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Kittel wins Sparkassen Münsterland Giro

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A happy Marcel Kittel in Munster at the podium

A happy Marcel Kittel in Munster at the podium
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Third place for Dylan Groenewegen from Cyclingteam De Rijke

Third place for Dylan Groenewegen from Cyclingteam De Rijke
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Greipel checking his glasses

Greipel checking his glasses
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Omega Pharma-QuickStep waiting for the start

Omega Pharma-QuickStep waiting for the start
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Riders at the start

Riders at the start
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Riders at the start in the small town Stadtlohn

Riders at the start in the small town Stadtlohn
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the mayor of todays start town Stadtlohn

the mayor of todays start town Stadtlohn
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Simon Geschke

Simon Geschke
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Team Argos - Shimano

Team Argos - Shimano
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Team Argos - Shimano

Team Argos - Shimano
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German Johannes Fröhlinger

German Johannes Fröhlinger
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Marcel Kittel - does he even know that he will win again?

Marcel Kittel - does he even know that he will win again?
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Team Argos - Shimano

Team Argos - Shimano
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Riders from Team Argos - Shimano

Riders from Team Argos - Shimano
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Team Argos - Shimano

Team Argos - Shimano
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Münster is waiting for the riders to pass the historic city center

Münster is waiting for the riders to pass the historic city center
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A great historic city center is waiting for the riders

A great historic city center is waiting for the riders
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Münster awaits the riders

Münster awaits the riders
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the final podium

the final podium
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Second place for Michael van Staeyen from Topsport Vlaanderen

Second place for Michael van Staeyen from Topsport Vlaanderen
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Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano)

Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano)
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The podium of the Münsterland Giro

The podium of the Münsterland Giro
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Also famous cycling comedian Enrico Muax is in Munster

Also famous cycling comedian Enrico Muax is in Munster
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Vacansoleil riders look quite happy even after a long race today

Vacansoleil riders look quite happy even after a long race today
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Once again it's Marcel Kittel who won in Munster

Once again it's Marcel Kittel who won in Munster
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A leopard rider arrives

A leopard rider arrives
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Fabian Wegmann arrives in Münster

Fabian Wegmann arrives in Münster
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The peloton passes the historic city center

The peloton passes the historic city center
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The peloton passes the historic city center

The peloton passes the historic city center
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Here they are

Here they are
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Team Lotto-Belisol

Team Lotto-Belisol
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Team Lotto-Belisol

Team Lotto-Belisol
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German rider Marcus Burghardt

German rider Marcus Burghardt
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National team from Germany

National team from Germany
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Marcus Burghardt at the sign in

Marcus Burghardt at the sign in
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Vacansoleil-DCM

Vacansoleil-DCM
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Vacansoleil-DCM

Vacansoleil-DCM
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Vacansoleil-DCM

Vacansoleil-DCM
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Kenny Van Hummel (Vacansoleil-DCM)

Kenny Van Hummel (Vacansoleil-DCM)
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Team Leopard during the team presentation

Team Leopard during the team presentation
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A young rider from Team Leopard-Trek Continental

A young rider from Team Leopard-Trek Continental
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Team Leopard-Trek Continental

Team Leopard-Trek Continental
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German rider Rick Zabel, son of the famous Erik Zabel

German rider Rick Zabel, son of the famous Erik Zabel
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A few seconds before the start

A few seconds before the start
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Andre Greipel in a good moods

Andre Greipel in a good moods
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Riders from the German National Team

Riders from the German National Team
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Riders from the German National Team

Riders from the German National Team
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Riders from the German National Team

Riders from the German National Team
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German rider Marcel Sieberg

German rider Marcel Sieberg
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Team Lotto-Belisol

Team Lotto-Belisol
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Riders from Team Garmin-Sharpp

Riders from Team Garmin-Sharpp
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Riders from Team Garmin-Sharp

Riders from Team Garmin-Sharp
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Heinrich Haussler from Garmin-Sharp

Heinrich Haussler from Garmin-Sharp
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Fabian Wegmann

Fabian Wegmann
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Team Garmin-Sharp in Stadtlohn

Team Garmin-Sharp in Stadtlohn
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A concentrated Niki Terpstra

A concentrated Niki Terpstra
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Team Omega Pharma-QuickStep in good moods

Team Omega Pharma-QuickStep in good moods
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World time trial champion Tony Martin

World time trial champion Tony Martin
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Team Omega Pharma-QuickStep at the sign in

Team Omega Pharma-QuickStep at the sign in
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Marcus Burghardt gives an interview

Marcus Burghardt gives an interview
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Daniel Klemme

Daniel Klemme
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Andre Greipel is quite optimistic before the race

Andre Greipel is quite optimistic before the race
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Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano) won his second consecutive Münsterland Giro, taking the mass sprint ahead of Michael Van Staeyen (Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator) and Dylan Groenewegen (Cyclingteam De Rijke). Kenny Van Hummel of Vacansoleil-DCM was the second across the finish line, but the race jury relegated him to fifteenth place for irregular sprinting.

It was the 13th season win for the 24-year-old German sprinter, “a super successful season”.

Only ten kilometers into the race, Jan Barta (Team NetApp) and Benjamin Sydlik (Team Nutrixxion Abus) broke away from the field. The duo built up a lead of up to seven minutes. Sydlik was caught again whilst Barta continued on with Martin Mortensen (Vacansoleil-DCM) and Marco Minnaard (Rabobank Continental Team). Sprinters' teams Argos-Shimano and Lotto Belisol lead the chase, and with 20 kilometers to go, they were caught.

