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Great result, Enger is in great form right now!
OZrocker: Thanks, and yes he is in absolute prime shape (1) atm.
Some bad luck for Dennis brought the field back much closer. All the best Enger going forward Smile
AbhishekLFC : Must have been panik at the Garmin - Sharp camp pcmdaily.com/images/smiley/wink.gif
22/5-26/5 Bayern Rundfahrt (cat. 2.HC)

22/5 Stage 1/5. Pfaffenhofen – Mühldorf 194,4 km

Rasmussen: We are here in Pfaffenhofen an der Ilm, for the first stage of Bayern Rundfahrt (Tour of Bavaria). In 2007 Stefan Schumacher won this race riding for Gerolsteiner, now he is here again, trying to do the same for us.



Bayern (Bavaria) is the largest German federal state, covering the southeast part of Germany. The name originates from roman ref. to a Celtic tribe called “Boli” living north of Donau (Danube) and later Frank ref. (520) to a Bavarian people.

William IV, Duke of Bavaria from 1508 – 1550:


The first evidence of settlements in the Pfaffenhofen area is from the Bronze Age. It seems that monks from a nearby monastery in Ilmmünster settled the area in the 8th century, their estate’s was called “Pfaffenhöfe” ** (translates into something like Priesthouse), the town itself was first mentioned in 1140.
(** Might be someone able to translate that better?)

Engraving of Pfaffenhofen (1687)

Pre-race startegy: With no top sprinter, we would like to get in a break-away; otherwise we hope for a top ten, from one of the sprinters we have got (Furlan/ Hester/Høberg).


Angelo Furlan
Anton Grøn
Daniele Aldegheri
Marc Hester
Mitchell Lovelock-Fay
Morten Høberg
Sebastian Balck
Stefan Schumacher

The peloton is very aggressive, many attempts to break do not succeed, but finally after 50 km of hard fighting, a break is allowed to go. There is no especially strong rider in the break.


The Peloton is now slow, most likely marked by the fast pace in the morning; Mitchell Lovelock-Fay use the opportunity to try and get away.


With about 70 km left, Mitchell gets in contact with the front group.


But in the meantime the Peloton have accelerated again, and the break gets caught just within 20 km, Høberg takes the wheel Schumacher. Again we are cursed by a crash, Schumacher fall to the ground. Ohh no no that must hurt.


The race is won by Peter Sagan (Cannondale Pro Cycling) over Juan José Lobato (Movistar Team), our best was Angelo Furlan (13).


Rasmussen: Schumacher lost 2'59, any chance of a GC position is probably gone. Now I will go talk to him, hopefully he is ok.

1Peter SaganCannondale Pro Cycling4h41'42
2Juan José LobatoMovistar Teams.t.
3Rui CostaMovistar Teams.t.
4Lucas Sebastián HaedoCannondale Pro Cyclings.t.
5Davide ViganòLampre - Meridas.t.
6Joseph DombrowskiCannondale Pro Cyclings.t.
7Ariel Maximiliano RichezeLampre - Meridas.t.
8Aidis KruopisAstana Pro Teams.t.
9Juan Esteban ArangoColombias.t.
10Davide AppollonioJamis - Hagens Bermans.t.

1Peter SaganCannondale Pro Cycling4h41'22
2Juan José LobatoMovistar Team+ 8
3Rui CostaMovistar Team+ 12
4Jonathan Patrick McCartyJamis - Hagens Berman+ 14
5Maximilian SchachmannThüringer Energie Team+ 16
6Rick AmplerNutrixxion - Abus+ 18
7Lucas Sebastián HaedoCannondale Pro Cycling+ 20
8Davide ViganòLampre - Meridas.t.
9Joseph DombrowskiCannondale Pro Cyclings.t.
10Ariel Maximiliano RichezeLampre - Meridas.t.

1Peter SaganCannondale Pro Cycling25
2Juan José LobatoMovistar Team20
3Rui CostaMovistar Team16

1Duber QuinteroColombia10
2Jonathan Patrick McCartyJamis - Hagens Berman8
3Maximilian SchachmannThüringer Energie Team6

Team: Cannondale Pro Cycling

Young: Peter Sagan (Cannondale Pro Cycling)
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Bet Schumacher is feeling a bit sore Pfft
Ouch, not a good start at all here Sad
Hard luck there. Will be tough getting back the time lost. Makes it easier for Schumacher to get into a breakaway though. That could be worth a shot...
sutty68: He must be, won’t be easy to sit on the saddle. pcmdaily.com/images/smiley/pfft.gif

OZrocker: No, won't be easy after this.

