Matthews triumphs at Rund um Köln

Australian tops Kittel, Nizzolo in field sprint finale

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
1Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team4:50:50 
2Marcel Kittel (Ger) Skil - Shimano  
3Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Leopard Trek  
4David Kopp (Ger) Team Eddy Merckx - Indeland  
5Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Landbouwkrediet  
6Grischa Janorschke (Ger) Nutrixxion Sparkasse  
7Andreas Dietziker (Swi) Team Netapp  
8Blaz Jarc (Slo) Adria Mobil  
9Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Leopard Trek  
10Dries Hollanders (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly  
11Silvan Dillier (Swi) Team Vorarlberg  
12Kasper Jebjerg (Den) Glud & Marstrand - LRO  
13Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Donckers Koffie - Jelly Belly  
14Michaël Baer (Swi) Team Netapp  
15Joeri Stallaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
16Robert Förster (Ger) German National Team  
17Sylwester Janiszewski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
18Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team  
19Egidijus Juodvalkis (Ltu) Landbouwkrediet  
20Kenny Terweduwe (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly  
21Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
22Jacob Fiedler (Ger) Team NSP  
23Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly  
24Blazej Janiaczyk (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
25Martin Hunal (Cze) AC Sparta Praha  
26Danilo Hondo (Ger) German National Team  
27Andreas Hofer (Aut) Tyrol Team  
28Roy Curvers (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
29Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team Netapp  
30Markus Eichler (Ger) Team NSP  
31Jasper Hamelink (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels  
32Stefan Ganser (Ger) Team Eddy Merckx - Indeland  
33Alexander Schmitt (Ger) Team Eddy Merckx - Indeland  
34Ricardo Van Der Velde (Ned) Donckers Koffie - Jelly Belly  
35Stefan Kirchmair (Aut) Tyrol Team  
36Michaël Vanderaerden (Bel) Donckers Koffie - Jelly Belly  
37Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) An Post - Sean Kelly  
38Julian Hellmann (Ger) Team Heizomat  
39Marcello Pavarin (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
40Luc Hagenaars (Ned) Team Eddy Merckx - Indeland  
41Pim De Beer (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels  
42Emmanuel Van Ruitenbeek (Ned) Team Eddy Merckx - Indeland  
43Mark McNally (GBr) An Post - Sean Kelly  
44Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels  
45Christian Knees (Ger) German National Team  
46Robert Retschke (Ger) Team Netapp  
47Tomas Okrouhlicky (Cze) AC Sparta Praha  
48Michal Golas (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
49Marco Haller (Aut) Adria Mobil  
50Alexander Gottfried (Ger) Team Netapp  
51Arne Hassink (Ned) TT Raiko Argon 18  
52Tomasz Kiendys (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
53Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
54Kristjan Fajt (Slo) Adria Mobil  
55Alexander Nordhoff (Ger) Seven Stones  
56Björn Schröder (Ger) Nutrixxion Sparkasse  
57James Spragg (GBr) Donckers Koffie - Jelly Belly  
58Jan Oelerich (Ger) TT Raiko Argon 18  
59Primoz Segina (Slo) Adria Mobil  
60Patrick Bercz (Ger) Team Eddy Merckx - Indeland  
61Bart Dockx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
62Harald Totschnig (Aut) Tyrol Team  
63Edwig Cammaerts (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
64Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Donckers Koffie - Jelly Belly  
65Sergej Fuchs (Ger) Nutrixxion Sparkasse  
66Björn Thurau (Ger) Team NSP  
67Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
68Mario Schoibl (Aut) Tyrol Team  
69Mario Vogt (Ger) Team Heizomat  
70Norbert Durauer (Aut) Tyrol Team  
71Jens Voigt (Ger) Leopard Trek  
72Bertjan Lindeman (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels  
73Stefan Denifl (Aut) Leopard Trek  
74Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Leopard Trek0:00:16 
75Brian Megens (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels  
