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Farrar repeats at Vattenfall Cyclassics

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American sprinter outkicks Boasson Hagen, Greipel

Tyler Farrar (Garmin - Transitions) celebrates his second straight victory at the Vattenfall Cyclassics.

Tyler Farrar (Garmin - Transitions) celebrates his second straight victory at the Vattenfall Cyclassics.

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Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Transitions) showed he has fully recovered from his Tour de France fractures and is set for a strong second part of the season by taking a repeat victory at the Vattenfall Cyclassics race in Hamburg.

Nobody has ever won back-to-back versions of the German ProTour race during its 15-year history but Farrar again got some special help from teammate Julian Dean and had the speed to come past Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky) and Andrei Greipel (HTC-Columbia) to win the sprint. Norway’s Alexander Kristoff (BMC) was fourth and Australia’s Allan Davis (Astana) completed the top five.

Boasson Hagen was given a great lead-out from Team Sky in the final two kilometres but perhaps went a little early. He tried to hold his speed and threw his bike at the line but Farrar was faster and put his arms up in celebration. He knew he had got it.

“It’s amazing to have won again,” Farrar said.

“It always takes a lot of luck to win a one-day race like Vattenfall. To have that luck for two years in a row it’s nice for me. I love this race. It’s kind of the perfect for me, for my characteristics."

Farrar’s painful injuries at the Tour de France are now a rapidly fading memory. And like most of the best sprinters in the world, Farrar will ride the Vuelta a España as preparation for a shot at the world road race championships in Melbourne, Australia, on October 3.

“I had a rough month with injuries at the Tour de France because I broke my wrist. To come back and win again makes me feel like things are on the right track. I’ll ride a few more one-days and then the Vuelta and the world championships. They’re the important ones for me,” he said.

Five rider breakaway

The 216.6km race began with a long loop into the Hamburg countryside before the traditional circuits that include the testing and leg burning Waseberg climb through the trees.

The peloton seemed to enjoy the ride in the cool but dry conditions and allowed the early breakaway of Nikolai Trusov (Katusha), Sebastian Lang (Omega Pharma-Lotto), Gatis Smukulis (Ag2r-La Mondiale), Anthony Geslin (Francaise des Jeux) and Robin Chaigneau (Skil-Shimano) to gain a massive lead of 16:30.

After 120km of riding the peloton finally awoke and began to chase but the five fought on and were first to the top of the Waseberg, with the gap still 7:45 with 65km to go. The peloton, and especially the sprinters’ teams, knew they would have to chase hard if they wanted to catch them but it was going to be close.

Fortunately the Waseberg slowed the break and eventually split it on the penultimate time up through the trees.

Trusov was the first to attack and he was joined by Smukulis and Geslin. They had a lead of 2:50 with 30km to go but Garmin-Transitions, Team Sky, Lampre-Farnese Vini and home team Milram all put riders on the front and the gap began to come down rapidly.

Rain on some parts of the course worried the sprinters but they raced on, fighting for position in the bunch before the last climb of the Waseberg. The climb only lasts 700 metres but has a section at 15% and it is vital to be near the front to try and save your legs for the sprint.

The likes of Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) and Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) did not want a bunch sprint finish and attacked over the top of the climb. They got a gap but were joined by the very young but very talented Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Doimo). He was riding for Daniele Bennati and so refused to contribute greatly to the attack, meaning the bunch was rapidly back together. It was a clear signal the race would end in a sprint.

Up front the breakaway also faded and lost speed after the Waseberg. A couple of huge turns by Fabian Cancellara brought the trio into view and they were eventually swept up with eight kilometres to go.

Gerben Löwik (Francaise des Jeux) and then the duo of Martin Elmiger (Ag2r-La Mondiale) and Christian Knees (Milram) tried to break away but the sprinters could feel victory was in their grasp and neutralised their escapes.

Rain made the final kilometres dangerous and Quick Step’s Wouter Weylandts took a tumble but somehow everyone else stayed up and it was dry in the centre of Hamburg.

