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29/07: (Sachsen) Posthuma seizes final victory
Rabo-cyclist Joost Posthuma (picture) has won the Sachsen Tour. In the last stage of the stage course, the final victory was never in danger. "It is nice for him that he is this good again this quickly," said team manager Frans Maassen shortly after the national anthem had been played. William Walker also found himself on the podium to receive the purple mountain jersey. That jersey was also never seriously attacked in the final stage from Dresden to Dresden (157 kilometers).
The weather in Eastern Germany had been nice earlier this week, but it rained cats and dogs on the last day. It was so dangerous that the jury wisely decided to draw up the final classification before the three local rounds. After that, the cyclists could only compete for the stage victory. That went once again to T-Mobile-cyclist Stephan Schreck. "They might have won four against our one, but ours was most the important one," concluded the team manager correctly.
No crashes Rabos
Schreck was part of a lead group of seven cyclists that stayed ahead in the difficult stage. That escape took place in the first eighty kilometers already, which were also this stage's center of gravity. "The team cycled so strongly that it was no more than logical that no dangerous cyclists got away," said Maassen, who saw many crashes, including one by Bobby Julich but fortunately none including guys of his own. "All in all, it went super here."
The team manager also wanted to set yesterday's classification straight. Sébastian Langeveld was listed last in Saturday's classification but that was not correct. "He had overtaken five people, so something must have gone wrong with the timer. Sébastian's position has been corrected today; he turned out to be tenth. So the overall picture of the team was already very good at that point." It was there that the Rabo-formation laid the groundwork for the victory in the team classification.
Stage 5, Dresden - Dresden, 157,7 km.
Cyclist Country Team 1. Stephan Schreck Ger TMO 3:24:49 2. Erik Hoffmann Nam 3CG 0:00 3. Tom Stamsnijder Hol GST 0:00 4. René Weissinger Ger VBG 0:00 5. Pieter Ghyllebert Bel JAC 0:44 6. Eric Bauman Ger TMO 0:44 7. Kenny de Haes Bel JAC 0:44 8. Marcel Barth Ger TET 0:44 9. Karsten Hess Ger TET 0:44 10. Kenny Lisabeth Bel JAC 0:44 37. Pedro Horrillo Spa RAB 0:44 40. Mathew Hayman Aus RAB 0:44 43. Joost Posthuma Hol RAB 0:44 44. Marc de Maar Hol RAB 0:44 53. Koos Moerenhout Hol RAB 0:44 57. William Walker Aus RAB 0:44 60. Sébastian Langeveld Hol RAB 0:44 65. Thorwald Veneberg Hol RAB 0:44
Final General Classificaion.
Cyclist Country Team 1. Joost Posthuma Hol RAB 18:28:59 2. Bobby Julich USA CSC 0:29 3. Michael Schär Swi AST 0:31 4. Björn Schröder Ger MRM 0:45 5. Nicki Sörensen Dan CSC 1:17 6. René Weissinger Ger VBG 1:18 7. Sebastian Siedler Ger MRM 1:46 8. Serguei Yakovlev Kaz AST 2:03 9. Matti Breschel Dan CSC 2:03 10. Mariusz Witecki Pol VBG 2:05 12. Marc de Maar Hol RAB 2:10 16. William Walker Aus RAB 3:07 30. Koos Moerenhout Hol RAB 27:58 54. Sébastian Langeveld Hol RAB 44:54 55. Pedro Horrillo Spa RAB 45:15 61. Mathew Hayman Aus RAB 46:36 82. Thorwald Veneberg Hol RAB 49:48
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Joost has won the Sachsen Tour. Here's the announcement from his team sponsor: