Stauff sprints to a top 10 at Garmin Velothon Berlin

The Garmin Velothon Berlin came down to the expected bunch sprint finish with Raymond Kreder (Garmin Sharp) being the first rider to cross the line. Sam Bennett (NetApp – Endura) stood on the 2nd step on the podium with Alexander Porsev (Katusha) in 3rd place. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung rode for Andreas Stauff today with German sprinting to 9th place in the end.

The earlier racing saw 4 riders escape from the peloton but with the pan flat route and a number of sprinters present on the start line would ensure that it all came together for the sprint finish. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung and Team Katusha would do a large part of the chase work with Songezo Jim in particular spending quite some time on the front.

Rider – Andreas Stauff

The race was pretty easy as the profile was pan flat. We made sure a dangerous break did not go away early in the race and then later on Songezo started chasing. Jay and Gerald brought me into a good position with 800m to go but there were no lead out guys left and Gerald already had to do a lot of hard riding in the last 2km’s.

The pace slowed down a bit in the finale and i got switched and boxed in. I tried to find a gap to get through but i lost some momentum and couldn’t launch my sprint as there was no gap. At least my knee was okay after my crash last week as that was something i was worried about. I had to rest it for a few days this week so i was happy i could still get a top 10 for the team. That unfortunately was only the minimum goal for us today, to get a top 10 but sometimes you are unlucky and it doesn’t always work out as planned.

Nevertheless i am confident heading to the World Ports Classic race next week and i hope to get a better result there.

Race Results

Berlin Results

Garmin Velothon Berlin (Germany) – (18 May/UCI 1.1) Team Lineup
Berlin Lineup

Staff: Jens Zemke (Directeur Sportif), Hagen Bernutz (Soigneur), Werner Lenk (Mechanic)

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