Linus Gerdemann of Team Milram won the 30th International Bayern Rundfahrt on Sunday and gave his team its second consecutive win in the race following Christian Knees' victory in 2008. The 26-year-old Gerdemann finished the fifth and final stage, covering 166 kilometres from Friedberg and Gunzenhausen, in the field to defend his 10-second lead over Maxime Monfort (Team Columbia-Highroad) and to take his first overall victory in the five-day German stage race.
"I am overjoyed to have won such an important race for us," said Gerdemann. "I thank my teammates, who worked very hard for five days for our mutual success. I would also like to race organizer Ewald Strohmeier for the perfect organization."
Team Milram's directeur sportif, Christian Henn, commented on his team's victory.
"This Bayern Rundfahrt had a very strong field. We didn't make any tactical errors and so were able to fight for the win. Linus Gerdemann is just getting better and better and deserved to win this race. He is on the right way with an improving form."
Gerry Van Gerwen, Team Milram's manager, expressed his satisfaction with how the team performed throughout the race.
"Our main goal was the overall title in Bayern. The team around Gerdemann did that very well. You can see the development within the team. The Tour de Suisse is now the next step towards the Tour de France."