Sinkewitz takes GC, Boonen final stage

Patrik Sinkewitz wasn't the German name on most people's lips as a potential Deutschland Tour winner

SINKEWITZ Patrick ( GER ) 
Patrik Sinkewitz wasn’t the German name on most people’s lips as a potential Deutschland Tour winner

Twenty-three-year-old Tom Boonen won Sunday’s 173km final stage of the Deutschland Tour – his second, and his Quick Step team’s third, in the week-long stage race, and the Belgian’s 11th victory of the season. With overall victory a formality for 23-year-old German Patrik Sinkewitz, his Quick Step-Davitamon team were free to concentrate on working for their sprinter. With three laps of a 12km circuit around Leipzig to complete in the shadow of the city’s football stadium, which will be one of the sites for Germany’s hosting of the 2006 World Cup, there was a real ‘Champs Elysees atmosphere’ around the circuit. But with no time to enjoy the festive atmosphere, Quick Step first had to work to bring back CSC’s Michael Sandstod who remained ahead after attacking from a four-man break on the second of the three finishing circuits. Despite a valiant effort, the time trial specialist was caught with four kilometres to go, but the pace needed to be kept high to prevent constant further breakaway attempts in the final few kilometres. The Gerolsteiner team, too, were trying to get Danilo Hondo into a winning position with the German in with a chance of taking the blue jersey of best sprinter from the shoulders of Friday’s stage winner Allan Davis (Liberty Seguros). Hondo led into the final 300 metres, but Boonen pulled alongside him, then found the strength to surge again to relegate Hondo to second, though with Davis back in 11th having been boxed in during the final few hundred metres, it was enough for the German to take blue. Sinkewitz finished safely in the bunch, in doing so taking the biggest race win of his career which began in Mapei colours in 2001. At just 23 years old, Sinkewitz is the German media’s new darling, and now many people’s tip to win the white jersey of best young rider in this July’s Tour de France – if he gets selected by Quick Step to ride, which surely now he must. After dedicating his stage win on Wednesday to his mother, much to the crowd’s delight, Frau Sinkewitz was on hand to help her son celebrate his overall win in Leipzig. On Wednesday, he apparently received 549 text messages of congratulations from well-wishers. But the message that he’s giving back is that, in Patrik Sinkewitz, Germany may have found a successor to ‘der Kaiser’ Jan Ullrich. Stage 7, Chemnitz – Leipzig 1 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step-Davitamon 173.3km in 3.53.37 (44.51kph) 2 Danilo Hondo (Ger) Gerolsteiner 3 Sebastian Siedler (Ger) Wiesenhof 4 Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) CSC 5 Sergio Marinangeli (Ita) Domina Vacanze 6 Roy Sentjens (Hol) Rabobank 7 Stefan Van Dijck (Hol) Lotto-Domo 8 Salvatore Commesso (Ita) Saeco 9 Robert Hunter (SA) Rabobank 10 Erki Putsep (Est) Ag2r 11 Allan Davis (Aus) Liberty Seguros 41 Jan Ullrich (Ger) T-Mobile 71 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Liberty Seguros Final Overall 1 Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) Quick Step-Davitamon 26.17.12 2 Jens Voigt (Ger) CSC 0.18 3 Jan Hruska (Cze) Liberty Seguros 0.23 4 Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano (Spa) Liberty Seguros 0.28 5 Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Illes Balears-Banesto 0.54 6 Andreas Kloden (Ger) T-Mobile 0.57 7 Jan Ullrich (Ger) T-Mobile 0.59 8 Jose Ivan Gutierrez (Spa) Illes Balears-Banesto 1.47 9 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner 2.12 10 Sergio Marinangeli (Ita) Domina Vacanze 2.18 43 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Liberty Seguros 29.44 50 Allan Davis (Aus) Liberty Seguros 33.20 Best Sprinter 1 Danilo Hondo (Ger) Gerolsteiner 86 points 2 Allan Davis (Aus) Liberty Seguros 74 3 Jens Voigt (Ger) CSC 68 Best climber 1 Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) Quick Step-Davitamon 22 points 2 Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Illes Balears-Banesto 18 3 Lubor Tesar (Cze) Ed’System-ZVVZ 15 Best team 1 T-Mobile (Ger) 78.56.16 2 Illes Balears-Banesto (Spa) 0.06 3 Gerolsteiner (Ger) 4.55