Jasper Stuyven is the final winner of the 34th edition of the Tour of Germany.
The Belgian runner from Trek-Segafredo managed to retain his leader's jersey at the end of the fourth and final leg on Sunday, between Eisenach and Erfurt (159.5 km), won by the Italian Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Merida) . Yves Lampaert (Deceuninck-Quick Step) took second place in the stage and third overall.
At the start, Stuyven had 13 seconds ahead of Colbrelli, 18 over Kazakh Alexey Lutsenko (Astana), 19 over Lampaert and 20 over Switzerland's Marc Hirschi (Sunweb).
With three climbs in the first half of the race, the course inspired Denmark's Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck-Quick Step), winner on Saturday, and his compatriot Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo), Stuyven's teammate. The duo escaped after 5 kilometers. About thirty kilometers away, Jenthe Biermans (Katusha-Alpecin), Dane Magnus Cort Nielsen (Astana), Frenchman Nans Peters (AG2R La Mondiale) and Poland's Kamil Gradek (CCC) joined them.
The peloton, led by Trek Segafredo, did not let the gap exceed 2 minutes. The Sunweb, for Hirschi, then took charge of the pursuit. The break ended 70 km from the finish.
Stuyven was good in the three difficulties of the day, Neue Ausspanne, Ruppberg and Oberhof.
Dutchman Ben Gastauer (AG2R La Mondiale) and German Joshua Huppertz (Lotto Kern Haus) tried their luck, to no avail.
Stuyven did not crack when Vincenzo Nibali increased the pace to favor Colbrelli.
The victory of the stage was played in a massive sprint. Colbrelli was the fastest in front of Lampaert and Kristoff. Stuyven took fifth place, enough to clinch the final victory with 3 seconds on Colbrelli and 13 on Lampaert. Jens Keukeleire (Lotto Soudal) is tenth at 23 seconds.
Stuyven, 27, takes the 7th success of his career, the first of the season. He had never won the overall standings of a stage race.
The Tour of Germany reappeared last year in the calendar with the victory of Slovenian Matej Mohoric.