“Riders in orange” were extremely aggressive and active in UCI World Tour event, Cyclassics Hamburg, taking part in every move of the day. Kamil Małecki, Jonas Koch and Jan Tratnik were among the attackers.
Info: 20th of August, Hamburg – Hamburg, 220,9km
Course: mostly flat, undulating finale
How it unfolded
Kamil Małecki was an early attacker and he went away with Nikolay Trusov (Gazprom-RusVelo). At one point they put eight minutes between them and the peloton, but they got reeled back in quite early with 59km to go.
“Rider in orange” was part also of another move, when Jonas Koch went clear with Silvan Dillier (BMC Racing) and Truls Korsaeth (Astana). The trio stayed in the front until the top of the last hill, with 13km to go. This is when they got caught by riders who attacked from peloton. Among those who pushed the hardest in the uphill was Jan Tratnik.
The “orange squad” entered final 10km of racing with two representatives in the leading, 20-man group. Peloton were running a fierce chase though and caught them with 5km to go. Tratnik tried to pull one more time, this time solo, but was unable to establish a bigger gap and it was all decided in a sprint.
Elia Viviani (Team Sky) was led-out perfectly by his teammates and materialized it with a win. He bested Arnaud Demare (FDJ) and Dylan Groenewegen (Team LottoNL-Jumbo), while Koch took 40th place.