Degenkolb snatches win in Frankfurt

John Degenkolb of HTC-Highroad won the sprint in downtown Frankfurt to take Rund um den Finanzplatz Eschborn-Frankfurt. The young German went for the sprint early and beat Jerome Baugnies (Topsport Vlaanderen) by a wheel's length, with Michael Matthews of Rabobank third.

The overjoyed winner was greeted at the finish line by fellow German Erik Zabel, who won the race three times and works as an advisor to HTC. It was the third win this season for the 22-year-old, who is only in his first ProTeam season.

“I am overjoyed,” Degenkolb said, “and thankful that the whole team worked hard for me.”

“I actually didn't feel well the last time on the Mammolshain. I was the next to last rider over it,” he admitted. “Then I saw that we were all fairly close together and I trusted in my team to do it, and it all worked out.”

All out attack

There were numerous breaks and attempted breaks in the race on this sunny day, but none was able to seriously establish itself. Johnny Hoogerland of Vacansoleil was one of the most active, getting away numerous times. Paul Martens (Rabobank) was also very active in the latter part of the race.

With 50 to 60 km to go, a group finally established itself. The group continued to go through a number of changes along the way. As they tackled the short but steep Mammolshainer climb for the second time, Hoogerland got away, joined by Maartens. But they too were unable to really do anything, and were caught again with 29 km to go, with defending champion Fabian Wegmann (Leopard Trek) helping to lead the chase.

Rabobank then sent Tom Slagter down the road, and he dangled some ten seconds ahead of the field for a while. Stefan Schäfer of Team Brandenburg was the next to give it a try. The 24-year-old from the Continental team gave it his best, but the peloton kept him in check, too.

Schäfer was caught at the start of the first of three laps of the closing circuit. Another youngster took off, Mathias Belka of the newly formed Team TT Raiko. He led the way across the finish line as they started the second lap, only to be caught seconds later.

The closing circuit was a city course, winding its way through the narrow streets of downtown Frankfurt. The many corners and road construction sites helped to keep the speed down.

Thins picked up as the field went into the bell lap, only 4 km to go. The peloton was strung out through the city streets, led by HTC-Highroad.

The group galloped together into the final two km, with HTC working hard to control things and bring Degenkolb into position.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1John Degenkolb (Ger) HTC-Highroad4:50:49
2Jerome Baugnies (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-MercatorRow 1 - Cell 2
3Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 2 - Cell 2
4Davy Commeyne (Bel) LandbouwkredietRow 3 - Cell 2
5Laurent Pichon (Fra) Bretagne SchullerRow 4 - Cell 2
6Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 5 - Cell 2
7Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 6 - Cell 2
8Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - ShimanoRow 7 - Cell 2
9Andreas Dietziker (Swi) Team NetAppRow 8 - Cell 2
10Danilo Hondo (Ger) Deutsche NationalmannschaftRow 9 - Cell 2
11Bert De Waele (Bel) LandbouwkredietRow 10 - Cell 2
12Martin Elmiger (Swi) Ag2R - La MondialeRow 11 - Cell 2
13Stefan Schaefer (Ger) LKT Team BrandenburgRow 12 - Cell 2
14Fabio Taborre (Ita) Acqua & SaponeRow 13 - Cell 2
15Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) LandbouwkredietRow 14 - Cell 2
16Robert Retschke (Ger) Team NetAppRow 15 - Cell 2
17Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Veranda`s Willems - AccentRow 16 - Cell 2
18Alexander Gottfried (Ger) Team NetAppRow 17 - Cell 2
19Dirk Müller (Ger) Nutrixxion SparkasseRow 18 - Cell 2
20Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Acqua & SaponeRow 19 - Cell 2
21Geert Steurs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-MercatorRow 20 - Cell 2
22Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Ag2R - La MondialeRow 21 - Cell 2
23Phillip Ries (Ger) Team HeizomatRow 22 - Cell 2
24Geert Verheyen (Bel) LandbouwkredietRow 23 - Cell 2
25Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) LandbouwkredietRow 24 - Cell 2
26Marek Rutkiewicz (Pol) CCC Polsat PolkowiceRow 25 - Cell 2
27Dirk Bellemakers (Ned) LandbouwkredietRow 26 - Cell 2
28Markus Eichler (Ger) Team NSPRow 27 - Cell 2
29Stefan Ganser (Ger) Team Eddy Merckx - IndelandRow 28 - Cell 2
30Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team NSPRow 29 - Cell 2
31Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-MercatorRow 30 - Cell 2
32Pieter Serry (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-MercatorRow 31 - Cell 2
33Alessandro Proni (Ita) Acqua & SaponeRow 32 - Cell 2
34Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Omega Pharma - LottoRow 33 - Cell 2
35Thomas Degand (Bel) Veranda`s Willems - AccentRow 34 - Cell 2
36Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, le credit en ligneRow 35 - Cell 2
37Ruggero Marzoli (Ita) Acqua & SaponeRow 36 - Cell 2
38Jean-Lou Paiani (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 37 - Cell 2
39Jacek Morajko (Pol) CCC Polsat PolkowiceRow 38 - Cell 2
40Johan Coenen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-MercatorRow 39 - Cell 2
41Johannes Frohlinger (Ger) Skil - ShimanoRow 40 - Cell 2
42Ben Gastauer (Lux) Ag2R - La MondialeRow 41 - Cell 2
43Sebastien Joly (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 42 - Cell 2
44Cyril Dessel (Fra) Ag2R - La MondialeRow 43 - Cell 2
45Hubert Dupont (Fra) Ag2R - La MondialeRow 44 - Cell 2
46Mariusz Witecki (Pol) CCC Polsat PolkowiceRow 45 - Cell 2
47Michal Golas (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 46 - Cell 2
48Dariusz Batek (Pol) CCC Polsat PolkowiceRow 47 - Cell 2
49Alessandro Donati (Ita) Acqua & SaponeRow 48 - Cell 2
50Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 49 - Cell 2
51Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team NetAppRow 50 - Cell 2
52Julian Kern (Ger) Seven StonesRow 51 - Cell 2
53Sander Armee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-MercatorRow 52 - Cell 2
54Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-MercatorRow 53 - Cell 2
55Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne SchullerRow 54 - Cell 2
56Mathias Belka (Ger) TT Raiko - Argon 18Row 55 - Cell 2
57Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, le credit en ligneRow 56 - Cell 2
58Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 57 - Cell 2
59Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 58 - Cell 2
60Jens Voigt (Ger) Leopard-TrekRow 59 - Cell 2
61Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 60 - Cell 2
62Stefan Denifl (Aut) Leopard-TrekRow 61 - Cell 2
63Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 62 - Cell 2
64Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne SchullerRow 63 - Cell 2
65Johan Lebon (Fra) Bretagne SchullerRow 64 - Cell 2
66Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 65 - Cell 2
67David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, le credit en ligneRow 66 - Cell 2
68Jan Bakelants (Bel) Omega Pharma - LottoRow 67 - Cell 2
69Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne Schuller0:00:16
70Maxim Belkov (Rus) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:00:26
71Francesco Di Paolo (Ita) Acqua & Sapone0:00:28
72Dominique Nerz (Ger) Deutsche Nationalmannschaft0:00:39
73Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Deutsche NationalmannschaftRow 72 - Cell 2
74Michael Albasini (Swi) HTC-Highroad0:00:44
75Lars Ytting Bak (Den) HTC-HighroadRow 74 - Cell 2

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