U23-Race - UCI category 1.2

After a three-year break due to the pandemic, the U23 edition of Eschborn-Frankfurt will celebrate its comeback on May 1. More than 160 young riders are expected at the cycling classic. Like the WorldTour pros, the talented riders will start in Eschborn, ride through the Taunus hills to the finish line in front of the Alte Oper.

Danish double victory at the U23 cycling classic!

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."


Team selection Eschborn-Frankfurt U23 2023 (as of February 14, 2023)

BHS PL Beton BornholmDEN
Bialini Team Global Cycling ProjectPOL
ColoQuick CyclingDEN
Bingoal WB Development TeamBEL
Cycling Team Friuli ASDITA
Cycling VlaanderenBEL
Lotto Dstny Development TeamBEL
Hessen – Frankfurt – OpelitGER
Merida Adelaar Cycling TeamNED
National Team LuxembourgLUX
National Team AustriaAUT
P&S BenottiGER
Saris Rouvy Sauerland TeamGER
Team Colpack BallanITA
Restaurant Suri - Carl RasDEN
Jumbo Visma Development TeamNED
Team Lotto KernhausGER
Team Rad-net OßwaldGER
Team Ringerikskraft EliteNOR
Team TaurusSUI

Route and profile

Almost 1450 meters of altitude difference on 107 kilometers and except for the Mammolshainer all important climbs of the cycling classic Eschborn-Frankfurt, which also really challenge the professionals. The U23 athletes start in Eschborn and ride the route of the Škoda Velotour Taunus Express, with one difference: the finish at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt.


For questions and suggestions please contact the team of the U23 race directly.


The winner

2019Frederik Rodenberg MadsenDEN
2018Niklas LarsenDEN
2017Fabio JakobsenNED
2016Konrad GeßnerGER
2014Mads PetersenDEN
2013Lasse Norman HansenDEN
2012Sven Erik BystrømNOR
2011Patrick BerczGER

The winner

2010Tino ThömelGER
2009Jack BobridgeAUS
2008Stefan DeniflAUT
2004Marc de MaarNED
2003Denis TitschenkoRUS
2002Bernhard KohlAUT
2001David KoppGER
2000Torsten HiekmannGER
1999Stephan SchreckGER
1998Raphael SchwedaGER