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May, 1st - The UCI WorldTour race at Eschborn-Frankfurt the German Classic.


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Eschborn-Frankfurt and ŠKODA Velotour take place on September 19th

Together with the cities of Eschborn and Frankfurt am Main, the Gesellschaft zur Förderung des Radsports has decided to postpone the anniversary editions of the UCI WorldTour race Eschborn-Frankfurt and the sportive event ŠKODA Velotour to September 19, 2021.

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Despite all confidence and an adapted event concept, the implementation on the traditional date, May 1st, cannot be guaranteed. Six weeks ahead of the event, reliable planning is challenging, because major events are still prohibited in Germany due to the pandemic. The new date of the event, September 19th, was determined together with the host cities of Eschborn and Frankfurt am Main. The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) today also confirmed this postponement date.

Claude Rach, Managing Director of the Gesellschaft zur Förderung des Radsports: “Unfortunately, May 1st comes a bit too soon this year for the German Classic. It is not yet the time for such a diverse event as Eschborn-Frankfurt, that includes visitors along the route as well as the amateur riders of the ŠKODA Velotour. From today it is exactly 6 months until September 19th. We are confident that we will then celebrate an anniversary with all the ingredients that make up the German Classic.

Claude Rach continues: “I would like to thank the authorities and the UCI for their flexibility and support in finding a new place in the calendar. We will try to offer the pro riders the best dress rehearsal for the UCI Road World Championships, because one week after Eschborn-Frankfurt the UCI Worlds road race will take place this year.

David Lappartient, President of the UCI:I am pleased that despite the difficult health situation we are currently going through, it has been possible to find a solution for Eschborn-Frankfurt to go ahead this year. This postponement means that the German Classic can make its return to the UCI WorldTour after being cancelled last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It is good news not only for German cycling, but also for followers of our sport in general. I would like to thank everyone involved in this favourable outcome for their collaboration, especially the cities of Eschborn and Frankfurt, as well as all stakeholders of professional road cycling.”

Adnan Shaikh, mayor of the City of Eschborn, supports the decision: “We are not yet at the finish on our way back to normal. There is a very big question mark as to whether the anniversary celebration of Eschborn-Frankfurt would be possible on May 1st. Looking ahead to September, we are much more optimistic that we will be able to welcome the star riders together with the participants of the ŠKODA Velotour and the spectators back in Eschborn."

Markus Frank, City Councilor and Head of the Department of Economy, Sports, Public Safety and Fire Prevention of the City of Frankfurt, adds: “The German Classic belongs to the sports city of Frankfurt and especially for its anniversary, the race deserves a celebration with everyone. In the coming weeks though we will further focus to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Only then can we open up to an event-summer. The new date is firmly planned for this: the 60th anniversary will be celebrated on September 19th."

In addition to the UCI WorldTour race, the 20th ŠKODA Velotour, the races of the Süwag Energie Junior Cup and the “kinder + Sport mini tour” will be postponed to September. Related questions are answered on www.eschborn-frankfurt.de and www.skoda-velotour.de.


Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) has won the traditional race Eschborn-Frankfurt, the first German national champion to do so ten years after Fabian Wegmann. The sprinter won the sprint of the German classic after 187.5 kilometers at the Alten Oper in Frankfurt ahead of local star John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) and four-time winner Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates).

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“Right now I have unbelievable amount of fun in cycling. I think you can see that. But my teammates help me with my self-confidence. We prefer riding the races in the front and showing our presence. That motivates me for the finale. Actually, the sprint was too early for me, but Kristoff passed me from behind and gave me the perfect lead-in. The others had problems on the climbs but I felt good. So I thought I would just do my thing and didn't look at the others. And I knew from the last weeks and my training that my form was very good,” said winner Ackermann at the finish after 4:23.36 hours racing. The last winner in Frankfurt in the German national champions jersey was Fabian Wegmann, 2009. For Ackermann the win also signaled a successful test for his debut in the Giro d'Italia on May 11.

“Underway I had a few problems on the climbs, my teammates had to bring me back to the main group twice. I didn't have the best legs and in the final laps in Frankfurt I had cramps, so that I didn't have the best feelings in the sprint. But I still made it on to the podium, so I am satisfied. I didn't have any chance against the other guys on the podium. I will be back next year and try to win again,” said Kristoff. The defeated Norwegian had won the German classic four times in a row. No rider in the history of cycing has ever won the same classic five times in a row.

Degenkolb, the last German to win the race, in 2011, said, “Too bad that it was not enough for the win – that is of course a bit depressing. I am happy for Pascal, that he won our hometown race. That counts for something. It is a big deal to take this win home, especially because it is a WorldTour race. I tried to keep within striking distance but out of the wind. I have nothing to blame myself for. After we drove through Eschborn I had cramps. I really had to fight, but my will was strong. That is what counts and what brought me the second place.” The 30-year-old lives in Oberursel right along the course and therefore had a lot of support along the way. “This race is something very special. I saw a lot of familiar faces, people who supported me with Dege signs or something painted on the road.”

After the start in Eschborn, the German classic with the star-studded peloton of 22 teams, including 12 from the WorldTour, set off on the Taunus circuit with topographical difficulties like the Mammolshainer Stich, the Ruppertshainer climb and the Billathöhe. The pros covered 3,200 climbing meters on the hilly circuit with eight ranked climbs. The closing circuit was ridden twice.

Early in the race an eight-rider break group formed with Yoann Offredo (Wanty- Groupe Gobert), Casper Pedersen (Team Sunweb), Dimitri Peyskens (Wallonie-Bruxelles), Sebastian Schönberger (Neri Sottolli), Evgeny Shalunov (Gazprom-RusVelo), Mathias van Gompel (Sport Vlaanderen) and Artyom Zakharov (Astana Pro Team). The last of that group, along with the winner of the Deutschland Tour, Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida), were caught by the field in the last lap through Frankfurt.

Bora-Hansgrohe had made a big investment in the chase work. The field remained together over the cimbs so that it came to a bunch sprint in the end – with the perfect result for the German team from Raublingen.

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