EuroEyes Cyclassics 2018 odds
Who wins EuroEyes Cyclassics 2018?
EuroEyes Cyclassics 2018
The EuroEyes Cyclassics, formerly known as the Hew Cyclassics and Vattenfall Cyclassics, is a one day professional cycling race held around Hamburg in Germany. The 2018 edition will be held on the 19th August and has been part of the UCI World Tour circuit since 2005. It’s organised by IRONMAN Unlimited Events Germany.
This year will be the 23rd edition of the race, which has been won by some big names on the cycling tour in recent years. Previous winners include Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Dimension Data), Arnaud Demare (Team Groupama–FDJ), John Degenkolb (Team Trek–Segafredo), Alexander Kristoff (UAE-Team Emirates), Andre Greipel (Team Lotto–Soudal) and Caleb Ewan (Team Mitchelton–Scott).
Last year’s race was won by Italian rider Elia Viviani (Team Sky). He won the final sprint to beat off the challenge from Arnaud Demare, Dylan Groenewegen (Team LottoNL–Jumbo), Alexander Kristoff and Andre Greipel.
The 2018 race
Race Director Roland Hofer says, "The EuroEyes Cyclassics’s profile is primarily aimed at the sprinters, but in the end they can be won by any major rider, and that is exactly what races need for a balanced UCI World Tour."
Having just lost out on the win last year, Alexander Kristoff will fancy himself for the 2018 crown. He looks likely to be challenged by the usual bing name sprinters on the tour - Greipel and co - as well as Germany's very own Rick Zabel (Team Katusha - Alpecin). Norway’s Amund Grondahl Jansen (Team LottoNL-Jumbo) is an outside shot.
With the likes of BMC Racing, Team LottoNL-Jumbo and UAE-Team Emirates all expected to field strong teams and be at the front of the peloton at the end, another bunch sprint is likely. Expect fireworks once more.
The course puts the riders through around 250 km of racing, with the hardest point being the Waseberg hill in Blankenese. After that, expect the strong sprint teams to work hard to position their lead sprinter in a favourable position to capitalise on the race to the line.