Wegmann takes second consecutive Frankfurt win

Milram rider completes successful comeback

Fabian Wegmann of Team Milram completed his comeback from a broken collarbone and defended his title in Rund um den Finanzplatz Eschborn-Frankfurt, taking the sprint of a greatly-reduced field. Two Landbouwkrediet riders finished second and third, Geert Verheyen and Bert Scheirlinckx.

The peloton had fallen back enough to be pulled from the race after the first of three laps of a closing circuit course, leaving only about 30 riders to go for the win. Milram had three in that group, and set things up for their captain perfectly.

"It doesn't get any better than this," said the ecstatic winner. He was in the lead early, and "I didn't look back, I just kept on going. I've had so much bad luck this year, and this is fantastic, to win my favourite race again."

"I worked hard. It was a large group and hard work. I gambled by waiting, then finally went for it. Niki Terpstra rode really great for me, Christian Knees, too."

The race got off to a damp start, as the roads were wet from overnight rain and there was still a light drizzle. About 10km into the day a six-rider group formed. Dirk Müller (Team Nutrixxion Sparkasse), Ralf Matzka (Team Heizomat), Frank Wagner (Seven Stones), Timon Seubert (Team NetApp), Johannes Kahra (Kuota Indeland) and Josef Benetseder (Vorarlberg-Corratec) built up a lead of up to 3:30, but once the route starting climbing, the gap shrank.

The group fell apart on the Ruppertshainer climb, and by the time the descent was over, Müller was alone in front, but not for long. He too was caught, and soon a new group formed. That was the pattern for many kilometres, as various groups and individuals tried their luck.

By kilometre 118, Matteo Carrara of Vacansoliel had managed to get away. Some 20km later he was joined by Katusha's Evgeni Petrov, but a large chasing group was only 30 seconds behind them.

With 40km to go, it was clear that HTC-Columbia was not going to be involved in the win. None of its riders had gotten into the large chase group, and the six-minute gap to the two leaders was too great.

Jerome Coppel of Saur-SojaSun joined the two leaders with 30km left in the race, but the group was caught before they all started on the three laps of the closing circuit course. Numerous riders goat away, with groups forming and falling apart. Meanwhile, the peloton was taken out after the first lap. Their gap of about five minutes was too great for the short circuit course.

