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Urban wins German cyclo-cross title

By Susan Westemeyer

Malte Urban of the Team RC Endspurt Herford put his familiarity with the German cyclo-cross national championship course in Herford to good use, winning the title for the third time. The 33 year-old won by 100 metres over Johannes Sickmüller and defending champion Rene Birkenfeld.

"I've ridden so often here in training that I know every tree root by name," he told rad-net.de.

Birkenfeld got off to an early lead, but Urban caught him with three laps to go. A crash threw him back and allowed Birkenfeld and Sickmüller to take over the lead. Urban gave chase and caught the two on the last round, passing them to take the win.

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