Cavendish felled in late crash as Greipel wins Vattenfall Cyclassics

Andre Greipel wins the Vattenfall Cyclassics in Hamburg, his first win in a one-day WorldTour race

Andre Greipel wins the 2015 Vattenfall Cyclassics from Alexander Kristoff and Giacomo Nizzolo
(Image credit: Watson)

Mark Cavendish returns to the track this weekend in an attempt to gain some more Olympic qualification points having finished two minutes down on winner Andre Greipel in Sunday's Vattenfall Cyclassics.

The Etixx-Quick-Step rider finished down in 66th place after a late crash scuppered his chances of winning, leaving teammate Tom Boonen to contest the finish, coming in fourth.

German Greipel continued his purple patch of form to win his first WorldTour one-day race, beating Katusha's Alexander Kristoff and Trek Factory Racing's Giacomo Nizzolo to the line in Hamburg.

"This is the first time I won a one-day WorldTour race, so this is really special," he said. "Certainly because it’s in my home country. I won’t compare it to winning a Tour stage for example, I’m just very proud I could win this race.”

Etixx gave themselves plenty of options in the race, with Cavendish, Boonen, Julian Alaphilippe and Tony Martin in their impressive lineup.

Kristoff added another podium finish to his impressive season, although the Norwegian has just one win since the end of June, having won 19 times before the Tour de France.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.