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Kristoff wins in Frankfurt

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Katusha sprinter out-paces Degenkolb in Germany

Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) wins the 2014 GP Frankfurt

Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) wins the 2014 GP Frankfurt

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Milan-San Remo winner Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) won a soggy sprint in the Eschborn-Frankfurt, beating race-favorite German John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano) on his home turf. Belgian Jérôme Baugnies (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) was third from several bike lengths behind.

"I never expected this before the race,” Kristoff said. “I have to be honest, after Paris-Roubaix I took a well-deserved break and these past few days I just did long distance training, and I had a travel day yesterday. On the bike, I didn’t feel good in the beginning but then when you see your teammates doing a perfect job, the only thing I had to do was to follow. In the end, I started to feel better and better. Moreover, I never start a race with the idea that I will not finish. I’ll always do the sprint, and when I had such a perfect train in front of me, it was my duty to try to win. I’m really happy to put my name on the winner’s list."

The field caught a 10-man breakaway near the end of the race. Kristoff’s teammate, Alexandr Kolobnev, made a timely counter attack but was caught by the field in the last 10km. Kristoff, who was already well-placed near the front of the peloton, started his sprint with 300 meters to go. He said that during last 200 meters he was taking in a lot of wind but felt strong enough to continue to sprint.

“Most likely Degenkolb was a bit more tired,” Kristoff said. “He was the local favorite and everybody was watching him. In the end, he had to work himself too, thanks to the perfect job of Kolobnev who attacked earlier. A perfect day, and again, a win in the rain. The roads were sometimes very slippery but we managed to survive. We even did more..."

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha 4:49:31  
2 John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano    
3 Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert    
4 Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
5 Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
6 Rick Zabel (Ger) Deutsche Nationalmannschaft    
7 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Deutsche Nationalmannschaft    
8 Jan Dieteren (Ger) Team Stölting    
9 Alexander Porsev (Rus) Team Katusha    
10 Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
11 Christian Mager (Ger) Team Stölting    
12 Silvio Herklotz (Ger) Team Stölting    
13 Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
14 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN Qhubeka p.b. Samsung    
15 Jaco Venter (RSA) MTN Qhubeka p.b. Samsung    
16 Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team NetApp - Endura    
17 Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
18 Sebastian Deckert (Ger) LKT Team Brandenburg    
19 Antonio Parrinello (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Venezuela 0:00:06  
20 Robert Retschke (Ger) Team Kuota    
21 Adrian Honkisz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
22 Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
23 Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
24 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha 0:00:12  
24 Gustav Larsson (Swe) IAM Cycling    
26 Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert    
27 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetApp - Endura    
28 Frantisek Padour (Cze) Team NetApp - Endura    
29 Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Bretagne - Séché.environnement    
30 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Androni Giocattoli - Venezuela    
31 Christophe Laborie (Fra) Bretagne - Séché.environnement    
32 Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Rad-net Rose Team    
33 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) AG2R - La Mondiale 0:00:18  
34 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
35 Paul Voss (Ger) Team NetApp - Endura    
36 Nikodemus Holler (Ger) Team Stuttgart    
37 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
38 Jos Van Emden (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
39 Backer Bert De (Bel) Team Giant-Shimano    
40 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha    
41 Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:00:32  
42 Marc Goos (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
43 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Team Katusha 0:00:37  
44 Mirco Saggiorato (Swi) Team Stölting    
45 Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Séché.environnement    
46 Branislau Samoilau (Blr) CCC Polsat Polkowice 0:00:45  
47 Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
48 Alexander Krieger (Ger) Team Stuttgart 0:00:50  
49 Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN Qhubeka p.b. Samsung 0:10:00  
50 Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert    
51 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:10:07  
52 Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) MTN Qhubeka p.b. Samsung 0:10:10  
53 Julian Kern (Ger) AG2R - La Mondiale    
54 Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R - La Mondiale 0:10:15  
55 Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R - La Mondiale    
56 Biel Kadri (Fra) AG2R - La Mondiale 0:10:18  
57 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R - La Mondiale    
58 Ruben Zepuntke (Ger) Deutsche Nationalmannschaft    
59 Brice Feillu (Fra) Bretagne - Séché.environnement 0:10:25  
60 Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Venezuela 0:10:44  
61 Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Venezuela    
62 Marek Rutkiewicz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice 0:10:59  
63 Mateusz Taciak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
64 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Team Katusha 0:20:06  
65 Mario Vogt (Ger) Rad-net Rose Team 0:20:49  
66 Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne - Séché.environnement 0:40:13