Preview: Eschborn-Frankfurt

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Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka will be in Germany this week for the UCI World Tour classic, Eschborn-Franfurt. The one-day race is set to take riders over a 212km journey from Eschborn to Frankfurt, on Tuesday 1 May.

With only two World Tour events in Germany, our African Team is looking forward to competing at Eschborn-Frankfurt tomorrow. A strong field of fast-finishers is set to assemble at the start in Eschborn but the parcours, with a few short sharp climbs, will also attract the attention of a few opportunists.

Team Dimenison Data for Qhubeka will be hoping for a tough and open race, to suit our rosters characteristics. Edvald Boasson Hagen will be our man in the event of a group sprint, while Serge Pauwels and Tom-Jelte Slagter will provide us with a punch on the climbs. Jay Thomson, Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier, Nic Dlamini and Merhawi Kudus will complete our roster.

Rolf Aldag – Sport Director

It’s a great opportunity for our African Team to race in Germany tomorrow, to represent our partners and the Qhubeka charity in yet another country. Eschborn-Frankfurt is a World Tour race, with a hard profile and at this level the field is always of very high quality. So a result will need to be hard earned but in the end our riders are highly motivated.

Lineup
Edvald Boasson Hagen
Serge Pauwels
Tom-Jelte Slagter
Jay Thomson
Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier
Nic Dlamini
Merhawi Kudus

Cover Image Explained:
Since 2010, the Eschborn-Frankfurt race has finished in front of the Alte Oper (Old Opera), Frankfurt’s concert hall and former opera house in the city centre.

The historic building’s gable is capped with a large sculpture of Pegasus. In 1944 during the Second World War, the opera house was heavily destroyed by an air raid, its fate was that it be replaced by a modern administrative building.

Public interest in the building led to it having a drawn out stay until it was finally restored in the 70’s and re-opened as the “Alte Oper” in, 1981. The race laps the Alte Opera and its “horse of the muses” 3 times before finishing in Opera Square.