Farrar repeats at Vattenfall Cyclassics

American sprinter outkicks Boasson Hagen, Greipel

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
1Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Transitions5:02:36 
2Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
3André Greipel (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia  
4Alexander Kristoff (Nor) BMC Racing Team  
5Allan Davis (Aus) Astana  
6Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
7Thomas Leezer (Ned) Rabobank  
8Enrique Mata (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
9Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
10Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
11Yoann Offredo (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
12Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
13Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
14Peter Wrolich (Aut) Team Milram  
15Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick Step  
16Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank  
17Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
18Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
19Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
20Roy Curvers (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
21Daryl Impey (RSA) Team Radioshack  
22Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
23Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha  
24Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank  
25Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
26Manuel Antonio Leal Cardoso (Por) Footon-Servetto  
27Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Astana  
28Grégory Rast (Swi) Team Radioshack  
29Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
30Gerben Mijnheer Löwik (Ned) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
31Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
32Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
33Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
34Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
35Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram  
36Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank  
37Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Caisse d'Epargne  
38Paul Voss (Ger) Team Milram  
39Gert Steegmans (Bel) Team Radioshack  
40Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia  
41Inaki Isasi Flores (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
42Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank0:00:07 
43Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:00:08 
44Kristijan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Doimo  
45Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin - Transitions  
46Gianni Meersman (Bel) Française Des Jeux  
47Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank  
48Matthew Busche (USA) Team Radioshack0:00:12 
49Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank  
50Mitchell Docker (Aus) Skil - Shimano  
51Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Team Radioshack  
52Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
53Mickael Delage (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
54Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha  
55Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank  
56Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana  
57Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
58Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
59Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) Garmin - Transitions  
60Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team  
61Florian Stalder (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
62Nick Nuyens (Bel) Rabobank  
63Dominic Klemme (Ger) Team Saxo Bank  
64Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha  
65Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
66Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step  
67Greg Henderson (NZl) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
68Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step  
69Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne  
70Sam Bewley (NZl) Team Radioshack  
71Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram  
72Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française Des Jeux  
73Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank  
74Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
75Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
76Michal Golas (Pol) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
77Martin Pedersen (Den) Footon-Servetto  
78Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo0:00:23 
79Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Doimo0:00:27 
80Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
81Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
82Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
83Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
84Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Team HTC - Columbia  
85Gatis Smukulis (Lat) AG2R La Mondiale  
86Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale  
87Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
88Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Team Katusha0:01:21 
89Mikael Cherel (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:01:27 
90Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
91Simon Zahner (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:02:18 
92Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin - Transitions  
93Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:02:25 
94Juan Anto Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:02:33 
95Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
96Mario Aerts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
97Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank  
98Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
99Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:03:37 
100Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:03:54 
101Michael Albasini (Swi) Team HTC - Columbia0:04:50 
102Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:05:20 
103Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
104Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
105Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
106Vidal Celis Zabala (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
107Markus Eibegger (Aut) Footon-Servetto  
108Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
109Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
110Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha  
111David Deroo (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
112Scott Davis (Aus) Astana0:05:28 
113Andreas Stauff (Ger) Quick Step0:05:40 
114Kevin Van Impe (Bel) Quick Step0:05:58 
115Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step0:06:06 
116Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:06:15 
117Vitaliy Buts (Ukr) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
118Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:09:33 
119Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team Katusha  
120Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
121Fabio Felline (Ita) Footon-Servetto0:09:39 
122Sergey Renev (Kaz) Astana0:11:24 
123Peter Velits (Svk) Team HTC - Columbia  
124Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano  
125Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:11:32 
126Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
127Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Transitions  
128Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
129Michele Merlo (Ita) Footon-Servetto  
130Martin Velits (Svk) Team HTC - Columbia  
131Maxim Gourov (Kaz) Astana0:13:00 
132Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) AG2R La Mondiale  
133Robin Chaigneau (Ned) Skil - Shimano0:16:17 
DNFJack Bobridge (Aus) Garmin - Transitions  
DNFJulian Dean (NZl) Garmin - Transitions  
DNFMatthew Wilson (Aus) Garmin - Transitions  
DNFMatti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
DNFFrank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank  
DNFStuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank  
DNFGerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram  
DNFMarkus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram  
DNFLinus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram  
DNFLuke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram  
DNFValeriy Dmitriyev (Kaz) Astana  
DNFValentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana  
DNFDenis Galimzyanov (Rus) Team Katusha  
DNFStijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha  
DNFFrederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas-Doimo  
DNFGraeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank  
DNFGert Dockx (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia  
DNFMatthew Harley Goss (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia  
DNFJason McCartney (USA) Team Radioshack  
DNFBjorn Selander (USA) Team Radioshack  
DNFJuan Mau Soler Hernandez (Col) Caisse d'Epargne  
DNFAngelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
DNFDavid Loosli (Swi) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
DNFAitor Hernandez Gutierrez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
DNFDavide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step  
DNFMarco Velo (Ita) Quick Step  
DNFKurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
DNFKristof Goddaert (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFRene Mandri (Est) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFAlexander Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFJérémy Roy (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
DNFDavid Vitoria (Swi) Footon-Servetto  
DNFBorut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
DNFJens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
DNFFloris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
Sprint 1 - Harburger Ringe, 11.9km
1Gatis Smukulis (Lat) AG2R La Mondiale3pts
2Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto2 
3Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française Des Jeux1 
Sprint 2 - Buchholz, 50.6km
1Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto3pts
2Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française Des Jeux2 
3Robin Chaigneau (Ned) Skil - Shimano1 
Sprint 3 - Schulauer Straße, 127.9km
1Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto3pts
2Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française Des Jeux2 
3Robin Chaigneau (Ned) Skil - Shimano1 
Sprint 4 - Mönckebergstraße, 152.9km
1Gatis Smukulis (Lat) AG2R La Mondiale3pts
2Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Team Katusha2 
3Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto1 
Sprints classification
1Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto9pts
2Gatis Smukulis (Lat) AG2R La Mondiale6 
3Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française Des Jeux5 
4Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Team Katusha2 
5Robin Chaigneau (Ned) Skil - Shimano2 
Mountain 1 - Waseberg, 137.3km
1Robin Chaigneau (Ned) Skil - Shimano3pts
2Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française Des Jeux2 
3Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto1 
Mountain 2 - Waseberg, 176.9km
1Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Team Katusha3pts
2Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française Des Jeux2 
3Gatis Smukulis (Lat) AG2R La Mondiale1 
Mountain 3 - Waseberg, 188.9km
1Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Team Katusha3pts
2Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française Des Jeux2 
3Gatis Smukulis (Lat) AG2R La Mondiale1 
Mountains classification
1Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Team Katusha6pts
2Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française Des Jeux6 
3Robin Chaigneau (Ned) Skil - Shimano3 
4Gatis Smukulis (Lat) AG2R La Mondiale2 
5Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto1 


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