Champion System's Friedemann Third At Singapore Criterium
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Singapore – Champion System Pro Cycling Team's Matthias Friedemann sprinted to a third place finish at the OCBC Cycle Singapore criterium Friday night.
The German was part of a six-man breakaway that formed halfway through the 90-minute twilight race around a 1.7-kilometer course at the Formula 1 pit building, the same area that hosts the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix. Robbie McEwen (GreenEDGE Cycling Team) took the win ahead of Boy Van Poppel (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling).
"I tried from the beginning to go to the front of the race and after 10 laps I saw that a group was forming with good riders from each team," Friedemann said. "I was the last rider to get in the front group and, after a short time, we had a good lead on the main bunch."
Friedemann's group worked well and quickly extended its lead to more than 30 seconds on somewhat wet roads from rain that fell earlier in the afternoon. With 20 minutes to go and the gap up to nearly a minute, it was clear that the winner would emerge from the break.
"It's not a shame to lose to a rider like Robbie McEwen and Van Poppel, so I am happy with third place," Friedemann said. "Last year I was fifth and now third – so maybe next year I can get first."
Friedmann's result was his best since a third-place finish on the fourth stage of the 2009 Course de Solidarnosc et des Champions Olympiques. Joining him on the Champion System Pro Cycling Team's roster in Singapore was Mart Ojavee, Wu Kin San and Steven Wong.