Three months after becoming the youngest cyclist to win an Elite German National Championship, 18 year-old Gerald Ciolek will travel to Souderton, Pennsylvania, USA as one of the favourites for the 8th Annual Univest Grand Prix on September 17-18. Ciolek, who turns 19 the day after the Doylestown Criterium, surprised the cycling world when he overtook cycling legend and six-time winner of the Tour de France's Green Jersey Erik Zabel in the closing meters of the German National Championships in Manheim on June 26. Univest will be an important test for Ciolek as he prepares for the Under-23 World Championships in Madrid, Spain on September 24.
Along with four of his teammates from German team Akud Arnolds Sicherheit, Ciolek adds further depth to a field that is already looking like being the best ever assembled for the UCI 1.2 ranked race. It also sets up a sprinters' duel between the German Champion and defending Doylestown Criterium winner Chad Hartley (Team TIAA-Cref).
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