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15th Vattenfall Cyclassics - UCI ProTour
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Date: 8/15/2010
15th Vattenfall Cyclassics - UCI ProTour

15th Vattenfall Cyclassics - UCI ProTour
Tyler Farrar Doubles in Hamburg in a close sprint with Edvald Boasson Hagen and Andre Greipel

photos to come...

American Tyler Farrar took the victory in the Vattenfall Cyclassic in a close sprint finish besting Norwegian Edvald Boasson Hagen (SKY), while German top sprinter Andre Greipel (HTC-Columbia) came in third in a mass sprint finish of 70 riders.

BMC's Alexander Kristoff fiinished fourth with Astana's Allan Davis filling out the top 5.

It is Tyler Farrar's second victory in the race having won last year, and the first consecutive  victory in history of the race.

168 riders got underway in Hamburg in rainy conditions for 217 kilometers of racing in the on ProTour race in Germany. We didn't have to wait long for the first group of optimists to venture out into the wind and rain with a hearty quintet escaping  the peloton on its run ghrough Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein.

The international quintet was led by Sebastian Lang (Omega-Pharma-Lotto) and joined by Latvian Gatis Smukulis (Ag2r La Mondiale), Francaise des Jeux's Anthony Geslin, Russian Nikolay Trusov (Katusha) and Skil/Shimano's Robin Chaigneau of the Netherlands. The  fab five worked well together opening a quick minutes gap in the first miles of the race. But by the 60th kilometer of their adventure the quintet had established a 16 minute gap... and were busy picking up sprint points in the first circuits;  but there still remained 156 kilometers to evade the assemblage of sprinters and their teams to secure a the victory.

 The peloton slowly dragged the riders back with 20 km to go only Nikolay Trusov, Gatis Smukulis and Anthony Geslin remained on the front buoyed by the cheers of 800,000 cycling crazy Germans on the final circuits.

Behind, Lampre, Liquigas, SKY and the Garmin Transition team led the chase as the gap fell to less than a minute with 20 to go... the peloton let the trio linger off the front before moving in  on the final  circuit and approach to climb of the Waseberg.

With the peloton strung out on the chase the last three brave riders were caught with 7.2 kilometers to go as the leadout trains dueled on the front for control. Lampre, Sky, Garmin, and Liquigas led the assault for the line with Liquigas taking the front under the 1 km to go  petard.

In the final 200 meters it was Farrar and Hagen to the line with Farrar taking the close win at the line... Andre Greipel looked to be jammed up on the barriers which broke his rhythm in the final effort claiming third.

Katusha's Nikolay Trusov won the KOM trophy for the race, taking two of the three climbing primes. Omega Pharma/Lotto's Sebastien Lang won the points classification bywinning 2 of the four primes.

The race once again could be deemed as a real success for German cycling with over 800,000 spectators on the course of which 300,000 visited the exhibition inHamburg and over 20,000 riders participating in the other races and Gran Fondo - public rides.

BMC Racing Team
Alexander Kristoff Fourth

Alexander Kristoff scored his sixth top 10 finish after recovering from a horrific crash in the Tour de Beauce in June. It is the Norwegian's 10th top ten performance of the season.

Directeur Sportif John Lelangue - Team Rode Well
"I think Alexander is always the fastest one in the last 100 meters. He's always coming from far away in the last 200 meters, so he has a big acceleration at the end that is impressive. I was also happy that all of our protected guys were there with the leaders the last time up the Waseberg. They did a really good job."

Team Milram
The sprint finale in the German ProTour race Vattenfall Cyclassics took place Gerald Ciolek,  twice a podium finisher in his home pro tour race. The sprinter from Cologne had to leave the race in the final round due to a severe cold, and his team had to do without him in the mass sprint.Austrian Peter Wrolich was the best Milram rider in14th place.

D.S. Ralf Grabsch
"Our riders showed a good performance. We were always there and organised the pursuit, stated Ralf Grabsch, MILRAM's directeur sportif for the Vattenfall Cyclassics. "After Ciolek had to drop out, we had to change our tactics. Christian Knees put in a great effort with his attack. We're satisfied with our performance - less so with the result, of course. And that's what counts in sport, after all.

2010 Vattenfall Cyclassics - UCI ProTour Results
217 km - 5:02:36  - 42.947km/h
1 Farrar, Tyler Garmin - Transitions 5:02:36
2 Boasson, Hagen Edvald Team SKY Pro  - 00:00
3 Greipel, Andre Thr Team HTC/Columbia - 00:00

4 Kristoff, Alexander BMC Racing Team - 00:00
5 Davis, Allan Ast Astana - 00:00

6 Bennati, Daniele Liq Liquigas-Doimo - 00:00
7 Leezer, Thomas Rab Rabobank - 00:00
8 Mata, Enrique Fot Footon-Servetto - 00:00
9 Hinault, Sebastien Alm Ag2r La Mondiale - 00:00
10 Marcato, Marco Vac Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Te - 00:00
11 Offredo, Yoann Francaise des Jeux - 00:00
12 Roelandts, Jurgen Olo Omega Pharma-Lotto - 00:00
13 Guesdon, Frederick  Franceaise des Jeux  - 00:00
14 Wrolich, Peter Mrm Team Milram - 00:00
15 Hulsmans, Kevin Qst Quick Step - 00:00
Complete Results & Photos

Points Classification
1  GER Sebastian Lang OLO 9
2  LAT  Smukulis, Gatis ALM 6
3   FRA Geslin, Anthony FDJ 5
4  RUS Trusov, Nikolay KAT 2
5  NED Chaigneau, Robin SKS 2

KOM - King of the Mountains 2010
1   Rus  Trusov, Nikolay Kat 6
2   Fra Geslin, Anthony Fdj 6
3 208 Ned  Chaigneau, Robin Sks 3
4 158 Lat  Smukulis, Gatis Alm 2
5 64 Ger  Lang, Sebastian Olo 1

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