CCC Sprandi Polkowice passed the final test ahead of Giro d’Italia, as Jan Tratnik made his presence known in the finale of Eschborn-Frankfurt ‘Rund um den Finanzplatz’ and Maciej Paterski contested the sprint, finishing in the top 20.
Info: May 1, Eschborn-Frankfurt, 217km
Weather: rainy, slippery roads
Course: undulating first part, mostly flat second part
The breakaway of the day went clear without riders in orange, but they were active in the race’s finale. Those who managed to slip into the escape early on were Brian van Goethem (Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij), Nikolay Trusov (Gazprom-RusVelo), Twan Castelijns ( LottoNL-Jumbo), Antoine Warnier (Veranclassic-Aqua Protect), Carl Soballa (Nationalteam Deutschland), Peter Koning (Aqua Blue Sport), Dries De Bondt (Veranda`s Willems-Crelan) and Jens Wallays (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise). They established over 10-minute lead with 150km to go.
The break got reeled in with around 47km remaining, by a reduced peloton. New attacks occurred right away and Jan Tratnik was one of the active attackers. He took off alongside 17 other men and in the end tried a brave move with Aime De Gendt (Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise). That duo got caught with around 5km to go by shattered bunch and it was all decided in a sprint.
Alexander Kristoff and his Katusha team played it out perfectly and Norwegian claimed an impressive win. His teammate Rick Zabel finished 2nd and John Degenkolb took 3rd.
Maciej Paterski (Trek – Segafredo) was CCC Sprandi Polkowice top finisher, taking 16th plac at the line. Tratnik got 32nd and Owsian 37.