Greipel sprints to German national title

Walscheid beats Kittel into second

Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) won the battle of the sprinters in the German national road race in Erfurt, claiming his third national title. Max Walscheid (Giant-Alpecin) was second and Marcel Kittel (Etixx-QuickStep) third.

The flat course in and around Erfurt was an obvious invitation for a bunch sprint finish. 200 riders took to the start, although both Greipel and Kittel had only one helper each – Marcel Sieberg for Greipel, and Tony Martin for Kittel.

Martin went to work early, leading the race and pushing a very high tempo, to decimate the field as far as possible. It wasn’t until the sixth of 11 laps of the circuit course that a group got away. But with Greipel and Martin in that group, the rest of the field couldn’t let it go and caught them again. No further attacks were successful, and a large group came to the finish.

Greipel stayed with Sieberg, who went into the wind early, and then looked for Kittel’s rear wheel. "John Degenkolb opened the sprint about 400 meters before the finish line and I was on his wheel and then I sprinted for it too," the winner said.

The second place would have been quite an accomplishment for Walscheid under any circumstances, but this silver medal is a special one. He was one of six Giant-Alpecin riders to have been seriously injured in training camp accident in January. Suffering a broken hand and tibia, he was the last of the group to return to training and this was only his fourth race of the year.

"For a few months after the accident I was not sure if I could ride a bike in the race, so this is a good day," he said.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal4:32:49 
2Max Walscheid (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin  
3Marcel Kittel (Ger) Etixx - Quick-Step  
4Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Rad-Net Rose Team  
5Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Stölting Service Group  
6Konrad Geßner (Ger)  
7Willi Willwohl (Ger) LKT Team Brandenburg  
8Alexander Krieger (Ger) Leopard Pro Cycling  
9Florian Tenbruck (Ger)  
10Marco Mathis (Ger) Rad-Net Rose Team  
11Aaron Grosser (Ger) Team Sauerland Nrw p/b Henley & Partners  
12Jonas Koch (Ger) Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling Team  
13Jannik Steimle (Ger) Team Felbermayr Simplon Wels  
14John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin  
15Patrick Lechner (Ger) Stradalli - Bike Aid  
16Florian Bissinger (Ger) WSA - Greenlife  
17Hermann Keller (Ger)  
18John Mandrysch (Ger) Christina Jewelry Pro Cycling  
19Nikodemus Holler (Ger) Stradalli - Bike Aid  
20Robert Muller (Ger) Team Heizomat  
21Nathan Müller (Ger) Team Heizomat  
22Nico Brenner (Ger)  
23Joshua Huppertz (Ger) Team Kuota-Lotto  
24Rudiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
25Florian Obersteiner (Ger)  
26Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team  
27Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale  
28Timon Loderer (Ger)  
29Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Stölting Service Group  
30Stefan Schneider (Ger) Team Sauerland Nrw p/b Henley & Partners  
31Joschka Beck (Ger) Stradalli - Bike Aid  
32Erik Kohler (Ger)  
33Jakob Heni (Ger)  
34Moritz Malcharek (Ger)  
35Marek Bosniatzki (Ger)  
