Sprint victory in Frankfurt: Sam Bennett of the German team Bora-hansgrohe won the cycling race on 1 May. Local hero John Degenkolb was unable to fight for the victory.
Sam Bennett won the Frankfurt cycle race on May 1st. The Irishman prevailed in the sprint of a larger group on Sunday ahead of Fernando Gaviria and Alexander Kristoff. Phil Bauhaus was the fourth best German. Local hero John Degenkolb (22nd) was unable to compete for victory at the Alte Oper as was last year’s winner Jasper Philipsen. “I have nothing to blame myself for. I did my best. The course of the game was not such as to really play in my hands,” Degenkolb said. “I still enjoyed it a lot, it was a beautiful May Day”.
Last year’s second from Oberursel realized that too many riders made it to the last lap. “In the end, I didn’t have a chance anymore,” admitted 33-year-old Degenkolb honestly after the difficult 183.9 kilometers. Instead, the stage belonged to top sprinters Bennett, Gaviria from Colombia and Kristoff from Norway. “I had really good legs. Thanks to the team that have supported me over the past few months. It’s fantastic to get this win for a German team,” said Bennett.
The entire cycling race in revival
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Escape attempts are unsuccessful
The race was scored at the beginning by a group of five on the run. Pierre Rolland, Jens Reynders, Johan Meens, Juan Antonio Lopez-Cozar and Daan Hoole all had a five-minute lead. But when the pace picked up in the Taunus, their adventure was over. (You can read the live ticker here.)
The determining figure in the central part of the competition was the local hero Jonasrutsch. The Odenwald had announced an attack in advance and kept that promise. But his aggressive driving style was not crowned with success. Before the fourth pass over the Mammolshainer Berg, the clearly shrunken main camp was reunited. Then there were other attacks, but the sprinter teams took control of the race and the expected arrival in mass took place.
Brennauer is hoping for women’s competitions
The race took place this year on the traditional date for the first time in three years. In 2021, the event was postponed to September due to the corona pandemic and the year before it was canceled altogether.
The atmosphere was the same as before. Tens of thousands of fans lined the streets of the Taunus, on climbs such as the Feldberg and above all through the metropolis on the Main, to which the cycling spectacle of May 1st is already accustomed. This time around, Eritrean fans got particularly noticed, loudly celebrating the sensational Gent-Wevelgem winner Biniam Girmay with songs, flags and drums – and that even before he started in Eschborn at noon.
It is not foreseeable whether the current classic Frankfurt program will remain in the future. Olympic cycling champion Lisa Brennauer had expressed her desire for a women’s race during the broadcast on hr television. “Obviously that would be great. There was a women’s race here. Maybe it was just a matter of time. I would be very, very happy to see a great event in women’s cycling in Germany again,” said Brennauer.
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