Trentin heads strong outfit for EuroEyes Cyclassics HamburgThu 22 Aug 2019
Italian Matteo Trentin will lead a strong Mitchelton-SCOTT team in Germany as they line-up for the sprinter-friendly EuroEyes Cyclassics Hamburg.
A mix of youth and experience will make up the squad, with neo-pros Edoardo Affini, Callum Scotson and Rob Stannard all set to get their first taste of the one-day race.
In contrast, veteran Michael Albasini will take to the start line in Hamburg for the eighth time in his career, while Australians Alex Edmondson and Michael Hepburn will add further experience.
Edoardo Affini (ITA, 23)
Michael Albasini (SUI, 38)
Alex Edmondson (AUS, 25)
Michael Hepburn (AUS, 28)
Callum Scotson (AUS, 23)
Rob Stannard (AUS, 20)
Matteo Trentin (ITA, 30)
The course has remained largely unchanged since the first edition of the race back in 1996 and the route boasts the same finish line as the inaugural event. At over 200-kilometres in length, it is up there as one of the longest one-day races on the WorldTour calendar and more often than not ends in a sprint finish.
The main challenge for the peloton over the course of the race is the Waseberg climb, a short, steep ramp that maxes out at 16%. The bunch will tackle the climb on three occasions as they move on to a smaller finishing loop before racing to the finish on Mönckebergstraße.
Ex-rider Caleb Ewan gave the team their only victory in the event as he sprinted to the win in the 2016 edition of the race. Another former rider, Simon Gerrans, sprinted to a podium place back in 2014 as he took third place, while Trentin grabbed a top-five finish last season.
“The form is ok, and I feel good after the European championships. I’ve been taking it a little bit easier because it’s still a long way to the end of the season, so Hamburg will be my first race back.”
“The race should be a sprint finish as usual, the Waseberg of course is always the tricky point, but it’s not a climb that makes it too hard for the sprinters as you can see in the last five or six years.”
“I hope I can improve on my result from last year, improving is the key, so let’s see if I can at least get on the podium this weekend, that will be the target.”
Matt White (Sports Director):
“There’s very few times that the breakaway has succeeded in the race’s nearly 30 year history, so it’s quite a predictable race. There’s always an attack off the last climb of the day, but it’s 12 or 13-kilometres to the finish, so it’s just long enough for the break to be reeled in.”
“The course has changed only very, very small details in its history, so it’s the same finish line from the first edition. We’re taking some guys who have never done the race before, some young guys, and then we’ve got guys who have been in the race many times.”
“One thing that can change the race is if there’s bad weather, the Waseberg climb is narrow and technical, and when it’s wet there’s always crashes which can split the group. But you would expect all the best sprinters to make it over the climb and it will be a battle of the fast guys. It’s one of the easiest WorldTour races to finish, but it’s certainly not an easy one to win.”
EuroEyes Cyclassics Hamburg Race Details:
Sunday, 25th August: Hamburg - Hamburg, 224km
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