36Christoph Schweizer (Ger) Team Sauerland Nrw p/b Henley & Partners  
37Christopher Heider (Ger)  
38Luca Niederlag (Ger)  
39Fabian Schormair (Ger) LKT Team Brandenburg  
40Fabian Fritz (Ger) Team Sauerland Nrw p/b Henley & Partners  
41Silvio Herklotz (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
42Lukas Löer (Ger) Team Kuota-Lotto  
43Victor Brück (Ger)  
44Pascal Treubel (Ger) Team Heizomat  
45Dario Rapps (Ger) Team Kuota-Lotto  
46Georg Loef (Ger) Christina Jewelry Pro Cycling  
47Manuel Porzner (Ger) Team Vorarlberg0:00:12 
48Jonas Tenbruck (Ger)  
49Moritz Fußnegger (Ger) Christina Jewelry Pro Cycling  
50Christian Koch (Ger) LKT Team Brandenburg  
51Paul Voss (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
52Daniel Bichlmann (Ger) Stradalli - Bike Aid  
53Matthias Schnapka (Ger) Stradalli - Bike Aid  
54Felix Intra (Ger) Team Sauerland Nrw p/b Henley & Partners  
55Marvin Kötting (Ger) Team Sauerland Nrw p/b Henley & Partners  
56Andreas Schreier (Ger)  
57Simon Laib (Ger)0:00:16 
58Gabriel Ossyra (Ger)0:00:18 
59Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin0:00:19 
60Max Kanter (Ger) LKT Team Brandenburg  
61Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Soudal  
62Sandro Kuhmel (Ger)  
63Robert Wagner (Ger) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:00:23 
64Patrick Haller (Ger) Rad-Net Rose Team0:00:25 
65Laurin Winter (Ger) Team Heizomat  
66Mario Vogt (Ger) Rad-Net Rose Team  
67Thomas Lienert (Ger)  
68Sven Reutter (Ger) Stölting Service Group  
69Lennard Kämna (Ger) Stölting Service Group  
70Luca Henn (Ger) Team Kuota-Lotto  
71Martin Salmon (Ger)  
72Marcel Meisen (Ger) Team Kuota-Lotto  
73Martin Gluth (Ger)  
74Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora-Argon 180:00:29 
75Raffael Freienstein (Ger) Team Kuota-Lotto0:00:31 
76Johannes Heider (Ger)0:00:33 
77Nils Politt (Ger) Team Katusha0:00:35 
78Sebastian Wotschke (Ger) LKT Team Brandenburg0:00:38 
79Patrick Gretsch (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale  
80Grischa Janorschke (Ger) Team Roth  
81Max Wörner (Ger)  
82Ruben Zepuntke (Ger) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
83Lucas Carstensen (Ger)  
84Carl Soballa (Ger) LKT Team Brandenburg  
85Jonas Härtig (Ger) Team Sauerland Nrw p/b Henley & Partners  
86Johannes Schinnagel (Ger) Team Felbermayr Simplon Wels  
87Frederik Dombrowski (Ger) Team Kuota-Lotto  
88Jasper Frahm (Ger) LKT Team Brandenburg  
89Leon R. Rohde (Ger) LKT Team Brandenburg  
90Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team0:00:48 
91Alexander Weifenbach (Ger)0:00:58 
92Thomas Koep (Ger) Stölting Service Group  
93Jonathan Dinkler (Ger)  
94Louis Leinau (Ger) Team Sauerland Nrw p/b Henley & Partners  
95Stefan Gaebel (Ger)  
96Fabian Danner (Ger)  
97Jonas Tenbrock (Ger) Stölting Service Group  
98Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
99Toni Franz (Ger)  
100Julian Schulze (Ger) Christina Jewelry Pro Cycling  
101Lukas Meiler (Ger) Team Vorarlberg  
102Maximilian Beyer (Ger) Rad-Net Rose Team  
103Dorian Lübbers (Ger) Team Heizomat  
104Jonas Rapp (Ger) Team Heizomat  
105Tobias Knaup (Ger) Team Kuota-Lotto  
106Daniel Westmattelmann (Ger) Team Kuota-Lotto  
107Robert Retschke (Ger) Team Kuota-Lotto  
108Sébastian Baldauf (Ger) Hrinkow Advarica Cycleangteam  
109Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin  
