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School project of the cycling classic starts - Bike Academy by kinder Joy of Moving picks up speed in Frankfurt

In cooperation with Eschborn-Frankfurt, the "Bike Academy by kinder Joy of Moving" was launched. In October, a programme began at Frankfurt schools that teaches pupils how to use a bicycle safely in a playful way. The goal of the cycling classic and the Bike Academy by kinder Joy of Moving is clear: to get even more kids excited about cycling.

The kick-off was at the Meisterschule, a primary and secondary school in Frankfurt Sindlingen. On 12 October 2022, the first of three Bike Academy by kinder Joy of Moving lessons began as part of the physical education curriculum. Certified and experienced bike trainers work together with physical education teachers to train kids on three days for 90 minutes each. The new school project takes place at Frankfurt primary and secondary schools for grades 1 to 6. These schools can join in and bring the Bike Academy by kinder Joy of Moving to them.

The background to the cooperation is that children are showing increasing deficits in handling bicycles. Primary school children in particular need support to learn to ride a bike better. It is therefore all the more important to playfully ensure more safety and thus fun on the bike. As a side effect, the Bike Academy by kinder Joy of Moving provides extra exercise and the kids improve their endurance and sense of balance.

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Registration start for ŠKODA Velotour 2023 - 1,500 early bird places available

June 3rd, 2022

Just in time for today's World Bike Day, there is a special gift for classic bike fans. Registration for the next ŠKODA Velotour is now open. On May 1, 2023, the race will once again take amateur cyclists through the Taunus region. Those who already book their starting place for the coming spring at will save a lot of money.

For the first 1,500 starters, a particularly inexpensive "Early Bird" contingent is available. For example, the start of the ŠKODA Velotour Skyline - the short distance over 40 flat kilometers between Eschborn and Frankfurt - costs only 35 euros. Quick decisions are in demand. Last year, it took less than 48 hours for the "Early Bird" places to be allocated. If the attractive early bird contingent is fully booked, the entry fee increases by 15 euros.

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Bennett gifts BORA-hansgrohe the home victory at Eschborn-Frankfurt

Sam Bennett has won the 61st edition of Eschborn-Frankfurt and delivered a win on home soil for his team BORA-hansgrohe. After 183.9 kilometers the winner of the Green Jersey of the Tour de France won the Sprint Royale in Frankfurt City. Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) and four-time winner Alexander Kristoff (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Materiaux) finished on the podium; Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain-Victorious) was the best German rider in fourth place.

A breakaway and many attacks made the first half of the race. And it was the iconic, steep Mammolshainer climb that influenced the outcome of the race. After the second crossing, still 95 kilometers from the finish, the gap was already down to 1:35 minutes. Local rider Jonas Rutsch (EF Eduaction-EasyPost) and his compatriot Georg Zimmermann (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Materiaux) attacked, the speed in the field increased, more and more breakaway riders were caught– which led to even more attacks. In the fourth and final Mammolshain passage, all breakaways were neutralized.

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ŠKODA Velotour: 6,200 participants celebrate the biggest Everyman race of the spring

At 8:45 a.m., the first starting signal of the day sounded in Eschborn. Divided into six starting areas, the participants of the ŠKODA Velotour Classic took to the course first. They rode the long distance over 100 kilometers with the legendary climbs and Taunus icons. From the Feldberg to the Mammolshainer Stich, the amateur cyclists tested the classic bike route before the professionals.

The large majority of all starters had decided for the long round with 1700 meters of altitude. After the start in Eschborn, the course headed towards Frankfurt city center. From the finish area of the professionals at the Alte Oper, the route led towards the Feldberg. Here there were already the first attacks from the peloton, but they were stopped in Oberursel, at the foot of the eleven-kilometer climb. The fastest ascent to the 500 meters of altitude was completed by Martin Maertens (25:33 minutes) and Laura Tibitanzl (28:36 minutes). They secured the title of Tissot Mountain King and Tissot Mountain Queen, receiving the official mountain jersey and a high-quality Tissot watch.

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Comeback anticipation on the eve of Eschborn-Frankfurt

60 years after the first edition, Eschborn-Frankfurt is back on May 1. Tomorrow at 12:15 pm, 131 riders will start the German Classic. The first German pro race of the season will cover 183.9 kilometers. A demanding Taunus circuit characterizes the route into the city of Frankfurt. Sprint royale or arrival of a group - the outcome of the race is open, and the favorites are preparing for all options.