AbhishekLFC: Maybe so, depends if he is ok, and if the pro teams will let him go.
22/5-26/5 Bayern Rundfahrt (cat. 2.HC)

23/5 Stage 2/5. Mühldorf - Viechtach 196,1 km

Rasmussen: Schumacher is not looking forward to a long day in the saddle, but he is ok. The stage starts where it ended yesterday, in Mühldorf some 80 km east of München (Munich), by the river Inn. Mühldorf is a town with a population of about 18.500.

Scenic houses in Mühldorf:


The town was first mentioned in 935, at that time belonging to the Archbishop of Salzburg. Between 1200 and 1300 AD Mühldorf grew into an important trade center, with fortifications and wall’s.

Remains of the city walls:


Pre-race strategy: This is the hardest stage, with some tough climbs; we will try to attack with anyone who feels ready.


After some fighting in the morning, eventually Sebastian Balck got away; he was later joined by Yannick Talabardon (Sojasun), Carson Miller (Jamis) and Jiri Hudecek (Bauknecht).


We get shorts but heavy showers, coming and going most of the day. The roads are treacherous, and we get some crashes during the stage. Anton Grøn was the first victim, but he gets back to the peloton.


After the top of the 2nd climb, Stefan Schumacher attacks, and over the next couple of hills, he catches up to the front group. Now he can use Sebastian Balck as protection for a while, while he gets his breath back.


After a while Schumacher needs to speed up to keep the peloton away, one by one the others in the group can’t follow, the last one to give up is Yannick Talabardon.


Back in the peloton Peter Sagan attacks, speeding downhill to close the gap to Schumacher. With about 5 km left, Sagan has Schumacher in sight.


Schumacher is strong enough to hold out and wins a solo victory with 22 sec. down to Sagan. A tough stage, more than 50 riders loses over 10 minutes.


Rasmussen: A brilliant comeback from Stefan, after an ugly day yesterday. 32 years old Stefan Schumacher with this, his first win of the season, shows that he is still one of our stars when it comes to a tough hilly stage.


1Stefan SchumacherChristina Watches - Onfone4h54'15
2Peter SaganCannondale Pro Cycling+ 22
3Rui CostaMovistar Team+ 56
4Daniel MartinLampre - Merida+ 1'32
5Yannick TalabardonSojasuns.t.
6Sergey LagutinSojasun+ 1'45
7Jakob FuglsangAstana Pro Team+ 1'58
8Paul VossTeam NetApp - Enduras.t.
9Fabio AruAstana Pro Team+ 3'21
10Joseph DombrowskiCannondale Pro Cyclings.t.

1Peter SaganCannondale Pro Cycling9h35'47
2Rui CostaMovistar Team+ 48
3Yannick TalabardonSojasun+ 1'32
4Daniel MartinLampre - Merida+ 1'42
5Sergey LagutinSojasun+ 1'55
6Paul VossTeam NetApp - Endura+ 2'08
7Jakob FuglsangAstana Pro Teams.t.
8Stefan SchumacherChristina Watches - Onfone+ 2'43
9Joris BoillatIAM Cycling+ 3'25
10Joseph DombrowskiCannondale Pro Cycling+ 3'31

1Peter SaganCannondale Pro Cycling45
2Rui CostaMovistar Team34
3Stefan SchumacherChristina Watches - Onfone31

1Yannick TalabardonSojasun26
2Jiri HudecekBauknecht - Author20
3Carson MillerJamis - Hagens Berman16

Team: Sojasun

Young: Peter Sagan (Cannondale Pro Cycling)
Edited by Tamijo on 21-11-2015 09:45
How quickly things can change! Fantastic fighting spirit from Schumacher to not only attack but get the win after a crash Grin
22/5-26/5 Bayern Rundfahrt (cat. 2.HC)

24/5 Stage 3/5. Viechtach - Kelheim 196,5 km


Rasmussen: Again the stage starts where it ended yesterday, in the small town of Viechtach, about 185 km northeast of München, some 30 km from the Czech border. A town of about 8000 inhabitants.

Neunussberg castle ruin:


Viechtach was first mentioned in 1104, when a Count transfers farmland to Oberalteich monastery. In 1350 a hospital and poorhouse, was build in the town, by a local lord of the nearby Neunussberg castle. The Catholic church St. Augustinus originated from about 1415, but have burned several times, the present church was built in the 1700’s.


Pre-race startegy: With a better GC position, we have decided to stay in the peloton, to focus on Stefan Schumacher’s GC.


