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2015 Rund um Köln (1.1), Germany

(Tour of Cologne)

99th Edition: Sunday, June 14, 2015

Rund um Köln podium history | 2014 edition | 2016 edition

Tom Boonene wins 2015 Rund unm koln

Tom Boonen wins 2015 Rund um Köln

The Race: Showing just how shameless and lazy I am, this is the race report just as it came from Etixx-Quick Step:

Etixx - Quick-Step rider Tom Boonen won the 99th edition of Rund um Köln on Sunday, out of a five-rider group that was the remainder of a 23-rider original breakaway in the 196.7km one-day race in Germany.

Nikolas Maes served as a key teammate for Boonen in the escape group, which still had a 1'30" advantage inside 6.6km remaining. Edward Theuns (Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise) was 2nd, and Andreas Schillinger (Bora-Argon18) finished 3rd. Maes finished 5th after working for Boonen to conclude the race. Yves Lampaert also finished 9th out of the field sprint behind.

Petr Vakoc was present in the original breakaway. With less than 66km left to race the group was down to 16 riders. Eventually the five riders who ultimately would decide the race attacked their break mates. With about 4 laps to go the gap was at 2'50" to the peloton, and 1'15" to the chasers. The chasers were caught and it was down to the peloton to try and bring back the leaders, but their efforts were unsuccessful.

Boonen's win is the 31st on the road for Etixx - Quick-Step in 2015.

"I am of course happy about this victory," Boonen said. "There isn't often a chance to ride in Germany, so it's great to win there when I have the opportunity. It was a nice race. The first part was really up-and-down, left-and-right. There were steep and narrow roads, so it was a quite demanding parcours. In the longest climb of the day Linus Gerdemann set a hard pace. The peloton exploded and we ended up with more than 20 guys ahead after this climb. Then we really went full gas and lost a few guys again. Then I eventually attacked, but I was followed by Gerdemann, Nikolas, and three other guys. We worked really well together, full speed, because the peloton was always chasing hard behind. When we entered into the local laps we had about a minute gap, so we played a little bit with the tactics. Nikolas and I tried to keep everybody together for the final sprint. Nikolas did a great job and I finished off the day's work by winning the race. I am quite satisfied with my condition. After Baloise Belgium Tour I was tired and it took me a few days to recover. But the last few days I did good training, which I probably needed those days after the Giro and Belgium Tour. So I am looking to the next objectives with optimism. The next race will be the European Games in Baku. Let's see how the parcours will be. I hope to do a good race, and of course the Nationals at the end of the June are also among my goals. We will see what I can do in the next races."

Tour of Cologne complete results:

