Cycling: The classic Cottbus-Görlitz-Cottbus provided the framework for the German U23 championship yesterday. After the double victory last year, the Stölting team once again dominated the race.
As expected by many, the 190-kilometer title fight ended in a mass sprint. Here Max Walscheid was the strongest. He started the sprint 400 meters from the finish and won in the end ahead of his teammate Phil Bauhaus and Leipzig's Erik Bothe (MLP-Bergstrasse).
"Today the whole team worked great together and made the one-two possible.", so Walscheid on the website of the Stölting team.
Fourth was Pascal Ackermann from the rad-net Rose team. His team had previously determined what was happening at the top for a long time. After around 35 kilometers, a 19-strong group with Mario Vogt pulled away from the field. In this group, Lukas Baum, who also rides for rad-net Rose, also included last year's world, European and German champion of the XC juniors.
As the race progressed, the group shrunk to three riders. In addition to Vogt, Lucas Liss (Stölting) and Jonas Koch (LKT Team Brandenburg) were also up front. In the meantime, the breakaway trio extended their lead to up to four minutes. Vogt was able to hold on to the lead for the longest time and was caught as the last breakaway only four kilometers from the finish.