Germany -- Garmin-Slipstream rider Tyler Farrar scored a huge victory in Germany’s Vattenfall Cyclassics on Sunday, becoming the first American to ever win the international circuit race in Hamburg, Germany.
Farrar outsprinted Matti Breschel (Saxo Bank) and Gerald Ciolek (Milram) at the end of the 216-kilometer race to score the biggest victory so far in his 2009 season.
Riders faced four climbs up the Waseberg, a short, punchy ascent that whittled down the contenders. The last climb of the Waseberg came just 15 kilometers from the finish.
Farrar’s Garmin-Slipstream riders worked to keep the 25-year-old in position, and he made it over the last climb in contention for the final sprint. A crash with 2 kilometers to go took down a number of riders, including Garmin-Slipstream’s Martijn Maaskant, but Farrar was able to stay at the front and power across the line first.
With the win, Farrar jumped up more than 30 places in the overall UCI rankings, from 57th to 25th. He’s now the top-ranked American rider in the standings, one spot ahead of Lance Armstrong in 26th.
Hamburg, Germany. August 16
1. Tyler Farrar (USA), Garmin-Slipstream 5:30:38
2. Matti Breschel (Den), Saxo Bank, same time
3. Gerald Ciolek (Ger), Milram, same time
4. Allan Davis (Aus), Quick Step, same time
5. Koldo Fernandez (Spa), Euskatel-Euskadi, same time