Sam Bennett wins Sparkassen Munsterland Giro

Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) won the Sparkassen Munsterland Giro on Tuesday in a dramatic and agonisingly close four-way photo finish.

Barely a hair separated Bennett, Phil Bauhaus (Sunweb), Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal), and Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) as they hit the line in Münster, with Bennett managing to throw his bike and nudge his wheel across the tape by the narrowest of margins. Bauhaus was given second place, and Greipel third, while Kittel missed out on the podium places. 

Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) finished fifth but in the slipstream of the others, who crossed the line four abreast. 

The German race was always likely to culminate in a bunch sprint, with only the most minor of hills on the 198km route. The peloton would make its way north before embarking on three laps of a 5km finishing circuit in Münster. 

A four-man breakaway went clear in the early stages, containing Tony Martin (Katusha-Alpecin), Luca Henn (Lotto-Kern Haus), Etienne Van Empel (Roompot), and Carl Soballa (LKT-Brandenburg). They opened up a maximum advantage of three minutes but there was never any pressure on the peloton. 

The gap came down to below a minute with just over 30km remaining, whereupon Martin and Soballa waved goodbye to their other two companions and tried to delay the inevitable for as long as possible. The game was up, and the race all together again, with just under 20km to go and the local laps about to begin. 

From there it was all about the build-up to the sprint, with no shortage of top-quality names, and Bennett pinched it to claim his sixth victory of the season. 