Lampre, Team Sky, Garmin-Transitions, Rabobank and Liquigas-Doimo all fought for the front in the final five kilometres but nobody wanted to take control of the sprint. With two kilometres to go, Team Sky decided to make their move riding to set up Boasson Hagen. Everyone else fought for position on Boasson Hagen’s wheel, knowing that the road was wide and fast in the final 500 metres.

Boasson Hagen hit out early and looked fast with 300 metres to go but he went a little bit early. He faded and his rivals pounced. Farrar went around the outside of the young Norwegian and was clearly faster, while Greipel tried to sneak through on the left, hoping the shorter inside line would open up for him. Farrar was the fastest though, while Greipel was stuck between the barriers and Boasson Hagen.

At the line it was close as all three threw their bikes, but Farrar was the first to celebrate, knowing he had won again and taken a special repeat victory.

Next stop is the Vuelta for sprints against Mark Cavendish and then the big end of season showdown at the world championships.


Full Results
1 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Transitions 5:02:36  
2 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
3 André Greipel (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia    
4 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) BMC Racing Team    
5 Allan Davis (Aus) Astana    
6 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo    
7 Thomas Leezer (Ned) Rabobank    
8 Enrique Mata (Spa) Footon-Servetto    
9 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
10 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
11 Yoann Offredo (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
12 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
13 Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
14 Peter Wrolich (Aut) Team Milram    
15 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick Step    
16 Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank    
17 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
18 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
19 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
20 Roy Curvers (Ned) Skil - Shimano    
21 Daryl Impey (RSA) Team Radioshack    
22 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
23 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha    
24 Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank    
25 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
26 Manuel Antonio Leal Cardoso (Por) Footon-Servetto    
27 Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Astana    
28 Grégory Rast (Swi) Team Radioshack    
29 Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
30 Gerben Mijnheer Löwik (Ned) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
31 Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre-Farnese Vini    
32 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team    
33 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
34 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
35 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram    
36 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank    
37 Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Caisse d'Epargne    
38 Paul Voss (Ger) Team Milram    
39 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Team Radioshack    
40 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia    
41 Inaki Isasi Flores (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
42 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank 0:00:07  
43 Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0:00:08  
44 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Doimo    
45 Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin - Transitions    
46 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Française Des Jeux    
47 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank    
48 Matthew Busche (USA) Team Radioshack 0:00:12  
49 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank    
50 Mitchell Docker (Aus) Skil - Shimano    
51 Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Team Radioshack    
52 Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
53 Mickael Delage (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
54 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha    
55 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank    
56 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana    
57 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
58 Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
59 Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) Garmin - Transitions    
60 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team    
61 Florian Stalder (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
62 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Rabobank    
63 Dominic Klemme (Ger) Team Saxo Bank    
64 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha    
65 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini    
66 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step    
67 Greg Henderson (NZl) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
68 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step    
69 Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne    
70 Sam Bewley (NZl) Team Radioshack    
71 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram    
72 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française Des Jeux    
73 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank    
74 Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
75 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
76 Michal Golas (Pol) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
77 Martin Pedersen (Den) Footon-Servetto    
78 Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 0:00:23  
79 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Doimo 0:00:27  
80 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo    
81 Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
82 Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
83 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
84 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Team HTC - Columbia    
85 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) AG2R La Mondiale    
86 Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale    
87 Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
88 Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:01:21  
89 Mikael Cherel (Fra) Française Des Jeux 0:01:27  
90 Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil - Shimano    
91 Simon Zahner (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:02:18  
92 Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin - Transitions    
