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English Press Releases of the German Classic 2020

Virtual cycling classic for everyone – the ŠKODA Velotour E-Race on May 1st

April, 24th 2020

Also this year May 1st remains an obligatory date in the calendar, because for the first time the cycling classic starts digitally. Instead of riding on the streets between Eschborn and Frankfurt, cyclists will sweat on their training bikes next week. And what has been common for years on May 1st will also apply in 2020: everyone can participate! Led by current champion Pascal Ackermann and local hero John Degenkolb, professionals and amateur athletes can experience the cycling classic digitally together at the ŠKODA Velotour E-Race.

The race over 40 kilometers from Eschborn through Frankfurt City and back to Eschborn is run on the Rouvy training platform. Footage from the original route of the ŠKODA Velotour Skyline brings a true classic cycling atmosphere into the virtual simulation. The video is made available by the Frankfurt Rotary Cycling Team. The charity team has been starting at Eschborn-Frankfurt since 2013 to draw attention to the fight against polio.

From Monday, registration for the digital race is possible via our website erace.skoda-velotour.de. To guarantee a smooth start an early registration and trying out with your own racing bike is recommended.

Experience Eschborn-Frankfurt on TV again this year - on May 1st, HR reports over four hours of the classic bike

April16th, 2020

Die Gesellschaft zur Förderung des Radsports is working intensively with cities, partners and authorities on the possibility of moving the cycling classic to the end of September. In order to shorten the waiting time until the announcement of the new date, fans and participants of the ŠKODA Velotour can tune in to the cycling classic on May 1 with TV and live stream.

In two weeks, the cycling classic will not take place on the street but in hundreds of thousands of living rooms. For over 30 years, Eschborn-Frankfurt has been the largest live sports production of the Hessischer Rundfunk. Reason enough to celebrate the race in these extraordinary times with a new broadcast concept. After the broadcast starts at 1:15 p.m., Eschborn-Frankfurt will be the focus for four hours on the public holiday Friday.

The TV pictures from the race from last year will be broadcast again but will be linked to current commentary and new live content. Florian Nass and Fabian Wegmann lead through the program from the HR studio. In addition to the Tour de France-tested duo, last year's cycling classic top riders will spend the day with the fans. Winner Pascal Ackermann and local hero John Degenkolb ride on training bikes and are integrated into the TV program via live broadcast from their living rooms. Viewers are invited to come along from home and send in their photos or videos, which will then be included in the broadcast. The pros are available for questions from the audience in live chats.

 

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Eschborn-Frankfurt and ŠKODA Velotour cancelled for May 1st – Postponement to a later date is being examined

March 18th, 2020

Together with the city of Eschborn and the city of Frankfurt am Main, the Gesellschaft zur Förderung des Radsports decided to cancel the 59th edition of the race on May 1st and to consider postponing it to a later date. Given the current circumstances, the partners mutually agree that the implementation of the German Classic on May 1st cannot be guaranteed. All partners share the view that in this exceptional situation, the health of the athletes, participants, visitors and guests of the event must be our priority.

Claude Rach, Managing Director of the Gesellschaft zur Förderung des Radsports, the organizer of Eschborn-Frankfurt: “With this decision, we are making our contribution to slowing down the spread of the corona virus. We are aware of our social responsibility, because May 1st has been a bike festival for over 50 years. But currently it is not possible to celebrate the bike carefree.”

Rach continues: “Our close and trusting partnership with Eschborn, Frankfurt and our partners is proving itself right now. Despite this extremely challenging situation we have reached a quick unanimous decision. I would like to thank Mr. Shaikh and Mr. Frank as well as our municipal partners of the Team Taunus and sponsors.”

In a joint statement, Adnan Shaikh, Mayor of the City of Eschborn, and Markus Frank, City Councilor and Head of the Department of Economy, Sports, Public Safety and Fire Prevention of the City of Frankfurt, say: “The cancellation of Eschborn-Frankfurt on May 1st is one of the measures with which we want to limit the spread of the corona virus. It serves the safety of all citizens. The current challenge requires the full concentration of our authorities. With the early decision to postpone the event, we relieve the employees of the municipalities involved in the planning of Eschborn-Frankfurt. Health and approving authorities, the police and the fire department make an enormous contribution in this exceptional situation."

In addition to the elite race, the 4 contests of the ŠKODA Velotour and the other 13 events of Eschborn-Frankfurt will not take place on May 1st. Currently, it is examined with the responsible authorities and the UCI whether and when Eschborn-Frankfurt and the ŠKODA Velotour can be carried out in September or October this year and, if necessary, with what adjustments.

An overview of the most important questions is also made available for the participants of the ŠKODA Velotour at www.skoda-velotour.de.

 

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