Italian Alessandro Fedeli sprinted to a brilliant third place at Eschborn-Frankfurt this Monday, May 1st and claimed the very first UCI WorldTour podium for Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team.

1 May 2023

Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team rode an aggressive race from the start with Matteo Moschetti featuring in the original breakaway of the day. The six escapees opened a maximum gap of over seven minutes but were eventually reeled in with 90km remaining.

Several attacks ensued, including a strong move with 50km remaining, that split the peloton into two big groups, dropping most of the pure sprinters. Alessandro Fedeli and Brit Mark Donovan did well to stay in the front group as Jayco AlUla drove the pace at the front of the race. Later, there was a regrouping with Walter Calzoni, Joey Rosskopf and Matteo Badilatti coming into to fold.

The winning move came in the final climb of the day, the Mammolshainer, at around 36km to the finish. A group of 10 riders broke clear and opened a gap of 45 seconds, amongst them Fedeli, who always kept a strong position coming into the decisive sectors.

“I’m very happy to take this third place”

“I’m very happy for this result and also delighted to have raced at Eschborn-Frankfurt. I want to say congrats to the organisation because it’s one of the most beautiful races I’ve done. It’s a fantastic race, with fantastic roads and parcours. Hirschi launched a strong attack in the last climb, it was a strong effort and we were just five in that move. There was a solo rider ahead and four re-entered after. In the sprint I did my best and I’m very happy to take this third place. All season I had good legs but never have the opportunity before today to show what I’m capable of doing.” said Fedeli after the race.

Besides Fedeli the group consisted of Søren Kragh Andersen, Georg Zimmermann, Patrick Konrad, Marc Hirshi, Ben Hermans, Stephen Williams, Georg Steinhauser, Lorenzo Rota and Martin Marcellusi.

The peloton tried their best to shut down the gap and came within 16-odd seconds but, ultimately, the victory was decided in a select bunch sprint between the 10-rider front group. Kragh Andersen opened the sprint from the front and took the win while Fedeli had enough in the legs to power his Scott Foil to a splendid third place, behind Patrick Konrad, securing the first WorldTour podium for our Swiss-registered team in Frankfurt.