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Eschborn-Frankfurt City Loop - 1.HC
Frankfurt, Germany, May 1, 2009
Wegmann wins Eschborn-Frankfurt
German Champion Fabian Wegmann took his first race win of the season in a tight two-man sprint Friday on home soil at the Eschborn-Frankfurt City Loop, formerly the Rund um den Henninger Turm. The Milram rider escaped with last year's winner, Dutchman Karsten Kroon (Saxo Bank), in the final moments of the race.
The duo escaped with a larger group of seven earlier in the race. With Wegmann and Kroon were Christian Knees (Milram), Paul Martens (Rabobank), Jelle Vanendert (Silence-Lotto), Bert De Waele (Landbouwkrediet-Colnago) and Matteo Carrara (Vacansoleil). Wegmann's teammate Knees controlled the others after the two went clear before the final 4.4-kilometre finishing circuit.
Wegmann and Kroon had a secure advantage in the final kilometre. Wegmann attacked went early and Kroon, second in Amstel Gold, quickly countered the move. Wegmann was able to hold Kroon and come around for a close win.
"It was extremely difficult today, because everyone was watching us," said Wegmann. "In the final circuit I went for it, attacked, and got away from the group. I knew that I could only beat Karsten Kroon if I led going into the finale. I am overjoyed that my plan worked."
Milram also controlled the first moments of the race. The German team had two men in an early move of six: Milram's Matthias Russ and Linus Gerdemann with Harald Totschnig (Elk Haus), Patrik Sinkewitz (PSK Whirlpool-Author), Ben Hermans (Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator) and Sergey Lagutin (Vacansoleil).
"We controlled the race all day, and even dominated it," said Christian Henn, Team Milram directeur sportif. "In the finale, we finally had that last little bit of luck, which we have so often looked for in vain the last weeks. I have to pay the whole team a big compliment - it couldn't have gone better today."
While Karsten Kroon was unable to defend his title, Team Saxo Bank Directeur Sportif Torsten Schmidt was pleased with his effort. "It's a good result in a tough race and Karsten deserves a huge honour for his will to keep fighting. He just ended a hard Classics season but he came to this race motivated to defend his victory. However, Fabian Wegman was just a little faster in the sprint and that's just the way cycling can be. Karsten should be happy about this result." (GB)
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1 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram 4.35.40 (41.52 km/h) 2 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team Saxo Bank 3 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram 0.19 4 Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago 5 Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank 6 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Silence-Lotto 0.24 7 Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0.33 8 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0.53 9 Gerben Löwik (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 10 Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano 11 Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervelo Test Team 12 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 13 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 14 Mathias Belka (Ger) LKT Team Brandenburg 15 Stefan Rucker (Aut) ELK Haus 16 Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago 17 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Silence-Lotto 18 Danilo Hondo (Ger) PSK Whirlpool - Author 19 Andreas Dietziker (Swi) Vorarlberg - Corratec 20 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram 21 Ben Hermans (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 22 Francis De Greef (Bel) Silence-Lotto 23 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank 24 Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) PSK Whirlpool - Author 25 Tom Criel (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 26 Geert Verheyen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago 27 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Cervelo Test Team 28 Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 29 Jan Bakelandts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 30 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Cervelo Test Team 31 Jan Valach (Svk) ELK Haus 1.03 32 Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank 33 Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Vorarlberg - Corratec 1.05 34 Alexander Gottfried (Ger) Team Kuota - Indeland 35 Matthias Russ (Ger) Team Milram 1.12 36 Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil-Shimano 37 Alan Marangoni (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare 38 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano 1.19 39 Pascal Hungerbühler (Swi) Vorarlberg - Corratec 1.04 40 Martin Mares (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author 1.45 41 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 1.48 42 Markus Eibegger (Aut) ELK Haus 2.14 43 Dirk Müller (Ger) Team Nutrixxion Sparkasse 3.55 44 Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano 5.15
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