A strong break is formed today, riders with good hill and fighting ability’s, Alexandre Pliuschin (IAM Cycling), Pieter Serry (Topsport Vlaanderen), Sven Krauss (Brandenburg), Dirk Müller (Nutrixxion) and Sven Forberger (NSP – Ghost).


The peloton is very fast all day and again we have very bad weather and wet roads. The result is that right from the start riders can’t keep up and lose contact with the peloton.


The break-away still has got a good lead on the peloton, getting close to the last hill. Stefan Schumacher attacks.


Stefan Schumacher can’t get away and the break is too strong for the peloton, the race is won by Pieter Serry over Alexandre Pliuschin both from the break. Stefan Schumacher gets in with group Sagan, 1’34 after.


Rasmussen: With awful weather and a lot of crashes it was a very hard stage for many riders, Yesterday’s Top 10 GC riders, who was not coming in with the peloton:
Fuglesang (Astana), abandon the race with fractures of the thigh. Daniel Martin (Lampre – Merida) lost 7'23, Rui Costa (Movistar) lost 3’51 , Joris Boillat (IAM Cycling) lost 3’51.

A bad crash near the finish:


Pieter SerryTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloise4h50'14
Alexandre PliuschinIAM Cycling+ 23
Dirk MüllerNutrixxion - Abuss.t.
Sven KraussLKT Team Brandenburgs.t.
Peter SaganCannondale Pro Cycling+ 1'34
Aidis KruopisAstana Pro Teams.t.
Juan José LobatoMovistar Teams.t.
Roger KlugeTeam NetApp - Enduras.t.
Aurélien PasseronCofidis, Solutions Créditss.t.

1Peter SaganCannondale Pro Cycling14h27'35
2Yannick TalabardonSojasun+ 1'32
3Sergey LagutinSojasun+ 1'55
4Paul VossTeam NetApp - Endura+ 2'08
5Stefan SchumacherChristina Watches - Onfone+ 2'43
6Rui CostaMovistar Team+ 3'05
7Aurélien PasseronCofidis, Solutions Crédits+ 3'31
8Joseph DombrowskiCannondale Pro Cyclings.t.
9Fabio AruAstana Pro Teams.t.
10Rein TaaramäeCofidis, Solutions Créditss.t.

1Peter SaganCannondale Pro Cycling57
2Stefan SchumacherChristina Watches - Onfone36
3Rui CostaMovistar Team34

1Yannick TalabardonSojasun26
2Jiri HudecekBauknecht - Author20
3Alexandre PliuschinIAM Cycling20

Team: Sojasun

Young: Peter Sagan (Cannondale Pro Cycling)
Hey you took my advice and it worked Pfft

But seriously, a very good job by Schumacher to pull himself back up the GC!
AbhishekLFC wrote:
Hey you took my advice and it worked Pfft

Yes i did Grin
OZrocker: Thanks, yes i was a great day for Stefan, right after a very bad day Smile
22/5-26/5 Bayern Rundfahrt (cat. 2.HC)

25/5 Stage 4/5. ITT Schierling – Schierling 31.2 km

Schierling, with Church of St. Peter and Paul (1723), Tower from about 1420.


Rasmussen: The Caravan have moved 25 km south east from Kelheim to Schierling, for an individual time trial. Schierling is a small town of about 7500 inhabitants, 23 km south of Regensburg. The town was first mentioned is 953 as “Markt Schirling”.

Rectory (1729):


Pre-race startegy: We hope Schumacher can maintain his GC, he is within the top 10 favorites on the stage.



The stage winner was Rein Taaramäe (Cofidis, Solutions Crédits) 5 sec. better than Rui Costa (Movistar Team), Stefan Schumacher took the last spot on the podium ’47 after Taaramäe, a surprisingly great result for us.

Stefan Schumacher on the route:


Peter Sagan came in as 6th. maybe I little disappointing for Cannondale, but enough to maintain his overall lead. Today’s big loser was Yannick Talabardon (Sojasun), he lost 3'16, falling from 2nd to 9th in the GC.

