Kittel claims Sparkassen Münsterland Giro

Marcel Kittel (Skil-Shimano) took his 15th win of the year, outsprinting German rival John Degenkolb for victory in the Münsterland Giro in Münster, Germany. Third place went to Kris Boeckmans of Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator.

Degenkolb, who usually rides for HTC-Highroad, rode the 191km today for the German national team. He will be Kittel's teammate at Skil-Shimano in the coming season.

The race was marked by a long break by Linus Gerdemann (Leopard Trek) and Josef Benetseder (Vorarlberg), who built up a lead of up to 6:30. Gerdemann won the five ranked climbs that the duo tackled on their escape to take the overall climbing title.

About 150km into the race the duo were joined by Pieter Serry (Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator) and Peter Schulting (Cycling Team Jo Piels). The sprinters' teams were determined to take control, though, and at the end of the first of three laps of the closing circuit to go, the field came together.

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Full Results
1Marcel Kittel (Ger) Skil - Shimano4:24:44
2John Degenkolb (Ger) German National TeamRow 1 - Cell 2
3Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 2 - Cell 2
4Michael Kurth (Ger) Team Eddy Merckx - IndelandRow 3 - Cell 2
5Yoeri Havik (Ned) Cyclingteam De RijkeRow 4 - Cell 2
6Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Leopard TrekRow 5 - Cell 2
7Steffen Radochla (Ger) Nutrixxion SparkasseRow 6 - Cell 2
8Martin Reimer (Ger) Skil - ShimanoRow 7 - Cell 2
9Jesper Asselman (Ned) Rabobank Continental TeamRow 8 - Cell 2
10Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 9 - Cell 2
11Jasper Bovenhuis (Ned) Rabobank Continental TeamRow 10 - Cell 2
12Marek Rutkiewicz (Pol) CCC Polsat PolkowiceRow 11 - Cell 2
13Marius Bernatonis (Ltu) Atlas PersonalRow 12 - Cell 2
14Remco Te Brake (Ned) Cyclingteam De RijkeRow 13 - Cell 2
15Peter Kusztor (Hun) Atlas PersonalRow 14 - Cell 2
16Michael Schweizer (Ger) Nutrixxion SparkasseRow 15 - Cell 2
17Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Team VorarlbergRow 16 - Cell 2
18Fabian Schnaidt (Ger) Seven StonesRow 17 - Cell 2
19Alexander Krieger (Ger) Team HeizomatRow 18 - Cell 2
20Alexander Schmitt (Ger) Team Eddy Merckx - IndelandRow 19 - Cell 2
21Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team NetAppRow 20 - Cell 2
22Nicky Van Der Lijke (Ned) Rabobank Continental TeamRow 21 - Cell 2
23Geert Steurs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 22 - Cell 2
24Stefan Kirchmair (Aut) Tyrol TeamRow 23 - Cell 2
25Stefan Ganser (Ger) Team Eddy Merckx - IndelandRow 24 - Cell 2
26Jacob Fiedler (Ger) Team NSPRow 25 - Cell 2
27Christian Poos (Lux) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.deRow 26 - Cell 2
28André Benoit (Ger) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.deRow 27 - Cell 2
29Moreno Hofland (Ned) Rabobank Continental TeamRow 28 - Cell 2
30Peter Erdin (Swi) Atlas PersonalRow 29 - Cell 2
31Markus Eichler (Ger) Team NSPRow 30 - Cell 2
32Sjoerd Kouwenhoven (Ned) Cyclingteam De RijkeRow 31 - Cell 2
33Jonas Ljungblad (Swe) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.deRow 32 - Cell 2
34André Greipel (Ger) German National Team0:00:04
35Frank Dressler-Lehnhof (Ger) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.deRow 34 - Cell 2
36Stijn Joseph (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 35 - Cell 2
37Mario Schoibl (Aut) Tyrol TeamRow 36 - Cell 2
38Julian Kern (Ger) Seven StonesRow 37 - Cell 2
39Roy Curvers (Ned) Skil - Shimano0:00:07
40Grischa Janorschke (Ger) Nutrixxion Sparkasse0:00:08
41Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:00:32
42Johan Coenen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 41 - Cell 2
43Jimmi Sorensen (Den) Glud & Marstrand - LRORow 42 - Cell 2
44Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team NetAppRow 43 - Cell 2
45Florian Monreal (Ger) Team Eddy Merckx - IndelandRow 44 - Cell 2
46Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team0:00:36
47Rune Van Der Meijden (Ned) Cyclingteam De RijkeRow 46 - Cell 2
48Kevin Predatsch (Ger) Thüringer Energie TeamRow 47 - Cell 2
49Bob Schoonbroodt (Ned) Cyclingteam De RijkeRow 48 - Cell 2
50Adrian Honkisz (Pol) CCC Polsat PolkowiceRow 49 - Cell 2
51Jan Oelerich (Ger) TT Raiko Argon 180:00:38
52Tomasz Kiendys (Pol) CCC Polsat PolkowiceRow 51 - Cell 2
53Bert Grabsch (Ger) German National Team0:00:43
54Benjamin Sydlik (Ger) Nutrixxion SparkasseRow 53 - Cell 2
55Arne Hassink (Ned) TT Raiko Argon 18Row 54 - Cell 2
56Daniel Klemme (Ger) German National TeamRow 55 - Cell 2
57Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano0:00:46
58Timon Seubert (Ger) Team NetAppRow 57 - Cell 2
59Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Skil - Shimano0:00:52
60Stefan Poutsma (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels0:01:10
61Alexander Nordhoff (Ger) Seven Stones0:01:29
