German riders took the top three Sparkassen Cup Monday evening. Gerald Ciolek of Team High Road beat CSC's Jens Voigt and Gerolsteiner's Sven Krauss.
The race consisted of 60 loops of a city course for a total of 54 kilometres, in beautiful summer weather. After 35 loops, a nine-man strong group got away, and eventually the winning German trio escaped out of this group. High Road's young sprinter was able to beat his rivals.
Voigt, who won the race last year, noted, "The public and the atmosphere in Schwenningen were fantastic again and to lose a sprint to Gerald Ciolek is nothing to be ashamed of." (SW)