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2019 Rund um Köln (1.1), Germany

(Tour of Cologne)

103rd Edition: Sunday, June 2, 2019

Rund um Köln podium history | 2018 edition

Köln - Köln, 206.6 km

Baptiste Planckaert

Baptiste Planckaert beats Christophe Pfingsten to the line.

Weather at Köln (Cologne) at 2:30 PM, local time: 32C (89F), sunny, with the wind from the south at 19 km/hr (11 mph).

The race: Here's the report from second-place Christoph Pfingsten's Bora-hansgrohe team.

The 103rd edition of the one-day race “Rund um Köln” took place today in the city of Cologne with an undulating 206 km course. BORA – hansgrohe came with previous winner Sam Bennett trying to defend his title.

After around 50 km of constant attacking from the peloton, 16 riders formed the day’s break. Andreas Schillinger and Christoph Pfingsten represented the BORA – hansgrohe colours in this group, which was later joined by last year’s winner Sam Bennett. The large breakaway with all three BORA – hansgrohe riders in, worked well together and opened up a gap of more than five minutes.

With 20 km remaining the leading group fell apart, Andreas Schillinger and Christoph Pfingsten were able to stay up front heading into the final laps, while Bennett was unfortunately distanced.

As the race headed into the final laps Christoph Pfingsten launched an attack out of the group and led the race together with another rider. On the final lap the leading duo had a gap of 40 seconds and almost one minute with 5 km remaining. In an exciting finale, the BORA – hansgrohe rider opened his sprint first, but was beaten to the line and finished in a strong second place. Teammate Andreas Schillinger finished 5th and Sam Bennett crossed the line in 10th place.

From the Finish Line:
“Of course, I wanted to take the win and I was close to, maybe I started my sprint too early, however, I am super happy with my result. We went into today’s race to defend the title. The race saw many attacks and was pretty fast. Shortly before the finish, there was another selection and I was able to go with the other riders. After that, being at the front there was only one option: All or nothing. With my second place, now I am looking forward to my next race, the Critérium du Dauphiné.” – Christoph Pfingsten

“We have seen attacks right from the start. With three guys in the breakaway we took control over the pace all the time. With 20 km remaining, the group fell apart after some attacks and we had Schilli and Pfingsti in, Sam was back in the chasing group. Christoph was able to launch another attack and opened up a gap together with Planckaert. In the final sprint Planckaert paid attention and took the win. Nevertheless, I think we showed once again a great team effort and the second place is a really good result.” – André Schulze, Sports Director  

Complete results:

