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Demare wins Vattenfalls Cyclassics

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Susan Westemeyer

FDJ-BigMat rider outsprints Greipel and Nizzolo

Arnaud Demare (FDJ - Big Mat) beats Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol) and Giacomo Nizzolo (RadioShack - Nissan)

Arnaud Demare (FDJ - Big Mat) beats Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol) and Giacomo Nizzolo (RadioShack - Nissan)

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Arnaud Demare of FDJ-BigMat took the biggest win of his career at the Vattenfalls Cyclassics in Hamburg, Germany. The young Frenchman mastered Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol) and Giaccomo Nizzolo (RadioShack-Nissan) in the mass sprint.

A trio dominated the early part of the race. Andeas Dietziker (NetApp), Jesse Sergent RadioShack-Nissan) and Gregor Gazvoda (AG2R) were the early break, although they never had more than about a two-minute lead.

With about 60km to go, Marco Pinotti of BMC attacked, and soon the three leaders were caught and passed, and a new group had formed with Pinotti, Alexander Porsev (Katusha), Matthieu Ladagnous (FDJ), Martin Mortensen (Vacansoleil-DCM), Yaroslav Popovych (RadioShack-Nissan), Christopher Juul Jensen (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank) und Matteo Bono (Lampre-ISD).

A crash along the way took out Stuart O'Grady (Orica-GreenEdge), with a fractured collarbone.

The gap to the leading group was never large, as Sky, with last year's winner Edvald Boasson Hagen, was unwilling to let them get away. They were caught again on the third of four climbs up the Waseberg, and immediately a new group formed, about a dozen riders including Tom Boonen and Peter Sagan. Boonen tried to take off on his own, but the group was too dangerous - and not working together at all - and everyone was soon together again.

Sagan had a blow to his chances with 18km to go, as he had a mechanical whilst on the final climb up the Waseberg.

With 14km to go, Ben Hermans of RadioShack-Nissan took off on a solo effort. The chasing group was totally unorganized and couldn't decide who should lead the chase - playing right into Hermans' hands. A four-man group finally formed, and the field behind them splintered into multiple groups.

The foursome was soon joined by more and more riders, and they caught Hermans with some 8km to go. The peloton regrouped and caught them all. Further attacks followed but the expected mass sprint came about.

A crash with only a few hundred meters to go broke up the field, and an Orica-GreenEdge racer appeared to have been injured. At the finish line, Demare clearly outsprinted the top names for the prestigious win.

