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Andre Greipel of Germany wins Hamburg Cyclassics race

Andre Greipel edges defending champ Alexander Kristoff to win Hamburg Cyclassics race

Andre Greipel of Germany wins Hamburg Cyclassics race

HAMBURG, Germany (AP) -- Andre Greipel of Germany finished strongly to edge defending champion Alexander Kristoff in a bunch sprint and win the 20th Hamburg Cyclassics race on Sunday.

Greipel completed the 221-kilometer route, which started in the north German city of Kiel for the first time and ended in central Hamburg, in 4 hours, 57 minutes and five seconds.

Several riders tried to break free from the peloton without success, leaving all the pre-race favorites in position until Marcel Kittel fell behind and Marc Cavendish crashed with less than 3 kilometers to go.

Kristoff began the sprint but Greipel stayed on his wheel and overtook the Norwegian to seal the win.

The 33-year-old from the northern city of Rostock is the fourth German rider to win the event.

Updated : 2021-09-20 17:23 GMT+08:00