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Moreno Moser wins Eschborn-Frankfurt

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Moreno Moser (Liquigas-Cannondale) wins the Eschborn-Frankfurt

Moreno Moser (Liquigas-Cannondale) wins the Eschborn-Frankfurt
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Nerz and Moser celebrate their Liquigas 1-2

Nerz and Moser celebrate their Liquigas 1-2
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Andre Greipel, riding for Germany, leads home the bunch sprint

Andre Greipel, riding for Germany, leads home the bunch sprint
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Dominik Nerz (Liquigas-Cannondale) takes second

Dominik Nerz (Liquigas-Cannondale) takes second
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Moreno Moser (Liquigas-Cannondale) on the big screen

Moreno Moser (Liquigas-Cannondale) on the big screen
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Dominik Nerz (Liquigas-Cannondale) salutes to his teammate Moser, who won

Dominik Nerz (Liquigas-Cannondale) salutes to his teammate Moser, who won
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Moreno Moser celebrates his win in Frankfurt

Moreno Moser celebrates his win in Frankfurt
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Danilo Hondo took part as a member of the German national team

Danilo Hondo took part as a member of the German national team
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Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil-DCM)

Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil-DCM)
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Alessandro Vanotti puts in a dig

Alessandro Vanotti puts in a dig
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The breakaway comes through with Sergey Firsanov (RusVelo) about to take his turn

The breakaway comes through with Sergey Firsanov (RusVelo) about to take his turn
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Someone's really proud of Moreno Moser!

Someone's really proud of Moreno Moser!
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Andre Greipel chases back on from the caravan

Andre Greipel chases back on from the caravan
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Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Lotto)

Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Lotto)
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Dominik Nerz and Moreno Moser made it two Liquigas-Cannondales on the podium

Dominik Nerz and Moreno Moser made it two Liquigas-Cannondales on the podium
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Tony Martin didn't lose too much form after his crash with the car, and went on the attack.

Tony Martin didn't lose too much form after his crash with the car, and went on the attack.
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Tony Martin back in the game after being hit by a car, with John Degenkolb, last year's winner

Tony Martin back in the game after being hit by a car, with John Degenkolb, last year's winner
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Erik Zabel helps Marco Haller get a bike change.

Erik Zabel helps Marco Haller get a bike change.
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Martin Mortensen (Vacansoleil)

Martin Mortensen (Vacansoleil)
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Stefano Agostini (Liquigas-Cannondale0

Stefano Agostini (Liquigas-Cannondale0
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RusVelo was well represented in Germany

RusVelo was well represented in Germany
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Marco Marcato (Vacansoleil-DCM)

Marco Marcato (Vacansoleil-DCM)
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Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) forced a breakaway of four

Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) forced a breakaway of four
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David Millar (Garmin-Barracuda) leads the chase

David Millar (Garmin-Barracuda) leads the chase
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Moreno Moser (Liquigas-Cannondale) celebrates his second pro win

Moreno Moser (Liquigas-Cannondale) celebrates his second pro win
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Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil)

Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil)
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The podium at the Rund um den Finanzplatz Eschborn-Frankfurt

The podium at the Rund um den Finanzplatz Eschborn-Frankfurt
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Moreno Moser claimed the second victory of his neo-pro year with Liquigas-Cannondale, soloing to the win ahead of teammate Dominik Nerz in the Rund um den Finanzplatz Eschborn-Frankfurt.

In third was RusVelo's Sergey Firsanov, who completed the podium ahead of fellow escapee Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quickstep). Andre Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) won the sprint from the field for fifth.

Moser put in a powerful attack in the final kilometer to rack up his second win of the season after the Trofeo Laigueglia.

"I found myself in the ideal situation to try the kind of attack that suits me best, and the good condition I built up over the spring allowed me to get a result out of it," Moser said. The nephew of Italian cycling legend Francesco Moser had the advantage in a four-man breakaway of having his teammate to help with the tactics.

