BORA-hansgrohe’s U19 team has once again underlined its exceptional position in international junior cycling with numerous top results.
Twelve victories at UCI level, numerous medals at national championships and silver at the world championships - Team Auto Eder's record in the 2023 season is impressive. Accordingly, the team's season summary is also positive: As in the past two years, they were one of the best U19 teams in international junior cycling - and from the beginning of the season at the end of March to the end of the season at the end of September, they were able to score numerous top results.
Already in April, the U19 team of the WorldTeam BORA-hansgrohe achieved an outstanding success when Paul Fietzke (Germany), Theodor August Clemmensen (Denmark) and Martin Bárta (Czech Republic) took a triple victory in the overall classification of the renowned Cottbus Junior Tour and also won all four stages through Karl Kurits (Estonia), Paul Fietzke and Martin Bárta. Other notable successes include the stage wins by Kryštof Král (Czech Republic) in the Junior Peace Race and the Eroica Junior Cup. Clemmensen's second place in the renowned one-day race Gent-Wevelgem and Paul Fietzke's fourth place in the classic Paris-Roubaix are also notable.
The team's record in national and international championships is equally impressive: Paul Fietzke, Kryštof Král, Karl Kurits, Tamás Hancz (Hungary) and Duarte Marivoet (Belgium) each won the silver medal at their countries' time trial championships. Kryštof Král and Paul Fietzke also won the road championships of their nations. The latter achieved probably the greatest success for Team Auto Eder this year: at the Cycling World Championships in Scotland at the beginning of August, Fietzke was able to claim the silver medal in the road race after an outstanding race.
The Team Auto Eder athletes are now looking forward to the winter break before starting with their preparations for the new season at the beginning of November.
“Team Auto Eder has once again shown that it is one of the best U19 teams in the world. In particular, the vice world championship title on the road by Paul Fietzke was an outstanding success. The fact that we were able to win a World Championship medal this year after Emil Herzog's World Championship title last year is also a confirmation of our continuous youth work at the highest level. We want to build on this in the coming season.” – Ralph Denk, Manager BORA-hansgrohe
“This was another very successful season with many victories and the vice world championship title on top. We can definitely be very satisfied with our performance. I am especially pleased that we managed to do this with a very young squad. After all, most of our eight riders still belong to the younger of the two U19 age groups - that makes me optimistic for the coming season. But now it's time for the athletes to take a well-deserved winter break.” – Christian Schrot, Sporting Director