Farrar finishes fastest in Hamburg

Vattenfall win the biggest career

Tyler Farrar took the biggest win of his career at the Vattenfall Cyclassics on Saturday. After being close to a win on so many occasions this season, the American won the race with a powerful sprint finish in the centre of Hamburg, Germany. Garmin-Slipstream's Farrar finished ahead of Saxo Bank's Matti Breschel and German Gerald Ciolek (Milram) at the end of the 216km race.

"This season has gone very well for me, although the really big success didn't come until now," the 25-year-old winner said. "After the many second places in the Giro and the Tour, it is great to finally stand on top of the podium."

"The team rode together, at the front, all day. We had some bad luck with crashes, but the boys really came through today," said Farrar.  "It's nice to win a big one..."

It was only his third stage win of the year. He had previously won stages at Tirreno-Adriatico and the Delta Tour Zeeland, where he also took the overall title after winning the time trial. In the Tour de France, he finished second or third during four stages.

"He's a very strong rider - he has his first season with Grand Tour experience, and now he's reaping the benefit of that's experience," said Farrar's team manager Jonathan Vaughters.

"I think it shows that Tyler is a race winner. He didn't get frustrated by so many second places, he re-focused and worked hard, and now he'll start winning a lot more," predicted Vaughters.

Ciolek, who placed third in this race two years ago, was pleased with his effort. "That is a very good success for our Team Milram," he said. "On one hand, of course, there were two riders faster than me. But on the other hand, it not really a loss. That was my only my second race since the Tour de France. At times it was very difficult for me to go with the high tempo in the finale."

Two riders got away on an early break, Sergio de Lis of Team Euskaltel and Yuriy Kirvtsov of AG2R. They built up a lead of around nine minutes, but were finally caught again with some 46km to go.

Shortly after the peloton caught the two, three laps of the closing circuit remained. The loop included a climb up the Waseberg, a short climb which topped out at over 16 percent. Columbia more or less held things together much of the way, as there were a number of failed attempts by riders to gain a decisive advantage over the peloton inside the final 30km.

Philippe Gilbert (Silence-Lotto) appeared to be the most determined to pull away from the field. He and Rabobank's Nick Nuyens held a short-lived advantage over the main field before they were drawn back in with 25km remaining.

On the final ascent of the Waseberg, with 16km to go, Gilbert attacked again. This time he took with him Nicolas Roche (AG2R La Mondiale) and Manuele Mori (Lampre-NGC) and former Cyclassics winner Stuart O'Grady (Saxo Bank). The four worked hard to pull away from the peloton but as the race entered the wide streets of Hamburg, the group was brought back after just a few kilometres of freedom.

A nasty crash in a construction zone in the last two kilometers brought down a handful of riders.

Once the quartet were back in the field, the teams of the sprinters assumed control of the front of the bunch. As the race rolled swiftly beneath the kilometre-to-go marker, no one team had yet established full control of the front of the peloton, but it was the orange, blue and white of the Garmin lead-out that held the central position.

Farrar timed his run to perfection, launching his sprint and sliding up the centre of the finishing straight to claim victory as his rivals dived for the line around him.