It's been ten years since a group decided the victory. Since then, a sprinter has always come out on top in the big showdown. Last year's winner Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin - Fenix) is in special focus. But the veterans around local hero John Degenkolb (Team DSM) and Alexander Kristoff (Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux) want to steal the show from the youngster this time. Kristoff has already competed seven times in the cycling classic - six times he has been on the podium. Whether his team will rely on experience or youth, will be revealed tomorrow at around 4:30 pm. Eventually Biniam Girmay will also use his return to racing for the next WorldTour success.

A look at the start list promises an open race. Many teams are going for the double strategy with sprinters and classics riders both lining-up. Will the iconic Taunus circuit with the steep Mammolshainer climb cause a selection or will the peloton regroup for a sprint at the Alte Oper in the heart of Frankfurt?

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Highlights of the Top-Rider Press Conference

Jasper Philipsen: The number 1 on the jersey is something very special. Let's hope the form is good. It's another opportunity and a nice race that suits me really well. I'm just looking forward and try to give my best tomorrow. You must keep fighting to get over the climbs and when you have the legs in the final, everything can happen. We'll fight for the win."

John Degenkolb: "Many sprinters that also go quite well over the climbs are racing here. If the sprinter teams are united and strong enough, we'll catch the attacks and see a sprint in Frankfurt. But that's the nice thing about this race: everybody has a chance to win, and the race outcome is quite open. 11 years ago, I won in Frankfurt and I'm still hungry for another victory."

Alex Kristoff: "I expect the race to turn out a bit like normal. It will be a hard fight at the climbs, but usually it comes back, and we sprint from a reduced group. We have more cards to play, besides me it's also Biniam. That's a good constellation for the team. We are having a great season and the atmosphere is very good. Tomorrow, of course the goal is to win."

Nils Politt: "We are prepared for any scenario. For us as a German team, this race is key for us – for the first time this year we ride on German roads. With Sam and Danny, we have two fast guys. Plus, riders like me who will pay attention in the Taunus that no bigger group is going. Especially after climbing the Mammolshainer for the fourth time, the race is getting tough. We are optimistic for tomorrow."

Preview of the cycling classic on May 1

The start of May traditionally also opens the season of German professional races. After a two-year break, Eschborn-Frankfurt will again take place on the traditional date. Back on May 1 is also the typical cycling classic atmosphere. In the best spring weather, numerous fans are expected at the start in Eschborn, at the Taunus icons and in the finish area in Frankfurt City. Sixty years after the race was first held, the cycling festival will once again provide a fitting backdrop.

Elite race

The professionals will start at 12:15 p.m. on Sunday in Eschborn. For them, 183.9 kilometers are scheduled on the way through the Taunus to the finish in Frankfurt. Fans who want to plan their visit to the course can find the passage times of the pros at the key points of the Taunus course at Starting at 4:30 p.m. at the Alte Oper, visitors can expect to see the winner of the 2022 cycling classic.

Favorites include last year's winner, Jaspar Philipsen (Alpecin-Fenix), as well as local hero John Degenkolb (Team DSM) and series winner Alexander Kristoff (Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux). From a German perspective, all eyes will be on Jonas Rutsch (EF Education - EasyPost), who makes his debut in the pro edition of his home race. Deutschland Tour winner Nils Politt (BORA-hansgrohe) and Rick Zabel (Israel - Premier Tech), runner-up in 2017, are also looking forward to the first race of the season in front of German fans.


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ROUVY Challenge: Ride at the same time as the elite

You can't be there on May 1? Experience the #Radklassiker feeling at home with the 3rd virtual edition of the race on ROUVY. At the same time as the elite, thanks to ROUVY's 1:1 simulations, you can ride a shorter 40km loop at the e-Race starting at 1pm and feel like a pro.

ROUVY and Eschborn-Frankfurt are pleased to offer a virtual community version of ESCHBORN-FRANKFURT for the 3rd time on May 1, 2022. Thanks to ROUVY's 1:1 simulations, all riders who want to feel like a pro for a day or just for fun can ride a shorter loop of ESCHBORN-FRANKFURT, the ŠKODA VELOTOUR Skyline route, at 1pm. At the same time, a challenge will take place until May 22nd, which will allow you to retrace four sections of the cycling classic on ROUVY. Afterwards, more than 20 prizes will be raffled among all participants.

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ŠKODA and Eschborn-Frankfurt extend partnership

When the Eschborn-Frankfurt cycling classic kicks off the German professional season on May 1, ŠKODA will once again be right in the thick of things. The long-standing partnership with ŠKODA AUTO Germany has now been extended until at least 2023, including an option for a further extension. The brand is sending a fleet of 35 support and organization vehicles on the road, including the electric ŠKODA ENYAQ iV as the lead vehicle of the professional field.

