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92nd Rund um Köln - 1.HC
Germany, April 9, 2007
Haedo surprises Petacchi at finish line
By Susan Westemeyer
Rund um Köln came down to a sprint finish again this year, but the winner did not come from one of the highly favoured German teams. Instead, CSC's Juan Jose Haedo dashed around Alessandro Petacchi at the last minute to take the win, with Rabobank's Greame Brown claiming second and Petacchi ending up third, a few metres ahead of the bunch.
"That was my first win in Europe. A super thing and a great experience before such a big public. I am happy," said the Argentinian, who won a stage in the Tour of California this winter.
Petacchi didn't hide his disappointment. "30 meters before the finish line, I was out of power. I am really sorry for my team, which worked very hard for me today," the Italian said. He admitted that he had underestimated how it would be for him to come back this year after his injuries of last season. "I have tried too much and made a lot of misjudgments. It hasn't been as easy as I thought it would be."
How it unfolded
190 riders set out in the cool but sunny German spring morning. An early breakaway of five riders, including CSC's Andy Schleck and Gerolsteiner's Markus Fothen tried their luck, but never got more than 30 seconds ahead before being absorbed back into the field.
A more successful escape group formed on the first climb. Quick.Step's Andrea Tonti and Kevin Seeldraeyers were joined by Jelle Vanendert of Chocolade Jacques and Pascal Hungerbühler from Team Volksbank. The peloton let them ride, not undertaking any organised action to chase them down, but the quartet was not able to build up more than a four-minute lead.
With about 80 km to go, the peloton got down to business and started chasing. Last year's winner Christian Knees was frequently at the front, trying to bring things together for his captain Petacchi.
Christian Pfannberger of Team Elk Haus made his way to the leading group, and eventually he and Tonti were alone in the lead. They were soon caught by the charging peloton, led by the German teams of T-Mobile, Gerolsteiner and Milram. Milram took over control of the race to prepare the way for Petacchi, holding the group together and preventing any new breakaways. T-Mobile shared the work, hoping to do the same for young sprinter Gerald Ciolek.
There were few crashes in the race, but German champion Dirk Müller tangled with the barriers and went down 30 km before the finish. He was taken to the hospital with a suspected broken collarbone.
The race ended with three laps of a course along the banks of the Rhine River, with the string of riders stretched out as the pace increased. Gerolsteiner no longer participated in the lead work, as sprinter Robert Förster had had to drop out because of stomach problems.
T-Mobile moved into the lead, with up to six riders near the front, in what turned out to be a vain attempt to bring Ciolek the victory. A crash in the last 1000 metres took him down, and he ended up finishing 103rd, with a torn jersey but no apparent serious injuries.
Meanwhile, a dangerous trio of Haedo, Petacchi and Brown gained a few metres on the peloton and sprinted for the win. Petacchi led, but was in the wind too early, and Haedo came around him at the last minute to claim the victory. Petacchi slowed as he saw he would not win, and Brown was able to pass him for second place.
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1 Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Team CSC 4.50.09 (42.02 km/h) 2 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank 3 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Team Milram 4 Ciaran Power (Irl) Navigators 5 Markus Zberg (Sui) Gerolsteiner 6 Tilo Schüler (Ger) Team Sparkasse 7 René Obst (Ger) Team 3CG-Gru 8 Luke Roberts (Aus) Team CSC 9 Rene Weissinger (Ger) Team Volksbank 10 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Navigators 11 Peter Wrolich (Aut) Gerolsteiner 12 Marco Marcato (Ita) LPR 13 Benny De Schrooder (Bel) Chocolade Jacques 14 Steffen Radochla (Ger) Wiesenhof 15 Danilo Wyss (Sui) Team Atlas-Romer 16 Daniele Callegarin (Ita) LPR 17 Peter Pichler (Aut) Team Elkhaus 18 Mala Van Ruitenbeek (Ned) Team Regiostrom 19 Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team Sparkasse 20 Martin Hebik (Cze) Team Heinz von Heiden 21 Benjamin Brooks (Aus) Navigators 22 Geert Steurs (Bel) Predictor-Lotto 23 Peter Velits (Svk) Wiesenhof 24 Laurent Didier (Lux) Team Regiostrom 25 Sergej Fuchs (Ger) Team 3CG-Gru 26 Richard Faltus (Cze) Team Sparkasse 27 Andre Greipel (Ger) T-Mobile 28 David Harrigan (Aus) DFL-Cyclingnews 29 Holger Sievers (Ger) Team 3CG-Gru 30 Volker Ordowski (Ger) Gerolsteiner 31 Nicolas Gates (Aus) Predictor-Lotto 32 Marco Velo (Ita) Team Milram 33 Corey Sweet (Aus) Team Regiostrom 34 Björn Thurau (Ger) Team Atlas-Romer 35 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Predictor-Lotto 36 Konstantin Schubert (Ger) Team Regiostrom 0.05 37 Evan Oliphant (GBr) DFL-Cyclingnews 38 Erik Hoffmann (Nam) Team 3CG-Gru 39 Alessandro Proni (Ita) Quickstep-Innergetic 40 Martin Velits (Svk) Wiesenhof 41 Martin Comploi (Aut) Team Elkhaus 0.09 42 Gregory Henderson (Nzl) T-Mobile 43 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Chocolade Jacques 44 Marcel Wyss (Sui) Team Atlas-Romer 45 Frederic Gabriel (Fra) Landbouwkrediet 0.11 46 Carlo Westphal (Ger) Gerolsteiner 47 Matthias Friedemann (Ger) Team 3CG-Gru 48 Laurent Arn (Sui) Team Atlas-Romer 0.14 49 Thomas Ziegler (Ger) T-Mobile 50 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team CSC 51 Mauro Facci (Ita) Quickstep-Innergetic 0.18 52 Stephan Parinussa (Ger) Team Sparkasse 53 Philipp Mamos (Ger) Team Sparkasse 54 Rick Flens (Ned) Rabobank 55 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank 56 Steven Kleynen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 57 Rubens Bertogliati (Sui) Saunier Duval 58 Peter Andres (Sui) Team Atlas-Romer 59 Cameron Jennings (Aus) DFL-Cyclingnews 60 Robert Retschke (Ger) Wiesenhof 61 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Gerolsteiner 62 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram 63 Hubert Schwab (Sui) Quickstep-Innergetic 64 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team CSC 65 Björn Glasner (Ger) Team Regiostrom 66 Elio Rigotto (Ita) Team Milram 67 Matti Helminen (Fin) DFL-Cyclingnews 68 Maurizio Bellin (Ita) LPR 0.22 69 Michael Blaudzun (Den) Team CSC 0.26 70 Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Rabobank 71 Marco Duchting (Ger) Team Akud 72 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Quickstep-Innergetic 73 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Predictor-Lotto 74 Christi Pfannberger (Aut) Team Elkhaus 75 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Team CSC 76 Anders Lund (Den) Team CSC 77 Christian Leben (Ger) Wiesenhof 78 Leonardo Scarselli (Ita) Quickstep-Innergetic 79 Daniel Musiol (Ger) Wiesenhof 80 Matthew Goss (Aus) Team CSC 81 William Walker (Aus) Rabobank 82 Roberto Traficante (Ita) LPR 83 Nico Sijmens (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 84 Maint Berkenbosch (Ned) Team Regiostrom 0.43 85 Nic Ingels (Bel) Predictor-Lotto 0.44 86 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quickstep-Innergetic 87 Gerrit Glomser (Aut) Team Volksbank 88 Luca Solari (Ita) LPR 0.50 89 Domenik Klemme (Ger) Team 3CG-Gru 0.53 90 Bart Vanheule (Bel) Chocolade Jacques 1.10 91 Pascal Hungerbühler (Sui) Team Volksbank 1.26 92 Josep Jufre Pou (Spa) Predictor-Lotto 93 Arkaitz Duran Aroca (Spa) Saunier Duval 94 Aaron Olson (USA) T-Mobile 95 Torsten Schmidt (Ger) Wiesenhof 96 Eric Baumann (Ger) T-Mobile 1.51 97 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) T-Mobile 98 Marcus Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner 1.57 99 Thomas Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner 100 Remmert Wielinga (Ned) Saunier Duval 101 Enrico Poitschke (Ger) Team Milram 102 Andrea Tonti (Ita) Quickstep-Innergetic 2.01 103 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) T-Mobile 104 Martin Müller (Ger) Team Milram 3.53 105 Haral Starzengruber (Aut) Team Elkhaus 106 Tom Stubbe (Bel) Chocolade Jacques 107 Lars Wackernagel (Ger) Team Sparkasse 108 Marco Pinotti (Ita) T-Mobile 4.14 109 Christophe Rinero (Fra) Saunier Duval 110 Samuele Marzoli (Ita) LPR 4.19
Professional event (Cat. 1.1) 2006 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram