Trentin to debut his European champion’s jersey at EuroEyes Cyclasics HamburgFri 17 Aug 2018
Newly crowned European champion Matteo Trentin will debut his white and blue jersey for Mitchelton-SCOTT this weekend at the EuroEyes Cyclasics Hamburg and will be joined in a powerful seven -rider squad.
Tour des Fjords winner Michael Albasini displayed good form last week making it in to the winning breakaway at the European champs and along with South African champion Daryl Impey, Kiwi Jack Bauer, Australians Michael Hepburn and Cameron Meyer, the team has plenty of horse power plus sprinter Luka Mezgec as another option should it come down to a gallop.
The one-day German race is a lengthy 220km which almost always finishes with a bunch sprint or a reduced group sprint.
This year the race clashes with the BinckBank Tour and therefore some top named sprinters will miss out, nevertheless taking place one week before the Vuelta a España other sprint riders who often don’t have the opportunity to race will be on the start line.
Michael Albasini - (SUI, 37)
Jack Bauer - (NZ, 33)
Michael Hepburn - (AUS, 26)
Daryl Impey - (RSA, 33)
Luka Mezgec - (SLO, 29)
Cameron Meyer - (AUS 29)
Matteo Trentin - (29)
Matteo Trentin - European champion
“I am really looking forward to debuting the jersey, it will be the moment to realise what I won last Sunday. I think I can be a little a bit better, there still some things missing but I’m ready to race.
“We have a really good team with Albasini back in a good shape now as he showed at the Europeans, Daryl is always there in these type of races and we have also some options for the late attacks or the sprint so I think the team is going to be really going for a result on Sunday.”
Matt White - Sport director
“It is a pretty predictable race and there will be a very high level of riders. The race is normally on at the same time as the Vuelta so it usually rules out any sprinters who are on that program but because of a calendar change it opens up the race as a late hit out for Vuelta bound sprinters. The race does clash with the BinckBank Tour this year so all the sprinters who are not there will be lining up in Hamburg on Sunday”
“I’ve been to this race the past 19 editions and I think it has ended with a sprint every single edition. It just depends on the size of the group, if there is a lot of wind and rain the group is often smaller. They have changed the course a couple of times over the years, changing the number of climbs they do in the final and there’s always a degree of selection with a break usually going clear but it usually comes back for last minute sprint.
“We definitely have options, some guys will have options to move and we have both Luka and Matteo who aren’t necessarily the fastest pure sprinters but they are both aerobically in great form ahead of a busy tail end of the year. Ideally if we can put someone on the podium then we have raced really well.”
Previously in Hamburg
In 2016 Caleb Ewan won the race in a sprint finish after Nacer Bouhanni was relegated for dangerous sprinting.
Sunday, 19th August: Hamburg to Hamburg, 220km
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