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2017 Sparkassen Münsterland Giro (HC), Germany

12th edition: Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Münsterland Giro podium history | 2016 edition | 2018 edition

Wadersloh - Münster, 198.7 km

Sam Bennett

Sam Bennett gets the win.

The race: Here's the report from winner Sam Bennett's Bora-hansgrohe team.

The one-day race in Germany, the “Sparkassen Münsterland Giro” ends with a hectic finale, where BORA – hansgrohe sprinter Sam Bennett took the win. The team worked hard, showed a great teamwork to keep the gap low and brought sprinter Sam Bennett in a good position on the last kilometres. In the end Sam Bennett, P. Bauhaus (Team Sunweb) and A. Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) crossed the line next to each other, the jury had to take a look on the photo-finish before the BORA – hansgrohe rider was announced as the winner.

The “Sparkassen Münsterland Giro” celebrated his 12th edition after starting at midday near the city of Münster. The race covered 199km on a rolling course, which was earmarked for the sprinters in the peloton. The finish in the city centre of Münster awaited with four fast laps before the winner could celebrate his victory. Last year, Pascal Ackermann surprised the fans along the road with his great second place.

A four – men breakaway escaped relatively early and built up a maximum gap of 4 minutes.  The German squad BORA – hansgrohe stayed in the main bunch and rode for the Irish sprinter Sam Bennett, to bring him in the finale in a good position. After 90km of racing the four men still had a two-minute gap.

With 38 km remaining, a duo attacked out of the breakaway and built a gap of one minute. BORA – hansgrohe riders Andreas Schillinger, Lukas Pöstlberger and Christoph Pfingsten worked hard and set the pace. With only 18km remaining, the peloton caught the duo and the expected bunch sprint was set up. BORA – hansgrohe brought their leader Sam Bennett in a good position for the finale.

As the race came on the finale lap the pace was high. The team brought Sam into an excellent position as the riders started also their lead-out trains. Sam started his sprint and crossed the line next to P. Bauhaus (Team Sunweb) and A. Greipel (Lotto-Soudal). It looked like all three crossed the finish in the same time. The jury needed some minutes to look through the photo-finish before the BORA – hansgrohe sprinter Sam Bennett was announced winner of this year’s Sparkassen Münsterland Giro ahead of P. Bauhaus (Team Sunweb). Matteo crossed the line in a great 6th place after a long period of no racing due to health problems.

Sports director André Schulze was more than happy with Sam´s performance, “Our plan was today to wait for the finale. As we came into the city of Münster, our guys took control over the race and brought our sprinters in a good position. Schwarzi and Pösti did a good job for Sam. Pösti tried to attack on the Flamme Rouge but was caught 400m before the finish line. Matteo could go for himself today and try after a long time without races. He finished 6th which makes me really happy, he had some health problems the last weeks so I am happy to see him back on the road in a good shape. In the sprint Sam was just incredible. The team did a great job and Sam finished this great teamwork with a well-deserved victory. I am more than happy.”

Sam Bennett was grateful and said in the finish, “It´s an amazing feeling to took the win, especially after this strong startlist here today! It was so close but I am so happy and want to thank my whole team for their great teamwork and work today!”

Complete Results:

Note: there are differing results given for this race. This is the ranking & timing according to the UCI.

