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Rund um den Henninger-Turm Live Ticker
By Staff
Date: 5/1/2006
Rund um den Henninger-Turm Live Ticker

Rund um den Henninger-Turm Live Ticker
Join us for the running report of the race in progress

A long breakaway of Lubor Tesar (Wiesenhof-Akud) and Jens Mouris (Team Regiostrom Senges). Then a chasing group with Sinkewitz, Voigt and Wesemann and Milram leads the bunch together with Gerolsteiner as we join the race in progress. Bart Hazen is our commentator this morning.

The riders to watch for today are Erik Zabel, Davide Rebellin, Alessandro Petacchi, Fabian Wegmann, Jens Voigt, Steffen Wesemann, Stefan Schumacher, Patrik Sinkewitz, Cristian Knees, Kurt-Asle Arvesen, Heinrich Haussler, Ricardo Serrano, Stefano Garzelli, Igor Astarloa, Danilo Hondo and some others.

Jens Voigt & Patrik Sinkewitz in the lead they have 1.40 on the chasers. Voigt is riding for CSC and Sinkewitz for T-Mobile. Both have ridden well this month. Sinkewitz rode quite a few top 10 ranks in Basque Tour, Fleche, Liege and those kinds of races, while Voigt worked hard for Basso, Schleck and Kroon in the Spring Classics.

Next week Voigt will start in the Giro as well as helper for Ivan Basso.
CSC has announced the Giro team:
Ivan Basso
Carlos Sastre
Bobby Julich
Jens Voigt
Giovanni Lombardi
Inigo Cuesta
Volodymir Gustov
Michael Blaudzun
Nicki Sörensen

Last year this race was won by Erik Zabel. The gap is now 1.55 on the chasers, but it isn't clear if these chasers are a chasing group or the peloton. Sinkewitz, the winner of the Tour of Germany 2 years ago, does most of the work in front especially on the climbs.

70 km to go: The cooperation in the bunch is not that good at the moment. Rebellin is now trying to put some pace in it as he leads.

65 km to go: If T-Mobile wins the Henninger Turm with Sinkewitz or an other rider it will be there first big win of the year in 2005 they had a kind of similar year but then Vinokourov won Liege-Bastogne-Liege and Zabel, now Milram, the Henninger Turm

"It’s a matter of prestige for us“, says Team manager Olaf Ludwig, who won the race’s 1994 edition himself. According to him, the team is under added pressure: "Everybody expects us to control the field and react to each attack“, Ludwig says. "You have to be alert at every second”

Today they had to do 10 climbs. 9 of them they have passed already so 1 climb to go. 14 riders are going on the contra-attack now. The names or not known yet but among them for sure Davide Rebellin who has been at the front the last several kms ready to roll.

60 km to go: Voigt & Sinkewitz have 1.50 on the 14 chasers and 2.15 on the peloton.

Patrik Sinkewitz in particular is full of ambitions for the race on his Hessian home turf. In the past week, the 25-year old placed fifth at both the Amstel Gold race and La Flèche-Wallone and finished fourth at Liège-Bastogne-Liège. "The wins will come in time“, says the local hero, pointing at the magenta riders’ strong team performance in the Ardennes. "The team worked together excellently. We put he tactics into action and were always in the thick of things with two riders in the important moments of the race”.
Having barely missed out on podium spots, however, is bugging Sinkewitz. In Liège in particular, where he was clearly one of the strongest riders in the finale, he came tantalizingly close. After a courageous ride, he had to make do with fourth place.

55 km to go: If we are to believe some gossip it's possible that Paolo Bettini will ride next year for T-Mobile.
Because Quick Step is building a strong team around Boonen it isn't that strange.

