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Demare wins Vattenfalls Cyclassics

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Arnaud Demare (FDJ - Big Mat) wins Vattenfalls

Arnaud Demare (FDJ - Big Mat) wins Vattenfalls
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Ruediger Selig and Katusha teammates before the start

Ruediger Selig and Katusha teammates before the start
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Daryl Impey (Orica - Greenedge) is injured

Daryl Impey (Orica - Greenedge) is injured
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Podium: Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol) 2nd, Arnaud Demare (FDJ - Big Mat) 1st, Giacomo Nizzolo (RadioShack - Nissan) 3rd

Podium: Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol) 2nd, Arnaud Demare (FDJ - Big Mat) 1st, Giacomo Nizzolo (RadioShack - Nissan) 3rd
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Ruediger Selig (Katusha)

Ruediger Selig (Katusha)
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Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) and Peter Sagan (Liquigas - Cannondale)

Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) and Peter Sagan (Liquigas - Cannondale)
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The peloton

The peloton
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Daniel Oss (Liquigas - Cannondale) gets a bottle handoff

Daniel Oss (Liquigas - Cannondale) gets a bottle handoff
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Arnaud Demare (FDJ - Big Mat) on the podium

Arnaud Demare (FDJ - Big Mat) on the podium
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Jurai Sagan (Liquigas - Cannondale)

Jurai Sagan (Liquigas - Cannondale)
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Daryl Impey (Orica - GreenEdge) is helped by concerned teammates

Daryl Impey (Orica - GreenEdge) is helped by concerned teammates
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Luis Leon Sanchez (Rabobank) and Marco Marcato (Vacansoleil - DCM)

Luis Leon Sanchez (Rabobank) and Marco Marcato (Vacansoleil - DCM)
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Arnaud Demare (FDJ - Big Mat) triumphs

Arnaud Demare (FDJ - Big Mat) triumphs
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Dominik Nerz (Liquigas - Cannondale)

Dominik Nerz (Liquigas - Cannondale)
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Alessandro Vanotti (Liquigas - Cannondale)

Alessandro Vanotti (Liquigas - Cannondale)
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Luis Leon Sanchez (Rabobank) and Marco Marcato (Vacansoleil - DCM) untangle bikes

Luis Leon Sanchez (Rabobank) and Marco Marcato (Vacansoleil - DCM) untangle bikes
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Maxime Vantomme (Katusha)

Maxime Vantomme (Katusha)
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Arnaud Demare (FDJ - Big Mat) beats Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol) and Giacomo Nizzolo (RadioShack - Nissan)

Arnaud Demare (FDJ - Big Mat) beats Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol) and Giacomo Nizzolo (RadioShack - Nissan)
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Arnaud Demare (FDJ - Big Mat) beats Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol) and Giacomo Nizzolo (RadioShack - Nissan)

Arnaud Demare (FDJ - Big Mat) beats Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol) and Giacomo Nizzolo (RadioShack - Nissan)
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Podium: Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol) 2nd, Arnaud Demare (FDJ - Big Mat) 1st, Giacomo Nizzolo (RadioShack - Nissan) 3rd

Podium: Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol) 2nd, Arnaud Demare (FDJ - Big Mat) 1st, Giacomo Nizzolo (RadioShack - Nissan) 3rd
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Arnaud Demare (FDJ - Big Mat) raises his arms to celebrate

Arnaud Demare (FDJ - Big Mat) raises his arms to celebrate
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Arnaud Demare of FDJ-BigMat took the biggest win of his career at the Vattenfalls Cyclassics in Hamburg, Germany. The young Frenchman mastered Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol) and Giaccomo Nizzolo (RadioShack-Nissan) in the mass sprint.

A trio dominated the early part of the race. Andeas Dietziker (NetApp), Jesse Sergent RadioShack-Nissan) and Gregor Gazvoda (AG2R) were the early break, although they never had more than about a two-minute lead.

With about 60km to go, Marco Pinotti of BMC attacked, and soon the three leaders were caught and passed, and a new group had formed with Pinotti, Alexander Porsev (Katusha), Matthieu Ladagnous (FDJ), Martin Mortensen (Vacansoleil-DCM), Yaroslav Popovych (RadioShack-Nissan), Christopher Juul Jensen (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank) und Matteo Bono (Lampre-ISD).

A crash along the way took out Stuart O'Grady (Orica-GreenEdge), with a fractured collarbone.

The gap to the leading group was never large, as Sky, with last year's winner Edvald Boasson Hagen, was unwilling to let them get away. They were caught again on the third of four climbs up the Waseberg, and immediately a new group formed, about a dozen riders including Tom Boonen and Peter Sagan. Boonen tried to take off on his own, but the group was too dangerous - and not working together at all - and everyone was soon together again.

Sagan had a blow to his chances with 18km to go, as he had a mechanical whilst on the final climb up the Waseberg.

With 14km to go, Ben Hermans of RadioShack-Nissan took off on a solo effort. The chasing group was totally unorganized and couldn't decide who should lead the chase - playing right into Hermans' hands. A four-man group finally formed, and the field behind them splintered into multiple groups.

The foursome was soon joined by more and more riders, and they caught Hermans with some 8km to go. The peloton regrouped and caught them all. Further attacks followed but the expected mass sprint came about.