198.7 kilometers raced at an average speed of 43.285 km/hr

1 Bennett, Sam Bora-hansgrohe 4hr 35min 26sec
2 Bauhaus, Phil Team Sunweb s.t.
3 Greipel, André Lotto-Soudal s.t.
4 Kittel, Marcel Quick-Step Floors s.t.
5 Groenewegen, Dylan Lotto NL-Jumbo s.t.
6 Pelucchi, Matteo Bora-Hansgrohe s.t.
7 Kristoff, Alexander Katusha-Alpecin s.t.
8 Jans, Roy WB Veranclassic s.t.
9 Looij, André Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij s.t.
10 Toffali, Nicola 0711/Cycling s.t.
11 Noppe, Christophe Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
12 Koch, Jonas CCC Sprandi Polkowice s.t.
13 Porsev, Alexander Gazprom-RusVelo s.t.
14 Duquennoy, Jimmy WB Veranclassic s.t.
15 Kessler, Robert LKT Team Brandenburg s.t.
16 Haller, Patrick Rad-Net Rose s.t.
17 Politt, Nils Katusha-Alpecin s.t.
18 Planckaert, Edward Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
19 Huppertz, Joshua Lotto-Kern Haus s.t.
20 Porzner, Manuel Team Heizomat s.t.
21 Walscheid, Max Team Sunweb s.t.
22 Geßner, Konrad Rad-Net Rose s.t.
23 Wouters, Enzo Lotto-Soudal s.t.
24 Mertz, Rémy Lotto-Soudal s.t.
25 Lampaert, Yves Quick-Step Floors s.t.
26 McNally, Mark Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
27 Thurau, Sven Dauner D&DQ-Akkon s.t.
28 Cavendish, Mark Dimension Data s.t.
29 Leysen, Senne Lotto-Soudal s.t.
30 Salomein, Jarl Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
31 Eisel, Bernhard Dimension Data s.t.
32 Koch, Christian LKT Team Brandenburg s.t.
33 Reinders, Elmar Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij s.t.
34 Bauer, Jack Quick-Step Floors s.t.
35 Curvers, Roy Team Sunweb s.t.
36 Masson, Christophe WB Veranclassic s.t.
37 Ariesen, Tim Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij s.t.
38 Thwaites, Scott Dimension Data s.t.
39 Emden, Jos van Lotto NL-Jumbo @ 8sec
40 Zabel, Rick Katusha-Alpecin + 00' 11''
41 Pöstlberger, Lukas Bora-Hansgrohe s.t.
42 Martens, Paul Lotto NL-Jumbo + 00' 13''
43 Wagner, Robert Lotto NL-Jumbo s.t.
44 Planet, Charles Novo Nordisk s.t.
45 Biermans, Jenthe Katusha-Alpecin s.t.
46 Herklotz, Silvio Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
47 Bak, Lars Lotto-Soudal s.t.
48 Gibbons, Ryan Dimension Data s.t.
49 Archbold, Shane Bora-hansgrohe + 00' 24''
50 Vermote, Julien Quick-Step Floors s.t.
51 Grosser, Aaron Sauerland NRW + 00' 38''
52 Müller, Nathan Team Heizomat s.t.
53 Gibbons, Thomas Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
54 Obersteiner, Florian Rad-Net Rose s.t.
55 Habtom, Awet Bike Aid s.t.
56 Fiege, Lorenz Dauner D&DQ-Akkon s.t.
57 Boev, Igor Gazprom-RusVelo s.t.
58 Fiek, Arnold 0711/Cycling s.t.
59 Retschke, Robert Lotto-Kern Haus s.t.
60 Trusov, Nikolay Gazprom-RusVelo s.t.
61 Schwarzmann, Michael Bora-Hansgrohe s.t.
62 Dörrie, Marc Lotto-Kern Haus s.t.
63 Fröhlinger, Johannes Team Sunweb s.t.
64 Kreder, Wesley Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
65 Steels, Stijn Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
66 Vries, Berden de Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij s.t.
67 Stassen, Julien WB Veranclassic s.t.
