Walscheid wins Munsterland Giro

Sunweb rider tops Degenkolb, Politt

Max Walscheid (Team Sunweb) won the Munsterland Giro, beating John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) in a reduced bunch sprint. Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin) rounded out the podium with Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) in fourth.

The tight city-centre course made for a messy sprint and there appeared to be some miss-communication between defending champion Sam Bennett and his teammate Pascal Ackerman. Bora-Hansgrohe had controlled the bunch in the finale and looked the strongest team present, but the pair appeared to be sprinting against each other before Bennett sat up. The Irishman finished 11th while Ackerman claimed fifth.

There were no such issues for Walscheid who shot to the front of the group as the peloton rounded the penultimate curve. The 25-year-old German was a clear bike's length ahead of Degenkolb as he thumped the air in delight. The race was Walscheid's first since finishing the Vuelta a Espana last month and his first win since the penultimate stage of the Tour de Yorkshire in May.

A six-rider move marked the start of the day with Maxim Belkov (Katusha-Alpecin), Alexandr Kulikovskii (Gazprom-Rusvelo), Lucas Carstensen (Bike Aid), Pascal Treubel (Heizomat rad-net.de), Paul Taebling (LKT-Team Brandenburg), Robert Retschke (Lotto-Kern Haus) building up a lead of over three minutes. Their time out front did not last too long, and with just over 100 kilometres remaining they were caught after the peloton split in two in some crosswinds.

It was a severely diminished peloton that entered Munster inside the final 20 kilometres, with fewer than 30 riders remaining. Bennett and Ackermann made the further split during a frenetic flurry of action with Greipel, Degenkolb and Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) also making it into the select leading group.

As the group approached the finish line for the first time, Elmar Reinders (Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij) jumped clear. The Dutchman still had a small gap as he hit the line for the second time, but the group behind appeared well in control of the situation. With two potential contenders for victory, it was left to Bora-Hansgrohe to pull Reinders back. He was easily reeled in with four kilometres to go.

Not wanting to wait for a sprint finish, and perhaps taking note from Danny van Poppel at Binche-Chimay-Binche, Gaviria decided to have a go inside the final three kilometres. Bora-Hansgrohe were quick to react and brought the Colombian back, but they could not relax with Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) attacking immediately afterwards. He was eventually caught.

