Degenkolb snatches win in Frankfurt

German HTC ace storms to victory

John Degenkolb of HTC-Highroad won the sprint in downtown Frankfurt to take Rund um den Finanzplatz Eschborn-Frankfurt. The young German went for the sprint early and beat Jerome Baugnies (Topsport Vlaanderen) by a wheel's length, with Michael Matthews of Rabobank third.

The overjoyed winner was greeted at the finish line by fellow German Erik Zabel, who won the race three times and works as an advisor to HTC. It was the third win this season for the 22-year-old, who is only in his first ProTeam season.

“I am overjoyed,” Degenkolb said, “and thankful that the whole team worked hard for me.”

“I actually didn't feel well the last time on the Mammolshain. I was the next to last rider over it,” he admitted. “Then I saw that we were all fairly close together and I trusted in my team to do it, and it all worked out.”

All out attack

There were numerous breaks and attempted breaks in the race on this sunny day, but none was able to seriously establish itself. Johnny Hoogerland of Vacansoleil was one of the most active, getting away numerous times. Paul Martens (Rabobank) was also very active in the latter part of the race.

With 50 to 60 km to go, a group finally established itself. The group continued to go through a number of changes along the way. As they tackled the short but steep Mammolshainer climb for the second time, Hoogerland got away, joined by Maartens. But they too were unable to really do anything, and were caught again with 29 km to go, with defending champion Fabian Wegmann (Leopard Trek) helping to lead the chase.

Rabobank then sent Tom Slagter down the road, and he dangled some ten seconds ahead of the field for a while. Stefan Schäfer of Team Brandenburg was the next to give it a try. The 24-year-old from the Continental team gave it his best, but the peloton kept him in check, too.

Schäfer was caught at the start of the first of three laps of the closing circuit. Another youngster took off, Mathias Belka of the newly formed Team TT Raiko. He led the way across the finish line as they started the second lap, only to be caught seconds later.

The closing circuit was a city course, winding its way through the narrow streets of downtown Frankfurt. The many corners and road construction sites helped to keep the speed down.

Thins picked up as the field went into the bell lap, only 4 km to go. The peloton was strung out through the city streets, led by HTC-Highroad.

The group galloped together into the final two km, with HTC working hard to control things and bring Degenkolb into position.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1John Degenkolb (Ger) HTC-Highroad4:50:49 
2Jerome Baugnies (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
3Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team  
4Davy Commeyne (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
5Laurent Pichon (Fra) Bretagne Schuller  
6Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
7Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
8Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano  
9Andreas Dietziker (Swi) Team NetApp  
10Danilo Hondo (Ger) Deutsche Nationalmannschaft  
11Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
12Martin Elmiger (Swi) Ag2R - La Mondiale  
13Stefan Schaefer (Ger) LKT Team Brandenburg  
14Fabio Taborre (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
15Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
16Robert Retschke (Ger) Team NetApp  
17Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Veranda`s Willems - Accent  
18Alexander Gottfried (Ger) Team NetApp  
19Dirk Müller (Ger) Nutrixxion Sparkasse  
20Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Acqua & Sapone  
21Geert Steurs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
22Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Ag2R - La Mondiale  
23Phillip Ries (Ger) Team Heizomat  
24Geert Verheyen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
25Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
26Marek Rutkiewicz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
27Dirk Bellemakers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet  
28Markus Eichler (Ger) Team NSP  
29Stefan Ganser (Ger) Team Eddy Merckx - Indeland  
30Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team NSP  
31Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
32Pieter Serry (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
33Alessandro Proni (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
34Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
35Thomas Degand (Bel) Veranda`s Willems - Accent  
36Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, le credit en ligne  
37Ruggero Marzoli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
38Jean-Lou Paiani (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
39Jacek Morajko (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
40Johan Coenen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
41Johannes Frohlinger (Ger) Skil - Shimano  
42Ben Gastauer (Lux) Ag2R - La Mondiale  
43Sebastien Joly (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
44Cyril Dessel (Fra) Ag2R - La Mondiale  
45Hubert Dupont (Fra) Ag2R - La Mondiale  
46Mariusz Witecki (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
47Michal Golas (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
48Dariusz Batek (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
49Alessandro Donati (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
50Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
51Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team NetApp  
52Julian Kern (Ger) Seven Stones  
53Sander Armee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
54Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
55Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne Schuller  
56Mathias Belka (Ger) TT Raiko - Argon 18  
57Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, le credit en ligne  
58Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
59Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank Cycling Team  
60Jens Voigt (Ger) Leopard-Trek  
61Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
62Stefan Denifl (Aut) Leopard-Trek  
63Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank Cycling Team  
64Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne Schuller  
65Johan Lebon (Fra) Bretagne Schuller  
66Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
67David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, le credit en ligne  
68Jan Bakelants (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
69Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne Schuller0:00:16 
70Maxim Belkov (Rus) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:00:26 
71Francesco Di Paolo (Ita) Acqua & Sapone0:00:28 
72Dominique Nerz (Ger) Deutsche Nationalmannschaft0:00:39 
73Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Deutsche Nationalmannschaft  
74Michael Albasini (Swi) HTC-Highroad0:00:44 
75Lars Ytting Bak (Den) HTC-Highroad  
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