68 Verschoor, Martijn Novo Nordisk + 00' 43''
69 Thomson, Jay Dimension Data s.t.
70 Veuchelen, Frederik Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
71 Dhaene, Brecht Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
72 Beck, Joschka Bike Aid s.t.
73 Intra, Felix Sauerland NRW s.t.
74 Sisr, František CCC Sprandi Polkowice s.t.
75 Paterski, Maciej CCC Sprandi Polkowice s.t.
76 Wynants, Maarten Lotto NL-Jumbo s.t.
77 Campenaerts, Victor Lotto NL-Jumbo s.t.
78 Ginneken, Sjoerd van Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij s.t.
79 Martinelli, Davide Quick-Step Floors s.t.
80 Weening, Pieter Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij s.t.
81 Arndt, Nikias Team Sunweb + 00' 46''
82 Serry, Pieter Quick-Step Floors + 00' 59''
83 Kuriyanov, Stepan Gazprom-RusVelo s.t.
84 Deltombe, Kevin Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise + 01' 04''
85 Małecki, Kamil CCC Sprandi Polkowice s.t.
86 Hugger, Jan 0711/Cycling s.t.
87 Mamos, Philipp Dauner D&DQ-Akkon s.t.
88 Bauer, Dominik Dauner D&DQ-Akkon s.t.
89 Dlamini, Nicholas Dimension Data s.t.
90 Weinzheimer, Richard Lotto-Kern Haus s.t.
91 Wörner, Max 0711/Cycling s.t.
92 Nolde, Tobias Rad-Net Rose s.t.
93 Einhaus, Frederik Lotto-Kern Haus s.t.
94 Brożyna, Piotr CCC Sprandi Polkowice s.t.
95 Leinau, Joann Sauerland NRW s.t.
96 Poli, Umberto Novo Nordisk s.t.
97 Kämna, Lennard Team Sunweb s.t.
98 Robeet, Ludovic WB Veranclassic + 01' 20''
99 Planckaert, Emiel Lotto-Soudal s.t.
100 Hamm, Henrik 0711/Cycling + 01' 32''
101 Lechner, Patrick Bike Aid + 01' 36''
102 Vukovic, Roberto Sauerland NRW + 01' 46''
103 Planckaert, Baptiste Katusha-Alpecin + 01' 50''
104 Pfingsten, Christoph Bora-Hansgrohe + 01' 55''
105 Van Zyl, Johann Dimension Data s.t.
106 Bichlmann, Daniel Bike Aid s.t.
107 Mayer, Yannick 0711/Cycling s.t.
108 Müller, Viktor Sauerland NRW s.t.
109 Deruette, Thomas WB Veranclassic s.t.
110 Ballet, Alexandre 0711/Cycling s.t.
111 Paluta, Michał CCC Sprandi Polkowice s.t.
112 Stosz, Patryk CCC Sprandi Polkowice s.t.
113 Weber, Philip LKT Team Brandenburg s.t.
114 Rudys, Paul LKT Team Brandenburg s.t.
115 Sinkeldam, Ramon Team Sunweb s.t.
116 Ershov, Artur Gazprom-RusVelo s.t.
117 Schillinger, Andreas Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
118 Härtig, Jonas Sauerland NRW s.t.
119 Wallays, Jens Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
120 Soballa, Carl LKT Team Brandenburg s.t.
121 Martin, Tony Katusha-Alpecin s.t.
122 Mathis, Marco Katusha-Alpecin s.t.
123 Engelen, Adne van Bike Aid s.t.
124 Van Gompel, Mathias Lotto-Soudal s.t.
125 Taciak, Mateusz CCC Sprandi Polkowice s.t.
126 Thiele, Kersten Rad-Net Rose s.t.
127 Adamietz, Johannes Team Heizomat s.t.
128 Leinau, Louis Sauerland NRW s.t.
129 Havik, Piotr Katusha-Alpecin + 02' 06''
130 Löer, Lukas Dauner D&DQ-Akkon + 02' 49''
131 Lindeman, Bert-Jan Lotto NL-Jumbo + 02' 59''
132 Dernies, Tom WB Veranclassic + 03' 07''
133 Lübbers, Dorian Team Heizomat s.t.
134 Treubel, Pascal Team Heizomat + 06' 05''
135 Henn, Luca Lotto-Kern Haus s.t.