76Stefan Poll (Aut) Team Vorarlberg0:00:18 
77Tomaz Nose (Slo) Adria Mobil  
78Troels Ronning Vinther (Den) Glud & Marstrand - LRO0:00:19 
79Ladislav Fabisovsky (Cze) AC Sparta Praha0:00:20 
80Maxim Belkov (Rus) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
81Kajetan Fricke (Ger) Team Vorarlberg0:00:22 
82René Obst (Ger) Team NSP  
83Lucas Schädlich (Ger) Team NSP  
84Steffen Radochla (Ger) Nutrixxion Sparkasse  
85Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
86Christopher Roth (Ger) Seven Stones  
87Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) German National Team  
88Andreas Klier (Ger) German National Team  
89Matthias Bertling (Ger) Team Eddy Merckx - Indeland  
90Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Team Netapp  
91Stefan Van Winden (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels  
92Jarno Gmelich (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels  
93Pawel Charucki (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
94Mitja Mahoric (Slo) Adria Mobil  
95Martin Pedersen (Den) Leopard Trek  
96Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
97Dirk Müller (Ger) Nutrixxion Sparkasse  
98Tom Stubbe (Bel) Donckers Koffie - Jelly Belly  
99William Clarke (Aus) Leopard Trek0:00:27 
100Marcus Burghardt (Ger) German National Team0:00:28 
101Huub Duyn (Ned) Donckers Koffie - Jelly Belly  
102Cheng Ji (Chn) Skil - Shimano0:00:31 
103Jan Deutschmann (Ger) TT Raiko Argon 18  
104Theo Bos (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:35 
105Nils Plötner (Ger) Team Heizomat  
106Mitchell Docker (Aus) Skil - Shimano0:00:38 
107Mathias Belka (Ger) TT Raiko Argon 180:00:46 
108Roger Kluge (Ger) Skil - Shimano  
109Dominic Klemme (Ger) Leopard Trek  
110Martin Reimer (Ger) Skil - Shimano0:00:49 
111Blaz Furdi (Slo) Adria Mobil0:00:51 
112Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet0:01:01 
DNFJos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
DNFCoen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
DNFJens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
DNFFrederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
DNFDominik Nerz (Ger) German National Team  
DNFJonathan Breyne (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
DNFHans Dekkers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet  
DNFMichael Schwarzmann (Ger) Team Netapp  
DNFMateusz Taciak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
DNFAndré Schulze (Ger) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
DNFTomas Smolen (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
DNFSebastian Forke (Ger) Nutrixxion Sparkasse  
DNFSebastian Körber (Ger) Nutrixxion Sparkasse  
DNFMichael Schweizer (Ger) Nutrixxion Sparkasse  
DNFFlorian Monreal (Ger) Team Eddy Merckx - Indeland  
DNFSven Forberger (Ger) Team NSP  
DNFMarkus Fothen (Ger) Team NSP  
DNFTimo Thömel (Ger) Team NSP  
DNFJan Van Puyvelde (Ger) TT Raiko Argon 18  
DNFDominik Ivo (Ger) TT Raiko Argon 18  
DNFDavid Charles Brown (RSA) TT Raiko Argon 18  
DNFJoachim Tolles (Ger) TT Raiko Argon 18  
DNFChristian Mager (Ger) Team Heizomat  
DNFMarius Jessenberge (Ger) Team Heizomat  
DNFAlexander Krieger (Ger) Team Heizomat  
DNFHans Joachim Benning (Ger) Seven Stones  
DNFMichael Hümbert Jr (Ger) Seven Stones  
DNFRon Pfeifer (Ger) Seven Stones  
DNFDominik Brändle (Aut) Team Vorarlberg  
DNFMatic Strgar (Slo) Team Vorarlberg  
DNFRené Weissinger (Ger) Team Vorarlberg  
DNFMarc Obkircher (Aut) Tyrol Team  
DNFDaniel Rinner (Lie) Tyrol Team  
DNFMartin Weiss (Aut) Tyrol Team  
DNFSander Helven (Bel) Donckers Koffie - Jelly Belly  
DNFTomas Holub (Cze) AC Sparta Praha  
DNFVaclav Hlavac (Cze) AC Sparta Praha  
DNFTomas Hruby (Cze) AC Sparta Praha  
DNFRostislav Krotky (Cze) AC Sparta Praha  
DNFJiri Nesveda (Cze) AC Sparta Praha  
DNFMathias Gade Jacobsen (Den) Glud & Marstrand - LRO  
DNFKasper Linde Jorgensen (Den) Glud & Marstrand - LRO  
DNFMichael Berling (Den) Glud & Marstrand - LRO  
DNFChristian Moberg Jörgensen (Den) Glud & Marstrand - LRO  
DNFJelle Posthuma (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels  
DNFMatej Gnezda (Slo) Adria Mobil  

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