Davide Rebellin finished 5th in the first edition of a German one-day event, Rad am Ring. Paul Voss (Bora Argon 18) earned a win after a solo move.
Riders from 16 teams, including Tour de France participants, such as Giant-Alpecin and Bora-Argon 18 lined up at the start of the 140-kilometer race. The course was quite unusual, as it ran on the motosport race track. There were five, 24,4km undulating and demanding laps on the menu, which were followed by five shorter, 5,1km laps, used for Formula 1 races in the previous years.
The competition was very lively right from the gun. Many riders tried to get in the break and CCC Sprandi Polkowice was one of the most active teams at the head of the bunch. None of the escapes was let go too far, but the fast pace in the pack split the field apart.
On the third circuit Paul Voss (Bora Argon 18) managed to create some gap. He was chased by around 25-man group, with three “riders in orange” – Felix Grossschartner, Davide Rebellin and Piotr Brożyna.
Grossschartner who was very aggressive earlier in the race and Brożyna did enormous work for his leader, Rebellin. Thanks to their effort the Italian had enough power in his legs to attack from the group. He was joined by Jan Tratnik (Amplatz – BMC) and two of Voss’s teammates, Emanuel Buchman and Gregor Muhlberger. It was up to him and Tratnik to lead the chase, but eventually they were unable to catch the solo leader.
At the end of the day Voss came in 1st, ahead of Muhlberger who pulled away late. Tratnik finished 3rd, Buchman 4th and Rebellin had to settle for 5th place.