Jan Barta the day's breakaway rider in the Münsterland Giro
Marcel Kittel (Argos Shimano) won the German fall classic, the Münsterland Giro, ahead of Michael van Staeyen (Topsport Vlaanderen) and Dylan Groenewegen (Team de Rijke-Shanks). As the breakaway rider for two-thirds of the race, Jan Barta won the sprint classification.
Shortly after the start Jan Barta broke away from the field and set out on an attack with one other competitor. Together the duo was able to build up a lead of as much as seven minutes. Although the field caught up with the other rider after 130 kilometers, Barta continued to ride at the forefront with a one-minute lead. When two riders from the field caught up to him, the trio rode in the lead for another 35 kilometers before the field closed in again at the 170-kilometer mark, shortly before the start of the first final lap. There was a mass crash on the final lap, splitting the field. Only 25 riders went into the final sprint. Blaz Jarc of Team NetApp was entangled in the crash and suffered an elbow injury.
"Today we wanted to be in the group so that we wouldn't have to bet everything on the sprint. We only started the race with six riders, but André and Daniel didn't feel they were fit enough to impact the outcome. Jan did a fantastic job and showed great morale like always. The fact that he only had one rider on his side certainly didn't make getting through any easier. In the finale we rode for Blaz, but the crash thwarted our plans. Unfortunately we'll have to end the season here without a result," Jens Heppner said.