Bullet storms to win at home across Cologne

Van Poppel and Arendt completed the podium


Nils Bullett (Bura – Hansgrohe) won Brund um Köln. | Photo: Cor Vos

05/22/2022 | (rsn) – With an outstanding performance, local champion Nils Polit (Bora-Hansgrohe) won the 105th edition of the Ronde aum Köln (1.1). The 28-year-old from Hurt prevailed over 199 kilometers around Rhenish as soloist by 13 seconds over fellow Dutchman Danny van Poppel, 18 seconds ahead of Nikias Arndt (DSM), who also lives in Cologne, completed the podium for the classic Rhenish. Who celebrated his return after a two-year hiatus.

Dylan Groenewegen (BikeExchange – Jayco) decided to sprint to the chasers ahead of his fellow Politt teammate Sam Bennett in the fight for fourth place 48 seconds ahead of the winner, who had already moved away from the first court with van Poppel and Arndt 55 kilometers before the match. End and Jasper Philipsen (Alpsin – Phoenix). In tenth place, Ryan Mullen wrapped up the dominant performance of Bora Hansgrohe.

Paulette commented on his fifth professional win, which he managed to score four victories in Germany: “It’s a nice thing to win at home. It’s always been a dream, and now it’s over, I won around Cologne.”

However, in his home race, he always came out empty-handed and this time Bora-Hansgrohe was also a sprinter with him in 2018 edition winner Sam Bennett, who would have stood a chance in the event of a mass block. ends.

But then the big teams started to attack at Bergisches Land. “We didn’t actually want to make the race really difficult until later, but then the DSM started to attack relatively early in Agathaberg. Then we made the race there a little faster for a little while and a nice 30-man group formed and the field was no longer coming in from behind,” said Politt, Describing the crucial stage, “we had six guys in that group and then we were able to play our cards.”

“It was a great race, but I had two strong opponents with guys from Bora. Nils deserved to win, although of course I would have liked to have won my home race. But I’m happy with the race, I’m on the podium and I’m happy with Nils’ victory,” said Arendt. The 30-year-old, who finished third in the Ronde am Cologne in 2016, is now also his home race after moving to Cologne.” Huge, I was able to walk here yesterday, my house is only three kilometers away. I was looking forward to my home race. I think it was a really great race,” the North German native confirmed.

This is how the race went:

In the first event after a forced break of two years, it took about 15 kilometers for a leading group of seven consisting of Joshua Hubertz (Loto – Kern House), Miguel Heidemann (B&Bs), Jon Knoll, Bear Munstermann (both Sarris Ruffy Sauerland) and Jan Mark Taemin (Donner Akkon), Michael Peter (Santek-Wepatek) and Mario Jumper (Felbermayr) manage to make a maximum lead of about four minutes.

After about 40 kilometers, BikeExchange – Jayco, Alpecin – Fenix, Bike Aid and Team Vorarlberg increased their pace in the field, so the gap quickly became smaller. When the Bora Hensgrohe offensive began, after 60 kilometers, the large pursuit group managed to catch up, which consisted of about 40 drivers.

There were also most candidates, such as Politt, Bennett, Groenewegen, Philipsen and Arndt, and their assistants then worked to increase the lead on the second field to over two minutes. About 65 kilometers from the finish some riders like Max Walscheid (Cofidis) were unable to follow an attack from Arndt during the climb, but all of them were able to catch him at least temporarily.

Bora – hansgrohe takes over

Then big teams like Bora, represented by five drivers up front – hansgrohe, DSM or Alpecin – kept pace until the lead grew. On the next climb at Overath, Bullitt bombarded the leading group with his attack 55 kilometers from the finish and slashed away with Arndt and teammate Danny van Poppel.

Next, our colleagues at Philipsen, BikeExchange – Jayco and Arkéa – Samsic tried to get the trio back. With three of Bullitt’s teammates on the chase set—including sprinter Bennett—and the leading trio worked well together, the lead rose to nearly 40 seconds before the next climb.

Approaching the climb’s final crossing at Bensburg Castle, the final mountain rating of the day, the lead grew to a minute, the undefeated field followed nearly four minutes behind the trio, but in the castle only by about 30 seconds. From Philipsen, Hugo Hofstetter (Arkéa – Samsic) and Tom Bohli (Cofidis), who turned away during the ascent, but were caught again.

Van Poppel and Paulette play with Arendt

Up front, Bullitt began to attack before Van Poppel responded after Arendt blocked the difference. Shortly thereafter, the local champion in Bora chased after his Dutch teammate and inadvertently neutralized his start as Arendt refused to get rid of him.

16 kilometers from the end, the Philipsen group was again caught by the stalking group. Thanks to Maurice Ballersted (Alpecin – Fenix)’s quick subsequent work, the trackers narrowed the gap between the three leaders to 20 seconds. But in the last ten kilometres, the train suddenly descended again and the gap widened again to 45 seconds.

Five kilometers from the finish, Bullitt kicked again and this time shook Arendt. Shortly thereafter, Van Poppel also attacked twice, but then stopped his attempts, even though his opponent was visibly exhausted. Leading by about 15 seconds, Paulette was able to enjoy the final kilometer through Cologne city center in anticipation of his victory and raise his arms gleefully before the finish line.

Van Poppel left Arndt behind at the third attempt and, in bright sunlight, secured a double for Bora by 13 seconds over Pollitt, while DSM captain Arndt, who also lives in Cologne, was 18 seconds off third.

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