This Sunday, Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux will be represented by four riders in the road race of the European Championships in Munich. Five years after his success in Herning, Norwegian rider Alexander Kristoff will try to conquer a second title on a course suited for sprinters.
In addition to the recent winner of the Circuit Franco-Belge, Aimé De Gendt(Belgium), Barnabás Peák (Hungary) and Boy van Poppel (The Netherlands) are also selected to represent their nation in the Elite Men road race.
The 209.4 kilometer race is divided in two parts. First, a trajectory of 144.4 kilometer will guide the riders from the start in Murnau am Staffelsee towards the urban circuit in the heart of the metropole. This entirely flat circuit of 13 kilometer will be repeated five times.
The peloton has to cover 1360 climbing meters in total. The Kesselberg (5km at 5.1%), the cobbles of Bad Tölz (0.4km at 5%) and the steep Schlossberg (1km at 10%) are the main difficulties before the entrance of the circuit.
Since his title, Alexander Kristoff did not miss one edition. He finished eleventh in Glasgow in 2018 and fourth the following year in Alkmaar. It it the second consecutive participation for Barnabás Peák and a first time in national colors for Aimé De Gendt in the pro ranks.