Greipel wins bunch sprint in Hamburg

German out-sprints Kristoff, Nizzolo as Cavendish crashes

Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) claimed the win in the bunch sprint at the Vattenfall Cyclassics in Hamburg. Second place went to Alexander Kristoff (Katusha), who went in the lead too early and ended up setting up his German rival perfectly. Giacomo Nizzolo of Trek was third.

Greipel surprisingly had never won the Vattenfall Cyclassics before in his career, but this time a perfect storm of a late crash taking out Mark Cavendish (Etixx-Quickstep) and Kristoff hitting out prematurely helped the German finally win in Hamburg.

"That was super work from the team, although after crashes in the finale we only had four guys," Greipel said. "I have often hoped to win here. Today it finally worked out."

The race got off to an unusual start in the harbour city of Kiel, with the peloton taking off from a ferry on to the mainland. Shortly after the start, a four-man group got away. Jan Barta (Bora-Argon 18), Matteo Bono (Lampre-Merida), Alex Dowsett (Movistar) and Martin Mortensen (Cult Energy) pulled away and built up a gap of up to five minutes.

MTN-Qhubeka led the chase much of the day, before Lotto-Soudal and Katusha, with their top sprint candidates, moved in. With 60 km to go, Bono and Mortensen were alone in the lead with a gap of less than a minute.

The gap continued to fall and with 43 km to go, the gap was about 30 seconds, and the leading duo had been joined by Philippe Gilbert (BMC), Manuele Boaro (Tinkoff-Saxo) and Matthias Brändle (IAM). However, by the 20 km marker, it had all come back together, with a peloton of about 75 riders.

Linus Gerdemann (Cult Energy) was one of the first to attack, and he and Julien Alaphilippe put in a strong effort, but were never far away from the field. They were swallowed up with 10 km to go.

A crash with less than 3 km to go took down Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep) and Giant-Alpecin’s Marcel Kittel had been dropped on the third climb of the day, so two top favourites were eliminated.

As could be expected, it came down to defending champion Kristoff and Greipel. The Norwegian opened the sprint, but unfortunately for him, Greipel was directly on his wheel. The German powered past Kristoff and easily cruised in to take his first Vattenfall win.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal4:57:05 
2Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha  
3Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek Factory Racing  
4Tom Boonen (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step  
5Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
6Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ.fr  
7Matti Breschel (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo  
8Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin  
9Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
10Rasmus Guldhammer (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
11Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
12Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
13Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
14Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky  
15Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:00:01 
16Ralf Matzka (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
17Luka Pibernik (Slo) Lampre-Merida  
18Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
19Rick Zabel (Ger) BMC Racing Team  
20Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) IAM Cycling  
21Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) IAM Cycling  
22Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step  
23Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team  
24Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin  
25Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
26Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team0:00:02 
27Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
28Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ.fr  
29Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo  
30Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:00:03 
31Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky  
32Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:05 
33Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Team Katusha  
34Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Soudal0:00:06 
35Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Giant-Alpecin  
36Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step0:00:07 
37Michael Morkov (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo  
38Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) FDJ.fr0:00:08 
39Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin0:00:16 
40Stefan Küng (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:00:21 
41Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
42Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:00:22 
43Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling  
44Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek Factory Racing0:00:25 
45Scott Thwaites (GBr) Bora-Argon 180:00:29 
46Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:00:34 
47Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica GreenEdge0:00:43 
48Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha0:00:57 
49Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora-Argon 180:01:02 
50Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Soudal0:01:08 
51Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:09 
52Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica GreenEdge  
53Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
54Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
55Tyler Farrar (USA) MTN - Qhubeka0:01:10 
56Jos Van Emden (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo  
57Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
58Michael Rogers (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo  
59Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling0:01:20 
60Davide Malacarne (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:01:23 
61Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Team Sky0:01:24 
62Sébastien Turgot (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:29 
63Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Team Katusha  
64Ion Izagirre (Spa) Movistar Team0:02:07 
65Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin0:02:14 
66Mark Cavendish (GBr) Etixx - Quick-Step0:02:41 
67Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step0:03:07 
68Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica GreenEdge0:03:30 
69Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Team Katusha0:03:53 
70Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Cult Energy Pro Cycling0:04:03 
71Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica GreenEdge0:04:04 
72Reto Hollenstein (Swi) IAM Cycling  
73Campbell Flakemore (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:04:05 
74Rudiger Selig (Ger) Team Katusha0:04:07 
75Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:04:53 
76Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) MTN - Qhubeka0:05:33 
77Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
78Stig Broeckx (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:05:34 
79Hayden Roulston (NZl) Trek Factory Racing  
80Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre-Merida  
81Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
82Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo0:05:35 
83Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo  
84Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
85Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team  
86Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:05:36 
87Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
88Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-Alpecin0:07:07 
89Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo0:07:15 
90Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Sky0:07:16 
91Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin  
92Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale0:08:20 
93Patrick Gretsch (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale0:08:21 
94Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) Team Katusha  
95Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) IAM Cycling  
96Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky  
97Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky0:08:22 
98Rasmus Christian Quaade (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
99Michael Carbel Svendgaard (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
100Paul Martens (Ger) Team LottoNL-Jumbo  
101Tony Martin (Ger) Etixx - Quick-Step  
102Mark Renshaw (Aus) Etixx - Quick-Step  
103Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling0:08:23 
104Stijn Devolder (Bel) Trek Factory Racing  
105Julien Vermote (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step  
106Andrew Fenn (GBr) Team Sky  
107Thomas Leezer (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo  
108Nick Van Der Lijke (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo  
109Marc Sarreau (Fra) FDJ.fr  
110Jan Barta (Cze) Bora-Argon 180:08:24 
111Paul Voss (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
112Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Trek Factory Racing  
113Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 18  
114Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La Mondiale  
115Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:08:25 
116Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Soudal0:09:17 
117Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka  
118Andreas Stauff (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka  
119Aleksei Tsatevich (Rus) Team Katusha  
120Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale0:09:18 
121Maxime Daniel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
122Roger Kluge (Ger) IAM Cycling  
123Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek Factory Racing  
124Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
125Moreno Hofland (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:09:19 
126Michael Reihs (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
127Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica GreenEdge  
128Juan Jose Lobato (Spa) Movistar Team0:13:28 
129Martin Mortensen (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling0:15:05 
130Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team  

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