Spilak wins Rund um den Finanzplatz Eschborn-Frankfurt

Breakaway survives by slimmest of margins

Fresh off his stage win and second place finish overall in the Tour de Romandie, Katusha's Simon Spilak was able to use his cunning and sparkling form to sprint to victory in the Rund um den Finanzplatz Eschborn-Frankfurt over defending champion Moreno Moser (Cannondale), with Andre Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) taking third from the peloton.

It was the third win of the year for the 28-year-old Slovenian, who also won the GP Miguel Indurain in March. Spilak said that taking part in the German race wasn't even on his original calendar, "but in the end we decided to take advantage of my shape: it turned out to be the best choice".

Spilak and Moser were part of a three-man breakaway that pushed clear on the final ascent of the Mammolshainer, a climb that kicks up to a vicious 26% grade. They were accompanied by Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R La Mondiale), but the diminutive Italian was unable to keep the sprinting pace of Spilak and Moser as they narrowly escaped the peloton's grasp in the final meters of the race.

"It was a very hard race, but my teammates worked very well in order to keep the race under control: and in the last climb, when Pozzovivo and Moser attacked, I decided to follow them. Then, we cooperated very well, and we were able to anticipate the chase by a whisker."

The 200.9km race kicked off with a breakaway of Marcel Sieberg (Lotto Belisol), Paul Voß (NetApp-Endura), Michael Morkov (Saxo-Tinkoff), Sébastien Reichenbach (IAM), Jan-Nicklas Droste (Heizomat), Tim Gebauer (Stölting), Georg Preidler (Argos-Shimano) and Michael Schweizer and Sven Forberger (NSP-Ghost) gaining around four minutes on the peloton.

The Mammolshainer proved to be too much and by the third trip the breakaway was near, and an attack from Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) caught up with Morkov and Preidler, the two remaining escapees, but the field quickly closed down the move.

On the final lap, it was time for the climbers to make their move, and Pozzovivo initiated the decisive attack, joined by Spilak and Moser. The trio worked together to maintain a slim advantage on the peloton, which was bearing down with impressive speed.

Spilak kept his nerve, waiting for Moser to start the sprint even as the threat of being caught grew - his patience paid off, and Moser jumped just far enough out that the Katusha man was able to come around and take the win on the line.

