Rund um Köln: Barta soloes to important victory
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Monday, April 9, 2012

Rund um Köln: Barta soloes to important victory

by Shane Stokes at 5:25 PM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling, Race Reports and Results
Third recent win for Net App rider

Jan BartaBuilding up for its debut in the Giro d’Italia, Team NetApp clocked up another victory today when Jan Barta soloed to success in the 1.1 Rund um Köln. The Czech rider reached the finish two minutes and two seconds ahead of a six man chase group, which was led home by An Post Sean Kelly team rider Gediminas Bagdonas and Vacansoleil DCM’s Tomasz Marczynski.

It was the third individual victory in two weeks for the 27 year old. Last month he won the individual time trial and the overall classification in the Settimana Coppi e Bartali, clocking up an important victory for NetApp.

Today further underlined the team’s improvement, and will be an additional morale boost before next month’s big race.

“I'm very happy that I was finally able to prevail with a breakaway attempt, and particularly in a difficult race like today's in which the weather conditions pushed everyone to the limit,” Barta said.

The 96th edition of the race was run off in cold, wet weather. A large group went clear early on and from this Bagdonas and Pavel Brutt (Katusha) pushed on ahead.

Just after the eighty kilometre mark, nine others got across. These were Barta, his team-mate Matthias Brändle, Marczynski, Boy van Poppel (UnitedHealthcare), Wilco Keldermann (Rabobank), William Clarke (Champion System), Tom Dumoulin (Argos-Shimano), Ivan Ronny (RusVelo) and Mauritius Lammertink (Cycling Team Jo Piels).

Barta then jumped clear on the final climb of the day and set about building what would be an unassailable lead.

“It was very hard for me to win today,” he said. “My legs were good during the break and I just rode away. I figured there was a little opportunity for me, since the rain was really giving all the riders a hard time. I was counting on the chasers being disorganised when trying to catch up.

“In the second lap, I was already flat out, but I also knew that I could win the race.”

Behind, Bagdonas and Marczynski led in the chase group for second and third, while what was left of the peloton came in over thirteen minutes down.

NetApp directeur sportif Jens Heppner talked tactics afterwards. "We wanted to make the race difficult from the very beginning today. That's why we tried attacking early on to break up the peloton,” he said. “We didn't let up until the group was in place. With Jan and Matthias, we had two riders up front so we could let Jan attack at the last climb.

“That was more than risky with pursuers like Brutt and Dumoulin. Fifty kilometres before the finish line I had to make the decision to let Jan take off on his own or bring him back to the pursuing group and rely on a mass sprint. It was a very big risk, but Jan's current form encouraged me to let him ride. Only a time trial pro like Jan could have done it.”

The team recently told VeloNation that Barta was likely to ride the Giro d’Italia. His next scheduled races are De Brabantse Pijl (April 11th) and the Giro del Trentino (April 17-20) .


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Rund um Koln, Germany (1.1) Hückeswagen to Koln, 196.7 km:

  Click on the arrowsat the top of the column to sort the race results.
Country Result Name Team Time
cze CZE 1 Jan Barta (Team NetApp) 05:05:58
ltu LTU 2 Gediminas Bagdonas (An Post-M. Donnelly-Grant Thornton - S...) 00:02:02
pol POL 3 Tomasz Marczynski (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
rus RUS 4 Pavel Brutt (Katusha Team) s.t.
ned NED 5 Tom Dumoulin (Argos-Shimano) s.t.
ned NED 6 Wilco Kelderman (Rabobank Cycling Team) s.t.
ned NED 7 Maurits Lammertink (Cyclingteam Jo Piels) s.t.
aus AUS 8 William Clarke (Champion System) s.t.
aut AUT 9 Matthias Brandle (Team NetApp) 00:06:29
rus RUS 10 Ivan Rovny (Team Rusvelo) 00:06:31
ned NED 11 Boy Van Poppel (UnitedHealthcare Presented By Maxxis) 00:06:43
ger GER 12 Kersten Thiele (LKT Team Brandenburg) 00:10:37
ger GER 13 Alex Schmitt (Team Nutrixxion Sparkasse) 00:12:32
ger GER 14 Michaël Hümbert (LKT Team Brandenburg) 00:12:44
ger GER 15 Yannick Bok (Team Raiko - Stölting) s.t.
rus RUS 16 Victor Manakov (Team Rusvelo) 00:13:23
ger GER 17 Robert Förster (UnitedHealthcare Presented By Maxxis) s.t.
ger GER 18 Ralf Matzka (Thuringer Energie Team) s.t.
ger GER 19 Steffen Radochla (Team NSP - Ghost) s.t.
ger GER 20 Michael Kurth (Eddy Merckx - Indeland ) s.t.
ger GER 21 Christoph Pfingsten (Cycling Team De Rijke) s.t.
ger GER 22 Bjorn Schröder (Team Raiko - Stölting) s.t.
ger GER 23 Andreas Stauff (Eddy Merckx - Indeland ) s.t.
ger GER 24 Michael Schweizer (Team Nutrixxion Sparkasse) s.t.
bel BEL 25 Kevin Peeters (Landbouwkrediet - Euphony) s.t.
aus AUS 26 Mark Renshaw (Rabobank Cycling Team) s.t.
aut AUT 27 Mario Schoibl (Tyrol Team) s.t.
bel BEL 28 Jonathan Breyne (Landbouwkrediet - Euphony) s.t.
jpn JPN 29 Yukihiro Doi (Argos-Shimano) s.t.
rus RUS 30 Alexander Mironov (Team Rusvelo) 00:13:27
ger GER 31 Mario Vogt (Team Specialized Concept Store) s.t.
ned NED 32 Sven Van Luijk (Cyclingteam Jo Piels) s.t.
ned NED 33 Sjors Roosen (Cyclingteam Jo Piels) 00:13:30
rsa RSA 34 Jay Robert Thomson (UnitedHealthcare Presented By Maxxis) s.t.
ger GER 35 Stefan Ganser (Eddy Merckx - Indeland ) s.t.
aut AUT 36 Christoph Sokoll (Tyrol Team) s.t.
swe SWE 37 Tobias Ludvigsson (Argos-Shimano) s.t.
irl IRL 38 Ronan Mclaughlin (An Post-M. Donnelly-Grant Thornton - S...) s.t.
ned NED 39 Theo Bos (Rabobank Cycling Team) s.t.
ger GER 40 Christoph Springer (Team Specialized Concept Store) s.t.
aus AUS 41 Aaron Kemps (Champion System) s.t.
ger GER 42 Marius Jessenberger (Team Heizomat) s.t.
ger GER 43 Sascha Weber (Team Differdange) s.t.
ger GER 44 Gerald Ciolek (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:13:34
rus RUS 45 Alexey Tsatevitch (Katusha Team) 00:13:36
ger GER 46 Benjamin Dietrich (Thuringer Energie Team) 00:13:38
aus AUS 47 Graeme Brown (Rabobank Cycling Team) s.t.
ned NED 48 Jasper Hamelink (Cyclingteam Jo Piels) 00:13:40
ger GER 49 Robert Retschke (Eddy Merckx - Indeland ) s.t.
ned NED 50 Tom Vermeer (Team Nutrixxion Sparkasse) s.t.
aus AUS 51 Luke Roberts (Team Saxo Bank) s.t.
aut AUT 52 Daniel Schorn (Team NetApp) s.t.
ger GER 53 Fabian Bruno (Team Heizomat) s.t.
ned NED 54 Kenny Van Hummel (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
pol POL 55 Jacek Morajko (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
ger GER 56 Fabio Nappa (Team Specialized Concept Store) s.t.
ger GER 57 Rene Obst (Team NSP - Ghost) s.t.
sui SUI 58 Andreas Dietziker (Team NetApp) s.t.
ukr UKR 59 Alexandr Surutkovych (Team Specialized Concept Store) s.t.
ERI 60 Meran Russom (Team MTN Qhubeka) s.t.
rsa RSA 61 Martin Wesemann (Team MTN Qhubeka) s.t.
ger GER 62 Emanuel Buchmann (Team Specialized Concept Store) s.t.
ned NED 63 Jetse Bol (Rabobank Cycling Team) s.t.
aut AUT 64 Harald Totschnig (Tyrol Team) s.t.
ger GER 65 Jacob Fiedler (Team NSP - Ghost) s.t.
ger GER 66 Robert Bengsch () s.t.
ned NED 67 Tom Jelte Slagter (Rabobank Cycling Team) s.t.
ukr UKR 68 Volodymyr Gustov (Team Saxo Bank) s.t.
ger GER 69 Sergej Fuchs (Team NSP - Ghost) s.t.
arg ARG 70 Juan Jose Haedo (Team Saxo Bank) s.t.
rus RUS 71 Artem Ovechkin (Team Rusvelo) s.t.
den DEN 72 Christopher Juul-jensen (Team Saxo Bank) s.t.
bel BEL 73 Koen Barbe (Landbouwkrediet - Euphony) s.t.
usa USA 74 Chris Jones (UnitedHealthcare Presented By Maxxis) 00:13:53
ned NED 75 Laurens Ten Dam (Rabobank Cycling Team) s.t.
ned NED 76 Martijn Keizer (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
lat LAT 77 Gatis Smukulis (Katusha Team) s.t.
ger GER 78 Matthias Friedemann (Champion System) s.t.
ita ITA 79 Cesare Benedetti (Team NetApp) s.t.
rsa RSA 80 Bradley Potgieter (Team MTN Qhubeka) s.t.
usa USA 81 Bradley White (UnitedHealthcare Presented By Maxxis) s.t.
jpn JPN 82 Takashi Miyazawa (Team Saxo Bank) s.t.
aus AUS 83 Jonathan Clarke (UnitedHealthcare Presented By Maxxis) s.t.
ger GER 84 Benjamin Sydlik (Team Nutrixxion Sparkasse) s.t.
ger GER 85 Jasha Sütterlin (Thuringer Energie Team) 00:14:11
rsa RSA 86 Arran Brown (Team MTN Qhubeka) s.t.
ger GER 87 Nils Plotner (Team Raiko - Stölting) s.t.
ger GER 88 Matthias Bertling (Eddy Merckx - Indeland ) s.t.
aut AUT 89 Martin Weiss (Tyrol Team) s.t.
den DEN 90 Patrick Clausen (Glud & Marstrand) 00:14:59
ger GER 91 Alexander Krieger (Team Heizomat) s.t.
ger GER 92 Christian Mager (Team Heizomat) s.t.

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