206.6 kilometers raced at an average speed of 42.023 km/hr

1 Baptiste Planckaert Wallonie-Bruxelles 4hr 54min 59sec
2 Christoph Pfingsten Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
3 Lionel Taminiaux Wallonie-Bruxelles @ 1min 26sec
4 Nils Politt Katusha-Alpecin s.t.
5 Andreas Schillinger Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
6 Benjamin Perry Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
7 Clément Carisey Israel Cycling Academy 1' 34''
8 Jonas Rutsch Team Lotto-Kern Haus 2' 17''
9 Nathan Haas Katusha-Alpecin 2' 55''
10 Sam Bennett Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
11 Dominik Bauer Dauner-Akkon 4' 54''
12 Benjamin Declercq Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
13 Thomas Sprengers Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
14 Philipp Mamos Dauner-Akkon s.t.
15 Leon Heinschke Sunweb Development s.t.
16 Willie Smit Katusha-Alpecin s.t.
17 Roland Thalmann Vorarlberg-Santic s.t.
18 Michael Van Staeyen Roompot-Charles 6' 39''
19 Amaury Capiot Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
20 Tobias Nolde P & S Metalltechnik s.t.
21 Dušan Rajovic Adria Mobil 9' 17''
22 Rick Zabel Katusha-Alpecin s.t.
23 Aaron Grosser Bike Aid s.t.
24 Per Münstermann Team Sauerland-NRW s.t.
25 Daniel Federspiel Vorarlberg-Santic s.t.
26 Justin Timmermans Roompot-Charles s.t.
27 Sven Thurau Dauner-Akkon s.t.
28 Yannik Achterberg Maloja-Pushbikers s.t.
29 Florian Obersteiner Herrmann Radteam s.t.
30 Michel Aschenbrenner P & S Metalltechnik s.t.
31 Jonas Sonnleitner P & S Metalltechnik s.t.
32 Alexander Evtushenko Gazprom-RusVelo s.t.
33 Emils Liepinš Wallonie-Bruxelles s.t.
34 Patrick Haller Heizomat-Rad Net s.t.
35 Jordi Warlop Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
36 Adne van Engelen Bike Aid s.t.
37 Igor Boev Gazprom-RusVelo s.t.
38 Sergey Shilov Gazprom-RusVelo s.t.
39 Adam Toupalík Team Sauerland-NRW s.t.
40 Mads Würtz Katusha-Alpecin s.t.
41 Gašper Katrašnik Adria Mobil s.t.
42 Daniel Auer Maloja-Pushbikers s.t.
43 Colin Stüssi Vorarlberg-Santic s.t.
44 Aaron Verwilst Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
45 Luca Bockelmann LKT-Team Brandenburg s.t.
46 Mathias Van Gompel Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
47 Lennart Jung Herrmann Radteam s.t.
48 Julian Braun Dauner-Akkon s.t.
49 Nils Sinschek Sunweb Development s.t.
50 Kilian Steigner Dauner-Akkon s.t.
51 Christopher Heider Dauner-Akkon s.t.
52 Paul Rudys LKT-Team Brandenburg s.t.
53 Lukas Spengler Wallonie-Bruxelles s.t.
54 Mathias De Witte Roompot-Charles s.t.
55 Alexander Tarlton Herrmann Radteam s.t.
56 Alex Dowsett Katusha-Alpecin s.t.
57 Mekseb Debesay Bike Aid s.t.
58 Marcel Franz Heizomat-Rad Net s.t.
59 Immanuel Stark P & S Metalltechnik s.t.
60 Felix Intra Team Sauerland-NRW s.t.
61 Aksel Nõmmela Wallonie-Bruxelles s.t.
62 Ben Katerberg Sunweb Development s.t.
63 Christopher Hatz Herrmann Radteam s.t.
64 David Per Adria Mobil s.t.
65 Alexander Porsev Gazprom-RusVelo s.t.
66 Vladislav Kulikov Gazprom-RusVelo s.t.
67 Juri Hollmann Heizomat-Rad Net s.t.
68 Pirmin Benz Heizomat-Rad Net s.t.
69 Wouter Wippert EvoPro Racing s.t.
70 Johannes Schinnagel Maloja-Pushbikers s.t.
71 Žiga Grošelj Adria Mobil s.t.
72 Anton Vorobyev Gazprom-RusVelo s.t.
73 Ludovic Robeet Wallonie-Bruxelles s.t.
74 Michel Gießelmann Team Sauerland-NRW s.t.
75 Mihkel Räim Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
76 Senne Leysen Roompot-Charles s.t.
77 Daire Feeley EvoPro Racing s.t.
78 Zakkari Dempster Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
79 Erik Baška Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
80 Peter Koning EvoPro Racing s.t.
81 Xandres Vervloesem Sunweb Development s.t.
82 Jodok Salzmann Maloja-Pushbikers s.t.
83 Kevyn Ista Wallonie-Bruxelles s.t.
84 Harry Sweeny EvoPro Racing s.t.
85 Shane Archbold Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
86 Hamish Schreur Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
87 Juraj Sagan Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
88 Guy Sagiv Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
89 Patrick Schelling Vorarlberg-Santic s.t.
90 Niko Holler Bike Aid s.t.
91 Richard Weinzheimer Team Lotto-Kern Haus s.t.
92 Felix Gall Sunweb Development s.t.
93 Joshua Huppertz Team Lotto-Kern Haus s.t.
94 Tobias Knaup Team Lotto-Kern Haus s.t.
95 Jan Hugger Team Lotto-Kern Haus s.t.
96 Stijn Steels Roompot-Charles s.t.
97 Davide Orrico Vorarlberg-Santic s.t.
98 Jens Debusschere Katusha-Alpecin s.t.
99 Oscar Gatto Bora-hansgrohe s.t.