110Robert Kessler (Ger) LKT Team Brandenburg  
111Aaron Krauss (Ger) Team Heizomat0:01:21 
112Moritz Backofen (Ger) Team Kuota-Lotto  
113Lars Bartlau (Ger)0:01:28 
114Yannick Mayer (Ger) Veranclassic-Ago0:01:34 
115Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin  
116Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 180:01:46 
117Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:01:51 
118Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Stölting Service Group  
119Raven Lübbers (Ger)0:01:55 
120Victor Müller (Ger) Team Sauerland Nrw p/b Henley & Partners  
121Christian Mager (Ger) Stölting Service Group0:02:06 
122Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 180:02:10 
123Yannik Stehlin (Ger)0:03:06 
124Tony Martin (Ger) Etixx - Quick-Step0:03:16 
125Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Klein Constantia  
126Tobias Magdeburg (Ger)0:03:27 
127Malte Jürß (Ger)  
128Alexander Meier (Ger) Hrinkow Advarica Cycleangteam0:04:31 
129Jan Brockhoff (Ger) Leopard Pro Cycling0:05:12 
130Sascha Damrow (Ger)0:06:34 
131Jan Tschernoster (Ger) Rad-Net Rose Team0:07:54 
132Florian Stork (Ger) Team Sauerland Nrw p/b Henley & Partners0:09:52 
133Philipp Sohn (Ger)  
134Yannic Maus (Ger)  
135Martin Bauer (Ger)0:09:53 
DNFChristoph Pfingsten (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
DNFArnold Fiek (Ger) Christina Jewelry Pro Cycling  
DNFKai Kautz (Ger) Christina Jewelry Pro Cycling  
DNFFlorian Nowak (Ger) Christina Jewelry Pro Cycling  
DNFAndy Beran (Ger) LKT Team Brandenburg  
DNFLeon Berger (Ger) LKT Team Brandenburg  
DNFMarcel Franz (Ger) LKT Team Brandenburg  
DNFFranz Schiewer (Ger) LKT Team Brandenburg  
DNFLucas Liß (Ger) Rad-Net Rose Team  
DNFTimo Schäfer (Ger) Stradalli - Bike Aid  
DNFSimon Redmers (Ger) Team Heizomat  
DNFPhilipp Zwingenberger (Ger) Team Heizomat  
DNFJulian Braun (Ger) Team Kuota-Lotto  
DNFFelix Drumm (Ger) Team Kuota-Lotto  
DNFChristopher Hatz (Ger) Team Kuota-Lotto  
DNFRichard Weinzheimer (Ger) Team Kuota-Lotto  
DNFJulius Domnick (Ger) Team Sauerland Nrw p/b Henley & Partners  
DNFJoann Leinau (Ger) Team Sauerland Nrw p/b Henley & Partners  
DNFAndre Fonseca (Ger)  
DNFMarcel Fischer (Ger)  
DNFPascal Husterer (Ger)  
DNFChristoph Hench (Ger)  
DNFLukas Von Coelln (Ger)  
DNFMarcel Weber (Ger)  
DNFMarco Barke (Ger)  
DNFRaphael Bertschinger (Ger)  
DNFLorenz Tegl (Ger)  
DNFErik Schubert (Ger)  
DNFRick Ampler (Ger)  
DNFFlorian Gindhart (Ger)  
DNFRobert Jägeler (Ger)  
DNFTim Becker (Ger)  
DNFBenedikt Becker (Ger)  
DNFBastian Becker (Ger)  
DNFLeon Echtermann (Ger)  
DNFMoritz Horn (Ger)  
DNFPhilipp Küllmer (Ger)  
DNFTobias Ohlenschläger (Ger)  
DNFFrederik Hähnel (Ger)  
DNFFlorian Kretschy (Ger)  
DNFTim Reske (Ger)  
DNFLukas Steidten (Ger)  
DNFMatthias Wiele (Ger)  
DNFDominik Bauer (Ger)  
DNFLuke Derksen (Ger)  
DNFMarcel Peschges (Ger)  
DNFJeski Vietense (Ger)  
DNFGero Walbrül (Ger)  
DNFSven Forberger (Ger)  
DNFChristian Karl (Ger)  
DNFPatrick Nagler (Ger)  
DNFJonathan Plag (Ger)  
DNFJonas Wehrmann (Ger)  
DNFHenrik Hamm (Ger)  
DNFMax Valtey (Ger)  
DNFArne Burkhardt (Ger)  
DNFMatthias Deuble (Ger)  
DNFJohannes Ringwald (Ger)  
DNFSimon Schwitzer (Ger)  
DNFDavid Treffeisen (Ger)  
DNFLuka Zetzsche (Ger)  
DNFPeter Förster (Ger)  
DNFHendrik Eggers (Ger)  
DNFOliver Romahn (Ger)  

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