Peter Sagan overtaking Yannick Talabardon on the route:


1Rein TaaramäeCofidis, Solutions Crédits42'39
2Rui CostaMovistar Team+ 5
3Stefan SchumacherChristina Watches - Onfone+ 47
4Jasha SütterlinThüringer Energie Team+ 48
5Linus GerdemannTeam NetApp - Endura+ 53
6Peter SaganCannondale Pro Cycling+ 55
7Alexsandr DyachenkoAstana Pro Team+ 1'00
8Jesús HerradaMovistar Team+ 1'20
9Rubén PlazaMovistar Teams.t.
10Dominique CornuTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloise+ 1'25

1Peter SaganCannondale Pro Cycling15h11'09
2Rui CostaMovistar Team+ 2'15
3Stefan SchumacherChristina Watches - Onfone+ 2'35
4Rein TaaramäeCofidis, Solutions Crédits+ 2'36
5Paul VossTeam NetApp - Endura+ 2'45
6Sergey LagutinSojasun+ 3'11
7Linus GerdemannTeam NetApp - Endura+ 3'29
8Alexsandr DyachenkoAstana Pro Team+ 3'36
9Yannick TalabardonSojasun+ 3'53
10Rubén PlazaMovistar Team+ 3'56

1Peter SaganCannondale Pro Cycling67
2Rui CostaMovistar Team54
3Stefan SchumacherChristina Watches - Onfone52

1Yannick TalabardonSojasun26
2Alexandre PliuschinIAM Cycling20
3Jiri HudecekBauknecht - Author20

Team: Movistar Team

Young: Peter Sagan (Cannondale Pro Cycling)
Schumacher showing some great form of late, long may it continue Smile
Schumacher and Costa's positions are yo-yo-ing. First one is ahead, then the other, then back Pfft
sutty68: He is in prime shape, and it pays out. but we havent got many races in the comming weeks. June will be a bit quiet for us.

AbhishekLFC: GC is very tight from 2-5, just hope we can hold a spot on the podium.
22/5-26/5 Bayern Rundfahrt (cat. 2.HC)

26/5 Stage 5/5. Kelheim 178,7 km

After Yesterday’s ITT in Schierling, we are back in Kelheim, for the last stage of Bayern Rundfahrt.



Kelheim is a town of about 16.000 people, beautifully situated where the rivers Altmühl and Donau (Danube) connects. The peninsula between the rivers, has been inhabited since 13,000 BCE, and was the site of the Celt city Alcimoennis founded around 500 BCE.

Weltenburg Abbey, founded approx. 620, Weltenburg Abbey brewery is one of the oldest monastery brewerys, operation since 1050:


Pre-race startegy: We plan to stay in the peloton, as long as no GC contenders attack.


A break-away of 7 riders gets away, the peloton takes it easy, and they get 7’10 when they pass over the last clims, with 110 km to go.


When the peloton gets to the climb they speed up, the climb is very steep, and the peloton breaks over. Now a group of 21 riders are between the peloton and the front. Most of the favorites including Peter Sagan, Rui Costa and Stefan Schumacher are in the 2nd group.


But no one wants to waste too much energy in the favorite group, and they melts together with the peloton again, now the pace is high and the gap to the front group is getting smaller and smaller.


In front Jelle Wallays (Topsport Vlaanderen) attacks from the break-away, with about 10 km left, he gets a gap to the others in the break.


Jelle Wallays wins the race in the same time as the peloton, 5 of the riders from the break, finish the stage in top 10.


Rasmussen: Very good GC result from Schumacher, management is very pleased.

Final Result.

1Jelle WallaysTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloise4h07'33
2Peter SaganCannondale Pro Cyclings.t.
3Aidis KruopisAstana Pro Teams.t.
4Edwin ÁvilaColombias.t.
5Julien SimonSojasuns.t.
6René WeissingerThüringer Energie Teams.t.
7Jakub DanačíkBauknecht - Authors.t.
8Daan OlivierTeam Quantec - Indelands.t.
9Martin HebikBauknecht - Authors.t.
10Daniel SchornTeam NetApp - Enduras.t.

1Peter SaganCannondale Pro Cycling19h18'30
2Rui CostaMovistar Team+ 2'27
3Stefan SchumacherChristina Watches - Onfone+ 2'47
4Rein TaaramäeCofidis, Solutions Crédits+ 2'48
5Paul VossTeam NetApp - Endura+ 2'57
6Sergey LagutinSojasun+ 3'23
7Linus GerdemannTeam NetApp - Endura+ 3'41
8Yannick TalabardonSojasun+ 4'05
9Rubén PlazaMovistar Team+ 4'08
10Joseph DombrowskiCannondale Pro Cycling+ 4'26

1Peter SaganCannondale Pro Cycling87
2Rui CostaMovistar Team54
3Stefan SchumacherChristina Watches - Onfone52

1Yannick TalabardonSojasun26
2Alexandre PliuschinIAM Cycling20
3Jiri HudecekBauknecht - Author20

Team: Movistar Team

Young: Peter Sagan (Cannondale Pro Cycling)
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