André Greipel (Team Columbia) celebrated his eighth season victory by winning the opening stage in the Sachsen Tour. His decisive win came in a bunch sprint. He put two bike lengths between himself and his closest competitor. The 26 year-old Greipel beat young talents Ben Swift from Great Britain and Dennis Pohl of Germany.
The day was dominated by a three-man break. Tobias Erler, Malaya van Ruitenbeek and Ingmar Daßler were only caught three kilometres from the line.
Greipel was happy that a sprint materialised in the end, even though it was hard. "With the head wind it was tough to organise the train."
Erler will wear the sprinters' jersey, while Roger Kluge (LKT Team Brandenburg) is leading the mountains classification.
The race will finish on Sunday.