O'Grady Wins HEW Cyclassics
Stuart O'Grady (Cofidis) has won his first World Cup race.
Stuart O?Grady (Cofidis) has won his first World Cup race. The Australian took a bunch sprint to win the 250.3-km HEW Cyclassics Cup in Hamburg, Germany in 5:51:39. Paolo Bettini (Quick Step) finished second, and Igor Astarloa (Lampre) took third. Davide Rebellin (Gerolsteiner) remains the World Cup leader.
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The weather was warm and sunny, and the racing started early. At 20 km, Lars Michaelsen (CSC), Steffan Radochla (Illes Balears), Robert Lochowski (Wiesenhof), and Rik Reinerink (Chocolade Jacques) sallied off of the front. The quartet?s lead ballooned to 15:00 by 65 km. T-Mobile, Rabobank, Quick Step, and Gerolsteiner began to chase.
By 180 km, the bunch was within 2:00 of the break. Reinerink dropped his companions. Fifteen km later, the Dutchman was back in the fold.
On the second ascent of the Waseberg, CSC attacked with Michele Bartoli and then Frank Hoj. T-Mobile and Quick Step covered these moves. On the third trip up the Waseberg, Bettini had a go, but Danilo Di Luca (Saeco), Filippo Pozzato (Fassa Bortolo), and Rebellin caught him. A group of 18 riders jumped clear, but Gerolsteiner and T-Mobile rode them down.
On the next trip up the Waseberg, Di Luca attacked, and Astarloa, Rebellin, Bettini, Jan Ullrich (T-Mobile), and Cristian Moreni (Alessio) joined him. The bunch rode down the escapees, however, and the field was together as it began the final ascent of the Waseberg.
Ullrich attacked, and Astarloa joined him. Bettini and Rebellin joined the escape, and the lead group eventually grew to 30 riders. With 800 m left, Danilo Hondo (Gerolsteiner) led the field, with Luca Paolini (Quick Step) and Rebellin at second and third wheels, respectively. Paolini came around Hondo, but Astarloa and Bettini jumped before O?Grady passed Bettini on the right for the win.
Rebellin leads the World Cup with 232 points after picking up 32 points for sixth place. Bettini jumped to second place with 168 points after grabbing 70 points for today?s runner-up spot, while Oscar Freire (Rabobank) moved up for fourth to third with 167 points after getting 40 points for fourth place. With four races left, the competition is wide open.
Round 7 of the World Cup will be the Clasica San Sebastian on August 7. Many of the riders at Hamburg will battle in Spain. Who will win? Check in at www.roadcycling.com and find out!
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