It might be near the end of the 2018 professional cycling season, but Team KATUSHA ALPECIN riders are still active and focused on results, with Nils Politt taking a third-place podium position in today’s 13th Sparkassen Münsterland Giro in Germany.
Nils Politt: I was alone in the front group and had to position myself for the final sprint. First I took the rear wheel of Andre Greipel. Sam Bennett and Pascal Ackermann blocked each other's way which made it possible for me to get through on the inside and in the end it was enough for third place. In such a sprint with real world-class sprinters, I am surprised that I can compete as an allrounder.
The podium spots all went to German riders with Max Walscheid of Team Sunweb earning the win and second place going to John Degenkolb (Trek – Segafredo). The 210.8k one-day race began in Coesfeld and ended in Münster with a winning time of 4:42:16 (44.81km/h).
Politt: After 100 kilometers, Lotto-Soudal split the peloton at a strategic place in the parcours. In the beginning, the group did not harmonize so well because the interests of the teams were too different. But it was a super nice, fast race with a satisfied end of the season for me.
Politt made the front group of 40 when the echelons formed. The race leaders managed to establish a gap to the two groups behind, always keeping an advantage of 1-3 minutes into the final.
Photo @ Jojo Harper