This Sunday, Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux starts its fifth month of racing in Eschborn-Frankfurt (1.UWT), the first race of the year on German soil, with record holder Alexander Kristoff.
Last year, the Belgian World Team showed itself on the final circuit thanks to Georg Zimmermann, who was part of the breakaway and afterwards guided Andrea Pasqualon to fourth place. This edition was exceptionally held in September, but this Sunday the race returns to its traditional date on May 1st.
The main part of the race, for 185 kilometer, takes place in the Taunus mountains north of the Metropolis Frankfurt-am-Main. After the start in Eschborn the riders will be confronted with eight categorized climbs as they have to cover almost 3000 climbing meters.
Once the last obstacle is behind the back, the sprinters have 40 kilometer to organize and after two and a half laps we will know whether another sprinter will be added to the palmares of the race.
In addition to his four victories, Alexander Kristoff also finished third in the two previous editions. He will line up alongside Biniam Girmay, who returns into competition for the first time since his historical success in Ghent-Wevelgem and who will race for the first time on German soil.
Sven Erik Bystrøm, Aimé De Gendt and Barnabás Peák also return to competition after an important training period. Belgian rider Tom Devriendt, fourth in Paris-Roubaix, and German rider Georg Zimmermann, who distinguished himself in the previous edition of the race, complete the selection under the direction of Aike Visbeek and Pieter Vanspeybrouck.