Boasson Hagen claims Vattenfall victory

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) TeamResult
1Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling4:49:40 
2Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Quickstep Cycling Team  
3Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
4Simone Ponzi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
5Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team  
6Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
7Simon Clarke (Aus) Pro Team Astana  
8Manuel Antonio Leal Cardoso (Por) Team RadioShack  
9Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - ISD  
10Michel Kreder (Ned) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
11Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
12Mitchell Docker (Aus) Skil - Shimano  
13Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
14Alexander Kristoff (Nor) BMC Racing Team  
15Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Leopard Trek  
16Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
17Luke Roberts (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard  
18Marek Rutkiewicz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
19Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Pro Team Astana  
20Daryl Impey (RSA) Team Netapp  
21Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
22Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Spa) Movistar Team  
23Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Pro Team Astana  
24Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team Netapp  
25Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha Team  
26Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
27Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
28Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team  
29Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team Netapp  
30Baden Cooke (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard  
31Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling  
32Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Katusha Team  
33Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Telenet - Fidea  
34Andreas Stauff (Ger) Quickstep Cycling Team  
35Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:00:31 
36Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:00:40 
37Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:44 
38Christian Knees (Ger) Sky Procycling0:00:46 
39Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Procycling0:00:47 
40Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:48 
41Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha Team  
42Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team  
43Romain Lemarchand (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
44Robin Chaigneau (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
45Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team  
46Robert Hunter (RSA) Team RadioShack  
47Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:49 
48Rui Alberto Faria Costa (Por) Movistar Team  
49Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team RadioShack0:00:50 
50Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
51Simon Zahner (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
52Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
53Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Quickstep Cycling Team  
54Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) HTC-Highroad  
55Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quickstep Cycling Team  
56Iván Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
57Rubén Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:51 
58Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Leopard Trek  
59John Murphy (USA) BMC Racing Team  
60Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
61Stephen Cummings (GBr) Sky Procycling  
62Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:00:52 
63Kasper Klostergaard Larsen (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard  
64David Loosli (Swi) Lampre - ISD  
65Roger Kluge (Ger) Skil - Shimano  
66Grégory Rast (Swi) Team RadioShack0:00:53 
67Michael Barry (Can) Sky Procycling  
68Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
69Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale  
70Kristijan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Cannondale  
71Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling  
72Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
73Andreas Dietziker (Swi) Team Netapp0:00:54 
74David Tanner (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard  
75David Millar (GBr) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
76Jacek Morajko (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
77Sergey Renev (Kaz) Pro Team Astana  
78Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Skil - Shimano0:00:55 
79Yann Huguet (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
80André Greipel (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
81Jens Debusschere (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
82Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
83Matteo Trentin (Ita) Quickstep  
84Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Katusha Team  
85Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team0:01:53 
86Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:02:07 
87Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:02:21 
88Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha Team0:02:36 
89Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Katusha Team0:02:43 
90Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Sky Procycling0:02:50 
91Alex Rasmussen (Den) HTC-Highroad0:02:52 
92Frantisek Rabon (Cze) HTC-Highroad  
93Alfredo Balloni (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:02:53 
94Kamil Zielinski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
95Mateusz Taciak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
96Mariusz Witecki (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
97Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team0:02:54 
98Rick Flens (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
99William Clarke (Aus) Leopard Trek  
100Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Katusha Team  
101Kenny De Haes (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
102Feng Han (Chn) Skil - Shimano0:02:55 
103Manuele Boaro (Ita) Saxo Bank Sungard0:04:31 
104Gatis Smukulis (Lat) HTC-Highroad  
105Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
106Timon Seubert (Ger) Team Netapp0:04:32 
107Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Saxo Bank Sungard  
108Maxim Gourov (Kaz) Pro Team Astana0:04:33 
109Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Team RadioShack  
110Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Pro Team Astana  
111Mark Renshaw (Aus) HTC-Highroad  
112Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
113Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:04:34 
114Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Pro Team Astana  
115Yuriy Krivtsov (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:06:00 
116Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Netapp0:07:27 
117Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team Netapp0:08:34 
118Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:09:08 
119Matthew Wilson (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:09:24 
120Lars Ytting Bak (Den) HTC-Highroad0:09:41 
121Julian Dean (NZl) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
122Roger Hammond (GBr) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:09:42 
123Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
124Marcello Pavarin (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
125José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar Team  
126Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:09:43 
127Tiziano Dall'Antonia (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
128Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
129Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team  
130Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
131Vitaliy Buts (Ukr) Lampre - ISD  
132Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Saxo Bank Sungard0:09:44 
133Dominic Klemme (Ger) Leopard Trek  
134Jesús Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team0:09:56 
135Brett Lancaster (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:10:02 
136Martin Pedersen (Den) Leopard Trek0:10:08 
137Jan Barta (Cze) Team Netapp  
138Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Leopard Trek0:10:09 
139Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
140Wouter Mol (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:17:23 
141Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:21:00 
142Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale0:22:48 
143Javier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:23:42 
144Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:24:37 
145Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team RadioShack  
DNFThor Hushovd (Nor) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
DNFDavid Boucher (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
DNFMaarten Neyens (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
DNFGiacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Leopard Trek  
DNFJoost Posthuma (Ned) Leopard Trek  
DNFMatthew Brammeier (Irl) HTC-Highroad  
DNFBernhard Eisel (Aut) HTC-Highroad  
DNFDaniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
DNFSam Bewley (NZl) Team RadioShack  
DNFSebastian Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
DNFSerguei Ivanov (Rus) Katusha Team  
DNFPablo Urtasun Perez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
DNFDaniel Sesma (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
DNFTomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Pro Team Astana  
DNFJohnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
DNFPawel Charucki (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
DNFAndré Schulze (Ger) CCC Polsat Polkowice  


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