Reimer surprises to become German champ

Trio hold off fast finishing peloton

Martin Reimer of Cervelo TestTeam pulled off a major upset and took the German road title Sunday in Cottbus. Dominic Klemme of Saxo Bank and Roger Kluge filled out the surprising podium.

The big favourites Columbia-Highroad and Milram were only able to claim fourth and fifth places, with Marcel Sieberg and defending two-time champion Fabian Wegmann, respectively.

A group of some 20 riders got away early in the race and built up a lead of over eight minutes. There were numerous attacks out of the group as it became clear that it would reach the finish without being caught, but none of the attacks were able to gain a significant advantage.

As the lead group approached the finish lineon the first lap of the finishing circuit, Klemme got away, followed by Reimer. Kluge gave chase and caught Reimer. The chase group waited too long to organize itself and chase the three young riders. Eventually the peloton was taken out of the race, allowing the three leaders and the chasers to fight it out.

With about two km to go, the Reimer and Kluge caught Klemme. Reimer won the sprint between the three leaders, with the remainder of the chasing peloton arriving only a few seconds later.

Results Elite Men
1Martin Reimer (Cervelo Test Team)  
2Dominic Klemme (Team SAXO Bank)  
3Roger Kluge (LKT Team Brandenburg)  
3Marcel Sieberg (Team Columbia - HIGH ROAD)  
4Fabian Wegmann (Team Milram)  
5Michael Schweizer (SC Wiedenbrück 2000)  
6Christian Knees (Team Milram)  
7Steffen Radochla (ELK TEAM ELK HAUS)  
8Christopher Schmieg (Continental Team Milram)  
9Daniel Musiol (Team Voralberg-Corratec)  
10Artur Gajek (Team Milram)  
11Marcus Burghardt (Team Columbia - HIGH ROAD)  
12Sven Krauß (RSV Öschelbronn)  
13Patrik Sinkewitz (PSK Whirlpool-Author)  
14Eric Mohs (Team Nutrixxion Sparkasse)  
Results U23 Men
1Sebastian Forke (LKT Team Brandenburg)  
2Marcel Kittel (Thüringer Energie Team)  
3Felix Rinker (Team Heizomat Mapei)  


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