Sam Bennett wins the Frankfurt cycle race on May 1 |

Sprint victory in Frankfurt: Sam Bennett from the German team Bora-hansgrohe won the bike race on May 1st. Hometown hero John Degenkolb couldn’t fight for the win.

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The finish line Eschborn-Frankfurt

The last kilometer of the cycle race

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Sam Bennett won the Frankfurt cycle race on May 1. The Irishman won on Sunday in the sprint of a larger field ahead of Fernando Gaviria and Alexander Kristoff. Phil Bauhaus finished fourth best German. Hometown hero John Degenkolb (22nd) was just as unable to compete for victory at the Alte Oper as last year’s winner Jasper Philipsen. “I have nothing to complain about. I did my best. The course of the race was not such that it really played into my hands,” Degenkolb said. “I still enjoyed it a lot, it was a beautiful May Day.”

The second from Oberursel last year realized that too many riders had reached the last lap. “In the end, I had no chance anymore,” 33-year-old Degenkolb admitted honestly after the difficult 183.9 kilometers. Instead, the stage belonged to top sprinters Bennett, Gaviria from Colombia and Kristoff from Norway. “I had really good legs. Thanks to the team that has supported me over the past few months. It’s fantastic to get this win for a German team,” Bennett said.

The whole cycling race in re-live

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Escape attempts are unsuccessful.

The race was marked at the start by a group of five breakaways. Pierre Rolland, Jens Reynders, Johan Meens, Juan Antonio Lopez-Cozar and Daan Hoole were all five minutes ahead. But when the pace picked up in the Taunus, their adventure was over. (You can read the live ticker here.)

The defining figure in the middle part of the race was local hero Jonasrutsch. The Odenwald had announced an attack in advance and kept that promise. But his aggressive driving style was not successful. Before the fourth crossing of the Mammolshainer Berg, the clearly narrowed main field was brought together. Then there were more attacks, but the sprinter teams overpowered the race and the expected mass finish took place.

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Scenes of children racing at the classic cycle race

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Brennauer hopes for women’s races

The race was held on the traditional date for the first time in three years this year. In 2021 the event was postponed to September due to the corona pandemic, and the previous year it was canceled completely.

The atmosphere was the same as before. Tens of thousands of fans filled the streets of the Taunus, on the climbs like the Feldberg and especially through the metropolis on the Main, to which the May Day cycling spectacle is already accustomed. This time the Eritrean fans got noticed by celebrating sensational Gent-Wevelgem winner Biniam Girmay with songs, flags and drums – and that even before it started in Eschborn at noon.

It is not foreseeable that the current classic program in Frankfurt will continue in the future. Olympic cycling champion Lisa Brennauer had expressed her desire for a women’s race during the hr television broadcast. “Of course it would be amazing. There was a women’s race here. Maybe it’s just a matter of time. I would be very, very happy to see a big women’s cycling event in Germany again” , Brennauer said.

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