Bennett manages the long-awaited comeback win at Frankurt

Bora Sprinter wins ahead of Gaviria and Kristoff

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Sam Bennett (Bora – hansgrohe) took his first win of the season at the 60th Eschborn-Frankfurt. | Photo: Cor Vos

01.05.2022 | (rsn) – Great relief for Sam Bennett (Bora – hansgrohe). After a disappointing spring so far, the Irishman celebrated his first win of the season on Sunday at the 60th edition of Eschborn-Frankfurt (1st UWT). After 183 kilometers, Bennett sprinted across a wide field ahead of Colombian Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) and Norwegian record winner Alexander Kristoff (Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert).

p “The team was fantastic today. In the end the guys did a perfect job of getting me into position. Danny (van Poppel) finally timed the leadout absolutely perfectly. He took me to the last 200 meters at high speed and then I had good legs, ”Bennett said in the interview with the winner.

He dedicated his first win in nearly a year to his team, to which he returned last winter after two years at Quick-Step. “I would like to thank all the staff, who in recent months have brought me back to top form and who have always believed in me. I have spent the last ten days working on the absolute development of my form. It has already paid off. “Bennett said, referring to last year’s knee injury, which had slowed him down for a long time.

The best German was Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain Victorious), satisfied with fourth place. On his fifth start, it was the first time he had finished in Frankfurt. “In the end I wasn’t strong enough. I had to lose a lot of energy on the last lap,” Bauhaus explained to ARD at the finish.

On the other hand, John Degenkolb (DSM), second in the previous year, just like reigning champion Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Fenix) missed the top ten. While the Belgian was 11th, the local hero only finished in 22nd place. “It was easy to ride for a relatively long time, which is relatively atypical. The course of the race didn’t play perfectly in my hands. We got to the last lap with 100 men, it has never been like this in the last ten years. . It made it difficult for me to position myself against well represented teams. I was too far behind in the last kilometer and therefore had no chance to move forward, “Degenkolb said of following the ARD race.

Here’s how the race went:

With a mild spring weather, the group of the day formed immediately after the departure of Eschborn, initiated by Johan Meens (Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB). Together with the Belgian, the compatriot Jens Reynders (Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise), the Dutch Daan Hoole (Trek – Segafredo), the Spanish Juan Antonio Lopez-Cozar (Burgos – BH) and the French Pierre Rolland (B&B Hotels) from the 130th -head field in attack.

At the first finish after 15 kilometers, the advantage of the five escapes over the pursuers led by Bora – hansgrohe was almost two minutes. After a good 30 kilometers the distance at the foot of the Feldberg, the first and longest of the eight ascents of the day, had grown to over five minutes. When other sprinter teams such as Bahrain Victorious, Alpecin – Fenix ​​and DSM joined the chase work at an initially controlled pace, the gap dropped to three minutes.

Before the second of the four passes of the Mammolshainer Berg, Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert was leading the field for the first time. The gap between the leading quartet and the pursuers narrowed to just 1:30 minutes at half-time. An Intermarché attack, as a result of which a group of about 15 people was formed around Jonasutsch (EF Education – EasyPost).

The escapes are already captured at the Billtalhöhe

Due to the speed increases that followed on the field, all of the fugitives, apart from Rolland and Meens, were caught 85 kilometers to go. The two were on the verge of catching up too, but then accumulated a small lead of around 15 seconds before Meens fell back on the steep 8.6% Ruppertshainer Berg. The 35-year-old Rolland, on the other hand, did not give up and put almost 30 seconds between himself and his pursuers on the next descent.

After a byrutsch counterattack, Reynders, Edward Theuns (Trek – Segafredo) and Ceriel Desal (Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB) reached Rolland again with 67 kilometers to go. By joining forces, the group gained a 40-second lead from the third pass over the Mammolshainer. At Mammolshainer, Desal and Reynders returned from group h, but shortly afterwards the remaining trio, with the exception of the tireless Reynders, was swallowed by the attentive field.

On the fourth and final traverse of the Mammolshainer, which is up to 23 percent steep, the last of the fugitives had disappeared again 41 kilometers before the finish in the falling field, where Alpecin – Fenix ​​set the pace and further thwarted attacks.

A surprisingly large field covered the last 40 kilometers, on which no driver was able to break away at high speed. The sprinter teams also monitored what was happening on the winding downtown circuit. Alpecin, Intermarché and Bora alternated at the top. Swiss champion Silvan Dillier led the field in Philipsen’s service until the last of the final two 6.5-kilometer laps, on which the sprinter teams tried to position their captains.

Shortly thereafter, Israel – Premier Tech first showed up in the front row and fought a duel with the Bahrain Victorious, as aides to last year’s winner lost positions. With four kilometers to go, Georg Zimmermann (Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert) picked up the pace before Bora – hansgrohe took the lead in the final two kilometers and shortly after Bahrain Victorious with three riders.

In the final kilometer, Bora-hansgrohe led his captain Bennett forward, launched in exemplary fashion by Danny van Poppel and completed the Dutchman’s preparatory work to celebrate his first victory in nearly a year.

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