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Wagner wins the sprint

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Sweet success for Robert Wagner

Sweet success for Robert Wagner (Image credit: Elmar Krings)
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Robert Wagner (Leopard Trek) takes home the German road race championship

Robert Wagner (Leopard Trek) takes home the German road race championship (Image credit: Elmar Krings)
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The start of the men's race

The start of the men's race (Image credit: Elmar Krings)
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The peloton all together at the start

The peloton all together at the start (Image credit: Elmar Krings)
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A sluggish peloton tackles the German championships

A sluggish peloton tackles the German championships (Image credit: Elmar Krings)
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Team Nutrixxion hits the front

Team Nutrixxion hits the front (Image credit: Elmar Krings)
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Wagner dons his new jersey

Wagner dons his new jersey (Image credit: Elmar Krings)
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The top three: Gerald Ciolek, Robert Wagner and John Degenkolb

The top three: Gerald Ciolek, Robert Wagner and John Degenkolb (Image credit: Elmar Krings)
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Danilo Hondo (Lampre) in the mix

Danilo Hondo (Lampre) in the mix (Image credit: Elmar Krings)
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Robert Wagner over the moon with his national title

Robert Wagner over the moon with his national title (Image credit: Elmar Krings)
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Bert Grabsch leads with two to go

Bert Grabsch leads with two to go (Image credit: Elmar Krings)
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Robert Wagner (Leopard Trek) won the sprint handily to take the German title

Robert Wagner (Leopard Trek) won the sprint handily to take the German title (Image credit: Elmar Krings)

Robert Wagner of Leopard Trek is the new German road champion after winning the mass sprint after 208 kilometers. He easily beat Gerald Ciolek (Quick Step) and John Degenkolb (HTC-Highroad).

“I only wantted to do a good race here,” Wagner told “That I ended up being the first over the finish line is as unbelieveable for me as it is for everyone else. In light of the many injuries and crashes that I had the last few months, I am simply overwhelmed that I won here.”

The race covered 13 rounds of a 16km circuit course, and was a hard-fought one. Many riders tried to break out, with Leopard Trek's Jens Voigt being especially active. However, a group of 73 entered the final lap, and a closed field headed into the final kilometer. Wagner opened the sprint, with Ciolek following, and they stayed in those positions as they crossed the finish line.

In the first lap, the trio of little-known riders Dani Westmattelmann (Team Eddy Merckx-Indeland), Yannick Bok (TT Raiko Argon 18) and Kim Lachmann (for you e.V.-Radsport) got away and held on to about a one minte lead. In the sixth lap, Bok dropped out of the group and abandoned the race, and the other two were soon back in the peloton.

The next group to establish itself consisted of Dominic Klemme (Leopard Trek), Nils Plötner (Team Heizomat) and Michael Weicht (LKT Team Brandenburg). They too were unable to hold their one-minute lead. From there, attack followed attack, but the field didn't let anyone get away.

Jens Voigt tried several times to get away, but was ultimately unsuccessful and eventually fell out of the large lead group. The field held together until the end, with Wagner winning ahead of such better-known sprinters as Degenkolb and Andre Greipel (Omega Pharma-Lotto).

