Bunch Sprint Closes Out Bayern RundfahrtSun 26 May 2013
The final day of racing at Bayern Rundfahrt concluded with the projected bunch sprint. Aidis Kruopis was the first rider home for ORICA-GreenEDGE, crossing the line in 12th place. Australian Heinrich Haussler (IAM Cycling) won the stage ahead of Juan Jose Lobato (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Yauheni Hutarovich (AG2R-La Mondiale).
“The guys did a great lead out for Aidis,” said Sport Director Laurenzo Lapage. “Everybody did the job they needed to do, but Aidis didn’t have the legs to finish it off today.”
The 169.8 kilometre stage started with high speeds and strong winds. The peloton split into three groups during the opening action, and as the chase groups attempted to regain contact with the leaders, four riders escaped up the road.
Mikael Cherel (AG2R-La Mondiale), Jetse Bol (Blanco), Grischa Janorschke (Nutrition Sparkasse) and Alex Frame (Thuringer Energie) joined forces to gain 4’ over the peloton. Lampre-Merida assumed control of the chase for race leader Adriano Malori.
“It rained like hell today,” said Lapage. “It was really cold again, and the boys were miserable about the weather. It’s been a rough year for that. It should be summer by now.”
As the leaders hit Nuremberg for the start of the first of 11 local laps, teams with an interest in the sprint massed at the front. The gap between the breakaway and the peloton tumbled under the impetuous of the concerted chase. By the stage end, only 70 riders remained in the front group, and only the front group finished the race.
“I think some of the boys will need to recover a little bit after these five days of hard racing,” said Lapage. “Several of them had a training camp before this and then came back for their first race after a break. The important thing is that no one got sick or had any sort of problems. After some recover time now, I think we can expect all of them to be step further ahead in their preparation for their next big events.”