The Danish youngsters dominated the first U23 race of Eschborn-Frankfurt after three years of interruption due to pandemic. In a bunch sprint after 108 kilometers Joshua Gudnitz (Team Coloquick) won ahead of his compatriot Gustav Wang (Restaurant Suri - Carl Ras) and Eritrean Aklilu Arefayne (Circus - ReUz - Technord). Best German in front of the Alte Oper in Frankfurt was Tobias Müller (Rad-Net Osswald) in sixth place.
The Danish youngsters have the heFor Gudnitz it was the fourth victory this season. The 21-year-old commented on his success: "I already felt very good on the Feldberg and went into a breakaway group. There were seven of us, but we didn't work well together because the others knew I was fast. So we were caught up again. Then we said in the team: Take it easy until the sprint. Even then I was still doing well, which showed in the end."
For third-place finisher Arefayne, it was a special day. Not only were several fans from his home country waiting for him in the finish area with flags and cheering him like the winner: for the 18-year-old it was only the second race ever in Europe, the first at UCI level. "I immediately sprinted to the podium, which is an incredible result." Yet the young African wasn't even slated for the role in the final. "Unfortunately, our captain was installed and I had to take over his role. Maybe even something more than third place would have been possible. Still, the podium makes me really happy."