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Robert Wagner (Ger) Leopard Trek4:43:23
2Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Quickstep Cycling Team
3John Degenkolb (Ger) HTC-Highroad
4André Greipel (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto
5Roger Kluge (Ger) Skil - Shimano
6André Schulze (Ger) CCC Polsat Polkowice
7Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto
8Eric Baumann (Ger) Team Netapp
9Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Jenaer Rad-Vere
10Jacob Fiedler (Ger) Team NSP
11Dirk Müller (Ger) Nutrixxion Sparkasse
12Steffen Radochla (Ger) Nutrixxion Sparkasse
13Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Miche - Guerciotti
14Michael Kurth (Ger) Team Eddy Merckx - Indeland
15Alexander Krieger (Ger) Team Heizomat
16Stefan Ganser (Ger) Team Eddy Merckx - Indeland
17Matthias Friedemann (Ger) Champion System
18Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Cyclingteam De Rijke
19Marcel Meisen (Ger) Team Eddy Merckx - Indeland
20Jan Oelerich (Ger) TT Raiko Argon 18
21Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team Netapp
22Stefan Schäfer (Ger) LKT Team Brandenburg
23Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre - ISD
24Robert Retschke (Ger) Team Netapp
25Alex Schmitt (Ger) Team Eddy-Merck
26Julian Kern (Ger) Seven Stones
27Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank Cycling Team
28Florian Bissinger (Ger) ARBÖ Gebrüder Weiss - Oberndorfer
29Markus Fothen (Ger) Team NSP
30Fließgarten Andreas (Ger) RV Schwalbe Tri
31Markus Eichler (Ger) Team NSP
32Christoph Springer (Ger) SP Tableware
33Tino Meier (Ger) LKT Team Brandenburg
34Mario Vogt (Ger) Team Heizomat
35René Weissinger (Ger) Team Vorarlberg
36Sergej Fuchs (Ger) Nutrixxion Sparkasse
37Alexander Gottfried (Ger) Team Netapp
38Florian Salzinger (Ger) Atlas Personal
39Andreas Keuser (Ger) Team
40Felix Dehmel (Ger) LKT Team Brandenburg
41Timon Seubert (Ger) Team Netapp
42Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Skil - Shimano
43David Rosch (Ger) Atlas Personal
44Dominik Nerz (Ger) Liquigas-Cannondale
45Grischa Janorschke (Ger) Nutrixxion Sparkasse
46Christian Knees (Ger) Sky Procycling0:00:07
47Nils Plötner (Ger) Team Heizomat0:00:12
48Andreas Stauff (Ger) Quickstep Cycling Team0:00:21
49Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Leopard Trek
50Thomas Koep (Ger) TT Raiko Argon0:00:23
51Julian Hellmann (Ger) Team Heizomat0:01:20
52Marcel Kittel (Ger) Skil - Shimano0:01:22
53Philip Schulz (Ger) Colba - Mercury
54Oliver Johr (Ger) Seven Stones
55Michael Schweizer (Ger) Nutrixxion Sparkasse
56Sébastian Baldauf (Ger) Team NSP
57Marius Jessenberger (Ger) Team Heizomat
58Philipp Mamos (Ger) Amore & Vita
59Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team NSP
60André Benoit (Ger) RV Schwalbe Tri
61Michael Weicht (Ger) LKT Team Brandenburg
62Benjamin Sydlik (Ger) Nutrixxion Sparkasse
63Patrick Nuber (Ger) RV Edelweiss Ro
64Robin Eckmann (Ger) Trek Livestrong U230:04:06
65Yannick Mayer (Ger) Team NSP
66Jan Deutschmann (Ger) TT Raiko Argon 18
67Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano0:07:02
68Tony Martin (Ger) HTC-Highroad0:07:03
69René Obst (Ger) Team NSP0:07:45
70Florian Monreal (Ger) Team Eddy Merckx - Indeland0:07:46
71Fabian Schnaidt (Ger) AC 1892Weinhei
72Björn Schröder (Ger) Nutrixxion Sparkasse
73Westmattelmann Dani (Ger) Team Eddy-Merck0:08:52
74Hümbert Michael (Ger) jun Seven Stones0:08:54
75Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus0:08:57
76Mathias Wiele (Ger) RC Kleinmachnow
77Dominic Klemme (Ger) Leopard Trek0:08:58
78Peter Clauß (Ger) Jenaer Rad-Vere
79Martin Gaber (Ger) Union Raiffeisen Radteam Tirol
80Benning Hans-Joachi (Ger) Seven Stones
81Vladi Riha (Ger) RRG Bremen e.V.
DNFSebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto
DNFBert Grabsch (Ger) HTC-Highroad
DNFPatrick Gretsch (Ger) HTC-Highroad
DNFJens Voigt (Ger) Leopard Trek
DNFMichael Schwarzmann (Ger) Team Netapp
DNFJannick Geisler (Ger) Team Heizomat
DNFTobias Lergenmüller (Ger) Team Heizomat
DNFChristian Mager (Ger) Team Heizomat
DNFFabian Bruno (Ger) Team NSP
DNFThomas Fothen (Ger)
DNFMatthias Mortka (Ger) Team NSP
DNFLucas Schädlich (Ger) Team NSP
DNFJonas Schmeiser (Ger) Team NSP
DNFBrian Takacs (Ger)
DNFTino Thömel (Ger)
DNFMax Stahr (Ger) Nutrixxion Sparkasse
DNFSebastian Forke (Ger) Nutrixxion Sparkasse
DNFSebastian Körber (Ger) Nutrixxion Sparkasse
DNFErik Mohs (Ger) Nutrixxion Sparkasse
DNFYannick Bok (Ger) TT Raiko Argon 18
DNFJannick Gnoth (Ger) TT Raiko Argon 18
DNFMarten Klöpping (Ger) TT Raiko Argon 18
DNFPatrick Oeben (Ger) TT Raiko Argon 18
DNFMathias Belka (Ger) TT Raiko Argon 18
DNFAdrian Hense (Ger) TT Raiko Argon 18
DNFDominik Ivo (Ger) TT Raiko Argon 18
DNFJan Van Puyvelde (Ger)
DNFJoachim Tolles (Ger) TT Raiko Argon 18
DNFChristopher Roth (Ger) Seven Stones
DNFPaul Voß (Ger)
DNFMathias Vogl (Ger) Union Raiffeisen Radteam Tirol
DNFJohannes Heider (Ger) LKT Team Brandenburg
DNFFelix Rinker (Ger) Atlas Personal
DNFSchubert Patrick (Ger)
DNFHolger Burkhardt (Ger) Champion System
DNFNico Schneider (Ger) Team Differdange -

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