Monfort Conquers Bayern Rundfahrt
HTC-Columbia’s Maxime Monfort finished safely in the peloton to take the overall title in the Bayern Rundfahrt road race in Germany.
Monfort who took the lead after winning the previous days time trial, topped the final general classification ahead of Italy’s Adriano Malori and Slovenian Simon Spilak, both riding for the Lampre team.
The stage was won by Marcin Sapa (Lampre) who outsprinted breakaway companion, Australia’s Travis Meyer (Garmin-Transitions).
Monfort, earlier in the time trial days before the race, was on the top of the general classification taking the lead over Adriano Malori of Italy and Slovenian Simon Spilak both of Lampre team.
Sapa (Lampre) took the stage race from fellow breakaway companion Travis Meyer (Garmin-Transitions) of Australia.
Wouter Mol, Monfort, and Alex Rasmussen, a threesome breakaway group pedaled hard to create a 3 minute gap. Alex of Saxo Bank was leading the rest into the race as Mol dropped off. Monfort finished in the third and 16 seconds behind catching up the stage winner was Wouter Mol.
Jan Schaffrath, sports director of HTC-Columbia said, “The last day was a difficult, dangerous stage, with really heavy rain and crosswinds splitting the peloton again and again,” and he added, “It was supposed to be a sprinters’ stage, but instead lots of riders tried to get into breaks from early on and the racing was very fast right from the first kilometer.”
Leigh Howard of HTC-Columbia, joined teammate Monfort in the circle of winners. This is his first year in the professional racing arena. He took the sprint points competition ahead over his fellow Australian Meyer by a single point.
“It’s been a really a good race for us all round, and as ever, HTC-Columbia’s great teamwork helped make all the difference,” the sports director Schaffrath said.