Philipsen will defend his crown at the Frankfurt GP


the Belgian Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin)winner in 2021, will return this Sunday to the roads of German semi-classical and Eschborn-Frankfurtwhich sprinters have hidden in recent years.

Or known as Frankfurt Grand Prixthe race, scheduled for September 2021 due to the Covid pandemic, returns to its 61st edition on its usual May 1st date.

Philipsen is looking forward to the opponents he defeated last year, especially the local rider John Degenkolb (DSM)still a favorite on his training roads, and the Norwegian Alexander Kristoff (Interarché), four -time winner of the exam.

However, the Belgian is confident this year, having already picked up three sprint wins (one stage in the Tour of Turkey and two in the Tour of the United Arab Emirates).

Kristoff, at age 34, has a formidable argument for a career he enjoys, as he has won it four times, three of them in a row (2016, 2017, 2018). In the last two editions (2019 and 2021) he took third place, losing the sprint on every occasion.

His teammate Biniam Girmay, the surprising Eritrean winner of Ghent-Wevelgem, German Nils Politt (Bora) or Italian Giacomo Nizzolo (Israel) are also among the candidates for the podium.

All sprint hopefuls need to stay in the lead on all eight climbs (the race is 183.9km) in the Taunus mountains. “Mammolshain”, the last difficulty with 40 km to travel, is a 2.3 km climb with a gradient of 8.3%, where runners have to climb four times.

Source: La Verdad


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