Eschborn-Frankfurt is usually a race for the sprinters, but with an altered parcours, Stevie Williams and Ben Hermans took advantage of an extra ascent of the Feldberg, tiring out the sprinters. After attacking on the last climb, they created a gap with eight other riders, and maintained it to the line, taking 8th and 9th place respectively.
Talking about his race, Stevie was happy to be fighting for wins at the front of a World Tour race again.
“It was a really tough day out, and we were unsure of how the race was going to pan out in the end. After we went hard on the second Feldberg ascent, trying to split the race and put riders in a bit of pain, we went on the last climb with 30 kilometres to go, and Ben and I managed to get ourselves into a small group. We worked well together until the finish, and to have us both in the top 10 is a good result. Considering I’ve been away from racing since the Volta a Catalunya, I can go into the Giro with confidence after this, and be happy with the result. It’s also just really nice to be fighting for a win in a World Tour race again.”
Stevie Williams heads to the Giro d’Italia which starts on May 6th in Ortona.