Testing weather conditions made for a challenging day out at the Münsterland Giro, where Nils Eekhoff made it into the ten rider group that would fight for the win, taking a strong fourth place at the end of the race.
Rolling out from Osnabrück, it was a steady start to proceedings but the bunch drastically increased the pace after around 20 kilometres, catching the early break and splitting things to pieces. Pavel Bittner, John Degenkolb, Nils Eekfhoff, Niklas Märkl and Casper van Uden made it into a front split of around 35 to 40 riders, while Alex Edmondson and Alberto Dainese kept tabs on things behind. The advantage for the group out front only ever reached around one minute and 30 seconds at most, and entering the hilly section the peloton the bunch increased the tempo. As a result, the same happened out front and Eekhoff followed the attacks well to get into the leading group of ten.
Despite having 70 kilometres to go, the gap hovered at around 50 seconds for the remainder of the day and once they hit the local lap in Münster with ten kilometres to go, it was even clearer those ahead would fight for the win. Eekhoff rode a smart race and let some others close down moves before he latched onto a dangerous attack from Laporte, but the duo were brought back. Eventually the winning move from Hagenes went and the podium positions would be decided in a sprint. Eekhoff gave it his best and showed a strong kick around the outside of the group, coming round some riders and getting up to take a good fourth place at the line.