Full Results
1 Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha 4:52:07  
2 Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
3 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol    
4 John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano    
5 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka    
6 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
7 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale    
8 Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
9 Alexey Tsatevich (Rus) Katusha    
10 Ralf Matzka (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura    
11 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
12 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) German National Team    
13 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
14 Gaetan Bille (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
15 Jan Oelerich (Ger) Team Stölting    
16 Stefan Denifl (Aut) IAM Cycling    
17 Michel Koch (Ger) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
18 Reto Hollenstein (Swi) IAM Cycling    
19 Julian Kern (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale    
20 Stefano Agostini (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
21 Rémi Cusin (Fra) IAM Cycling    
22 Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN-Qhubeka    
23 Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Crelan-Euphony    
24 Bjorn Thurau (Ger) German National Team    
25 Danilo Hondo (Ger) German National Team    
26 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano    
27 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
28 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
29 Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) German National Team    
30 Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team NetApp-Endura    
31 Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling    
32 Jonathan Fumeaux (Swi) IAM Cycling    
33 Thomas Koep (Ger) Team Stölting    
34 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
35 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
36 Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
37 Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura    
38 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) RusVelo    
39 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Katusha    
40 Sergey Klimov (Rus) RusVelo    
41 Sergei Pomoshnikov (Rus) RusVelo    
42 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
43 Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team NetApp-Endura    
44 Arthur Vanoverberghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
45 Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) IAM Cycling    
46 Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Rad-Net Rose Team    
47 Sébastian Baldauf (Ger) Team NSP-Ghost    
48 Johannes Weber (Ger) Team Heizomat 0:00:13  
49 Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
50 Max Walsleben (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus    
51 Sergey Firsanov (Rus) RusVelo    
52 Artem Ovechkin (Rus) RusVelo    
53 Christian Mager (Ger) Team Stölting    
54 Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura    
55 Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Argos-Shimano    
56 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetApp-Endura    
57 Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
58 Louis Meintjes (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka    
59 Federico Canuti (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
60 Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:00:20  
61 Christian Knees (Ger) German National Team 0:00:27  
62 Jens Voigt (Ger) German National Team    
63 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano    
64 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
65 Pieter Serry (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:00:50  
66 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
67 Christopher Muche (Ger) Rad-Net Rose Team 0:01:54  
DNF Andy Cappelle (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty    
DNF Tim De Troyer (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty    
DNF Jérôme Gilbert (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty    
DNF Roy Jans (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty    
DNF Will Routley (Can) Accent Jobs-Wanty    
DNF James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty    
DNF Benjamin Verraes (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty    
DNF Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale    
DNF Steve Chainel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
DNF Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
DNF Anthony Ravard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
DNF Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
DNF Matthias Krizek (Aut) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
DNF Juraj Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
DNF Koen Barbe (Bel) Crelan-Euphony    
DNF Gilles Devillers (Bel) Crelan-Euphony    
DNF Reinier Honig (Ned) Crelan-Euphony    
DNF Christophe Premont (Bel) Crelan-Euphony    
DNF Pieter Van Herck (Bel) Crelan-Euphony    
DNF Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling    
DNF Patrick Schelling (Swi) IAM Cycling    
DNF Sergei Chernetckii (Rus) Katusha    
DNF Timofey Kritskiy (Rus) Katusha    
DNF Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha    
DNF Alexander Porsev (Rus) Katusha    
DNF Rudiger Selig (Ger) Katusha    
DNF Maximilian Bormann (Ger) LKT Team Brandenburg    
DNF Felix Donath (Ger) LKT Team Brandenburg    
DNF Franz Schiewer (Ger) LKT Team Brandenburg    
DNF Maximilian Stier (Ger) LKT Team Brandenburg    
DNF Yuriy Vasyliv (Ger) LKT Team Brandenburg    
DNF Sander Cordeel (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
DNF Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
DNF Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol    
DNF Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
DNF Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Lotto Belisol    
DNF Tsgabu Gebremaryam Grmay (Eth) MTN-Qhubeka    
DNF Meron Russom (Eri) MTN-Qhubeka    
DNF Andreas Stauff (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka    
DNF Dennis Van Niekerk (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka    
DNF Johann Van Zyl (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka    
DNF Nico Denz (Ger) German National Team    
DNF Steffen Radochla (Ger) German National Team    
DNF Rick Ampler (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus    
DNF Tobias Dohlus (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus    
DNF Sebastian Körber (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus    
DNF Grischa Janorschke (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus    
DNF Dirk Müller (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus    
DNF Alexander Schmitt (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus    
DNF Benjamin Sydlik (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus    
DNF Bert Grabsch (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
DNF Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
DNF Martin Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
DNF Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Rad-Net Rose Team    
DNF Marco Mathis (Ger) Rad-Net Rose Team    
DNF Nils Schomber (Ger) Rad-Net Rose Team    
DNF Mario Vogt (Ger) Rad-Net Rose Team    
DNF Domenic Weinstein (Ger) Rad-Net Rose Team    
DNF Igor Boev (Rus) RusVelo    
DNF Viktor Manakov (Rus) RusVelo    
DNF Alexander Serov (Rus) RusVelo    
DNF Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano    
DNF Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team Argos-Shimano    
DNF Francois Parisien (Can) Team Argos-Shimano    
DNF Jan-Niklas Droste (Ger) Team Heizomat    
DNF Raphael Freienstein (Ger) Team Heizomat    
DNF Alexander Grad (Ger) Team Heizomat    
DNF Fabian Schormair (Ger) Team Heizomat    
DNF Manuel Straub (Ger) Team Heizomat    
DNF Russell Downing (GBr) Team NetApp-Endura    
DNF Paul Voss (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura    
DNF Jacob Fiedler (Ger) Team NSP-Ghost    
DNF Sven Forberger (Ger) Team NSP-Ghost    
DNF Markus Fothen (Ger) Team NSP-Ghost    
DNF René Hooghiemster (Ned) Team NSP-Ghost    
DNF Léo Menville (Fra) Team NSP-Ghost    
DNF Michael Schweizer (Ger) Team NSP-Ghost    
DNF Timo Thömel (Ger) Team NSP-Ghost    
DNF André Benoit (Ger) Team Quantec-Indeland    
DNF Matthias Bertling (Ger) Team Quantec-Indeland    
DNF Florian Monreal (Ger) Team Quantec-Indeland    
DNF Alexander Nordhoff (Ger) Team Quantec-Indeland    
DNF Gerold Henrichsen (Ger) Team Quantec-Indeland    
DNF Ron Pfeifer (Ger) Team Quantec-Indeland    
DNF Robert Retschke (Ger) Team Quantec-Indeland    
DNF Luc Loozen (Ned) Team Quantec-Indeland    
DNF Daniele Bennati (Ita) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
DNF Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
DNF Jonas Aaen Jörgensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
DNF Jay McCarthy (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
DNF Michael Morkov (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
DNF Felix Dehmel (Ger) Team Stölting    
DNF Tim Gebauer (Ger) Team Stölting    
DNF Nils Plötner (Ger) Team Stölting    
DNF Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Stölting    
DNF Björn Schröder (Ger) Team Stölting    
DNF Sander Armee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
DNF Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
DNF Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
DNF Stijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
DNF Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Grega Bole (Slo) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Willem Wauters (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    


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