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 6:03:19  
2 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team    
3 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Radioshack-Nissan    
4 Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
5 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling    
6 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team    
7 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Garmin - Sharp    
8 Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale    
9 Tom Veelers (Ned) Argos-Shimano    
10 Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team    
11 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha Team    
12 David Tanner (Aus) Team Saxo Bank / Tinkoff Bank    
13 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
14 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale    
15 Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - ISD    
16 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
17 Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team Netapp    
18 Ben Hermans (Bel) Radioshack-Nissan    
19 Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre - ISD    
20 Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team    
21 Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team    
22 Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Team Saxo Bank / Tinkoff Bank    
23 Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
24 Jonas Aaen Jörgensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank / Tinkoff Bank 0:00:08  
25 Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 0:00:11  
26 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 0:00:14  
27 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:00:16  
28 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar Team    
29 Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:18  
30 Christian Knees (Ger) Sky Procycling 0:00:24  
31 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
32 Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Team Netapp    
33 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team    
34 Romain Lemarchand (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
35 Michael Morkov (Den) Team Saxo Bank / Tinkoff Bank 0:00:27  
36 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team    
37 Gustav Larsson (Swe) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team 0:00:32  
38 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:00:34  
39 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team    
40 Ricardo Garcia Ambroa (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:00:36  
41 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team    
42 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
43 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol Team    
44 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Team Saxo Bank / Tinkoff Bank    
45 Dominik Nerz (Ger) Liquigas-Cannondale    
46 Simone Ponzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
47 Bert De Backer (Bel) Argos-Shimano 0:00:43  
48 Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
49 Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha Team    
50 Jan Barta (Cze) Team Netapp    
51 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 0:00:46  
52 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Radioshack-Nissan    
53 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
54 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team Netapp    
55 Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Movistar Team    
56 Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
57 Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team    
58 Jacob Rathe (USA) Garmin - Sharp 0:00:51  
59 Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky Procycling    
60 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - ISD 0:00:56  
61 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) FDJ-Big Mat    
62 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team    
63 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team 0:01:02  
64 Rudiger Selig (Ger) Katusha Team 0:01:04  
65 Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:01:11  
66 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team 0:01:14  
67 Luke Rowe (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:01:16  
68 Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:01:21  
69 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Sharp 0:01:34  
70 Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:39  
71 Robert Wagner (Ger) Radioshack-Nissan 0:01:53  
72 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin - Sharp 0:02:08  
73 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:11  
74 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team 0:02:28  
75 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:02:34  
76 Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:02:40  
77 Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
78 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
79 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Netapp 0:05:16  
80 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 0:08:27  
81 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
82 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team    
83 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
84 Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) Team Saxo Bank / Tinkoff Bank    
85 Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol Team    
86 Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin - Sharp    
87 Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team 0:09:00  
88 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team    
89 Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
90 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
91 Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
92 Thomas Leezer (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
93 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
94 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Argos-Shimano    
95 Roger Kluge (Ger) Argos-Shimano    
96 Roy Curvers (Ned) Argos-Shimano    
97 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Garmin - Sharp 0:09:29  
98 Marco Pinotti (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:09:46  
99 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Radioshack-Nissan    
100 Jetse Bol (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
101 Albert Timmer (Ned) Argos-Shimano    
102 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
103 Adam Blythe (GBr) BMC Racing Team    
104 Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team Netapp    
105 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
106 Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team Netapp    
107 Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team    
108 Kristof Goddaert (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale    
109 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
110 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Cannondale    
111 Theo Bos (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
112 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Argos-Shimano    
113 Andreas Dietziker (Swi) Team Netapp    
114 Bert Grabsch (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
115 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
116 Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Katusha Team    
117 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
118 Federico Canuti (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
119 Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) Garmin - Sharp    
120 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
121 Francis De Greef (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team    
122 Alexander Porsev (Rus) Katusha Team    
123 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Movistar Team 0:09:58  
124 Dennis Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team    
125 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica GreenEdge 0:10:28  
126 Dominic Klemme (Ger) Argos-Shimano 0:10:40  
127 Jens Mouris (Ned) Orica GreenEdge 0:10:47  
128 Baden Cooke (Aus) Orica GreenEdge 0:11:42  
129 Svein Tuft (Can) Orica GreenEdge    
130 Alexey Tsatevitch (Rus) Katusha Team 0:13:32  
131 Gregor Gazvoda (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale    
132 Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank / Tinkoff Bank    
DNF Alex Dowsett (GBr) Sky Procycling    
DNF Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Sky Procycling    
DNF Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Sky Procycling    
DNF Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling    
DNF Maxim Iglinsky (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
DNF Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
DNF Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
DNF Juraj Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale    
DNF Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
DNF Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha Team    
DNF Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha Team    
DNF Nelson Filipe Santos Simoes Oliveira (Por) Radioshack-Nissan    
DNF Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Radioshack-Nissan    
DNF Jesse Sergent (NZl) Radioshack-Nissan    
DNF Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica GreenEdge    
DNF Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica GreenEdge    
DNF Stuart O'grady (Aus) Orica GreenEdge    
DNF Matthew Wilson (Aus) Orica GreenEdge    
DNF Andreas Klier (Ger) Garmin - Sharp    
DNF Pablo Urtasun Perez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
DNF Massimo Graziato (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
DNF Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team    
DNF Boris Shpilevsky (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale    
DNF Steve Chainel (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
DNF Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank / Tinkoff Bank