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora - Hansgrohe4:35:26
2Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Team Sunweb
3André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal
4Marcel Kittel (Ger) Quick - Step Floors
5Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo
6Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Bora - Hansgrohe
7Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha Alpecin
8Roy Jans (Bel) Wb Veranclassic Aquality Protect
9Andre Looij (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
10Nicola Toffali (Ita) 0711 / Cycling
11Christophe Noppe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
12Jonas Koch (Ger) Ccc Sprandi Polkowice
13Alexander Porsev (Rus) Gazprom - Rusvelo
14Jimmy Duquennoy (Bel) Wb Veranclassic Aquality Protect
15Robert William Kessler (Ger) Lkt Team Brandenburg
16Patrick Haller (Ger) Rad-Net Rose Team
17Nils Politt (Ger) Team Katusha Alpecin
18Edward Planckaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
19Joshua Huppertz (Ger) Team Lotto - Kern Haus
20Manuel Porzner (Ger) Team Heizomat
21Maximilian Richard Walscheid (Ger) Team Sunweb
22Konrad Geßner (Ger) Rad-Net Rose Team
23Enzo Wouters (Bel) Lotto Soudal
24Remy Mertz (Bel) Lotto Soudal
25Yves Lampaert (Bel) Quick - Step Floors
26Mark Mcnally (GBr) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
27Sven Thurau (Ger) Team Dauner D&Dq Akkon
28Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Dimension Data
29Senne Leysen (Bel) Lotto Soudal
30Jarl Salomein (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
31Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Dimension Data
32Christian Maximilian Koch (Ger) Lkt Team Brandenburg
33Elmar Reinders (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
34Jack Bauer (NZl) Quick - Step Floors
35Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Sunweb
36Christophe Masson (Fra) Wb Veranclassic Aquality Protect
37Tim Ariesen (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
38Scott Thwaites (GBr) Team Dimension Data
39Jos Van Emden (Ned) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo0:00:08
40Rick Zabel (Ger) Team Katusha Alpecin0:00:11
41Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora - Hansgrohe
42Paul Martens (Ger) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo0:00:13
43Robert Thomas Wagner (Ger) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo
44Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk
45Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Team Katusha Alpecin
46Silvio Herklotz (Ger) Bora - Hansgrohe
47Lars Bak Ytting (Den) Lotto Soudal
48Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Team Dimension Data
49Shane Archbold (NZl) Bora - Hansgrohe0:00:24
50Julien Vermote (Bel) Quick - Step Floors
51Aaron Grosser (Ger) Team Sauerland Nrw P/B Henley & Partners0:00:38
52Nathan Müller (Ger) Team Heizomat
53Thomas Gibbons (USA) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
54Florian Obersteiner (Ger) Rad-Net Rose Team
55Awet Habtom Tekle (Eri) Bike Aid
56Lorenz Fiege (Ger) Team Dauner D&Dq Akkon
57Igor Boev (Rus) Gazprom - Rusvelo
58Arnold Fiek (Ger) 0711 / Cycling
59Robert Retschke (Ger) Team Lotto - Kern Haus
60Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Gazprom - Rusvelo
61Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora - Hansgrohe
62Marc Dörrie (Ger) Team Lotto - Kern Haus
63Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Sunweb
64Wesley Kreder (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
65Stijn Steels (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
66Berden De Vries (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
67Julien Stassen (Bel) Wb Veranclassic Aquality Protect
68Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk0:00:43
69Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) Team Dimension Data
70Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
71Brecht Dhaene (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
72Joschka Beck (Ger) Bike Aid
73Felix Intra (Ger) Team Sauerland Nrw P/B Henley & Partners
74FrantišEk Sisr (Cze) Ccc Sprandi Polkowice
75Maciej Paterski (Pol) Ccc Sprandi Polkowice
76Maarten Wynants (Bel) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo
77Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo
78Sjoerd Van Ginneken (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
79Davide Martinelli (Ita) Quick - Step Floors
80Pieter Weening (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
81Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Sunweb0:00:46
82Pieter Serry (Bel) Quick - Step Floors0:00:59
83Stepan Kuriyanov (Rus) Gazprom - Rusvelo
84Kevin Deltombe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:01:04
85Kamil Malecki (Pol) Ccc Sprandi Polkowice
86Jan Hugger (Ger) 0711 / Cycling
87Philipp Mamos (Ger) Team Dauner D&Dq Akkon
88Dominik Bauer (Ger) Team Dauner D&Dq Akkon
89Nicholas Dlamini (RSA) Dimension Data For Qhubeka
90Richard Weinzheimer (Ger) Team Lotto - Kern Haus
91Max Wörner (Ger) 0711 / Cycling
92Tobias Nolde (Ger) Rad-Net Rose Team
93Frederik Einhaus (Ger) Team Lotto - Kern Haus
94Piotr Brozyna (Pol) Ccc Sprandi Polkowice
95Joann Leinau (Ger) Team Sauerland Nrw P/B Henley & Partners
96Umberto Poli (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk
97Lennard Kämna (Ger) Team Sunweb
98Ludovic Robeet (Bel) Wb Veranclassic Aquality Protect0:01:20
99Emiel Planckaert (Bel) Lotto Soudal
100Henrik Hamm (Ger) 0711 / Cycling0:01:32
101Patrick Lechner (Ger) Bike Aid0:01:36
102Roberto Vukovic (Ger) Team Sauerland Nrw P/B Henley & Partners0:01:46
103Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Team Katusha Alpecin0:01:50
104Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Bora - Hansgrohe0:01:55
105Johann Van Zyl (RSA) Team Dimension Data
106Daniel Bichlmann (Ger) Bike Aid
107Yannick Mayer (Ger) 0711 / Cycling
108Viktor Müller (Ger) Team Sauerland Nrw P/B Henley & Partners
109Thomas Deruette (Bel) Wb Veranclassic Aquality Protect
110Alexandre Ballet (Swi) 0711 / Cycling
111Michal Paluta (Pol) Ccc Sprandi Polkowice
112Patryk Stosz (Pol) Ccc Sprandi Polkowice
113Philip Weber (Ger) Lkt Team Brandenburg
114Paul Rudys (Ger) Lkt Team Brandenburg
115Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Sunweb
116Artur Ershov (Rus) Gazprom - Rusvelo
117Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora - Hansgrohe
118Jonas Härtig (Ger) Team Sauerland Nrw P/B Henley & Partners
119Jens Wallays (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
120Carl Soballa (Ger) Lkt Team Brandenburg
121Tony Martin (Ger) Team Katusha Alpecin
122Marco Mathis (Ger) Team Katusha Alpecin
123Adne Van Engelen (Ned) Bike Aid
124Mathias Van Gompel (Bel) Lotto Soudal
125Mateusz Taciak (Pol) Ccc Sprandi Polkowice
126Kersten Thiele (Ger) Rad-Net Rose Team
127Johannes Adamietz (Ger) Team Heizomat
128Louis Leinau (Ger) Team Sauerland Nrw P/B Henley & Partners
129Piotr Havik (Ned) Team Katusha Alpecin0:02:06
130Lukas Löer (Ger) Team Dauner D&Dq Akkon0:02:49
131Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo0:02:59
132Tom Dernies (Bel) Wb Veranclassic Aquality Protect0:03:07
133Dorian Lübbers (Ger) Team Heizomat
134Pascal Treubel (Ger) Team Heizomat0:06:05
135Luca Henn (Ger) Team Lotto - Kern Haus
DNFAlbert Timmer (Ned) Team Sunweb
DNFAdrien Niyonshuti (Rwa) Team Dimension Data
DNFJens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Soudal
DNSPrzemyslaw Kasperkiewicz (Pol) An Post Chain Reaction
DNFTim Declercq (Bel) Quick - Step Floors
DNFMartijn Keizer (Ned) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo
DNFAnton Vorobyev (Rus) Gazprom - Rusvelo
DNFSergey Nikolaev (Rus) Gazprom - Rusvelo
DNFAndrei Solomennikov (Rus) Gazprom - Rusvelo
DNFDanilo Napolitano (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
DNFRobin Stenuit (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
DNFEtienne Van Empel (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
DNFRuben Pols (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
DNFStephen Clancy (Irl) Team Novo Nordisk
DNFMehdi Benhamouda (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk
DNFQuentin Valognes (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk
DNFHendrikus Van Ijzendoorn (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk
DNFSébastien Delfosse (Bel) Wb Veranclassic Aquality Protect
DNFFrederik Hähnel (Ger) Lkt Team Brandenburg
DNFMalte Jürß (Ger) Lkt Team Brandenburg
DNFSven Reutter (Ger) Rad-Net Rose Team
DNFLukas Ortner (Ger) Rad-Net Rose Team
DNFMarco Müller-Sciacca (Ger) Team Dauner D&Dq Akkon
DNFJan Van Puyvelde (Ger) Team Dauner D&Dq Akkon
DNFTobias Knaup (Ger) Team Lotto - Kern Haus
DNFJonas Rutsch (Ger) Team Lotto - Kern Haus
DNFLuca Felix Happke (Ger) Team Sauerland Nrw P/B Henley & Partners
DNFLaurin Winter (Ger) Team Heizomat
DNFSimon Redmers (Ger) Team Heizomat
DNFTimo Schäfer (Ger) Bike Aid
DNFMatthias Schnapka (Ger) Bike Aid

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