Alex Dowsett takes overall victory at Bayern Rundfahrt

British rider held on for his first professional stage-race win as John Degenkolb took the final sprint

Alex Dowsett wins the 2015 Bayern Rundfahrt

Alex Dowsett (Movistar) took the overall victory at Bayern Rundfahrt, after he moved into the lead with time trial victory on the previous day.

The overall win is Dowsett's first in a stage race as a professional.

The final stage ended in a sprint in Nuremberg which was won by John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin), his second stage win in the five-day race.

A six-man break went away early on during the 197km stage from Hassfurt to Nuremberg, but with Movistar determined to keep Dowsett in yellow and the sprinters' teams eyeing a final stage victory, the catch was inevitable.

Ireland’s Sam Bennett, riding for Bora-Argon 18, will also be delighted with his work in Bavaria, claiming two sprints in the race.

Brits have a history of success in the Bayern-Rundfahrt, with Geraint Thomas claiming the overall victory in both 2011 and 2014 and a second place in 2013.

The win rounded off a good weekend for Dowsett after Sir Bradley Wiggins failed to take his National 10 Mile TT record on Saturday afternoon.

Bayern Rundfahrt final overall classification

1. Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar, 20:07:29

2. Tiago Machado (Por) Katusha, at 2s

3. Jan Barta (Cze) Bora-Argon 18, at 18s

4. Ramuna Navardauskas (Ltu) Cannondale-Garmin, at 22s

5. Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Cannondale-Garmin, at 31s

6. Nils Politt (Ger) Team Stölting, at 33s

7. Jack Bauer (NZl) Cannondale-Garmin, at 46s

8. Lawrence Warbasse (USA) IAM-Cycling, at 47s

9. Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe) Cult Energy Pro Cycling, at 52s

10. Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar, at 53s

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Jack Elton-Walters hails from the Isle of Wight, and would be quick to tell anyone that it's his favourite place to ride. He has covered a varied range of topics for Cycling Weekly, producing articles focusing on tech, professional racing as well as cycling culture. He moved on to work for Cyclist Magazine in 2017 where he stayed for four years until going freelance. He now returns to Cycling Weekly from time-to-time to cover racing and write longer features for print and online. He is not responsible for misspelled titles on box outs