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Teenager Ciolek outsprints his elders

By:
Tim Maloney, European Editor
Published:
September 12, 2006, 1:00 BST,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 23:28 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News for September 12, 2006

Teenager Gerald Ciolek, last year's German national champion, surprised the cycling world again by...

Teenager Gerald Ciolek, last year's German national champion, surprised the cycling world again by winning "Rund um den Nürnberger Altstadt." Ciolek, 19, who rides for the Continental Team Wiesenhof-Akud, outsprinted Tilo Schüler (Team Sparkasse) and Harald Morscher (Team Vorarlberg), as the participating Pro Tour teams all missed the podium.

A breakaway group of four riders led the race until 17 km to go. Despite many attempts, no further breaks were successful, and the peloton came en masse to the finish. Ciolek, who turns 20 in nine days, took the sprint. "To win against a field with so many good sprinters, is a real success for me," said the winner, who next year will ride for Team T-Mobile.

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