The striking red-painted electric SUV already has Tour de France experience. On May 1, it will also lead the cycling elite as they race for the prestigious victory in the German UCI WorldTour classic. The race's sporting director, Fabian Wegmann, will use the vehicle as a mobile command center, directing the race action from the ENYAQ iV thanks to sophisticated communications technology.

In addition to the top professionals, 6,000 amateur cyclists will also be racing their cycling classic on May 1. It is already the 21st edition of the ŠKODA Velotour, where everyone can choose from three routes between Eschborn, Frankfurt and the Taunus. As the name giver, the brand is sending over 140 starters into the race with the ŠKODA Veloteam. The ŠKODA Velotour has established itself as one of the largest hobby bike races in Germany.

ŠKODA AUTO Deutschland has put together a colorful supporting program for fans along the route. At the central roadshow on Frankfurt's Opernplatz, the brand will be exhibiting current model highlights such as the new ŠKODA ENYAQ COUPÉ iV and the new ŠKODA FABIA.

For fans who can't make it to the race track to visit, the entire professional race will be broadcast live on TV and stream. Thanks to the hr production, fans will not miss a second of the race action from the start in Eschborn to the finish in Frankfurt. The cycling classic is the only German cycling race to offer a complete, five-hour live broadcast.



Big names aiming for the German Classic trophy

Back at the traditional date, Eschborn-Frankfurt is attracting big names. On May 1st, the entire podium of last year's 60th edition will meet again. Jasper Philipsen already sprinted to three wins this season and will go for the title again with full confidence. Likewise, local hero John Degenkolb and serial winner Alexander Kristoff want to get the trophy back.

The new team of four-time winner Alexander Kristoff (Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux) has several options on the Taunus course. After a strong showing at Paris-Roubaix, Kristoff will confidently target a fifth win at one of his favorite races. German youngster Georg Zimmermann, who was caught just short of the finish last year, and Biniam Girmay are also part of the squad. The 21-year-old is set to return to racing in Eschborn after he wrote cycling history a few weeks ago.

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Laura Tibitanzl, Tissot Mountain Queen 2021 (best time in 2021 at a little over 28 min.) was on the road with Speed-Ville and has compiled many good tips for you on how to get up the Feldberg from Oberursel in the best possible way.

Laura's tips for the Feldberg

  • Be careful when driving from Oberursel to the Feldberg - in Oberursel itself you drive over rather "sloping" rails.
  • Exit Oberursel: Approx. 50 m after the traffic circle the Tissot Bergkönig*in starts.
  • Distance: approx. 11 km
  • 530 hm
  • ø 4,8% gradient
  • after almost exactly 5 km comes the striking 180° ("applause") curve. Now you are almost halfway :-)
  • there are still 3 km to go to the aid station
  • if you have very ambitious goals in the race, you probably won't make a stop at the aid station (Daniel rode in 2021 with 2 bottles WITHOUT a stop; here his race at Strava)
  • the final 3 km (180 hm) will be a bit steeper with ø 6%.
  • until the aid station the average gradient was a moderate 4.6%.
  • Laura's pacing tip: those who feel fit should ride just above threshold (eg 102-105%)
  • only who feels extrem strong and can "bite off" a lot, should aim for a pacing of 110%


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20 top teams compete in the German Classic Eschborn-Frankfurt

Four weeks before Germany's most prestigious classic, the 20 participating teams are selected. In addition to eleven WorldTeams and eight ProTeams a German national team will compete in Eschborn-Frankfurt. The selection promises a top-class start list, including all favorites of the last editions.

Last year, youngster Jasper Philipsen prevailed in Frankfurt's city center ahead of the big names. On May 1st, his Alpecin – Fenix ​​team is ready to defend its title. The two new teams from last year's podium riders, John Degenkolb (Team DSM) and Alexander Kristoff (Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux), are ready to accept the challenge. For the Belgian team, Biniam Girmay has already announced his return to racing in Eschborn. His victory at Gent-Wevelgem was a milestone in cycling: the 21-year-old is the first African rider to win a WorldTour classic.

Above, the teams of the German riders will compete in this key classic. Besides the only German team BORA – hansgrohe also Bahrain Victorious, Cofidis, EF Education – Easypost, Israel – Premier Tech, Lotto Soudal and UAE Team Emirates might select their German riders for the home audience. AG2R Citroën Team and Trek – Segafredo complete the international squads. From the ProTeams, the Top 5 of the UCI Europe Tour have confirmed their participation, including French outfits Team Arkéa – Samsic and TotalEnergies. The last spot on the starting list is assigned to a German national team. This give talents from the German Continental teams a chance to compete with the world's best in a WorldTour race.

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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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