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Boasson Hagen claims Vattenfall victory

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Ciolek, Bozic out-paced by Norwegian

Team Sky's Edvald Boasson Hagen continued his late-season winning streak, sprinting to the victory at the Vattenfall Cyclassics in Hamburg.

The Norwegian out-sprinted Gerald Ciolek (Quickstep) and Borut Bozic (Vacansoleil) after a perfect lead-out from teammate Geraint Thomas in the final 500m.

His success follows two stage wins in the Tour de France and the overall victory and final stage of the Eneco Tour.

"It was perfect again," said Team Sky directeur sportif Servais Knaven. "This group have been riding together in many races this season, they know each other so well now and they do everything for each other.

"You need good riders, which we've got, and if they all work together as well as that then you get performances like this. They are riding strong, they keep on winning and it's great to see. It was another brilliant day."

The peloton split in the run-in to the finish, leaving behind HTC-Highroad's Mark Renshaw, Andre Greipel (Omega Pharma-Lotto) and RadioShack's sprinters Robbie McEwen and Robbie Hunter.

Quickstep worked hard to maintain the gap, but even with teammates to usher him to the line, Ciolek was unable to challenge the Team Sky sprinter.

"In the sprint I took off at about 350 metres, trying to anticipate on Boasson Hagen. But when he launched his sprint he jumped particularly strong. I gave it my all, but today I don't think anyone could have beaten him," said Ciolek. "When you lose to a rider who is so fast and in such good shape you can't have any regrets, even though this could have been an important victory for me."

Bozic thanked his teammates Bjorn Leukemans and Marco Marcato for the lead-out in the last kilometer, but said he was powerless against the Team Sky men.

"I was quick enough to win, but hindsight is worthless. Team Sky had the numbers and did a great job."

The only German race of the WorldTour, the Vattenfall Cyclassics got underway in pleasant weather and with immediate attacks. A breakaway went clear over the first climb, with Lars Bak (HTC-Highroad), Jan Barta (NetApp), Pavel Brutt (Katusha), Thomas De Gendt (Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator) and Daniel Sesma (Euskaltel-Euskadi).

The five riders gained over three minutes on the field but soon Sesma couldn't hold the high pace and dropped back to the peloton.

The four riders were kept under control by the sprinters' teams, and in the end the 15% grade of the Waserberg would one by one spell the end of the breakaway. First it was Barta, then De Gendt, and finally Bak who couldn't hold on during the final circuits.

Brutt soldiered on alone, but before he could even wave goodbye to his last companion, the fractured peloton was on his heels.

Nine riders split from the field, with Brutt hanging on along with Maarten Tjallingii (Rabobank), Alan Perez (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Jurgen Roelandts (Omega Pharma-Lotto), Matteo Trentin (Quickstep) and others, but the peloton then came back together.

The quick succession of climbs scrambled the bunch, and a late attack by Quicksteps' Dries Devenyns shattered the hopes of some of the top sprinters - with world champion Thor Hushovd and Rabobank's promising sprinter Michael Matthews amongst the flotsam. Only 30 or so riders made the split, with Sky and Quickstep keeping the pace high to prevent the return of the others.

Behind, Katusha and Liquigas tried to close the gap, but the Team Sky train was running full steam and held off both the chase and the challenge from the other sprinters, delivering Boasson Hagen perfectly to the victory.

