Max Walscheid (Team Sunweb) sprinted to victory at the Munsterland Giro, ahead of John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) and Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin).
The 2018 Munsterland Giro was an exciting race with crosswinds ripping the race apart with over 100km remaining in the 210km German semi-classic. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka were caught a the wrong end of the splits though, and were left chasing from the second group on the road when 40 riders broke clear.
The narrow twisty and technical roads, coupled with the prevailing winds made it a tough chase as the gap continually hovered around the 30″ mark. Scott Thwaites, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg and Julien Vermote were doing a lot of work to bring our protected rider, Edvald Boasson Hagen back in to contention by leading the chase.
Eventually with around 25km to go, Boasson Hagen and Fernando Gavaria (Quickstep) successfully bridged across to the front group that was being led by Bora-Hansgrohe and Lotto-Soudal. With some fast finishers in the lead group, Boasson Hagen countered an attack from Gavaria with 2.5km to go but would unfortunately be caught just under the 1km to go banner.
Walscheid was the fastest in the high speed sprint finish, taking the victory ahead of countrymen, Degenkolb and Politt. Boasson Hagen rolled home in 18th place for us with Janse van Rensburg, Thwaites and Vermote finishing in the chase group.