Race report

Max Walscheid sprints to 5th place in the rain at Münsterland Giro

Sparkassen Münsterland Giro

Today saw the riders take on 193 kilometres from Emsdetten to Münster, with the flatter finish circuits lending itself to a bunch sprint in the finale. A breakaway of five riders managed to escape early into the race, quickly building up an advantage over the bunch. However, the rolling hills in the opening two thirds of the race combined with a sudden deluge of rain prompted some attacks from the peloton and the gap to those ahead quickly diminished. Cees Bol was prominent at the head of the race for the team, covering any dangerous moves and riding strongly to force more splits in the bunch.

With just over 45 kilometres to go, the race was back together and the original breakaway had been caught, albeit with a reduced peloton at the head of the race. Now onto the flatter terrain in the finale of the race, it proved difficult for any rider to attack from the bunch, with the sprint teams taking control at the front of the bunch.

However, the rain started to pour once again as the peloton made its way to the finishing circuits and a solo rider attacked out of the group. They held onto their lead until the last two kilometres before they were ultimately caught and the day ended in a reduced bunch sprint finish. Bol did well to position 2018 winner, Max Walscheid, in third wheel going into the final few hundred metres. Opening up his sprint, Walscheid delivered a good effort but was unfortunately hampered by a touch of wheels, crossing the line in fifth place on the day.

“In the end it was a tougher race than expected,” explained Walscheid at the finish. “Normally the parcours isn’t too bad but due to the poor conditions, with the cold and lots of rain, in the end it was a pretty tough race. We did well to have six guys in the reduced peloton and they supported me well throughout the day. Cees did a great job to set me up for the sprint, dropping me off on another sprinters wheel and I was ready to go for it. Unfortunately, my sprint was hampered due to a touch of wheels from behind which cost me a bit of momentum so we didn’t end up on the podium but instead with fifth place. We still showed a good performance with the whole team and achieved a pretty solid result.”

Results

Pos. Rider Team Time Points
1 HODEG Álvaro José Deceuninck - Quick Step 4:26:39 200
2 ACKERMANN Pascal BORA - hansgrohe ,, 150
3 MERLIER Tim Corendon - Circus ,, 125
5 WALSCHEID Max Team Sunweb ,, 85
23 KRAGH ANDERSEN Asbjørn Team Sunweb 0:09 5
27 BOL Cees Team Sunweb ,, 5
41 CURVERS Roy Team Sunweb 0:29 -
43 KANTER Max Team Sunweb 0:34 -
72 ARNDT Nikias Team Sunweb 1:19 -
DNF KÄMNA Lennard Team Sunweb - -