Gazprom – RusVelo is to compete in EuroEyes Cyclassics Hamburg

3The 20th of August will be a cycling celebration in one of the largest German cities Hamburg. Apart from the central event of the day the World Tour race Hamburg Cyclassics, thousands of cyclists are to test themselves in amateur races with 60,120 and 180 kilometres distance.

With the inception in 1996 German race has skyrocketed to being the part of the World Cup in 1998. As of today, the German UCI World Tour race is the largest in the country and always has a tremendous list of contenders. Throughout the history, the event had several title sponsors, this year it is EuroEyes Company and therefore the name for 2017 edition is EuroEyes Cyclassics.

Riders are to roll out and cross the finish line in the city centre of Hamburg covering the total distance of almost 220 kilometres. After the kick off in the street Steinstrasse the route runs across the river Elbe to the ascents in the southern part of the city and returns to the heart of Hamburg. Waseberg, a short but very steep hill climb with 700 metres length and an average 16% gradient is the main challenge of the route, which competitors are to conquer four times. Riders are to bid farewell to the final hill climb 16 kilometres before the finish line and then with what’s left from their strength gun for the victory on the remaining flat part of the route. The fight for the podium is expected to be among hilly terrain specialists and sprinters with strong finishing abilities. Either a successful attack on Waseberg or an impressive performance on the concluding flat sector may lead to a victory.

Russian Pro Continental team Gazprom – RusVelo is to compete in EuroEyes Cyclassics Hamburg for the first time. The strongest sprinters and all-rounders of Gazprom – RusVelo are heading to Hamburg to defend the colours of the team. Evgeny Shalunov shared his expectations about the prestigious German race: “It is a great opportunity to participate in the most admired German race. The season is coming to an end and every race is expected as a chance to bring the trophy, so the competition is going to be very intense. From our line-up everybody is in a good form and is set up to show the maximum in Hamburg.”

Gazprom – RusVelo line-up:  Pavel Brutt, Igor Boev, Ivan Savitskiy, Sergey Lagutin, Evgeny Shalunov, Artur Ershov, Nikolay Trusov, Alexey Tsatevich.