62Fabian Thiel (Ger) Thüringer Energie TeamRow 61 - Cell 2
63Marius Jessenberger (Ger) Team HeizomatRow 62 - Cell 2
64Tom Thill (Lux) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.deRow 63 - Cell 2
65Peter Schulting (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo PielsRow 64 - Cell 2
66Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo PielsRow 65 - Cell 2
67Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 66 - Cell 2
68Kasper Linde Jorgensen (Den) Glud & Marstrand - LRORow 67 - Cell 2
69Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Glud & Marstrand - LRORow 68 - Cell 2
70Stefan Poll (Aut) Team VorarlbergRow 69 - Cell 2
71Ike Groen (Ned) Cyclingteam De RijkeRow 70 - Cell 2
72Silvan Dillier (Swi) Team VorarlbergRow 71 - Cell 2
73Sven Forberger (Ger) Team NSPRow 72 - Cell 2
74Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Rabobank Continental TeamRow 73 - Cell 2
75Wesley Kreder (Ned) Rabobank Continental TeamRow 74 - Cell 2
76Daniel Westmattelmann (Ger) Team Eddy Merckx - IndelandRow 75 - Cell 2
77Rikke Dijkxhoorn (Ned) Cyclingteam De RijkeRow 76 - Cell 2
78Luc Hagenaars (Ned) Team Eddy Merckx - IndelandRow 77 - Cell 2
79Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Rabobank Continental TeamRow 78 - Cell 2
80Jan Deutschmann (Ger) TT Raiko Argon 18Row 79 - Cell 2
81Rafal Ratajczyk (Pol) CCC Polsat PolkowiceRow 80 - Cell 2
82René Obst (Ger) Team NSPRow 81 - Cell 2
83Dominic Klemme (Ger) Leopard TrekRow 82 - Cell 2
84Nico Schneider (Ger) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.deRow 83 - Cell 2
85Marten Klöpping (Ger) TT Raiko Argon 180:01:46
86Jarno Gmelich (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo PielsRow 85 - Cell 2
87Sander Armee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 86 - Cell 2
88Rens Te Stroet (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo PielsRow 87 - Cell 2
89Eric Baumann (Ger) Team NetApp0:02:10
90Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Leopard TrekRow 89 - Cell 2
91Marc Obkircher (Aut) Tyrol TeamRow 90 - Cell 2
92David Wöhrer (Aut) Tyrol TeamRow 91 - Cell 2
93Andreas Dietziker (Swi) Team NetAppRow 92 - Cell 2
94Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team NetAppRow 93 - Cell 2
95Troels Ronning Vinther (Den) Glud & Marstrand - LRORow 94 - Cell 2
96Matthias Bertling (Ger) Team Eddy Merckx - IndelandRow 95 - Cell 2
97Emmanuel Van Ruitenbeek (Ned) Team Eddy Merckx - IndelandRow 96 - Cell 2
98Lukasz Bodnar (Pol) CCC Polsat PolkowiceRow 97 - Cell 2
99Mateusz Taciak (Pol) CCC Polsat PolkowiceRow 98 - Cell 2
100Jonas Schmeiser (Ger) Team NSPRow 99 - Cell 2
101Hans Joachim Benning (Ger) Seven StonesRow 100 - Cell 2
102René Weissinger (Ger) Team VorarlbergRow 101 - Cell 2
103Lucas Schädlich (Ger) Team NSPRow 102 - Cell 2
104Nicolas Baldo (Fra) Atlas PersonalRow 103 - Cell 2
105Morten Knudsen (Den) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.deRow 104 - Cell 2
106Philipp Ries (Ger) Team Heizomat0:02:14
107Florian Salzinger (Ger) Atlas PersonalRow 106 - Cell 2
108Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 107 - Cell 2
109Pieter Serry (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:02:16
110Geert Van Der Weijst (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels0:02:32
111Sebastian Körber (Ger) Nutrixxion Sparkasse0:03:00
112Julian Hellmann (Ger) Team HeizomatRow 111 - Cell 2
113Stefan Cohnen (Ned) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.de0:03:07
114Raffael Freienstein (Ger) German National TeamRow 113 - Cell 2
115Harald Totschnig (Aut) Tyrol Team0:03:26
116Josef Benetseder (Aut) Team VorarlbergRow 115 - Cell 2
117Jasper Hamelink (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo PielsRow 116 - Cell 2
118Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano0:03:31
119Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Skil - ShimanoRow 118 - Cell 2
120Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Team NetAppRow 119 - Cell 2
121Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:03:39
122Sylwester Janiszewski (Pol) CCC Polsat PolkowiceRow 121 - Cell 2
123Sebastian Forke (Ger) Nutrixxion Sparkasse0:04:24
124Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Leopard Trek0:04:25
125Martin Weiss (Aut) Tyrol Team0:04:26
126Arkimedes Arguelyes Rodriges (Rus) Katusha Team0:04:48
127Thomas Koep (Ger) TT Raiko Argon 180:05:27
128Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Thüringer Energie TeamRow 127 - Cell 2
129Patrick Oeben (Ger) TT Raiko Argon 18Row 128 - Cell 2
130Rick Ampler (Ger) German National TeamRow 129 - Cell 2
131Christian Moberg Jörgensen (Den) Glud & Marstrand - LRORow 130 - Cell 2
132Sander Oostlander (Ned) Cyclingteam De RijkeRow 131 - Cell 2
133Timo Thömel (Ger) Team NSP0:05:51
134Pirmin Lang (Swi) Atlas Personal0:06:24
135David Rosch (Ger) Atlas PersonalRow 134 - Cell 2
136Gabriel Chavanne (Swi) Atlas Personal0:07:27

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