Moreno Moser wins Eschborn-Frankfurt

Italian tops teammate Nerz, Firsanov

Moreno Moser claimed the second victory of his neo-pro year with Liquigas-Cannondale, soloing to the win ahead of teammate Dominik Nerz in the Rund um den Finanzplatz Eschborn-Frankfurt.

In third was RusVelo's Sergey Firsanov, who completed the podium ahead of fellow escapee Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quickstep). Andre Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) won the sprint from the field for fifth.

Moser put in a powerful attack in the final kilometer to rack up his second win of the season after the Trofeo Laigueglia.

"I found myself in the ideal situation to try the kind of attack that suits me best, and the good condition I built up over the spring allowed me to get a result out of it," Moser said. The nephew of Italian cycling legend Francesco Moser had the advantage in a four-man breakaway of having his teammate to help with the tactics.

"Along with Nerz, we had a double chance of the win. At the same time, however, we had to be make sure that we weren't taken by surprise. We made the best decision – one would try to get away, while the other would stay on the wheels and look to win the sprint."

Just inside the kilometer to go banner, Moser made his move and found himself soloing to the victory.

"When I went I realised immediately that none of the others were following me. This gave me a lot of morale and it pushed me to keep going and not give in. I am very, very happy. I couldn’t have asked for a better start to the season and a better start to my pro career than this.

"My acceleration is a weapon that I have and one that I look to take advantage of. I used to do the same thing as an amateur. To use it to get the win, however, you need to understand whether the terrain is suitable and, above all, you need to time it right. And besides, it’s the best way to win and enjoy the feeling of crossing the line with your arms raised."

While Moser's win was impressive, the real surprise of the race was Martin who, just three weeks ago, was hit by a car while training and suffered injuries to his face and shoulder, including a broken jaw. He instigated the attack with 45km remaining in the race, and while he couldn't respond in the final kilometer when Moser went away, he was pleased with his first race back.

"I'm super happy with my race today" Martin said. "Today it wasn't about winning the race but seeing where I am, and, to be honest, I'm a little bit surprised about my performance. It means that I didn't lose too much after the crash, a perfect signal for the upcoming races.

The day's breakaway consisted of Christoph Pfingsten (Germany), Sven Forberger (NSP Ghost) and Björn Schröder (Raiko Stoelting) along with Reto Hollenstein (NetApp), Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Katusha) and Sander Armee (Topsport Vlaanderen).

The group gained almost three minutes, but split on the brutally steep ascent of the Mammolshainer. Only Pfingsten, Hollenstein, Kushynski and Armee could stay clear while the rest were pulled back into the peloton.

The climb also split the peloton, leaving 11 riders in pursuit of the remaining four ahead. The two groups game together, but on the next passage of the Mammolshainer, there were only eight men able to resist, with the chase behind being led by the Argos-Shimano team of last year's winner John Degenkolb.

The leaders were eventually caught by a much reduced peloton, and it was time for Martin to insist that the race be won by a breakaway, not a sprint. He attacked on the final ascent, and over the course of the 30km run-in, Firsanov, Moser and Nerz came across and worked together with the time trial world champion to stay clear of the chasers.

"In the beginning I was a little bit scared, nervous," Martin said. "Kilometer after kilometer I felt more confident and then it was just a normal race. In the final kilometers I tried to attack. I knew that everybody was waiting for the last climb during the last lap of the circuit. That's why I tried to anticipate and to attack in the second to last climb.

"It was a super sensation riding in the front again," Martin said. "In the final I had no legs but it was normal, it was my first race after four weeks. It was pretty hard in the last hour of racing, you can believe me!"

"Today I had fun," Martin said. "It was nice to race in front of an amazing public who supported me all the time. Even my mother and my friends were here today, on the climb where I attacked. Now I will focus again on training to prepare the next races but with more trust than before."

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Moreno Moser (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 4:54:15  
2 Dominique Nerz (Ger) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:05  
3 Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Rusvelo    
4 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma - QuickStep    
5 Andre Greipel (Ger) National Team Deutschland 0:00:23  
6 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha Team    
7 John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano    
8 Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team Netapp    
9 Daniele Ratto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
10 Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
11 Stefano Agostini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
12 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
13 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
14 Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
15 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
16 Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
17 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Team Garmin-Barracuda    
18 Jerome Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma - QuickStep    
19 Andreas Dietziker (Swi) Team Netapp    
20 Serguei Klimov (Rus) Rusvelo    
21 Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony    
22 Dirk Bellemakers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony    
23 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha Team    
24 Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Katusha Team    
25 Maxime Mederel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
26 Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
27 Federico Canuti (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
28 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team Netapp    
28 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Netapp    
30 Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Rusvelo    
31 Christian Knees (Ger) Germany    
32 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:00:42  
33 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano    
34 Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Germany 0:05:23  


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