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Barta wins in Cologne

Barta wins in Cologne

By Eurosport
Last update 10/04/2012 at 00:28 - Published on 10/04/2012 at 00:11
By Eurosport - 10/04/2012 at 00:28

NetApp rider Jan Barta won the Rund um Köln, the second-oldest race in Germany, in wet conditions.

The Czech made his move on the final climb of the 196.7km route, the Bensberg which peaked with 43.6km remaning, and comfortably held off the rest of an 11-man escape group.

The 27-year-old finished 2:02 clear of Lithuanian Gediminas Bagdonas (An Post–Sean Kelly) with Vacansoleil's Pole Tomasz Marczyński taking third.

Pavel Brutt and Bagdonas instigated the attack after 70km and they were joined by Barta, Marcynski, Wilco Keldermann, Matthias Brandle, William Clarke, Tom Dumoulin, Ivan Rovny, Boy van Poppel and Mauritius Lammertink.

They established a healthy lead over the main bunch before Barta made his bid for glory and he extended his advantage over the three concluding 6.6km circuits of Cologne to take his third victory of the year following his time trial and overall victory in the Settimana internazionale di Coppi e Bartali.

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