196.70 km raced at an average speed of 44.34 km/hr

1 BOONEN Tom ETIXX-QUICK STEP 4hr 26min 9sec
2 THEUNS Edward TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE s.t.
3 SCHILLINGER Andreas BORA-ARGON 18 s.t.
4 GERDEMANN Linus CULT ENERGY s.t.
5 MAES Nikolas ETIXX-QUICK STEP s.t.
6 KITTEL Marcel GIANT-ALPECIN @ 1min 0sec
7 PASQUALON Andrea ROTH-SKODA s.t.
8 ARCHBOLD Shane BORA-ARGON 18 s.t.
9 LAMPAERT Yves ETIXX-QUICK STEP s.t.
10 CECCHIN Alberto ROTH-SKODA s.t.
11 KREDER Raymond ROOMPOT s.t.
12 WEBER Johannes STUTTGART s.t.
13 JANORSCHKE Grischa VORARLBERG s.t.
14 VAN MEIRHAEGHE Jef TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE s.t.
15 KRIEGER Alexander LEOPARD DEVELOPMENT s.t.
16 NAESEN Oliver TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE s.t.
17 JAUN Lukas ROTH-SKODA s.t.
18 BERHANE Natnael MTN-QHUBEKA s.t.
19 WAEYTENS Zico GIANT-ALPECIN s.t.
20 SVENDGAARD Michael CULT ENERGY s.t.
21 GROENEWEGEN Dylan ROOMPOT s.t.
22 PAGE Dylan ROTH-SKODA s.t.
23 BOMMEL Henning RAD-NET ROSE s.t.
24 VANSPEYBROUCK Pieter TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE s.t.
25 DECLERCQ Tim TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE s.t.
26 ROHDE Leon Raphael LKT s.t.
27 DIETEREN Jan LEOPARD DEVELOPMENT s.t.
28 KOCH Jonas RAD-NET ROSE s.t.
29 WEGMANN Fabian CULT ENERGY s.t.
30 HAUGAARD JENSEN Kristian LEOPARD DEVELOPMENT s.t.
31 POLITT Nils STOLTING s.t.
32 VERGAERDE Otto TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE 0:01:04
33 SÜßEMILCH Eric MLP-BERGSTRASSE s.t.
34 DEBESAY Mekseb Abrha BIKE AID s.t.
35 KORETZKY Clément VORARLBERG s.t.
36 PFINGSTEN Christoph BORA-ARGON 18 s.t.
37 THOMSON Jay Robert MTN-QHUBEKA s.t.
38 SCHORN Daniel BORA-ARGON 18 s.t.
39 MAYER Yannick BIKE AID s.t.
40 WALSCHEID Max TKG s.t.
41 HOLLER Nikodemus BIKE AID s.t.
42 PALUTA Michal CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE s.t.
43 BOL Cees RABOBANK DEVELOPMENT s.t.
44 TENBROCK Jonas STOLTING s.t.
45 VAN DER LIJKE Nick LOTTO NL-JUMBO s.t.
46 LENDERINK Peter RABOBANK DEVELOPMENT s.t.
47 EGGER Mike MLP-BERGSTRASSE s.t.
48 KACZMAREK Jakub CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE s.t.
49 OOMEN Sam RABOBANK DEVELOPMENT s.t.
50 NIEUWENHUIS Joris RABOBANK DEVELOPMENT s.t.
51 TOLHOEK Antwan RABOBANK DEVELOPMENT s.t.
52 MEISEN Marcel TKG s.t.
53 EDMÜLLER Benjamin KUOTA-LOTTO s.t.
54 WINTER Laurin KUOTA-LOTTO s.t.
55 BENEDETTI Cesare BORA-ARGON 18 s.t.
56 WIRTGEN Tom LEOPARD DEVELOPMENT s.t.
57 MATZKA Ralf BORA-ARGON 18 s.t.
58 INTRA Felix RAD-NET ROSE s.t.
59 KNAUP Tobias TKG s.t.
60 VAN DER HAAR Lars GIANT-ALPECIN s.t.
61 MEILER Lukas VORARLBERG 0:01:11
62 WISNIOWSKI Lukasz ETIXX-QUICK STEP s.t.
63 MEERSMAN Gianni ETIXX-QUICK STEP s.t.
64 SCHLECHTER Pit LEOPARD DEVELOPMENT s.t.
65 GOSS Matthew Harley MTN-QHUBEKA s.t.
66 VAKOC Petr ETIXX-QUICK STEP s.t.
67 VINTHER Troels Ronning CULT ENERGY s.t.
68 NIYONSHUTI Adrien MTN-QHUBEKA s.t.
69 SCHORMAIR Fabian KUOTA-LOTTO s.t.
70 KREDER Michel ROOMPOT s.t.
71 DE KETELE Kenny TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE s.t.
72 LUDVIGSSON Fredrik GIANT-ALPECIN s.t.
73 HOFLAND Moreno LOTTO NL-JUMBO s.t.
74 DE VRIES Berden ROOMPOT s.t.
75 CIOLEK Gerald MTN-QHUBEKA s.t.
76 DOUGALL Nick MTN-QHUBEKA 0:01:24
77 HONIG Reinier ROOMPOT 0:01:27
78 LAMMERTINK Maurits ROOMPOT s.t.
79 WESTMATTELMANN Daniel TKG 0:01:32
80 NOWAK Florian STUTTGART s.t.
81 TERPSTRA Mike ROOMPOT 0:01:33
82 BRINTRUP Fabian RAD-NET ROSE s.t.
83 DE BACKER Bert GIANT-ALPECIN s.t.
84 TJALLINGII Maarten LOTTO NL-JUMBO s.t.
85 SCHWARZMANN Michael BORA-ARGON 18 0:01:46
86 RETSCHKE Robert TKG s.t.
87 WAGNER Robert LOTTO NL-JUMBO s.t.
88 MAGER Christian CULT ENERGY 0:04:28
89 REGUIGUI Youcef MTN-QHUBEKA 0:05:21
90 DUYN Huub ROOMPOT s.t.