The riders of Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert, under the direction of sport director Valerio Piva, played a major role in the classic Eschborn-Frankfurt (1.WT, 19/09) this Sunday. Five riders animated the first race half through the Taunus mountain range and behind, Georg Zimmermann started the battle in the peloton, showing again an offensive race style on his home soil.
His first attempt after the top of the Billtalhöhe (2.7 km at 5,9%) wasn’t succesful, however, Zimmermann joined a strong group during the third ascension of the Mammolsheim (2.3 km at 7.6%). Among the new sixteen race leaders there was not only the best young rider of the recent Tour of Germany, but also Lorenzo Rota who acquired a double top 5 in Tuscany earlier this week.
These sixteen leaders had to fight for their advantage, which only exceeded one minute for a short time. With all climbs behind the back, the sprinter’s teams reorganized during the final 40 kilometer towards Frankfurt. This was without taking into account the perseverance of Georg Zimmermann, who resisted to the peloton for 20 more kilometer with Scaroni.
Andrea Pasqualon prepared for the bunch sprint, but punctured 10 kilometer before the finish. After a bike change, the 33 year old managed to join the peloton and get back to his position in the front thanks to the help of his teammates. Zimmermann did a great positioning job during the final local lap for the Italian sprinter, who took 4th place behind winner Jasper Philipsen. In this way, Pasqualon repeated the result he achieved in this World Tour classic in 2018.