Jaakko Hänninen : « Stay positive »
« My start to the season has not been easy since I have suffered from several viruses and have had two recent crashes during Paris-Camembert and in the third stage of the Tour of the Alps. I took some time to heal up and I have been much better for a few days. The feelings also are coming back. It’s never easy to bounce back when you have a series of problems, but I am someone who stays positive and who always looks to the future. I am motivated for the future.
Eschborn-Frankfurt may be a race for the sprinters, but it’s not such an easy profile. It’s a very fast paced race and there is often a ton of action. We have a team capable of achieving a result, notably with Marc Sarreau.
From my side, it will be a very good opportunity to see how the legs are feeling before the Giro d’Italia. This will be my second participation in the Giro and I am already looking forward to returning to the incredible atmosphere of that Grand Tour. »Jaakko
Paul Lapeira, Antoine Raugel, Marc Sarreau, and Andrea Vendrame, four of the seven riders of the AG2R CITROËN TEAM at the start, have never participated in Eschborn-Frankfurt.
Warbasse, Godon, Berthet and Champoussin currently unable to race
Larry Warbasse, a victim of the mass crash at KM 194 in Liège-Bastogne-Liège and suffering from testicular lesions with hematoma, is unavailable through May 6th.
Dorian Godon, also caught up in the mass crash at Liège-Bastogne-Liège, was operated on Monday, April 25th, in Herstal (Belgium) for a fracture of the left clavicle and also suffers from a fracture of the right wrist. He returned to France on Tuesday, April 26th, and is unavailable through May 7th.
Clément Berthet, the victim of a fractured left collarbone following a crash in the fourth stage of the Tour of the Alps, is authorized to resume training on the road starting on April 30th.
Clément Champoussin, the victim of an undisplaced fracture of the lower end of the right radius during the third stage of the Tour of the Alps, is also authorized to resume training on the road starting on April 30th.
The date when they can return to competition has not yet been set.