EuroEyes Cyclassics Hamburg: Crash disrupts sprint

Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) took another victory as he outprinted Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) and Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) at the EuroEyes Cyclassics Hamburg

A group of five riders escaped soon after the start of racing. They held onto their lead for the majority of the race before the peloton brought them back, with 18km of racing left to cover. There were numerous attacks off the front following the regrouping. Everyone was back together for the expected sprint finish. Unfortunately, in the final kms, Mark Renshaw was involved in a crash and unable to contest the sprint for Team Dimension Data. Viviani outsprinted the remaining field to take the win.

Jay Thomson- Rider
Today in Hamburg was a bit of a different course, than the previous years, but still with three laps up the Waseberg climb. Coming into the last lap, we knew it was going to be a bunch sprint from how the other teams were riding, so we looked after Renshaw. With about 5kms to go, we came into a tricky section so myself and him made a beeline to the front. We managed to get onto the wheel of Bora, as they were leading it out. Renshaw was in a perfect position behind the Bora train. Unfortunately with 2km to go, Ackerman overlapped his teammates wheel and dropped himself. Renshaw had nowhere to go and went down. I was little far back and I tried to get to the front, but the group had split. We lost out on a possible result; Renshaw looked good. We’ll keep fighting and look forward to seeing what we can do at Deutschland Tour.

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