A mass crash with about 5 kilometers to go sent several riders to hospital. Michael Schweizer of Nutrixxion-Abus was the most seriously injured, staying overnight in hospital with concussion, bruises, and a cut on his chin which required stitches.

Full Results
1Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Argos - Shimano4:26:54
2Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
3Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke
4Moreno Hofland (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team
5Giorgio Brambilla (Ita) Leopard - Trek Continental Team
6Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quickstep
7Joeri Stallaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony
8Rudiger Selig (Ger) Germany
9Roy Sentjens (Bel) Cyclingteam De Rijke
10André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team
11Martin Weiss (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team
12Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin - Sharp
13Robbert De Greef (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels
14Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Garmin - Sharp
15Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
16Tom Veelers (Ned) Team Argos - Shimano
17Julian Hellmann (Ger) Team Eddy Merckx - Indeland0:00:10
18Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team0:00:13
19Kenny De Haes (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:00:16
20Roger Kluge (Ger) Team Argos - Shimano
21Barry Markus (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:00:19
22Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Argos - Shimano0:00:29
23Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
24Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:00:44
25Dennis Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:00:51
26Rick Zabel (Ger) Rabobank Continental Team0:00:57
27Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team NetApp
28Michael Kurth (Ger) Team Eddy Merckx - Indeland
29Stefan Poutsma (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels
30Stefan Ganser (Ger) Team Eddy Merckx - Indeland
31Tom Vermeer (Ned) Nutrixxion Abus
32Dominik Hrinkow (Aut) Team Vorarlberg
33Stijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
34Daniel Klemme (Ger) Germany
35Clemens Fankhauser (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team
36Florian Senechal (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quickstep
37Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
38Jarl Salomein (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
39Gediminas Kaupas (Ltu) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.de0:01:05
40Bertjan Lindeman (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:01:26
41Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin - Sharp0:01:57
42Baptiste Plackaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony
43Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
44Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetApp
45Stefan Schäfer (Ger) Team NSP - Ghost
46Christoph Springer (Ger) Team Specialized Concept Store
47Marius Jessenberger (Ger) Team Heizomat
48Ivar Slik (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team
49Mark Schreurs (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels
50Jonas Ahlstrand (Swe) Team Argos - Shimano0:02:08
51Remco Broers (Ned) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.de0:02:12
52André Steensen (Den) Glud & Marstrand - Lro0:02:18
53Matthias Plarre (Ger) Germany0:02:26
54Patrick Bercz (Ger) Team Eddy Merckx - Indeland
55Marco Minnaard (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team
56Alexander Khatuntsev (Rus) RusVelo
57Manuel Straub (Ger) Team Heizomat
58Kasper Linde Jorgensen (Den) Glud & Marstrand - Lro
59Jochem Hoekstra (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels
60Jacek Morajko (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
61Martijn Tusveld (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team
62Sjors Roosen (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels
63Alexander Nordhoff (Ger) Team Eddy Merckx - Indeland
64Sergey Firsanov (Rus) RusVelo
65Steven Lammertink (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels
66Nikita Eskov (Rus) RusVelo
67Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Sharp
68Nikolay Trusov (Rus) RusVelo
69Sjoerd Kouwenhoven (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke
70Frederique Robert (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:02:33
71Kevin Peeters (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony
72Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team NetApp0:03:25
73Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
74Joel Zangerle (Lux) Leopard - Trek Continental Team0:03:52
75Vytautas Kaupas (Ltu) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.de
76Norbert Durauer (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team
77Marc Obkircher (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team
78Fabio Silvestre (Por) Leopard - Trek Continental Team0:04:52
79Jasper Bovenhuis (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team
80Pit Schlechter (Lux) Leopard - Trek Continental Team0:04:54
81Fabian Schnaidt (Ger) Team Specialized Concept Store
82Julian Kern (Ger) Leopard - Trek Continental Team
83Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Argos - Shimano
84Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Argos - Shimano
85Zico Waeytens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
86Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
87René Weissinger (Ger) Team Vorarlberg
88Josef Benetseder (Aut) Team Vorarlberg
89Phillip Müller (Ger) Germany
90Max Walsleben (Ger) Germany
91Bob Schoonbroodt (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke0:05:11
92Nicky Van Der Lijke (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team
93Marc Goos (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team
94Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:05:36
95Yoeri Havik (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke
96Mario Vogt (Ger) Team Specialized Concept Store
97Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Germany
98Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin - Sharp
99Valery Valynin (Rus) RusVelo
100Ike Groen (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke
101Thomas Scully (NZl) Garmin - Sharp
102Sven Forberger (Ger) Team NSP - Ghost
103Maximilian Kuen (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team0:05:40
104Mario Schoibl (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team
105Harald Totschnig (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team
106Alexander Schmitt (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus
107Alexander Gottfried (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus
108Rick Ampler (Ger) Germany
109Nils Plötner (Ger) Raiko Stölting0:05:52
110Thomas Koep (Ger) Raiko Stölting0:05:57
111Jonas Schmeiser (Ger) Team NSP - Ghost
112Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Leopard - Trek Continental Team0:07:57
113Alexander Krieger (Ger) Team Heizomat0:08:34
114Holger Burkhardt (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus0:08:39
115Jacob Fiedler (Ger) Team NSP - Ghost0:09:05
116René Obst (Ger) Team NSP - Ghost
117Sebastian Forke (Ger) Team NSP - Ghost
118Mats Boeve (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke0:09:28
119Timo Thömel (Ger) Team NSP - Ghost

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