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Matthews triumphs at Rund um Köln

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Australian tops Kittel, Nizzolo in field sprint finale

2010 U23 world champion Michael Matthews (Rabobank) is making a fine transition to the elite ranks, taking his third victory of the season.

2010 U23 world champion Michael Matthews (Rabobank) is making a fine transition to the elite ranks, taking his third victory of the season.

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2010 U23 world champion Michael Matthews (Rabobank) continues to impress in his first season as a ProTour rider as he sprinted to victory in Germany's Rund um Köln. The 20-year-old Australian topped Marcel Kittel (Skil-Shimano) and Giacomo Nizzolo (Leopard Trek) to take his third victory of the season.

"I did not expect to win, but I had good legs today," said Matthews. "And the team was good, so I just had to remain calm and stay out of trouble. This was really an easy day for me.

"It's been a while [since the team won a race] so it's a good win for the team and for myself. I look confidently ahead to the coming races."

The race was dominated by a five-man break comprised of Jens Voigt (Leopard Trek), Cesare Benedetti (NetApp), Dominik Nerz (German National Team), Jarno Gmelich (Cyclingteam Jo Piels) and Thierry Hupond (Skil-Shimano). The escapees at one point held a six-minute advantage over the peloton but chase efforts primarily undertaken by Vacansoleil-DCM and Rabobank ultimately neutralised the move with 50km remaining in the 203.5km race.

Rabobank, starting the minimum six-rider team, played a smart tactical game, albeit with some risk involved. "Jos van Emden and Coen Vermeltfoort together with Vacansoleil brought the break back, but that also meant that they were gone sixty kilometres from the finish line," said Rabobank team manager Frans Maassen.

The team still had three sprinters in its arsenal, Matthews, Graeme Brown and Theo Bos, but when Brown and Bos were dropped on the final climb Matthews became the primary sprinting option.

"We had the feeling that Matthews would be our man, but we would make our decision after the last climb," said Maassen. "Matthews had at the time only Tom Jelte Slagter to assist him, but fortunately Bos and Brown made it back and could help keep the peloton together."

Despite a number of attacks in the race's endgame, the teams of the sprinters ensured a field sprint finish in which Matthews proved the quickest on the streets of Cologne.