Trek-Segafredo guided the peloton under the flamme rouge. Walscheid was sitting in around fifth place in the bunch as the sprint wound up but he slipped into the front position by the time they rounded the second to last bend. Degenkolb remained firmly on his wheel but did not have the power to go around him.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Max Walscheid (Ger) Team Sunweb4:42:16 
2John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-Segafredo  
3Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin  
4André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal  
5Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe  
6Florian Senechal (Fra) Quick-Step Floors  
7Alexander Krieger (Ger) Leopard Pro Cycling0:00:01 
8Mathias Van Gompel (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
9Szymon Sajnok (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
10Lucas Carstensen (Ger) Bike Aid  
11Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe  
12Jeroen Meijers (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
13Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
14Edward Theuns (Bel) Team Sunweb0:00:02 
15Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Sunweb  
16Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:00:03 
17Gregory Rast (Swi) Trek-Segafredo0:00:05 
18Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data0:00:06 
19Koen De Kort (Ned) Trek-Segafredo0:00:17 
20Nikolas Maes (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:00:21 
21Lars Bak (Den) Lotto Soudal0:00:31 
22Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe  
23Elmar Reinders (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij0:00:52 
24Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step Floors  
25Erik Baska (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe  
26Michael Paluta (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
27Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe  
28Kamil Gradek (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:01:17 
29Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:01:19 
30Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe  
31Max Kanter (Ger) Development Team Sunweb0:01:43 
32Barnabás Peák (Hun) Quick-Step Floors0:03:03 
33Alexandr Porsev (Rus) Gazprom–Rusvelo  
34John Mandrysch (Ger) Team Dauner D&DQ | Akkon  
35Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data  
36Kenneth Van Rooy (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
37Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
38Jasper De Laat (Ned) Metec-TKH p/b Mantel  
39Joshua Huppertz (Ger) Team Lotto-Kern Haus  
40Marinus Cornelius Minaard (Ned) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
41Julien Vermote (Bel) Dimension Data  
42Adrian Kurek (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:03:04 
43Kevin Inkelaar (Ned) Polartec Kometa  
44Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk  
45Jose Manuel Diaz (Spa) Israel Cycling Academy  
46Alan Banaszek (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
47Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Trek-Segafredo  
48Willie Smit (RSA) Katusha-Alpecin  
48Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
50Igor Boev (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
50Scott Thwaites (GBr) Dimension Data  
52Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Quick-Step Floors  
53Szymon Rekita (Pol) Leopard Pro Cycling0:03:05 
54Jhonnatan Manuel Narvaez Prado (Ecu) Quick-Step Floors0:03:06 
55Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
56Rick Zabel (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin  
57Lennard Kämna (Ger) Team Sunweb  
58Guy Niv (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy  
59Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin  
60Tony Martin (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin0:03:09 
61Per Christian Münstermann (Ger) Team Sauerland NRW p/b SKS Germany0:13:15 
62Jasper Frahm (Ger) Heizomat Rad-Net.de  
63Felix Intra (Ger) Team Sauerland NRW p/b SKS Germany  
64Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
65Daniel Westmattelmann (Ger) Team Lotto-Kern Haus  
66Andrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk  
67Johannes Hodapp (Ger) Team Sauerland NRW p/b SKS Germany  
68Vladislav Kulikov (Rus) Gazprom–Rusvelo  
69Sven Thurau (Ger) Team Dauner D&DQ | Akkon  
70Jens Reynders (Bel) Leopard Pro Cycling  
71Patrick Haller (Ger) Heizomat Rad-Net.de  
72Boris Vallee (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
73Luca Henn (Ger) Team Lotto-Kern Haus  
74Paul Taebling (Ger) LKT Team Brandenburg  
75Jonas Rutsch (Ger) Team Lotto - Kern Haus0:13:14 
76Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Sunweb  
77Gaëtan Pons (Lux) Leopard Pro Cycling  
78Iljo Keisse (Bel) Quick-Step Floors  
79Antoine Warnier (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
80Mario Spengler (Swi) Leopard Pro Cycling  
81Colin Heiderscheid (Lux) Team Dauner D&Dq | Akkon  
82Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin  
DNFTom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Sunweb  
DNFBaptiste Planckaert (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin  
DNFMads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo  
DNFLaurent Didier (Lux) Trek-Segafredo  
DNFJasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo  
DNFFrederik Frison (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
DNFStan Dewulf (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
DNFEnzo Wouters (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
DNFNicolas Dougall (RSA) Dimension Data  
DNFBernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension Data  
DNFConnor Swift (GBr) Madison Genesis  
DNFTim Declercq (Bel) Quick-Step Floors  
DNFAlexandr Kulikovskiy (Rus) Gazprom–Rusvelo  
DNFStepan Kuriyanov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
DNFSergei Shilov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
DNFPawel Bernas (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
DNFJonas Koch (Ger) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
DNFJean-Paul Van Poppel (Ned)  
DNFFloris Gerts (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
DNFWouter Wippert (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
DNFAime De Gendt (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
DNFMoreno De Pauw (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
DNFChristophe Noppe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
DNFJoonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFBrian Kamstra (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFEmanuel Mini (Arg) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFUmberto Poli (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFChristopher Williams (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFKenny Dehaes (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
DNFJimmy Duquennoy (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
DNFKenny Molly (Bel) Ago - Aqua Service  
DNFChristophe Masson (Fra) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
DNFThomas Deruette (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
DNFJulien Stassen (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
DNFVictor Lafay (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFEmmanuel Morin (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFAnthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFGeoffrey Soupe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFAnthony Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFKenneth Vanbilsen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFAwet Andemeskel (Eri) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNFRoy Goldstein (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNFMihkel Räim (Est) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNFHamish Schreurs (NZl) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNFKevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
DNFWesley Kreder (Ned) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
DNFDaniel Bichlmann (Ger) Bike Aid  
DNFNikodemus Holler (Ger) Bike Aid  
DNFPatrick Lechner (Ger) Bike Aid  
DNFMatthias Schnapka (Ger) Bike Aid  
DNFTino Thömel (Ger) Bike Aid  
DNFTobias Nolde (Ger) Heizomat Rad-Net.De  
DNFSven Reutter (Ger) Heizomat Rad-Net.De  
DNFLeon Rohde (Ger) Heizomat Rad-Net.De  
DNFPascal Treubel (Ger) Heizomat Rad-Net.De  
DNFJan Tschernoster (Ger) Heizomat Rad-Net.De  
DNFLeo Appelt (Ger) LKT Team Brandenburg  
DNFRichard Banusch (Ger) LKT Team Brandenburg  
DNFJonas Bokeloh (Ger) LKT Team Brandenburg  
DNFPhilip Weber (Ger) LKT Team Brandenburg  
DNFChristian Maximilian Koch (Ger) LKT Team Brandenburg  
DNFMoritz Malcharek (Ger) LKT Team Brandenburg  
DNFDominik Bauer (Ger) Team Dauner D&Dq | Akkon  
DNFLukas Löer (Ger) Team Dauner D&Dq | Akkon  
DNFMarc Clauss (Ger) Team Dauner D&Dq | Akkon  
DNFSimon Laib (Ger) Team Dauner D&Dq | Akkon  
DNFRobert Retschke (Ger) Team Lotto - Kern Haus  
DNFTobias Knaup (Ger) Team Lotto - Kern Haus  
DNFJan Hugger (Ger) Team Lotto - Kern Haus  
DNFMichel Gießelmann (Ger) Team Sauerland NRW p/b Sks Germany  
DNFLouis Leinau (Ger) Team Sauerland NRW p/b Sks Germany  
DNFJonas Härtig (Ger) Team Sauerland NRW p/b Sks Germany  
DNFJon Knolle (Ger) Team Sauerland NRW p/b Sks Germany  
DNFJan Brockhoff (Ger) Leopard Pro Cycling  
DNFKonrad Geßner (Ger) Leopard Pro Cycling  
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