Another Saur SojaSun rider took off solo, Julien Simon, with just over 6km left. He never had much of a lead but managed to stay away until just before the 1km marker. Three Milram riders led the way to the end, with Wegmann, not known as a sprinter, going into the wind early and managing to hold on until the end.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram4:53:22 
2Geert Verheyen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
3Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
4Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
5Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Team Katusha  
6Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
7Carlo Scognamiglio (Ita) ISD - Neri  
8Dirk Bellemakers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet  
8Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
10Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano  
11Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
12Nick Nuyens (Bel) Rabobank  
13Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
14Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Team NetApp  
15Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
16Alexander Gottfried (Ger) Team NetApp  
17Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team NetApp  
18Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
19Johan Coenen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
20Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank  
21Julien Simon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
22Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha  
23Evgeni Petrov (Rus) Team Katusha0:00:05 
24Adrian Honkisz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
25Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram  
26Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
27Brice Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
28Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram0:01:07 
DNFWim De Vocht (Bel) Team Milram  
DNFLinus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram  
DNFRoy Sentjens (Bel) Team Milram  
DNFPaul Voss (Ger) Team Milram  
DNFPeter Wrolich (Aut) Team Milram  
DNFStef Clement (Ned) Rabobank  
DNFSteven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank  
DNFTom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank  
DNFKai Reus (Ned) Rabobank  
DNFJos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank  
DNFAndre Greipel (Ger) Team HTC-Columbia  
DNFAleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Team HTC-Columbia  
DNFMatthew Goss (Aus) Team HTC-Columbia  
DNFGert Dockx (Bel) Team HTC-Columbia  
DNFPatrick Gretsch (Ger) Team HTC-Columbia  
DNFLeigh Howard (Aus) Team HTC-Columbia  
DNFTony Martin (Ger) Team HTC-Columbia  
DNFMarcel Sieberg (Ger) Team HTC-Columbia  
DNFFilippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha  
DNFMarco Bandiera (Ita) Team Katusha  
DNFNikita Eskov (Rus) Team Katusha  
DNFSerguei Klimov (Rus) Team Katusha  
DNFRobbie McEwen (Aus) Team Katusha  
DNFSylwester Janiszewski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
DNFAdam Sznitko (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
DNFKamil Zielinski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
DNFTomasz Repinski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
DNFTomasz Smolen (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
DNFMaxim Belkov (Rus) ISD - Neri  
DNFDmytro Grabowskyy (Ukr) ISD - Neri  
DNFOleksandr Kvachuk (Ukr) ISD - Neri  
DNFDenys Kostyuk (Ukr) ISD - Neri  
DNFGianluca Mirenda (Ita) ISD - Neri  
DNFLeonardo Scarselli (Ita) ISD - Neri  
DNFDavy Commeyne (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
DNFBert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
DNFBart Dockx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
DNFBenjamin Gourgue (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
DNFJimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
DNFJérémie Galland (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
DNFLaurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
DNFYannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
DNFDominique Cornu (Bel) Skil - Shimano  
DNFYukihiro Doi (Jpn) Skil - Shimano  
DNFYann Huguet (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
DNFThierry Hupond (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
DNFPiet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
DNFAlbert Timmer (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
DNFFrederik Wilmann (Nor) Skil - Shimano  
DNFSander Armee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
DNFStijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
DNFPieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
DNFPreben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
DNFKristof Vandewalle (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
DNFMichal Golas (Pol) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
DNFStéphane Rossetto (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
DNFSergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
DNFRob Ruygh (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
DNFJosef Benetseder (Aut) Vorarlberg - Corratec  
DNFSebastian Baldauf (Ger) Vorarlberg - Corratec  
DNFAndreas Dietziker (Swi) Vorarlberg - Corratec  
DNFRene Haselbacher (Aut) Vorarlberg - Corratec  
DNFReto Hollenstein (Swi) Vorarlberg - Corratec  
DNFPhilipp Ludescher (Aut) Vorarlberg - Corratec  
DNFSebastian Siedler (Ger) Vorarlberg - Corratec  
DNFRené Weissinger (Ger) Vorarlberg - Corratec  
DNFNikias Arndt (Ger) LKT Team Brandenburg  
DNFMathias Belka (Ger) LKT Team Brandenburg  
DNFFelix Dehmel (Ger) LKT Team Brandenburg  
DNFJohannes Kahra (Ger) LKT Team Brandenburg  
DNFMichel Koch (Ger) LKT Team Brandenburg  
DNFTino Meier (Ger) LKT Team Brandenburg  
DNFEric Pidun (Ger) LKT Team Brandenburg  
DNFMichael Weicht (Ger) LKT Team Brandenburg  
DNFPatrick Bercz (Ger) Seven Stones  
DNFThomas Bontenackels (Ger) Seven Stones  
DNFMichael Hümbert (Ger) Seven Stones  
DNFJulian Kern (Ger) Seven Stones  
DNFAlexander Nordhoff (Ger) Seven Stones  
DNFChristopher Roth (Ger) Seven Stones  
DNFChristopher Schmieg (Ger) Seven Stones  
DNFFrank Daniel Wagner (Ger) Seven Stones  
DNFTim Barth (Ger) Team Heizomat  
DNFYannick Mayer (Ger) Team Heizomat  
DNFNils Plötner (Ger) Team Heizomat  
DNFRalf Matzka (Ger) Team Heizomat  
DNFFelix Rinker (Ger) Team Heizomat  
DNFFabian Schaar (Ger) Team Heizomat  
DNFJonas Schmeiser (Ger) Team Heizomat  
DNFMatthias Bertling (Ger) Team Kuota Indeland  
DNFStefan Ganser (Ger) Team Kuota Indeland  
DNFBjorn Glasner (Ger) Team Kuota Indeland  
DNFAlexander Grad (Ger) Team Kuota Indeland  
DNFDirk Finders (Ger) Team Kuota Indeland  
DNFLuc Hagenaars (Ned) Team Kuota Indeland  
DNFEmmanuel Van Ruitenbeek (Ned) Team Kuota Indeland  
DNFDaniel Westmattelmann (Ger) Team Kuota Indeland  
DNFJan Barta (Cze) Team NetApp  
DNFCesare Benedetti (Ita) Team NetApp  
DNFBastien Delrot (Fra) Team NetApp  
DNFAlex Meenhorst (NZl) Team NetApp  
DNFTimon Seubert (Ger) Team NetApp  
DNFSergej Fuchs (Ger) Team Nutrixxion Sparkasse  
DNFKim Lachmann (Ger) Team Nutrixxion Sparkasse  
DNFPhilipp Mamos (Ger) Team Nutrixxion Sparkasse  
DNFDirk Müller (Ger) Team Nutrixxion Sparkasse  
DNFSteffen Radochla (Ger) Team Nutrixxion Sparkasse  
DNFMitja Schlüter (Ger) Team Nutrixxion Sparkasse  
DNFRene Obst (Ger) Team Nutrixxion Sparkasse  
DNFLars Wackernagel (Ger) Team Nutrixxion Sparkasse  

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