Kristoff wins Eschborn-Frankfurt

Katusha rider wins for the third time

Alexander Kristoff powered to his third career Eschborn-Frankfurt victory Monday, led out so well in the finishing sprint that his Katusha-Alpecin teammate Rick Zabel claimed a convincing second. Trek-Segafredo's John Degenkolb rounded out the podium in third.

It was left to a much-reduced peloton to contest the finale on a cold, wet day in Germany. A number of aggressors tried to deny the surviving sprinters their shot at the win with attempted escapes in the last 30 kilometres, but none managed to stay clear, setting up a sprint on rain-slicked urban roads.

Katusha led the race into the last few hundred metres and Zabel and defending champion Kristoff even managed to put a gap of several bike lengths into those behind as they wound up to speed. Kristoff pulled in front as the line approached to take a commanding WorldTour win.

"I was a little bit dropped on the last climb but I had a strong team around me to pull me back," Kristoff said. "Without them I would have had no chance. We came back just before the laps and Rick was guiding me through the corners at the end and he did a perfect lead out for me and ended up second himself. Luckily he was my teammate in those last few k's because otherwise I think he would have won the race!

"Earlier Tony Martin and Angel Vicioso and also team Bora Hansgrohe were working with us. Then at the end Nils Politt and Zabel took over. It was a big team effort to get back on the front that enabled me to sprint for the victory. We are really happy and it was a great performance," said Kristoff.

An eight-man break formed over the lumpy early goings of the day as the race took on a succession of climbs on the outskirts of Frankfurt. Peter Koning (Aqua Blue Sport), Antoine Warnier (WB Veranclassic Aqua Project), Carl Soballa (Germany), Jens Wallays (Sport-Vlaanderen Baloise), Twan Castelijns (LottoNL-Jumbo), Brian van Goethem (Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij), Dries De Bondt (Vérandas Willems-Crelan) and Nikolay Trusov (Gazprom-Rusvelo) comprised the move, whose advantage topped out at around five and a half minutes before the pack began shortening the leash.

Nasty weather saw the likes of Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) and Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) all pull out of the race before the racing really heated up.

The early break was caught with some 45 kilometres left to go. The regrouping spurred multiple attempts to form a new, stable escape, but none succeeded in opening a significant gap for more than a few minutes.

A strong selection of just under 20 riders – including Degenkolb – led the race into the final 30 kilometres but a peloton live to danger was sure not to give them too much breathing room. They were rejoined by the chasing pack 15 kilometres later.

