Australian Michael Matthews will headline a strong Team BikeExchange squad at the one-day Eschborn-Frankfurt.
Leadout man Luka Mezgec will be looking to guide his teammate to victory in Germany, while an in-form Luke Durbridge continues his World Championships preparation after an impressive showing at the Benelux Tour.
The rest of the team return to racing after the Vuelta a Espana, with Lucas Hamilton, Rob Stannard, Damien Howson and Nick Schultz all completing the three-week Spanish Grand Tour earlier this month.
“My shape is quite good still after the Vuelta, I’ve had a nice 10 days of recovery, then I did one big training ride. It’s a bit hard to start the engine, but after four hours I start feeling really good and that’s good for the race that is coming up on Sunday.
I think it’s a good race for the team and it’s the last preparation race before the Worlds, a lot of guys who are doing the Worlds are racing in Frankfurt. After so many stage races this summer, it’s important to do a one-day classic before the Worlds.
It’s good preparation as well as the opportunity for a good result. As a team we have the goal to be very aggressive, we won’t just wait for the sprint, we will go on the offensive. If it happens to be a sprint we have a good option with Michael, we worked well together in the Vuelta and the Tour, so I’m looking forward to it if there’s a leadout job for me.”
Matt White (Sports Director):
“This is the first time the team has done this race and we will be looking to leave an impression come Sunday.
Michael Matthews will be leading the group and we are definitely looking for a good placing in one of our last Word tour events of the season.”
2021 Eschborn-Frankfurt – Race Details:
Sunday, 19th September: Eschborn – Frankfurt-am-Main (187.5km)
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