#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream5:30:38 
2Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
3Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram  
4Allan Davis (Aus) Quick Step  
5Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
6Davide Vigano (Ita) Fuji-Servetto  
7Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas  
8Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas  
9Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C  
10Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Liquigas  
11William Bonnet (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
12Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse D'epargne  
13Guennadi Mikhailov (Rus) Team Katusha  
14Andreas Dietziker (Swi) Vorarlberg - Corratec  
15Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank  
16Mikael Cherel (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
17Roy Curvers (Ned) Skil-Shimano  
18Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano  
19Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C  
20Alexandre Usov (Blr) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
21René Weissinger (Ger) Vorarlberg - Corratec  
22Yoann Offredo (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
23Daniel Musiol (Ger) Vorarlberg - Corratec  
24Renaud Dion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
25Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Columbia - HTC  
26Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Astana  
27Theo Eltink (Ned) Skil-Shimano  
28Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
29Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C  
30André Greipel (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC  
31Aitor Galdos Alonso (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
32Steve Chainel (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
33Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence-Lotto  
34Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank  
35Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - N.G.C  
36Maxim Iglinsky (Kaz) Astana  
37Aitor Hernandez Gutierrez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
38Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
39Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale  
40Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Caisse D'epargne  
41Michael Schär (Swi) Astana  
42Stuart O'grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank  
43Simone Ponzi (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C  
44Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank  
45Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
46Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step  
47José I Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse D'epargne  
48Pasamontes Rodriguez L (Spa) Caisse D'epargne  
49Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence-Lotto  
50Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C  
51Jean-Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
52Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha  
53Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank  
54Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC  
55Alexandre Pichot (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
56Josep Jufre Pou (Spa) Fuji-Servetto  
57Nick Nuyens (Bel) Rabobank  
58David Loosli (Swi) Lampre - N.G.C  
59Grégory Rast (Swi) Astana  
60Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Team Columbia - HTC  
61And Amador Bikkazakova (CRc) Caisse D'epargne  
62Marco Velo (Ita) Quick Step0:00:09 
63Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) Liquigas  
64Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas  
65Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence-Lotto  
66Vincent Jerome (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom0:00:12 
67Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram0:00:15 
68Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank  
69Jose Alberto Benitez Roman (Spa) Fuji-Servetto  
70Christopher Sutton (Aus) Garmin - Slipstream0:00:20 
71Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC0:00:29 
72Peter Wrolich (Aut) Team Milram0:00:42 
73Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram0:00:46 
74Frank Hoj (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
75Mauro Facci (Ita) Quick Step0:01:09 
76Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step  
77Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step  
78Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana  
79Francesco Reda (Ita) Quick Step  
80Angel Gomez (Spa) Fuji-Servetto  
81Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram  
82Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas  
83Maryan Hary (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:01:48 
84Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Team Saxo Bank0:02:19 
85Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha0:02:34 
86Valeriy Dmitriyev (Kaz) Astana0:02:52 
87Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil-Shimano  
88Sébastien Turgot (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
89Sebastian Siedler (Ger) Vorarlberg - Corratec  
90Gatis Smukulis (Lat) AG2R La Mondiale  
91Saïd Haddou (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
92Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha  
93Alexei Markov (Rus) Team Katusha  
94Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Silence-Lotto  
95Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil-Shimano  
96Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Skil-Shimano  
97Domenik Klemme (Ger) Team Saxo Bank  
98Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank  
99Marcus Ljungqvist (Swe) Team Saxo Bank  
100Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank  
101Rene Mandri (Est) AG2R La Mondiale  
102Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
103Martin Velits (Svk) Team Milram  
104Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank  
105Hervé Duclos-Lassalle (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
106Alexander Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale  
107Vitaliy Buts (Ukr) Lampre - N.G.C  
108Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française Des Jeux  
109Arnoud Coyot (Fra) Caisse D'epargne  
110Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Caisse D'epargne  
111Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
112Harald Morscher (Aut) Vorarlberg - Corratec  
113Markus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram  
114Javier Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
115Pablo Urtasun Perez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
116Silvère Ackermann (Swi) Vorarlberg - Corratec  
117Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
118Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française Des Jeux  
119Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin - Slipstream  
120Steven Cozza (USA) Garmin - Slipstream  
121Ermanno Capelli (Ita) Fuji-Servetto  
122Guillaume Blot (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
123Romain Villa (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
124Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas  
125Addy Engels (Ned) Quick Step  
126Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
127Roman Kireyev (Kaz) Astana  
128Yohann Gene (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
129Sébastien Portal (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
130Cameron Wurf (Aus) Fuji-Servetto  
131Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) AG2R La Mondiale  
132Andres Sergio De Lis (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
DNFMark Renshaw (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC  
DNFBernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Columbia - HTC  
DNFKim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia - HTC  
DNFLaszlo Bodrogi (Fra) Team Katusha  
DNFBen Swift (GBr) Team Katusha  
DNFNikolay Trusov (Rus) Team Katusha  
DNFBerik Kupeshov (Kaz) Astana  
DNFDaniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas  
DNFAngel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Caisse D'epargne  
DNFMario Aerts (Bel) Silence-Lotto  
DNFMickael Delage (Fra) Silence-Lotto  
DNFSebastian Lang (Ger) Silence-Lotto  
DNFGorik Gardeyn (Bel) Silence-Lotto  
DNFHans Dekkers (Ned) Garmin - Slipstream  
DNFMartijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Slipstream  
DNFDavid Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream  
DNFChristian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Slipstream  
DNFLloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFTimothy Gudsell (NZl) Française Des Jeux  
DNFDamien Gaudin (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
DNFMarkus Eichler (Ger) Team Milram  
DNFHilton Clarke (Aus) Fuji-Servetto  
DNFFabrice Piemontesi (Ita) Fuji-Servetto  
DNFSimon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano  
DNFBert De Backer (Bel) Skil-Shimano  
DNFRené Haselbacher (Aut) Vorarlberg - Corratec  
DNFJosef Benetseder (Aut) Vorarlberg - Corratec  
Mountain 1 - Waseberg, 137.3km (Cat. 3)
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) AG2R La Mondiale3 pts
2Andres Sergio De Lis (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi2 
3Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step1 
Mountain 2 - Waseberg, 176.7km (Cat. 3)
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank3 pts
2Yoann Offredo (Fra) Française Des Jeux2 
3Yoann Offredo (Fra) Française Des Jeux1 
Mountain 3 - Waseberg, 188.7km (Cat. 3)
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence-Lotto3 pts
2Nick Nuyens (Bel) Rabobank2 
3Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana1 
Mountain classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank3 pts
2Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence-Lotto3 
3Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) AG2R La Mondiale3 
4Theo Eltink (Ned) Skil-Shimano2 
5Nick Nuyens (Bel) Rabobank2 
6Andres Sergio De Lis (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi2 
7Yoann Offredo (Fra) Française Des Jeux1 
8Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step1 
9Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana1 


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