Paolo Bettini outsprinted breakaway companions David Rebellin and Jan Ullrich to win this leg of the World Cup Series in Hamburg, Germany.
George Hincapie was in one of the final breaks but was caught with about 25 kms to go.
Since Bettini won Milan-San Remo, this vaults him into contention for the World Cup Leaders jersey, currently held by Peter Van Petegem, winner of Paris-Roubaix and Tour of Flanders. Each World Cup victory is worth 100 World Cup points. Petegem had 200 pts. coming into todays race. Petegem finished 23rd today, for which he was awarded 3 WC pts. This gives Petegem a slim lead of 203 pts to Bettini's 200 pts in the overall competition.