With the third and final Grand Tour underway over in Spain, another Team Giant-Alpecin line-up will be in action in Germany at the 21st Cyclassics Hamburg, the one-day WorldTour race in the German city.
Following the mass participation ride in Hamburg, where tens of thousands of cyclists will take to two wheels around the city, the professionals then take centre stage. Looking at the past winners, the race is often decided in a bunch sprint, however, the rolling nature of the parcours will not be easy and a bunch finish is never assured.
Leading the way for Team Giant-Alpecin is 2013 winner, John Degenkolb, who comes to the race off the back of his first win of the season on the final stage of the Arctic Race of Norway. He will be supported by a strong team able to set him up for the finish with a powerful lead-out.
Coach Marc Reef gave some more insight into the team ahead of the race. “It’s a really attractive parcours here, and the four ascensions of the Wazeberg will make it selective. However, often in the finale it comes back together and will be decided by a sprint.
“We will be focused on John in the sprint here and we have an excellent lead-out to get him into the best position to finish it off. He showed with last week’s racing in Norway that he’s in strong form with a victory and two second places in the sprints, so it looks promising for Sunday.”