Degenkolb wins Rund um den Finanzplatz
German youngster John Degenkolb took victory in the 50th Rund um den Finanzplatz in a bunch sprint in Frankfurt.
The 22-year-old HTC Highroad neo-pro had too much speed for Belgian Jérôme Baugnies (Topsport Vlaanderen) and Australian rider Michael Matthews (Rabobank) on the Darmstädter Landstraße.
Degenkolb's more heralded team-mate Mark Cavendish was dropped halfway through the 202km semi classic on the first pass of the Mamolshainer mountain which has a 26% gradient.
No attack group was allowed to establish a significant lead and it was Degenkolb who claimed his third victory in 2011, following on from wins in the second stage of the Volta ao Algarve and in stage one at the Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen.
Twice a podium finisher in the U-23 World Championships road-race, Degenkolb said: "I could never say I expected to win today, but I did want to get a good result and I felt good before the start.
"The final kilometre was pretty nervous and dangerous, there was a U-turn about 800 meters to go, but when I came out of the turn I was in a good position.
"There were a couple of riders ahead of me and it was a bit tricky with a chicane, but I started accelerating with about 150 meters to go and got past them.
"I'm very proud of this day and this result. However, it was the whole team who did a good job. I'm just the sprinter."