Brandt and Leukemans (Davitamon/Lotto), Gerolsteiner's Rebellin and Schumacher, Ale-Jet Petacchi (Milram), Ivanov, Kirchen and Wesemann (T-Mobile), Astarloa (TBL), Niermann (Rabobank), Ascani (NSM), Grabsch (Phonak), Garzelli (Liquigas), Trampusch (WIE)

The locomotive of Alessandro Petacchi, Marco Velo will miss the Giro D'Italia due to a broken collarbone. Velo crashed 2 weeks ago in the Niedersachsen Rundfahrt.

The peloton is closing the gap as Unibet and Lamonta lead the peloton; they have chased down the Pettacchi group and continue the chase. The Gap is at 1:55 to Voigt and Sinkewitz.

Torsten Schmidt (Wiesenhof-Akud) tries to escape.  Schmidt gets the company of Liquigas rider Matej Mugerli.

Voigt and Sinkewitz approach the last climb of the day the Mammolshainer Berg.

44 km to go: Gerolsteiner is leading the pace of the bunch for Rebellin, Wegmann, Haussler or Schumacher
40 km to go: Sinkewitz is leading Voigt as they climb the Mammolshainer Berg for the last time today.

Schmidt and Mugerli still in the chase between the 2 leaders and the peloton. But the 2 chasers are almost caught by the bunch. Seems a slow torture for the lads as they chase the leaders and are the rabbit for the hounds.

Attack: Rebellin attacks again and 4 riders join him, Rebellin's group swells to six and Mugerli and Schmidt are reeled in by the attack.

Kirchen, Tschopp, Rebellin, Kolobnev, Mugerli and Serrano are the 6 chasers behind Sinkewitz and Voigt. Kirchen rides always in last wheel to protect the break of Sinkewitz.

Brandt, Garzelli, Grabsch, and Schumacher join the Rebellin chase group making it ten chasers and a whole lot more horsepower to reel in the escapees.

Apparently not enough horse power as the peloton led by Unibet and Lamonta are closing the gap to the group of ten with the gap to Jens and Patrik at 1:30. The ten are reeled back in and the peloton is disorganized by the event.

The riders are now in Frankfurt in a few kilometers they will cross the finish line. Then they have some local laps to go, The bunch is about 60 riders strong.

20 kms to go: Milram and Gerolsteiner now lead of peloton. The gap of the 2 leaders is 40 seconds.

14 km to go as they have to do 3 local laps of 4.5 kms.

The peloton is coming on strong with Lamonta and Gerolsteiner in charge at the point. The gap 30 sec and Sinkewitz is still driving the pace, he wants this victory on his home turf.

Now Voigt drives the duo forward 2 laps of 4.5 km to go the gap is 25 seconds and Voigt and Sinkewitz put all they have in the effort.

5 riders in the contra attack now as the gap goes down to 20 seconds. This only seems to anger the peloton as they surge forward and envelopes quintet.

Kolobnev tries and escape with Ivanov
5 km to go: 10 sec left for Voigt & Sinkewitz
1 Lap to go 4 leaders Sinkewitz, Voigt, De Maar and Ivanov

Young Dutchman De Maar gives it a try, Ivanov attacks! Peloton at 5 sec.

3kms to go: Gerolsteiner leads the peloton, Ivanov with 50 mt on De Maar, Voigt and Sinkewitz, and 100 mt on the bunch

Voigt chases down Ivanov. 4 leaders now; peloton at 30 mt it looks like it will come to a sprint with about 50/60 riders Ivanov attacks again; the others are caught by the bunch,  Ivanov gives up.

1 km to go: gruppo compatto... Petacchi leads the peloton for Zabel  The sprint has started and the winner is

Stefano Garzelli
German champion Gerald Ciolek is 2nd, Hondo 3rd, Eric Zabel 4th, Leukemans 5th

This is the 2nd victory for Liquigas this year, the first was Vincenzo Nibali in Coppi & Bartali

Stefano Garzelli day before Liège-Bastogne-Liège
Photo copyright Bart Hazen

A tremendous effort by Voigt and Sinkewitz in a 75 km break.
This concludes the live ticker. Thanks for joining us today. (results below)

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