Van Goethem and Pim Ligthart (Roompot-Nederlandse lotterij) made a last-ditch attempt to escape in the finale but were brought to heel to set up a sprint, where Katusha-Alpecin delivered Kristoff to perfection and a dominant victory.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin5:29:32 
2Rick Zabel (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin  
3John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-Segafredo  
4Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team  
5Pim Ligthart (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
6Juan Jose Lobato (Spa) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
7Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo  
8Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Quick-Step Floors  
9Michel Kreder (Ned) Aqua Blue Sport  
10Ben Swift (GBr) UAE Team Emirates  
11Tom Bohli (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
12Alex Kirsch (Lux) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
13Francisco Ventoso (Spa) BMC Racing Team  
14Rudy Barbier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
15Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb  
16Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
17Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Cannondale-Drapac0:00:06 
18Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
19Gaetan Bille (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
20Nikolas Maes (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
21Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
22Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe  
23Rúben Guerreiro (Por) Trek-Segafredo  
24Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
25Brian Van Goethem (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
26Patrick Bevin (NZl) Cannondale-Drapac0:00:15 
27Bram Tankink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
28Aime De Gendt (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:00:16 
29Jos Van Emden (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
30Adam James Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal0:00:19 
31Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:23 
32Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe  
33Jan Tratnik (Slo) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:00:27 
34Floris De Tier (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:00:35 
35Pieter Serry (Bel) Quick-Step Floors  
36Simone Petilli (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
37Dries Van Gestel (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
38Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
39Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:40 
40Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:00:43 
41Thomas Scully (NZl) Cannondale-Drapac0:00:57 
42Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin0:01:05 
43Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo0:01:19 
44Paul Martens (Ger) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:01:25 
45Petr Vakoc (Cze) Quick-Step Floors0:01:36 
46Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo0:01:48 
47Tony Martin (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin0:01:50 
48Simone Ponzi (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
49Ángel Vicioso (Spa) Katusha-Alpecin0:02:38 
50Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Sunweb  
51Aaron Gate (NZl) Aqua Blue Sport0:03:55 
52Julien Vermote (Bel) Quick-Step Floors  
53Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
54Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Aqua Blue Sport  
55Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Sunweb  
56Peter Koning (Ned) Aqua Blue Sport  
57Frederik Frison (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
58Michal Paluta (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
59Koen De Kort (Ned) Trek-Segafredo  
60Martin Elmiger (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
61Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
62Olivier Pardini (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
63Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
64Branislau Samoilau (Blr) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
65Raymond Kreder (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
66Edward Ravasi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
67Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:04:05 
DNFMaxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin  
DNFMarco Mathis (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin  
DNFSimon Spilak (Slo) Katusha-Alpecin  
DNFMarcel Kittel (Ger) Quick-Step Floors  
DNFFernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step Floors  
DNFYves Lampaert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors  
DNFFabio Sabatini (Ita) Quick-Step Floors  
DNFPeter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe  
DNFErik Baska (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe  
DNFCesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe  
DNFMarcus Burghardt (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe  
DNFGregor Mühlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe  
DNFMarco Coledan (Ita) Trek-Segafredo  
DNFLaurent Didier (Lux) Trek-Segafredo  
DNFAndré Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal  
DNFJasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
DNFMarcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Soudal  
DNFJelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
DNFEnzo Wouters (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
DNFRoy Curvers (Ned) Team Sunweb  
DNFBert De Backer (Bel) Team Sunweb  
DNFRamon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Sunweb  
DNFMike Teunissen (Ned) Team Sunweb  
DNFZico Waeytens (Bel) Team Sunweb  
DNFOliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFGediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFSamuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFJulien Duval (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFSondre Holst Enger (Nor) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFStijn Vandenbergh (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFValerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
DNFFilippo Ganna (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
DNFMarko Kump (Slo) UAE Team Emirates  
DNFYousif Mirza Alhammadi (UAE) UAE Team Emirates  
DNFFederico Zurlo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
DNFBenjamin Declercq (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
DNFRuben Pols (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
DNFJens Wallays (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
DNFManuel Senni (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
DNFLoïc Vliegen (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
DNFRaffael Freienstein (Ger) German National Team  
DNFChristopher Hatz (Ger) German National Team  
DNFNikodemus Holler (Ger) German National Team  
DNFGeorg Loef (Ger) German National Team  
DNFChristian Mager (Ger) German National Team  
DNFJonas Rapp (Ger) German National Team  
DNFCarl Soballa (Ger) German National Team  
DNFGeorg Zimmermann (Ger) German National Team  
DNFDylan Van Baarle (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac  
DNFAlberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac  
DNFSebastian Langeveld (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac  
DNFRyan Mullen (Irl) Cannondale-Drapac  
DNFKenny Dehaes (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFSimone Antonini (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFJérôme Baugnies (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFTom Devriendt (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFGuillaume Levarlet (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFKevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFPieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFRobert Wagner (Ger) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
DNFTwan Castelijns (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
DNFDaan Olivier (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
DNFKevyn Ista (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
DNFSébastien Delfosse (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
DNFThomas Deruette (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
DNFGregory Habeaux (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
DNFChristophe Masson (Fra) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
DNFAntoine Warnier (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
DNFLeigh Howard (Aus) Aqua Blue Sport  
DNFStefan Denifl (Aut) Aqua Blue Sport  
DNFMartyn Irvine (Irl) Aqua Blue Sport  
DNFCalvin Watson (Aus) Aqua Blue Sport  
DNFTim Ariesen (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
DNFMartijn Budding (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
DNFBerden De Vries (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
DNFJens Mouris (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
DNFStijn Devolder (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
DNFSander Cordeel (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
DNFDries De Bondt (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
DNFHuub Duijn (Ned) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
DNFTimothy Dupont (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
DNFMichael Goolaerts (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
DNFOtto Vergaerde (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
DNFSergey Lagutin (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
DNFArtur Ershov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
DNFArtem Nych (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
DNFIvan Savitskiy (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
DNFAleksei Tcatevich (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
DNFNikolay Trusov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
DNFAdrian Kurek (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
DNFLeszek Plucinski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice   

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