Full Results
1 Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team 4:50:50  
2 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Skil - Shimano    
3 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Leopard Trek    
4 David Kopp (Ger) Team Eddy Merckx - Indeland    
5 Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Landbouwkrediet    
6 Grischa Janorschke (Ger) Nutrixxion Sparkasse    
7 Andreas Dietziker (Swi) Team Netapp    
8 Blaz Jarc (Slo) Adria Mobil    
9 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Leopard Trek    
10 Dries Hollanders (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly    
11 Silvan Dillier (Swi) Team Vorarlberg    
12 Kasper Jebjerg (Den) Glud & Marstrand - LRO    
13 Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Donckers Koffie - Jelly Belly    
14 Michaël Baer (Swi) Team Netapp    
15 Joeri Stallaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
16 Robert Förster (Ger) German National Team    
17 Sylwester Janiszewski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
18 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team    
19 Egidijus Juodvalkis (Ltu) Landbouwkrediet    
20 Kenny Terweduwe (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly    
21 Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
22 Jacob Fiedler (Ger) Team NSP    
23 Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly    
24 Blazej Janiaczyk (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
25 Martin Hunal (Cze) AC Sparta Praha    
26 Danilo Hondo (Ger) German National Team    
27 Andreas Hofer (Aut) Tyrol Team    
28 Roy Curvers (Ned) Skil - Shimano    
29 Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team Netapp    
30 Markus Eichler (Ger) Team NSP    
31 Jasper Hamelink (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels    
32 Stefan Ganser (Ger) Team Eddy Merckx - Indeland    
33 Alexander Schmitt (Ger) Team Eddy Merckx - Indeland    
34 Ricardo Van Der Velde (Ned) Donckers Koffie - Jelly Belly    
35 Stefan Kirchmair (Aut) Tyrol Team    
36 Michaël Vanderaerden (Bel) Donckers Koffie - Jelly Belly    
37 Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) An Post - Sean Kelly    
38 Julian Hellmann (Ger) Team Heizomat    
39 Marcello Pavarin (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
40 Luc Hagenaars (Ned) Team Eddy Merckx - Indeland    
41 Pim De Beer (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels    
42 Emmanuel Van Ruitenbeek (Ned) Team Eddy Merckx - Indeland    
43 Mark McNally (GBr) An Post - Sean Kelly    
44 Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels    
45 Christian Knees (Ger) German National Team    
46 Robert Retschke (Ger) Team Netapp    
47 Tomas Okrouhlicky (Cze) AC Sparta Praha    
48 Michal Golas (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
49 Marco Haller (Aut) Adria Mobil    
50 Alexander Gottfried (Ger) Team Netapp    
51 Arne Hassink (Ned) TT Raiko Argon 18    
52 Tomasz Kiendys (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
53 Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
54 Kristjan Fajt (Slo) Adria Mobil    
55 Alexander Nordhoff (Ger) Seven Stones    
56 Björn Schröder (Ger) Nutrixxion Sparkasse    
57 James Spragg (GBr) Donckers Koffie - Jelly Belly    
58 Jan Oelerich (Ger) TT Raiko Argon 18    
59 Primoz Segina (Slo) Adria Mobil    
60 Patrick Bercz (Ger) Team Eddy Merckx - Indeland    
61 Bart Dockx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
62 Harald Totschnig (Aut) Tyrol Team    
63 Edwig Cammaerts (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
64 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Donckers Koffie - Jelly Belly    
65 Sergej Fuchs (Ger) Nutrixxion Sparkasse    
66 Björn Thurau (Ger) Team NSP    
67 Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil - Shimano    
68 Mario Schoibl (Aut) Tyrol Team    
69 Mario Vogt (Ger) Team Heizomat    
70 Norbert Durauer (Aut) Tyrol Team    
71 Jens Voigt (Ger) Leopard Trek    
72 Bertjan Lindeman (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels    
73 Stefan Denifl (Aut) Leopard Trek    
74 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Leopard Trek 0:00:16  
75 Brian Megens (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels    
76 Stefan Poll (Aut) Team Vorarlberg 0:00:18  
77 Tomaz Nose (Slo) Adria Mobil    
78 Troels Ronning Vinther (Den) Glud & Marstrand - LRO 0:00:19  
79 Ladislav Fabisovsky (Cze) AC Sparta Praha 0:00:20  
80 Maxim Belkov (Rus) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
81 Kajetan Fricke (Ger) Team Vorarlberg 0:00:22  
82 René Obst (Ger) Team NSP    
83 Lucas Schädlich (Ger) Team NSP    
84 Steffen Radochla (Ger) Nutrixxion Sparkasse    
85 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
86 Christopher Roth (Ger) Seven Stones    
87 Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) German National Team    
88 Andreas Klier (Ger) German National Team    
89 Matthias Bertling (Ger) Team Eddy Merckx - Indeland    
90 Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Team Netapp    
91 Stefan Van Winden (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels    
92 Jarno Gmelich (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels    
93 Pawel Charucki (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
94 Mitja Mahoric (Slo) Adria Mobil    
95 Martin Pedersen (Den) Leopard Trek    
96 Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
97 Dirk Müller (Ger) Nutrixxion Sparkasse    
98 Tom Stubbe (Bel) Donckers Koffie - Jelly Belly    
99 William Clarke (Aus) Leopard Trek 0:00:27  
100 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) German National Team 0:00:28  
101 Huub Duyn (Ned) Donckers Koffie - Jelly Belly    
102 Cheng Ji (Chn) Skil - Shimano 0:00:31  
103 Jan Deutschmann (Ger) TT Raiko Argon 18    
104 Theo Bos (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:35  
105 Nils Plötner (Ger) Team Heizomat    
106 Mitchell Docker (Aus) Skil - Shimano 0:00:38  
107 Mathias Belka (Ger) TT Raiko Argon 18 0:00:46  
108 Roger Kluge (Ger) Skil - Shimano    
109 Dominic Klemme (Ger) Leopard Trek    
110 Martin Reimer (Ger) Skil - Shimano 0:00:49  
111 Blaz Furdi (Slo) Adria Mobil 0:00:51  
112 Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 0:01:01  
DNF Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
DNF Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
DNF Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Dominik Nerz (Ger) German National Team    
DNF Jonathan Breyne (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
DNF Hans Dekkers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet    
DNF Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Team Netapp    
DNF Mateusz Taciak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
DNF André Schulze (Ger) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
DNF Tomas Smolen (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
DNF Sebastian Forke (Ger) Nutrixxion Sparkasse    
DNF Sebastian Körber (Ger) Nutrixxion Sparkasse    
DNF Michael Schweizer (Ger) Nutrixxion Sparkasse    
DNF Florian Monreal (Ger) Team Eddy Merckx - Indeland    
DNF Sven Forberger (Ger) Team NSP    
DNF Markus Fothen (Ger) Team NSP    
DNF Timo Thömel (Ger) Team NSP    
DNF Jan Van Puyvelde (Ger) TT Raiko Argon 18    
DNF Dominik Ivo (Ger) TT Raiko Argon 18    
DNF David Charles Brown (RSA) TT Raiko Argon 18    
DNF Joachim Tolles (Ger) TT Raiko Argon 18    
DNF Christian Mager (Ger) Team Heizomat    
DNF Marius Jessenberge (Ger) Team Heizomat    
DNF Alexander Krieger (Ger) Team Heizomat    
DNF Hans Joachim Benning (Ger) Seven Stones    
DNF Michael Hümbert Jr (Ger) Seven Stones    
DNF Ron Pfeifer (Ger) Seven Stones    
DNF Dominik Brändle (Aut) Team Vorarlberg    
DNF Matic Strgar (Slo) Team Vorarlberg    
DNF René Weissinger (Ger) Team Vorarlberg    
DNF Marc Obkircher (Aut) Tyrol Team    
DNF Daniel Rinner (Lie) Tyrol Team    
DNF Martin Weiss (Aut) Tyrol Team    
DNF Sander Helven (Bel) Donckers Koffie - Jelly Belly    
DNF Tomas Holub (Cze) AC Sparta Praha    
DNF Vaclav Hlavac (Cze) AC Sparta Praha    
DNF Tomas Hruby (Cze) AC Sparta Praha    
DNF Rostislav Krotky (Cze) AC Sparta Praha    
DNF Jiri Nesveda (Cze) AC Sparta Praha    
DNF Mathias Gade Jacobsen (Den) Glud & Marstrand - LRO    
DNF Kasper Linde Jorgensen (Den) Glud & Marstrand - LRO    
DNF Michael Berling (Den) Glud & Marstrand - LRO    
DNF Christian Moberg Jörgensen (Den) Glud & Marstrand - LRO    
DNF Jelle Posthuma (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels    
DNF Matej Gnezda (Slo) Adria Mobil