Cycling: In Australia, Marius Mayrhofer made his breakthrough in the WorldTour at the beginning of the year. The now 23-year-old German won the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race - and was then even allowed to take part in the Giro d'Italia as sprint captain.
Marius Mayrhofer – a breakthrough with emotions
As the Marius Mayrhofer Crossing the finish line in Geelong at the end of January this year, he burst into tears. The then 22-year-old had just won the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race and thus achieved his first victory as a professional. In the WorldTour one-day race he left behind, among others, Michael Matthews, Caleb Ewan and Marc Hirschi. Marius Mayrhofer won the wavy, curvy and often windy mass sprint race. He had already appeared in good shape at the Schwalbe Classic and the Tour Down Under. So you can confidently say that Marius Mayrhofer's star rose in Australia at the beginning of the year. He wasn't allowed to celebrate another win of the season, but he did ride to the Giro d'Italia as sprint captain of his DSM team. There he finished in the top ten four times. At the Germany Tour in Bremen he narrowly missed another success with third place.
Where is his development leading?
Although the dsm – unternehmenich team enabled him to make his breakthrough this year Marius Mayrhofer will no longer compete for the Dutch team next season. The German is moving to Switzerland to Team Tudor, which was founded by Fabian Cancellara. Marius Mayrhofer wants to take the next step there. However, it is currently unclear where this will lead. As a pure sprinter, he has so far lacked absolute top speed. In addition, he is too strong for this uphill. Maybe he will prove himself as a sprint driver or become a driver type like Peter Sagan or Michael Matthews. Either way, Marius Mayrhofer should still be able to do a lot in the future. With his passion and his willingness to torment himself and stand up for his teammates, all doors are open for the young German.