A crash with only a few hundred meters to go broke up the field, and an Orica-GreenEdge racer appeared to have been injured. At the finish line, Demare clearly outsprinted the top names for the prestigious win.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat6:03:19
2André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team
3Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Radioshack-Nissan
4Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep
5Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling
6Mark Renshaw (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team
7Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Garmin - Sharp
8Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
9Tom Veelers (Ned) Argos-Shimano
10Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team
11Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha Team
12David Tanner (Aus) Team Saxo Bank / Tinkoff Bank
13Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - ISD
14Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale
15Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - ISD
16Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team
17Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team Netapp
18Ben Hermans (Bel) Radioshack-Nissan
19Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre - ISD
20Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team
21Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team
22Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Team Saxo Bank / Tinkoff Bank
23Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
24Jonas Aaen Jörgensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank / Tinkoff Bank0:00:08
25Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:00:11
26Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:00:14
27Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:16
28José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar Team
29Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:18
30Christian Knees (Ger) Sky Procycling0:00:24
31Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
32Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Team Netapp
33Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team
34Romain Lemarchand (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
35Michael Morkov (Den) Team Saxo Bank / Tinkoff Bank0:00:27
36Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team
37Gustav Larsson (Swe) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team0:00:32
38Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:00:34
39Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team
40Ricardo Garcia Ambroa (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:36
41Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team
42Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quickstep
43Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol Team
44Nick Nuyens (Bel) Team Saxo Bank / Tinkoff Bank
45Dominik Nerz (Ger) Liquigas-Cannondale
46Simone Ponzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team
47Bert De Backer (Bel) Argos-Shimano0:00:43
48Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD
49Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha Team
50Jan Barta (Cze) Team Netapp
51Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:00:46
52Tony Gallopin (Fra) Radioshack-Nissan
53Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team
54Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team Netapp
55Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Movistar Team
56Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat
57Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team
58Jacob Rathe (USA) Garmin - Sharp0:00:51
59Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky Procycling
60Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:00:56
61Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) FDJ-Big Mat
62Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team
63Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team0:01:02
64Rudiger Selig (Ger) Katusha Team0:01:04
65Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:01:11
66Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team0:01:14
67Luke Rowe (GBr) Sky Procycling0:01:16
68Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank Cycling Team0:01:21
69Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Sharp0:01:34
70Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:39
71Robert Wagner (Ger) Radioshack-Nissan0:01:53
72Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin - Sharp0:02:08
73Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:11
74Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team0:02:28
75Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team0:02:34
76Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:02:40
77Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
78Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
79Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Netapp0:05:16
80Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:08:27
81Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
82Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team
83Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep
84Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) Team Saxo Bank / Tinkoff Bank
85Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol Team
86Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin - Sharp
87Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:09:00
88Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team
89Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat
90Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat
91Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
92Thomas Leezer (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
93Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro Team
94Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Argos-Shimano
95Roger Kluge (Ger) Argos-Shimano
96Roy Curvers (Ned) Argos-Shimano
97Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Garmin - Sharp0:09:29
98Marco Pinotti (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:09:46
99Joost Posthuma (Ned) Radioshack-Nissan
100Jetse Bol (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
101Albert Timmer (Ned) Argos-Shimano
102Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep
103Adam Blythe (GBr) BMC Racing Team
104Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team Netapp
105Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
106Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team Netapp
107Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team
108Kristof Goddaert (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale
109Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat
110Kristijan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Cannondale
111Theo Bos (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
112Marcel Kittel (Ger) Argos-Shimano
113Andreas Dietziker (Swi) Team Netapp
114Bert Grabsch (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep
115Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team
116Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Katusha Team
117Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - ISD
118Federico Canuti (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
119Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) Garmin - Sharp
120Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - ISD
121Francis De Greef (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team
122Alexander Porsev (Rus) Katusha Team
123Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Movistar Team0:09:58
124Dennis Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team
125Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica GreenEdge0:10:28
126Dominic Klemme (Ger) Argos-Shimano0:10:40
127Jens Mouris (Ned) Orica GreenEdge0:10:47
128Baden Cooke (Aus) Orica GreenEdge0:11:42
129Svein Tuft (Can) Orica GreenEdge
130Alexey Tsatevitch (Rus) Katusha Team0:13:32
131Gregor Gazvoda (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale
132Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank / Tinkoff Bank
DNFAlex Dowsett (GBr) Sky Procycling
DNFBernhard Eisel (Aut) Sky Procycling
DNFJeremy Hunt (GBr) Sky Procycling
DNFGeraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling
DNFMaxim Iglinsky (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
DNFDmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
DNFDaniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
DNFJuraj Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale
DNFAlessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
DNFSimon Spilak (Slo) Katusha Team
DNFMarco Haller (Aut) Katusha Team
DNFNelson Filipe Santos Simoes Oliveira (Por) Radioshack-Nissan
DNFYaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Radioshack-Nissan
DNFJesse Sergent (NZl) Radioshack-Nissan
DNFDaryl Impey (RSA) Orica GreenEdge
DNFBrett Lancaster (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
DNFStuart O'grady (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
DNFMatthew Wilson (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
DNFAndreas Klier (Ger) Garmin - Sharp
DNFPablo Urtasun Perez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
DNFMassimo Graziato (Ita) Lampre - ISD
DNFMichael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team
DNFBoris Shpilevsky (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale
DNFSteve Chainel (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat
DNFJuan José Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank / Tinkoff Bank

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