Preview Eschborn-Frankfurt with DS Bart Leysen


The German one-day race Eschborn-Frankfurt takes place on Wednesday 1 May. The course of this WorldTour race should certainly not be underestimated. The riders have to climb the steep Mammolshain four times. At the end, there are two local laps through the city centre of Frankfurt am Main. Alexander Kristoff has won four times in the past five years. Sports director Bart Leysen tells some more about the task division at Lotto Soudal.

Bart Leysen, sports director at Lotto Soudal: “This is the last of the spring Classics. In terms of difficulty, I would place the middle part of this race between the Amstel Gold Race and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Early on the course lies the quite long, but not too steep Feldberg. Usually, the breakaway has already formed ahead of that climb, so there the pace is moderate. Then, they will climb the Mammolshain four times, where a selection will be made in the peloton. It is often a very strange race. Given the good weather, I expect that a large number of riders can return in the finale. Maybe a big group will still be sprinting for the victory. The winner will be a strong sprinter, who can also handle himself on a Classics course.”

“It is very unfortunate for us that Bjorg Lambrecht cannot participate due to illness. In theory, he was our leader. Our goal remains to achieve a good result. I think Tomasz Marczyński could show a great performance. I expect that he is able to survive within a small group. For Adam Hansen, it is the first race after his crash in the Tour of the Basque Country. He is now preparing for the Giro. That also counts for Roger Kluge, who as a German should also be present in the finale. I saw him getting better each day during the Tour of Turkey. Lawrence Naesen, Rémy Mertz and Frederik Frison start racing again after the Flemish Classics.”

Line-up Lotto Soudal: Frederik Frison, Adam Hansen, Roger Kluge, Tomasz Marczyński, Rémy Mertz, Lawrence Naesen and Enzo Wouters.

Sports director: Bart Leysen.