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Eichler racks up another Milram win

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Schmitz, Mol round out Batavus Prorace podium

Markus Eichler of Team Milram took a last-gasp victory in the Batavus ProRace, catching and passing Bram Schmitz of Team Van Vliet EBH Eishof only a few metres before the finish line. Wouter Mol of Vacansoliel was third, one second later.

A six-man group got away from the field on the third-to-last lap of the closing circuit course. At the final curve, with around 50 metres to go, Schmitz attacked. Eichler followed him and passed him in the final moments before reaching the finish line.

“I am totally exhausted but unbelievably happy,“ said Eichler afterwards. "I really had to push myself today.”

It was his first win since 2006, and Milram's sixth of the season.

Full Results
1 Markus Eichler (Ger) Team Milram 5:28:08  
2 Bram Schmitz (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof    
3 Wouter Mol (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0:00:01  
4 Thomas Berkhout (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof 0:00:02  
5 Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
6 Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil - Shimano 0:00:03  
7 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0:01:28  
8 Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Skil - Shimano 0:01:41  
9 Servais Knaven (Ned) Team Milram    
10 Ronan Van Zandbeek (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof    
11 Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Verandas Willems 0:02:43  
12 Remco Te Brake (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof    
13 Mitchell Docker (Aus) Skil - Shimano 0:02:47  
14 Patrick Ruckert (Ned) 0:02:48  
15 Robin Chaigneau (Ned) Skil - Shimano 0:03:51  
16 Cornelius Van Ooijen (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels 0:03:55  
17 Artur Gajek (Ger) Team Milram 0:03:56  
18 Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Palmans - Cras 0:05:26  
19 Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil - Shimano    
20 Mark Mcnally (GBr) An Post - Sean Kelly    
21 Ritchie Motke (Ned)    
22 Johim Ariesen (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels    
23 Nieck Busser (Ned)    
24 Dirk Bellemakers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet    
25 Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank    
26 Peter Schulting (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels    
27 Marco Bos (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels    
28 Yoeri Havik (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof    
29 Bertjan Lindeman (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels    
30 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram    
31 Roger Kluge (Ger) Team Milram    
32 Geert Omloop (Bel) Palmans - Cras    
33 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
34 Sander Oostlander (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof 0:05:46