Elia Viviani (Team Sky) sprinted to victory at the Cyclassics Hamburg today. Arnaud Demare (FDJ) secured 2nd place while the final podium placing went to Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo).
The 220km Cyclassics Hamburg started in cool and dry conditions but the rain would soon greet the riders as they left Hamburg on an outward loop. Two riders managed to jump away from the main pack and rode ahead to an 8-minute lead, but the peloton, packed with sprinters, easily had the gap under control.
Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka were looking after the interests of Edvald Boasson Hagen as the final circuit in Hamburg suited the Norwegian, with a short sharp climb coming for the final time with just 15km to go. The race was all together by the time the peloton reached the circuit and it was on the climb where our African Team played its card.
A small group of around 25 riders went clear, including Boasson Hagen and our South African champion, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg. Unfortunately, it looked like Daryl Impey (Orica-Scott) and our duo were the only riders wanting to make this move stick. The rest of the group sat on and this resulted in the peloton catching back up with 5km to go.
After spending all their pennies in the break attempt, and with a small crash at 3km to go, our African Team was not able to feature in the sprint finale. While none of our riders were injured in the crash, Janse van Rensburg would be our best finisher in 19th.
Reinardt Janse van Rensburg – Rider
It was a good situation for us, after the last time up the Waseberg but the main sprinters in the group didn’t have many teammates and the coordination in the group wasn’t good. The sprinters who missed out committed to bring it back with their teams behind. Unfortunately, we weren’t quick enough to get organized once it regrouped and we lost all our chances when we all had to brake to avoid crashing at 3.5km to go. We look forward to the next races and we will learn from the mistakes we made today.