"Along with Nerz, we had a double chance of the win. At the same time, however, we had to be make sure that we weren't taken by surprise. We made the best decision – one would try to get away, while the other would stay on the wheels and look to win the sprint."

Just inside the kilometer to go banner, Moser made his move and found himself soloing to the victory.

"When I went I realised immediately that none of the others were following me. This gave me a lot of morale and it pushed me to keep going and not give in. I am very, very happy. I couldn’t have asked for a better start to the season and a better start to my pro career than this.

"My acceleration is a weapon that I have and one that I look to take advantage of. I used to do the same thing as an amateur. To use it to get the win, however, you need to understand whether the terrain is suitable and, above all, you need to time it right. And besides, it’s the best way to win and enjoy the feeling of crossing the line with your arms raised."

While Moser's win was impressive, the real surprise of the race was Martin who, just three weeks ago, was hit by a car while training and suffered injuries to his face and shoulder, including a broken jaw. He instigated the attack with 45km remaining in the race, and while he couldn't respond in the final kilometer when Moser went away, he was pleased with his first race back.

"I'm super happy with my race today" Martin said. "Today it wasn't about winning the race but seeing where I am, and, to be honest, I'm a little bit surprised about my performance. It means that I didn't lose too much after the crash, a perfect signal for the upcoming races.

The day's breakaway consisted of Christoph Pfingsten (Germany), Sven Forberger (NSP Ghost) and Björn Schröder (Raiko Stoelting) along with Reto Hollenstein (NetApp), Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Katusha) and Sander Armee (Topsport Vlaanderen).

The group gained almost three minutes, but split on the brutally steep ascent of the Mammolshainer. Only Pfingsten, Hollenstein, Kushynski and Armee could stay clear while the rest were pulled back into the peloton.

The climb also split the peloton, leaving 11 riders in pursuit of the remaining four ahead. The two groups game together, but on the next passage of the Mammolshainer, there were only eight men able to resist, with the chase behind being led by the Argos-Shimano team of last year's winner John Degenkolb.

The leaders were eventually caught by a much reduced peloton, and it was time for Martin to insist that the race be won by a breakaway, not a sprint. He attacked on the final ascent, and over the course of the 30km run-in, Firsanov, Moser and Nerz came across and worked together with the time trial world champion to stay clear of the chasers.

"In the beginning I was a little bit scared, nervous," Martin said. "Kilometer after kilometer I felt more confident and then it was just a normal race. In the final kilometers I tried to attack. I knew that everybody was waiting for the last climb during the last lap of the circuit. That's why I tried to anticipate and to attack in the second to last climb.

"It was a super sensation riding in the front again," Martin said. "In the final I had no legs but it was normal, it was my first race after four weeks. It was pretty hard in the last hour of racing, you can believe me!"

"Today I had fun," Martin said. "It was nice to race in front of an amazing public who supported me all the time. Even my mother and my friends were here today, on the climb where I attacked. Now I will focus again on training to prepare the next races but with more trust than before."

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Moreno Moser (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale4:54:15
2Dominique Nerz (Ger) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:05
3Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Rusvelo
4Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma - QuickStep
5Andre Greipel (Ger) National Team Deutschland0:00:23
6Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha Team
7John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano
8Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team Netapp
9Daniele Ratto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
10Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
11Stefano Agostini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
12Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
13Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
14Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
15Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
16Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
17Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Team Garmin-Barracuda
18Jerome Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma - QuickStep
19Andreas Dietziker (Swi) Team Netapp
20Serguei Klimov (Rus) Rusvelo
21Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony
22Dirk Bellemakers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony
23Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha Team
24Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Katusha Team
25Maxime Mederel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
26Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
27Federico Canuti (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
28Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team Netapp
28Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Netapp
30Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Rusvelo
31Christian Knees (Ger) Germany
32Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:42
33Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano
34Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Germany0:05:23

 

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