ONE FOR THE SPRINTERS
ESCHBORN- FRANKFURT 19 Sep | Germany | 1.UWT
Germany’s only WorldTour event is a strange one, a one-day classic that has been at the top table since 2017, and one with a history that dates back to 1962, yet which struggles to punch through. That might be because of its place in the season, coming after the Vuelta but before the world championship road race, and away from its habitual May Day slot. It is hilly but not too selective, and therefore has finished in a bunch sprint in most recent editions.
Despite finishing in a sprint, it is a hard race, with the Mammolshain climb, along with the Feldberg, Ruppertshainer, and the Billtalhöhe. Proof of its toughness is the fact that Alexander Kristoff won the race for four editions in a row between 2014 and 2018, before being usurped by Pascal Ackermann in 2019. German riders like Ackermann, Rick Zabel and John Degenkolb will be keen to win the race in front of home fans.