The German Classic on May, 1st - since 1962.
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The track update at Eschborn-Frankfurt has proven its worth and provided fans with an exciting race right up to the final on 1 May. True to the motto "never change a winning team", the successful course remains unchanged for 2024. More than 200 kilometres, two climbs on the Feldberg and three on the Mammolshainer Stich will once again attract the best classic specialists to the Taunus next year.
The première was straight away a success for the new Feldberg Passage. On 1 May, the preliminary decision that the team around Eschborn-Frankfurt Sports Director Fabian Wegmann had hoped for was made here. The new challenging climbing sequence of Feldberg, twice Mammolshainer and directly over the Billtalhöhe to the more difficult Feldberg ascent made the difference in the final of the German classic. The last climb to the Mammolshainer then produced the small leading group, which decided the victory among themselves before the Alte Oper.
It was an exciting German classic for the fans, which is why the classic course will also be used for the next edition. With 203.8 kilometres, it will remain unchanged in 2024.
More kilometres and metres in altitude as well as a plus in Taunus atmosphere. The recipe for success of the last professional edition is now being applied to the U23 edition. At the upcoming 1 May, the young talents will also ride twice over the Feldberg. The race will be longer, more demanding and thus further strengthen its classic character.
As with the professionals, the race day also begins for the young cyclists in Eschborn. 129 kilometres with 2000 metres of altitude are awaiting them. From the start, they will first head into Frankfurt city centre through the finish area. On the familiar route through the Taunus, the field arrives at the Feldberg for the first time after 46 kilometres of racing. After the descent, the Taunus icon is approached for the second time via the Red Cross. Like the pros this year, the U23 riders now also have to conquer the climb from the steeper side. At the midpoint of the race, the selective section is completed. The course leads back through the Taunus to Eschborn and on to the finish in front of the Alte Oper.
Once again, more than 150 young riders are expected to compete for the cycling classic title in the U23 category on 1 May. This year, the Danish talents have dominated the race. In the bunch sprint, Joshua Gudnitz won ahead of Gustav Wang. Only time will tell if they will pursue a career like their compatriot Mads Pedersen. He won the U23 cycling classic in 2014 - five years later he became world champion. Fabio Jakobsen, Jonas Rutsch and Nils Politt are other prominent names who already stood on the podium in the junior class on 1 May.
After the huge success of the Škoda Velotour this year, registration for May 1, 2024 is already starting. With 8,000 registrations, the event as part of the Eschborn-Frankfurt German classic was already fully booked several weeks in advance. Being quick is not only worthwhile for this reason - those who book early also register at a low price. Starting places for one of the biggest hobby cycling races in Germany are now available at www.skoda-velotour.de.
In 2024, the Škoda Velotour will again offer the established courses Taunus Classic, Taunus Express and Skyline route. Beginners are best advised to opt for the approximately 40-kilometer, flat route from Eschborn to downtown Frankfurt and back. For all early bookers, a ride is available for as little as 45 euros.
The two longer Škoda Velotour rounds lead through the Taunus region. For all routes, the roads belong entirely to the Velotour participants, as the course is completely closed off. The Classic route cracks the delightful 100-kilometer mark and leads over the decisive climbs of the elite Eschborn-Frankfurt race, the Feldberg and the Mammolshainer Stich. Somewhat shorter at around 90 kilometers is the express loop, which skips the detour to Mammolshain. As in previous years, the two long distances will again be timed on the ascent of the Feldberg to crown the Tissot Bergkönig and Bergkönigin.
The route change at Eschborn-Frankfurt achieved exactly what it was supposed to: suspense until the absolute finale. Even 5 kilometers before the finish it was not clear whether the peloton would be able to close the small gap to the leading group. But it was enough for the leaders! After a Danish double victory was celebrated earlier today in the U23 race, a Dane also prevailed in the WorldTour classic. Søren Kragh Andersen (Alpecin - Deceuninck) won in the sprint ahead of Patrick Konrad (Bora - hansgrohe) and Alessandro Fedeli (Q36.5 Pro Cycling). Georg Steinhauser (EF Education - EasyPost) and Georg Zimmermann (Intermarché - Circus - Wanty) were the best Germans in sixth and seventh place.
In front of an impressive backdrop, Max Walscheid (Cofidis) opened the race shortly after the start and formed a leading group with five other riders, who were given a maximum lead of eight minutes. In mostly dry conditions fans and spectators along the route between Eschborn, the Taunus cities and Frankfurt created a record-breaking atmosphere for the German Classic.