Sam Bennett wins Sparkassen Munsterland Giro

Bauhaus and Greipel round out podium

Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) won the Sparkassen Munsterland Giro on Tuesday in a dramatic and agonisingly close four-way photo finish.

Barely a hair separated Bennett, Phil Bauhaus (Sunweb), Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal), and Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) as they hit the line in Münster, with Bennett managing to throw his bike and nudge his wheel across the tape by the narrowest of margins. Bauhaus was given second place, and Greipel third, while Kittel missed out on the podium places. 

Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) finished fifth but in the slipstream of the others, who crossed the line four abreast. 

The German race was always likely to culminate in a bunch sprint, with only the most minor of hills on the 198km route. The peloton would make its way north before embarking on three laps of a 5km finishing circuit in Münster. 

A four-man breakaway went clear in the early stages, containing Tony Martin (Katusha-Alpecin), Luca Henn (Lotto-Kern Haus), Etienne Van Empel (Roompot), and Carl Soballa (LKT-Brandenburg). They opened up a maximum advantage of three minutes but there was never any pressure on the peloton. 

The gap came down to below a minute with just over 30km remaining, whereupon Martin and Soballa waved goodbye to their other two companions and tried to delay the inevitable for as long as possible. The game was up, and the race all together again, with just under 20km to go and the local laps about to begin. 

From there it was all about the build-up to the sprint, with no shortage of top-quality names, and Bennett pinched it to claim his sixth victory of the season. 

