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42nd Internationale Rheinland-Pfalz-Rad-Rundfahrt Stage 1
By Staff
Date: 5/16/2007
42nd Internationale Rheinland-Pfalz-Rad-Rundfahrt Stage 1

by Alicia Hopkins

42nd Edition Internationale Rheinland-Pfalz-Rad-Rundfahrt

Stage 1- Wednesday, May 16, 2007 

(Koblenz – Kaiserslautern, 177km)

Navigators Insurance Cycling Team's Sergej Lagutin salutes. Photo © Official Race Website

The stage began with violent rainfall and stormy winds which accompanied the peloton during the 177 kilometers of the stage.  After 65 kilometers,  three riders attacked and broke away from the main field. Those riders participating in the main field were, Lars Wackernagel (Team Sparkasse),Christian Pömer (Team Volksbank), and Mariusz Witecki (Team Volksbank) and at one point held an advantage 4:20 minutes before they were absorbed by the field. Lars Wackernagel (Team Sparkasse) efforts would not go unrewarded as he was awarded the KOM jersey. 20 km before the finish, former U23 World Champion of Hamilton, Sergey Lagutin (Navigators Insurance Cycling Team) attacked. The chase in the bunch came too late and the rider from Uzbekistan rounded off a break of 20 km and won the stage with an advantage of 16 seconds on the bunch. Steffen Radochla won the sprint for second ahead of Gerald Ciolek. Ed Beamon, the Director Sportif of the Navigators team said, "We had a very solid performance by the team today as Lill launched a serious attack on the first climb, and later the team chased back a critical break they had missed. In the end, Lagutin was very strong."


Full Race Results:

Stage 2:

Thursday, May 17, 2007 takes the riders from Landau to Worms, through the Pfälzer Wald (or Pfälzer Woods) for 145.5km





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