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Farrar finishes fastest in Hamburg

By:
Susan Westemeyer

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.

Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream 5:30:38  
2 Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
3 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram    
4 Allan Davis (Aus) Quick Step    
5 Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
6 Davide Vigano (Ita) Fuji-Servetto    
7 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas    
8 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas    
9 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C    
10 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Liquigas    
11 William Bonnet (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom    
12 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse D'epargne    
13 Guennadi Mikhailov (Rus) Team Katusha    
14 Andreas Dietziker (Swi) Vorarlberg - Corratec    
15 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank    
16 Mikael Cherel (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
17 Roy Curvers (Ned) Skil-Shimano    
18 Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano    
19 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C    
20 Alexandre Usov (Blr) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
21 René Weissinger (Ger) Vorarlberg - Corratec    
22 Yoann Offredo (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
23 Daniel Musiol (Ger) Vorarlberg - Corratec    
24 Renaud Dion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
25 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Columbia - HTC    
26 Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Astana    
27 Theo Eltink (Ned) Skil-Shimano    
28 Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
29 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C    
30 André Greipel (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC    
31 Aitor Galdos Alonso (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
32 Steve Chainel (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom    
33 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence-Lotto    
34 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank    
35 Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - N.G.C    
36 Maxim Iglinsky (Kaz) Astana    
37 Aitor Hernandez Gutierrez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
38 Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
39 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale    
40 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Caisse D'epargne    
41 Michael Schär (Swi) Astana    
42 Stuart O'grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank    
43 Simone Ponzi (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C    
44 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank    
45 Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
46 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step    
47 José I Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse D'epargne    
48 Pasamontes Rodriguez L (Spa) Caisse D'epargne    
49 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence-Lotto    
50 Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C    
51 Jean-Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
52 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha    
53 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank    
54 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC    
55 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom    
56 Josep Jufre Pou (Spa) Fuji-Servetto    
57 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Rabobank    
58 David Loosli (Swi) Lampre - N.G.C    
59 Grégory Rast (Swi) Astana    
60 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Team Columbia - HTC    
61 And Amador Bikkazakova (CRc) Caisse D'epargne    
62 Marco Velo (Ita) Quick Step 0:00:09  
63 Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) Liquigas    
64 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas    
65 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence-Lotto    
66 Vincent Jerome (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom 0:00:12  
67 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram 0:00:15  
68 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank    
69 Jose Alberto Benitez Roman (Spa) Fuji-Servetto    
70 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Garmin - Slipstream 0:00:20  
71 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC 0:00:29  
72 Peter Wrolich (Aut) Team Milram 0:00:42  
73 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram 0:00:46  
74 Frank Hoj (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
75 Mauro Facci (Ita) Quick Step 0:01:09  
76 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step    
77 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step    
78 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana    
79 Francesco Reda (Ita) Quick Step    
80 Angel Gomez (Spa) Fuji-Servetto    
81 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram    
82 Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas    
83 Maryan Hary (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:01:48  
84 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 0:02:19  
85 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha 0:02:34  
86 Valeriy Dmitriyev (Kaz) Astana 0:02:52  
87 Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil-Shimano    
88 Sébastien Turgot (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom    
89 Sebastian Siedler (Ger) Vorarlberg - Corratec    
90 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) AG2R La Mondiale    
91 Saïd Haddou (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom    
92 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha    
93 Alexei Markov (Rus) Team Katusha    
94 Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Silence-Lotto    
95 Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil-Shimano    
96 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Skil-Shimano    
97 Domenik Klemme (Ger) Team Saxo Bank    
98 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank    
99 Marcus Ljungqvist (Swe) Team Saxo Bank    
100 Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank    
101 Rene Mandri (Est) AG2R La Mondiale    
102 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
103 Martin Velits (Svk) Team Milram    
104 Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank    
105 Hervé Duclos-Lassalle (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
106 Alexander Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale    
107 Vitaliy Buts (Ukr) Lampre - N.G.C    
108 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française Des Jeux    
109 Arnoud Coyot (Fra) Caisse D'epargne    
110 Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Caisse D'epargne    
111 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
112 Harald Morscher (Aut) Vorarlberg - Corratec    
113 Markus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram    
114 Javier Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
115 Pablo Urtasun Perez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
116 Silvère Ackermann (Swi) Vorarlberg - Corratec    
117 Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
118 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française Des Jeux    
119 Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin - Slipstream    
120 Steven Cozza (USA) Garmin - Slipstream    
121 Ermanno Capelli (Ita) Fuji-Servetto    
122 Guillaume Blot (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
123 Romain Villa (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
124 Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas    
125 Addy Engels (Ned) Quick Step    
126 Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
127 Roman Kireyev (Kaz) Astana    
128 Yohann Gene (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom    
129 Sébastien Portal (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
130 Cameron Wurf (Aus) Fuji-Servetto    
131 Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) AG2R La Mondiale    
132 Andres Sergio De Lis (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
DNF Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC    
DNF Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Columbia - HTC    
DNF Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia - HTC    
DNF Laszlo Bodrogi (Fra) Team Katusha    
DNF Ben Swift (GBr) Team Katusha    
DNF Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Team Katusha    
DNF Berik Kupeshov (Kaz) Astana    
DNF Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas    
DNF Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Caisse D'epargne    
DNF Mario Aerts (Bel) Silence-Lotto    
DNF Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence-Lotto    
DNF Sebastian Lang (Ger) Silence-Lotto    
DNF Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Silence-Lotto    
DNF Hans Dekkers (Ned) Garmin - Slipstream    
DNF Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Slipstream    
DNF David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream    
DNF Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Slipstream    
DNF Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
DNF Timothy Gudsell (NZl) Française Des Jeux    
DNF Damien Gaudin (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom    
DNF Markus Eichler (Ger) Team Milram    
DNF Hilton Clarke (Aus) Fuji-Servetto    
DNF Fabrice Piemontesi (Ita) Fuji-Servetto    
DNF Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano    
DNF Bert De Backer (Bel) Skil-Shimano    
DNF René Haselbacher (Aut) Vorarlberg - Corratec    
DNF Josef Benetseder (Aut) Vorarlberg - Corratec    
Mountain 1 - Waseberg, 137.3km (Cat. 3)
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) AG2R La Mondiale 3  pts
2 Andres Sergio De Lis (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 2  
3 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step 1  
Mountain 2 - Waseberg, 176.7km (Cat. 3)
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank 3  pts
2 Yoann Offredo (Fra) Française Des Jeux 2  
3 Yoann Offredo (Fra) Française Des Jeux 1  
Mountain 3 - Waseberg, 188.7km (Cat. 3)
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence-Lotto 3  pts
2 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Rabobank 2  
3 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana 1  
Mountain classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank 3  pts
2 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence-Lotto 3  
3 Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) AG2R La Mondiale 3  
4 Theo Eltink (Ned) Skil-Shimano 2  
5 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Rabobank 2  
6 Andres Sergio De Lis (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 2  
7 Yoann Offredo (Fra) Française Des Jeux 1  
8 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step 1  
9 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana 1