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora - Hansgrohe4:35:26 
2Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Team Sunweb  
3André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal  
4Marcel Kittel (Ger) Quick - Step Floors  
5Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo  
6Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Bora - Hansgrohe  
7Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha Alpecin  
8Roy Jans (Bel) Wb Veranclassic Aquality Protect  
9Andre Looij (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
10Nicola Toffali (Ita) 0711 / Cycling  
11Christophe Noppe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
12Jonas Koch (Ger) Ccc Sprandi Polkowice  
13Alexander Porsev (Rus) Gazprom - Rusvelo  
14Jimmy Duquennoy (Bel) Wb Veranclassic Aquality Protect  
15Robert William Kessler (Ger) Lkt Team Brandenburg  
16Patrick Haller (Ger) Rad-Net Rose Team  
17Nils Politt (Ger) Team Katusha Alpecin  
18Edward Planckaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
19Joshua Huppertz (Ger) Team Lotto - Kern Haus  
20Manuel Porzner (Ger) Team Heizomat  
21Maximilian Richard Walscheid (Ger) Team Sunweb  
22Konrad Geßner (Ger) Rad-Net Rose Team  
23Enzo Wouters (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
24Remy Mertz (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
25Yves Lampaert (Bel) Quick - Step Floors  
26Mark Mcnally (GBr) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
27Sven Thurau (Ger) Team Dauner D&Dq Akkon  
28Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Dimension Data  
29Senne Leysen (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
30Jarl Salomein (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
31Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Dimension Data  
32Christian Maximilian Koch (Ger) Lkt Team Brandenburg  
33Elmar Reinders (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
34Jack Bauer (NZl) Quick - Step Floors  
35Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Sunweb  
36Christophe Masson (Fra) Wb Veranclassic Aquality Protect  
37Tim Ariesen (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
38Scott Thwaites (GBr) Team Dimension Data  
39Jos Van Emden (Ned) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo0:00:08 
40Rick Zabel (Ger) Team Katusha Alpecin0:00:11 
41Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora - Hansgrohe  
42Paul Martens (Ger) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo0:00:13 
43Robert Thomas Wagner (Ger) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo  
44Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk  
45Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Team Katusha Alpecin  
46Silvio Herklotz (Ger) Bora - Hansgrohe  
47Lars Bak Ytting (Den) Lotto Soudal  
48Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Team Dimension Data  
49Shane Archbold (NZl) Bora - Hansgrohe0:00:24 
50Julien Vermote (Bel) Quick - Step Floors  
51Aaron Grosser (Ger) Team Sauerland Nrw P/B Henley & Partners0:00:38 
52Nathan Müller (Ger) Team Heizomat  
53Thomas Gibbons (USA) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
54Florian Obersteiner (Ger) Rad-Net Rose Team  
55Awet Habtom Tekle (Eri) Bike Aid  
56Lorenz Fiege (Ger) Team Dauner D&Dq Akkon  
57Igor Boev (Rus) Gazprom - Rusvelo  
58Arnold Fiek (Ger) 0711 / Cycling  
59Robert Retschke (Ger) Team Lotto - Kern Haus  
60Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Gazprom - Rusvelo  
61Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora - Hansgrohe  
62Marc Dörrie (Ger) Team Lotto - Kern Haus  
63Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Sunweb  
64Wesley Kreder (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
65Stijn Steels (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
66Berden De Vries (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
67Julien Stassen (Bel) Wb Veranclassic Aquality Protect  
68Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk0:00:43 
69Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) Team Dimension Data  
70Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
71Brecht Dhaene (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
72Joschka Beck (Ger) Bike Aid  
73Felix Intra (Ger) Team Sauerland Nrw P/B Henley & Partners  
74FrantišEk Sisr (Cze) Ccc Sprandi Polkowice  
75Maciej Paterski (Pol) Ccc Sprandi Polkowice  
76Maarten Wynants (Bel) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo  
77Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo  
78Sjoerd Van Ginneken (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
79Davide Martinelli (Ita) Quick - Step Floors  
80Pieter Weening (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
81Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Sunweb0:00:46 
82Pieter Serry (Bel) Quick - Step Floors0:00:59 
83Stepan Kuriyanov (Rus) Gazprom - Rusvelo  
84Kevin Deltombe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:01:04 
85Kamil Malecki (Pol) Ccc Sprandi Polkowice  
86Jan Hugger (Ger) 0711 / Cycling  
87Philipp Mamos (Ger) Team Dauner D&Dq Akkon  
88Dominik Bauer (Ger) Team Dauner D&Dq Akkon  
89Nicholas Dlamini (RSA) Dimension Data For Qhubeka  
90Richard Weinzheimer (Ger) Team Lotto - Kern Haus  
91Max Wörner (Ger) 0711 / Cycling  
92Tobias Nolde (Ger) Rad-Net Rose Team  
93Frederik Einhaus (Ger) Team Lotto - Kern Haus  
94Piotr Brozyna (Pol) Ccc Sprandi Polkowice  
95Joann Leinau (Ger) Team Sauerland Nrw P/B Henley & Partners  
96Umberto Poli (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk  
97Lennard Kämna (Ger) Team Sunweb  
98Ludovic Robeet (Bel) Wb Veranclassic Aquality Protect0:01:20 
99Emiel Planckaert (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
100Henrik Hamm (Ger) 0711 / Cycling0:01:32 
101Patrick Lechner (Ger) Bike Aid0:01:36 
102Roberto Vukovic (Ger) Team Sauerland Nrw P/B Henley & Partners0:01:46 
103Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Team Katusha Alpecin0:01:50 
104Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Bora - Hansgrohe0:01:55 
105Johann Van Zyl (RSA) Team Dimension Data  
106Daniel Bichlmann (Ger) Bike Aid  
107Yannick Mayer (Ger) 0711 / Cycling  
108Viktor Müller (Ger) Team Sauerland Nrw P/B Henley & Partners  
109Thomas Deruette (Bel) Wb Veranclassic Aquality Protect  
110Alexandre Ballet (Swi) 0711 / Cycling  
111Michal Paluta (Pol) Ccc Sprandi Polkowice  
112Patryk Stosz (Pol) Ccc Sprandi Polkowice  
113Philip Weber (Ger) Lkt Team Brandenburg  
114Paul Rudys (Ger) Lkt Team Brandenburg  
115Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Sunweb  
116Artur Ershov (Rus) Gazprom - Rusvelo  
117Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora - Hansgrohe  
118Jonas Härtig (Ger) Team Sauerland Nrw P/B Henley & Partners  
119Jens Wallays (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
120Carl Soballa (Ger) Lkt Team Brandenburg  
121Tony Martin (Ger) Team Katusha Alpecin  
122Marco Mathis (Ger) Team Katusha Alpecin  
123Adne Van Engelen (Ned) Bike Aid  
124Mathias Van Gompel (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
125Mateusz Taciak (Pol) Ccc Sprandi Polkowice  
126Kersten Thiele (Ger) Rad-Net Rose Team  
127Johannes Adamietz (Ger) Team Heizomat  
128Louis Leinau (Ger) Team Sauerland Nrw P/B Henley & Partners  
129Piotr Havik (Ned) Team Katusha Alpecin0:02:06 
130Lukas Löer (Ger) Team Dauner D&Dq Akkon0:02:49 
131Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo0:02:59 
132Tom Dernies (Bel) Wb Veranclassic Aquality Protect0:03:07 
133Dorian Lübbers (Ger) Team Heizomat  
134Pascal Treubel (Ger) Team Heizomat0:06:05 
135Luca Henn (Ger) Team Lotto - Kern Haus  
DNFAlbert Timmer (Ned) Team Sunweb  
DNFAdrien Niyonshuti (Rwa) Team Dimension Data  
DNFJens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
DNSPrzemyslaw Kasperkiewicz (Pol) An Post Chain Reaction  
DNFTim Declercq (Bel) Quick - Step Floors  
DNFMartijn Keizer (Ned) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo  
DNFAnton Vorobyev (Rus) Gazprom - Rusvelo  
DNFSergey Nikolaev (Rus) Gazprom - Rusvelo  
DNFAndrei Solomennikov (Rus) Gazprom - Rusvelo  
DNFDanilo Napolitano (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFRobin Stenuit (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFEtienne Van Empel (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
DNFRuben Pols (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
DNFStephen Clancy (Irl) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFMehdi Benhamouda (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFQuentin Valognes (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFHendrikus Van Ijzendoorn (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFSébastien Delfosse (Bel) Wb Veranclassic Aquality Protect  
DNFFrederik Hähnel (Ger) Lkt Team Brandenburg  
DNFMalte Jürß (Ger) Lkt Team Brandenburg  
DNFSven Reutter (Ger) Rad-Net Rose Team  
DNFLukas Ortner (Ger) Rad-Net Rose Team  
DNFMarco Müller-Sciacca (Ger) Team Dauner D&Dq Akkon  
DNFJan Van Puyvelde (Ger) Team Dauner D&Dq Akkon  
DNFTobias Knaup (Ger) Team Lotto - Kern Haus  
DNFJonas Rutsch (Ger) Team Lotto - Kern Haus  
DNFLuca Felix Happke (Ger) Team Sauerland Nrw P/B Henley & Partners  
DNFLaurin Winter (Ger) Team Heizomat  
DNFSimon Redmers (Ger) Team Heizomat  
DNFTimo Schäfer (Ger) Bike Aid  
DNFMatthias Schnapka (Ger) Bike Aid  

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