sprint."

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A record for the anniversary: 13 WorldTeams compete at Eschborn-Frankfurt

On 19 September, Eschborn-Frankfurt celebrates its 60th anniversary edition and is looking forward to top-class "guests". Because there is a record for the birthday: for the first time 13 teams from the WorldTour will start at the German Classic. Together with the teams of the first category, 7 ProTeams will be at the start in Eschborn to crown this year's winner of Eschborn-Frankfurt in front of the Old Opera House in Frankfurt.

The two German teams BORA - hansgrohe and Team DSM want to make the most of the home race, as does UAE-Team Emirates around Frankfurt's serial winner Alexander Kristoff. Team Lotto Soudal of local hero John Degenkolb has also announced its participation in the Taunus classic. As many as 16 of the 20 cycling classic teams have contested the Tour de France this year. The best team of Le Tour, Bahrain Victorious, is there as well as Jumbo-Visma. The Dutch team last competed in Eschborn-Frankfurt in 2014.

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