Sparkassen Munsterland Giro (1.HC) ended with a battle of top-shelf sprinters, but it doesn’t mean it was a typical sprinters’ race. Szymon Sajnok was in the mix in the finale, taking 9th place at the line.
Info: October 3rd, Coesfeld – Munster, 210,8km
Previous editions of this event have shown, that sprinters should be mentioned among the top favorites. Thus, escape of the day (without “riders in orange”) was not very likely to succeed. 6 attackers broke clear early, with 200km remaining, and the fact that peloton kept the gap under 5 minutes didn’t help them either.
It wasn’t one of those easy days, when one could rest comfortably in the bunch, waiting for the sprint finale. The field split with more than 110km to go and that caused pace to pick up drastically. CCC Sprandi Polkowice had three representatives in the first group, as Michał Paluta, Kamil Gradek and Szymon Sajnok made the cut. Since the latter was the fastest of that trio, the remaining two were working hard to hold off chasers.
This main group, which consisted of around 35 riders, caught escapees early and kept the high tempo all the way to the finish. The field got shattered even more on the laps in Munster, but both of Sajnok’s teammates were still beside him. Eventually they sat up with only 1km to go, when the decisive sprint kicked off. Sajnok was 9th across the line, as Max Welscheid took the win ahead of John Degenkolb and Nils Politt.