93 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:02:25  
94 Juan Anto Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Professional Cycling Team 0:02:33  
95 Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
96 Mario Aerts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
97 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank    
98 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
99 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:03:37  
100 Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team 0:03:54  
101 Michael Albasini (Swi) Team HTC - Columbia 0:04:50  
102 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:05:20  
103 Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
104 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
105 Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil - Shimano    
106 Vidal Celis Zabala (Spa) Footon-Servetto    
107 Markus Eibegger (Aut) Footon-Servetto    
108 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
109 Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini    
110 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha    
111 David Deroo (Fra) Skil - Shimano    
112 Scott Davis (Aus) Astana 0:05:28  
113 Andreas Stauff (Ger) Quick Step 0:05:40  
114 Kevin Van Impe (Bel) Quick Step 0:05:58  
115 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step 0:06:06  
116 Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:06:15  
117 Vitaliy Buts (Ukr) Lampre-Farnese Vini    
118 Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 0:09:33  
119 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team Katusha    
120 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini    
121 Fabio Felline (Ita) Footon-Servetto 0:09:39  
122 Sergey Renev (Kaz) Astana 0:11:24  
123 Peter Velits (Svk) Team HTC - Columbia    
124 Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano    
125 Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:11:32  
126 Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo    
127 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Transitions    
128 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo    
129 Michele Merlo (Ita) Footon-Servetto    
130 Martin Velits (Svk) Team HTC - Columbia    
131 Maxim Gourov (Kaz) Astana 0:13:00  
132 Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) AG2R La Mondiale    
133 Robin Chaigneau (Ned) Skil - Shimano 0:16:17  
DNF Jack Bobridge (Aus) Garmin - Transitions    
DNF Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin - Transitions    
DNF Matthew Wilson (Aus) Garmin - Transitions    
DNF Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
DNF Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank    
DNF Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank    
DNF Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram    
DNF Markus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram    
DNF Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram    
DNF Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram    
DNF Valeriy Dmitriyev (Kaz) Astana    
DNF Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana    
DNF Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Team Katusha    
DNF Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha    
DNF Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas-Doimo    
DNF Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank    
DNF Gert Dockx (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia    
DNF Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia    
DNF Jason McCartney (USA) Team Radioshack    
DNF Bjorn Selander (USA) Team Radioshack    
DNF Juan Mau Soler Hernandez (Col) Caisse d'Epargne    
DNF Angelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini    
DNF David Loosli (Swi) Lampre-Farnese Vini    
DNF Aitor Hernandez Gutierrez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
DNF Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step    
DNF Marco Velo (Ita) Quick Step    
DNF Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
DNF Kristof Goddaert (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale    
DNF Rene Mandri (Est) AG2R La Mondiale    
DNF Alexander Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale    
DNF Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
DNF David Vitoria (Swi) Footon-Servetto    
DNF Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil - Shimano    
Sprint 1 - Harburger Ringe, 11.9km
1 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) AG2R La Mondiale 3 pts
2 Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto 2  
3 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française Des Jeux 1  
Sprint 2 - Buchholz, 50.6km
1 Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto 3 pts
2 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française Des Jeux 2  
3 Robin Chaigneau (Ned) Skil - Shimano 1  
Sprint 3 - Schulauer Straße, 127.9km
1 Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto 3 pts
2 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française Des Jeux 2  
3 Robin Chaigneau (Ned) Skil - Shimano 1  
Sprint 4 - Mönckebergstraße, 152.9km
1 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) AG2R La Mondiale 3 pts
2 Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Team Katusha 2  
3 Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto 1  
Sprints classification
1 Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto 9 pts
2 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) AG2R La Mondiale 6  
3 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française Des Jeux 5  
4 Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Team Katusha 2  
5 Robin Chaigneau (Ned) Skil - Shimano 2  
Mountain 1 - Waseberg, 137.3km
1 Robin Chaigneau (Ned) Skil - Shimano 3 pts
2 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française Des Jeux 2  
3 Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto 1  
Mountain 2 - Waseberg, 176.9km
1 Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Team Katusha 3 pts
2 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française Des Jeux 2  
3 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) AG2R La Mondiale 1  
Mountain 3 - Waseberg, 188.9km
1 Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Team Katusha 3 pts
2 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française Des Jeux 2  
3 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) AG2R La Mondiale 1  
Mountains classification
1 Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Team Katusha 6 pts
2 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française Des Jeux 6  
3 Robin Chaigneau (Ned) Skil - Shimano 3  
4 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) AG2R La Mondiale 2  
5 Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto 1