Van Leijen rides out long break to win in Münster

Duo hangs on for 190 km

Joost van Leijen of Vacansoliel initiated a break only 18 km into the Sparkassen Münsterland Giro and stayed away to the end, winning a two-man sprint on the cobblestones of downtown Münster. Second place went to Dirk Müller (Team Nutrixxion), who had been the Dutchman's original break companion. Robert Wagner of Skil-Shimano won the sprint of the peloton to finish third, 11 seconds down.

The escape group dominated much of the race. Only 18km into the 208km long race, van Leijen and Müller took off, and were soon joined by Reto Hollenstein (Vorarlberg-Corretec). The peloton, led by German ProTour Team Milram, kept the three on a short line, not allowing the lead to get bigger than about three and a half minutes.

After the first ranked climb, Sander Armee (Topsport Vlaanderen), Mads Christensen (Glud & Martstrand) and Bart van Haaren (Van Vliet) took off in pursuit of the three leaders. By km 145 the six came together, with a three minute lead over the field. Van Haaren proved unable to keep up with the others and soon dropped back to the peloton.

With 20 km to go, van Leijen and Müller were able to pull away, and soon crossed the finish line 1:32 ahead of the peloton before heading off on the closing circuit course. They were easily able to hold on to their lead and sprint against one another for the win. The peloton crossed the finish line 11 seconds later.

Full Results
1Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team4:41:19 
2Dirk Müller (Ger) Team Nutrixxion Sparkasse  
3Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil - Shimano0:00:11 
4Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Palmans - Cras  
5Eric Baumann (Ger) Team Netapp  
6Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervélo TestTeam  
7René Weissinger (Ger) Vorarlberg - Corratec  
8Johim Ariesen (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels  
9Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Rabobank Continental  
10David Kopp (Ger) Team Kuota - Indeland  
11Andrea Piechele (Ita) Carmiooro NGC  
12Kevin Peeters (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
13Barry Markus (Ned) Rabobank Continental  
14Wesley Kreder (Ned) Rabobank Continental  
15Jetse Bol (Ned) Rabobank Continental  
16Remco Te Brake (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof  
17Robert Förster (Ger) Team Milram  
18Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Team HTC - Columbia  
19Nicky Van Der Lijke (Ned) Rabobank Continental  
20Harald Totschnig (Aut) Tyrol Team  
21Felix Rinker (Ger) Team Heizomat  
22Vytautas Kaupas (Ltu) Continental Team Differdange  
23Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Continental Team Differdange  
24Moreno Hofland (Ned) Rabobank Continental  
25Nikola Aistrup (Den) Team Concordia Forsikring - Himmerland  
26Troels Ronning Vinther (Den) Glud & Marstrand - LRO Radgivning  
27Arnoud Van Groen (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
28Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
29Aristide Ratti (Ita) Carmiooro NGC  
30Paul Voss (Ger) Team Milram  
31Patrick Bercz (Ger) Seven Stones  
32Sven Jodts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
33Robert Retschke (Ger) Continental Team Differdange  
34Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Team Netapp  
35David Rosch (Ger) Atlas Personal  
36Grischa Janorschke (Ger) Team Nutrixxion Sparkasse  
37Alexander Krieger (Ger) Team Heizomat  
38Marius Bernatonis (Ltu) Atlas Personal  
39Christian Patron (Bel) Team Kuota - Indeland  
40Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Rabobank Continental  
41Stefan Kirchmair (Aut) Tyrol Team  
42Jack Vermeulen (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof  
43Bart Dockx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
44Sander Oostlander (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof  
45Frank Scherzinger (Ger) Atlas Personal  
46Josef Benetseder (Aut) Vorarlberg - Corratec  
47Jasper Bovenhuis (Ned) Rabobank Continental  
48Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Cervélo TestTeam  
49Norbert Durauer (Aut) Tyrol Team  
50Hakan Nilsson (Swe) Continental Team Differdange  
51Davy De Scheemaeker (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
52Steven Caethoven (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
53Andreas Dietziker (Swi) Team Netapp  
54Sjoerd Kouwenhoven (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof  
55Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram  
56Andreas Henig (Ger) Seven Stones  
57Tom Van Den Haute (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
58Björn Schröder (Ger) Team Milram  
59Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
60Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia  
61Daniel Westmattelmann (Ger) Team Kuota - Indeland  
62Steffen Radochla (Ger) Team Nutrixxion Sparkasse  
63Timothy Vangheel (Bel) Palmans - Cras  
64Michael Berling (Den) Glud & Marstrand - LRO Radgivning  
65Florian Salzinger (Ger) Atlas Personal  
66Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia  
67Sierk De Haan (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels0:00:19 
68Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:00:20 
69Enrico Peruffo (Ita) Carmiooro NGC0:00:22 
70Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia  
71Matthias Bertling (Ger) Team Kuota - Indeland  
72Erik Mohs (Ger) Team Nutrixxion Sparkasse  
73Alexander Schmitt (Ger) Team Kuota - Indeland  
74Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
75Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Cervélo TestTeam  
76Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam  
77Cyrille Heymans (Lux) Continental Team Differdange  
78Stijn Joseph (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:00:27 
79Martin Hacecky (Cze) Atlas Personal  
80Jan Barta (Cze) Team Netapp  
81Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervélo TestTeam  
82Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team Netapp0:00:37 
83Nicolas Baldo (Fra) Atlas Personal  
84Lasse Bochmann (Den) Glud & Marstrand - LRO Radgivning  
85Michael Schweizer (Ger) Team Nutrixxion Sparkasse0:00:45 
86Koen Barbe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet0:00:48 
87Kristian Sobota (Den) Team Concordia Forsikring - Himmerland0:00:51 
88Jimmy Janssens (Bel) Palmans - Cras0:00:58 
89Rob Goris (Bel) Palmans - Cras  
90Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Vorarlberg - Corratec  
91Dominik Roels (Ger) Team Milram  
92Kim Lachmann (Ger) Team Nutrixxion Sparkasse0:01:00 
93Bas Krauwel (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof  
94Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Team HTC - Columbia  
95Jelle Posthuma (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels  
96Jonas Schmeiser (Ger) Team Heizomat  
97Sander Armee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
98Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Team Netapp0:01:11 
99Mitchell Docker (Aus) Skil - Shimano0:01:45 
100Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervélo TestTeam0:02:27 
101Luc Hagenaars (Ned) Team Kuota - Indeland0:02:54 
102Mads Christensen (Den) Glud & Marstrand - LRO Radgivning  
103Yannick Mayer (Ger) Team Heizomat0:03:29 
104Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team Netapp0:03:31 
105Kasper Linde Jorgensen (Den) Glud & Marstrand - LRO Radgivning  
106Peter Schulting (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels0:06:49 
107Emmanuel Van Ruitenbeek (Ned) Team Kuota - Indeland0:06:50 
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