Elia Viviani (SKY) took the Hamburg Cyclassic victory. Good teamwork that was not awarded at the end.
- A good race comeback of Heinrich Haussler
- Sonny Colbrelli getting more fresh after altitude training
EuroEyes Cyclassics Hamburg race 2017.
HAMBURG – 220,9 km
Hamburg, Germany, 20th August – The Hamburg Cyclassics debuted in 1996 – It was Jan Ullrich who initially gave cycling an enormous boost in popularity in Germany in 1997 after achieving his “double”, by winning the Tour de France and the Hamburg Cyclassics. The race reached a milestone in 1998 when it obtained World Cup status.
Since 2005, the pro race has been a part of the sport’s peak competition, the UCI World Tour (former ProTour). For this reason, the event is considered to be one of the sport’s major one-day cycling races worldwide and now it is a race that has a ProTour status.
A very windy and partially cloudy morning had announced a very hard race, long and with hard weather conditions. TBM had a very detailed meeting on the bus, led by Harald Morscher, TBM sports director, who underlined that today’s race will be very tactically demanding and that only a hard teamwork could get us in the position to assure our sprinters, Sonny Colbrelli and Niccolo Bonifazio, assistance when needed. Heinrich Haussler, our rider with experience from Hamburg races, shared all his thoughts and brief with his teammates. After 145 km the race will show its’ true character at the Wasserberg KOM and passing that point three times may be crucial for many riders and teams.
Wind shots and heavy rain showers followed during the race. Kamil Malecki (CCC Sprandi) and Nikolay Trusov (Gazprom) held a long breakaway. After 155 km they were caught. As expected, in the last 700 m climb at Wasserberg and the last lap of a circuit, big names like Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) and Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) joined together into a big group. TBM riders, Sonny Colbrelli, Grega Bole, Heinrich Haussler and Niccolo Bonifazio, were mostly fighting for the positions. Sonny Colbrelli was in the lead up to 4 kilometers but couldn’t get a chance for a bigger jump and came back to the front group. Bonifazio was trying for his position too. Bole and Haussler were working hard for both of our sprinters. At the end, Team SKY that was quite invisible until the last kilometer proved that they have chosen the best tactics and launched Elia Viviani for the victory in Hamburg. Arnaud Demare (FDJ) was the runner up and 3rd place was taken by Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo). TBM riders Colbrelli and Bonifazio didn’t get the chance to go into the sprint battle.
Heinrich Haussler commented today’s performance: »The Hamburg race was, as always, stressful and wet and the problem is that many of the riders have lots of energy and various tactics. Sonny and Grega had big, great attack on the last climb. It is good to see Sonny already so strong after altitude training and we tried with Niccolo in the sprint as well. We came from behind, but we were both a little bit blocked. It was a good teamwork but as you see from the results it surely wasn’t our maximum. We will all try again next weekend at the next race.«
Harald Morscher, TBM Sports director, said after the race: »For sure it was not what we expected because our riders had shown that they are a very good and compact team. They were always present in the last laps. I’m happy for the guys on one hand, but on another, I’m disappointed because they didn’t materialize all the great teamwork they’ve shown today and which was the main thing for me here in Hamburg. But I am excited and positive about the next races for TBM lineup and I hope that my colleagues will overtake an uprising team and get better results.«