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling 4:49:40  
2 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Quickstep Cycling Team    
3 Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
4 Simone Ponzi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
5 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team    
6 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
7 Simon Clarke (Aus) Pro Team Astana    
8 Manuel Antonio Leal Cardoso (Por) Team RadioShack    
9 Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - ISD    
10 Michel Kreder (Ned) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
11 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
12 Mitchell Docker (Aus) Skil - Shimano    
13 Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
14 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) BMC Racing Team    
15 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Leopard Trek    
16 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale    
17 Luke Roberts (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard    
18 Marek Rutkiewicz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
19 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Pro Team Astana    
20 Daryl Impey (RSA) Team Netapp    
21 Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
22 Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Spa) Movistar Team    
23 Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Pro Team Astana    
24 Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team Netapp    
25 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha Team    
26 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Skil - Shimano    
27 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
28 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team    
29 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team Netapp    
30 Baden Cooke (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard    
31 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling    
32 Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Katusha Team    
33 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Telenet - Fidea    
34 Andreas Stauff (Ger) Quickstep Cycling Team    
35 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:00:31  
36 Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:00:40  
37 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:44  
38 Christian Knees (Ger) Sky Procycling 0:00:46  
39 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Procycling 0:00:47  
40 Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:48  
41 Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha Team    
42 Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team    
43 Romain Lemarchand (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
44 Robin Chaigneau (Ned) Skil - Shimano    
45 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team    
46 Robert Hunter (RSA) Team RadioShack    
47 Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:49  
48 Rui Alberto Faria Costa (Por) Movistar Team    
49 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team RadioShack 0:00:50  
50 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
51 Simon Zahner (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
52 Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
53 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Quickstep Cycling Team    
54 Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) HTC-Highroad    
55 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quickstep Cycling Team    
56 Iván Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
57 Rubén Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:51  
58 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Leopard Trek    
59 John Murphy (USA) BMC Racing Team    
60 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
61 Stephen Cummings (GBr) Sky Procycling    
62 Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:00:52  
63 Kasper Klostergaard Larsen (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard    
64 David Loosli (Swi) Lampre - ISD    
65 Roger Kluge (Ger) Skil - Shimano    
66 Grégory Rast (Swi) Team RadioShack 0:00:53  
67 Michael Barry (Can) Sky Procycling    
68 Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
69 Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale    
70 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Cannondale    
71 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling    
72 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
73 Andreas Dietziker (Swi) Team Netapp 0:00:54  
74 David Tanner (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard    
75 David Millar (GBr) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
76 Jacek Morajko (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
77 Sergey Renev (Kaz) Pro Team Astana    
78 Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Skil - Shimano 0:00:55  
79 Yann Huguet (Fra) Skil - Shimano    
80 André Greipel (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
81 Jens Debusschere (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
82 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
83 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Quickstep    
84 Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Katusha Team    
85 Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team 0:01:53  
86 Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - ISD 0:02:07  
87 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - ISD 0:02:21  
88 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha Team 0:02:36  
89 Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Katusha Team 0:02:43  
90 Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:02:50  
91 Alex Rasmussen (Den) HTC-Highroad 0:02:52  
92 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) HTC-Highroad    
93 Alfredo Balloni (Ita) Lampre - ISD 0:02:53  
94 Kamil Zielinski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
95 Mateusz Taciak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
96 Mariusz Witecki (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
97 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:02:54  
98 Rick Flens (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
99 William Clarke (Aus) Leopard Trek    
100 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Katusha Team    
101 Kenny De Haes (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
102 Feng Han (Chn) Skil - Shimano 0:02:55  
103 Manuele Boaro (Ita) Saxo Bank Sungard 0:04:31  
104 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) HTC-Highroad    
105 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
106 Timon Seubert (Ger) Team Netapp 0:04:32  
107 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Saxo Bank Sungard    
108 Maxim Gourov (Kaz) Pro Team Astana 0:04:33  
109 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Team RadioShack    
110 Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Pro Team Astana    
111 Mark Renshaw (Aus) HTC-Highroad    
112 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
113 Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:04:34  
114 Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Pro Team Astana    
115 Yuriy Krivtsov (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:06:00  
116 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Netapp 0:07:27  
117 Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team Netapp 0:08:34  
118 Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:09:08  
119 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:09:24  
120 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) HTC-Highroad 0:09:41  
121 Julian Dean (NZl) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
122 Roger Hammond (GBr) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:09:42  
123 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
124 Marcello Pavarin (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
125 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar Team    
126 Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:09:43  
127 Tiziano Dall'Antonia (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
128 Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
129 Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team    
130 Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
131 Vitaliy Buts (Ukr) Lampre - ISD    
132 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Saxo Bank Sungard 0:09:44  
133 Dominic Klemme (Ger) Leopard Trek    
134 Jesús Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team 0:09:56  
135 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:10:02  
136 Martin Pedersen (Den) Leopard Trek 0:10:08  
137 Jan Barta (Cze) Team Netapp    
138 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Leopard Trek 0:10:09  
139 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
140 Wouter Mol (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:17:23  
141 Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice 0:21:00  
142 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:22:48  
143 Javier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:23:42  
144 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:24:37  
145 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team RadioShack    
DNF Thor Hushovd (Nor) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
DNF David Boucher (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
DNF Maarten Neyens (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
DNF Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Leopard Trek    
DNF Joost Posthuma (Ned) Leopard Trek    
DNF Matthew Brammeier (Irl) HTC-Highroad    
DNF Bernhard Eisel (Aut) HTC-Highroad    
DNF Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
DNF Sam Bewley (NZl) Team RadioShack    
DNF Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
DNF Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Katusha Team    
DNF Pablo Urtasun Perez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
DNF Daniel Sesma (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
DNF Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Pro Team Astana    
DNF Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Pawel Charucki (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
DNF André Schulze (Ger) CCC Polsat Polkowice