Tom Boonen edges out Oscar Freire to take his fifth E3 Prijs Vlaanderen
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Friday, March 23, 2012

Tom Boonen edges out Oscar Freire to take his fifth E3 Prijs Vlaanderen

by Ben Atkins at 12:24 PM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling, Spring Classics, E3-Prijs
Photo finish after race of constant attacks sees Belgian take outright record in the “Mini Ronde van Vlaanderen”

tom boonenTom Boonen (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) confirmed his return to the top of the sport with his fifth victory in the E3 Prijs Vlaanderen, taking a tight sprint finish ahead of three-time World champion Oscar Freire (Katuasha). The big Belgian, who has endured two torrid, injury hit seasons, opened up his sprint as soon as the finish line was in view; Freire waited patiently, launching his trademark late jump for the line, but Boonen managed to hold on to his lead and crossed the line just under half a wheel ahead.

In taking his fifth victory - with the other four consecutively between 2004 and 2007 - Boonen becomes the outright record holder in the Flemish Semi-Classic; he moves ahead of the legendary Emperor of Herentals, Rik van Looy, with whom he previously sat with four wins.

“I was trying to make it a nice race,” said Boonen.  "It was not only important for a good result, but also important for the head a little bit and the sensations on the climbs. That's why I was doing a few big attacks. I wasn't really saving myself for the sprint. But then in the end, everything came together and I think everybody was suffering. It doesn't matter if they were in the front or the back.

“I was not very comfortable in the sprint but sure, I was still going to do a good sprint and was trying to win,” he added. “I could get 2nd or 3rd, it's always possible, but in the end I won; so I'm happy.”

Behind the battle between the former World champions, Bernhard Eisel (Team Sky) - released from his duties as lead out man to World champion Mark Cavendish for the day - won the battle for third ahead of a far larger group than would have been expected, given the aggressive nature of the race.

The 203km race, which is known as the Mini Ronde van Vlaanderen, was peppered with attacks; not least from Boonen himself, as he sought to force a selection on the steep cobbled climbs of the Taaienberg and Paterberg. Select groups managed to force themselves clear on a number of occasions, but the race always conspired to reform as those behind were not content to miss out.

“For me it's like a test,” Boonen explained. “I attack a lot of times at this race. I really would like to win, but at the same time this race is something like a test for the upcoming races. Yes, I was really focused to try to win the race, but at the same time I want to try to do something to see my condition and the condition of the other competitors.”

The final attack came from Boonen’s Omega Pharma-Quick Step teammate, French champion Sylvain Chavanel, along with Dmitriy Muravyev (Astana), who escaped shortly before the Knokteberg with just over 25km to go. Despite disruption from the Omega Pharma-Quick Step team, the duo was eventually reeled in with seven kilometres to go.

There were several attempts to get away in the closing kilometres, not least from Flemish veteran Leif Hoste ( Verandas), but the sprinters teams kept things together into the finish, where Boonen took the victory.

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After a fast start the break gets a hand from Belgian railways

With 50km covered in the first hour of the race, there was little chance for any riders to break clear; finally, after 59km though, a nine-rider group did get away, made up of: Gert Dockx (Lotto-Belisol), Gregor Gazvoda (AG2R La Mondiale), Michael Mørkøv (Saxo Bank), Nico Sijmens (Cofidis), Luca Ascani, Oscar Gatto and Kevin Hulsmans (all Farnese Vini-Selle Italia), Sébastien Delfosse (Landbouwkrediet) and Damien Gaudin (Europcar).

As they steadily built up their lead, the seven riders were aided by a railway crossing at the 75km point, which was open for them but closed ahead of the peloton. Thanks to the unscheduled - although not unexpected - interruption, the nine riders managed to get their lead up to its maximum of 5’20”.

It began to come down almost immediately however and, as they crossed the top of the Muur van Geraardsbergen - eschewed by this year’s Ronde - after 99km, it had been cut by a full minute to 4’20”, with most of the work being done by Omega Pharma-Quick Step.

As the gap dropped to below two minutes, with just over 70km to go, on the fast approach to the Boigneberg climb, there was a crash in the middle of the peloton, with a number of riders falling into the roadside ditch. David Millar (Garmin-Barracuda) and Yukiya Arashiro (Europcar) were among the fallers, but Jan Ghyselinck (Cofidis), Jens Mouris (GreenEDGE), Sebastien Hinault (AG2R La Mondiale) and Koen de Kort (Project 1t4i) were forced to leave the race by ambulance.

The bunch was neutralised at the front, by Omega Pharma-Quick Step and Garmin-Barracuda, to allow any crashed riders to get back on, and the gap rose back up to two minutes.

As the race approached its closing phase, a number of the favourites were having problems near the back of the peloton. Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) came down in a low speed crash, and Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing) appeared to be having trouble holding the pace on the cobbles of the Eikenberg; the Belgian champion was clearly having an off day and abandoned soon afterwards.

The Taaienberg is the Boonenberg again

With 60km to go, Omega Pharma-Quick Step was on the front again, and had reduced the gap to 1’31”. As the peloton hit the Taaienberg Boonen - just as he had done in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad - attacked on the steep cobbles, and - just as had happened in the Omloop - Sep Vanmarcke (Garmin-Barracuda) was right on his tail.

A very select group began to form behind Boonen, made up of Cancellara, Björn Leukemans (Vacansoleil-DCM), Luca Paolini (Katusha), Leif Hoste ( Willems) and Omloop winner Vanmarcke. Alessandro Ballan (BMC Racing), John Degenkolb (Project 1t4i) and Boasson Hagen soon chased across, with Filippo Pozzato (Farnese Vini-Selle Italia) leading the next chase group, which included Daniel Oss and Peter Sagan (both Liquigas-Cannondale), and Tony Gallopin (RadioShack-Nissan).

The climb had reduced the group up front to six, made up of the three Farnese Vini-Selle Italia riders, with Mørkøv, Gaudin and Dockx.

Nobody else had made it across from Omega Pharma-Quick Step however, and, having created the move, Boonen had isolated himself. The former World champion was clearly not happy with the composition, or size, of the group and all but stopped its progress as the peloton was just 15 seconds behind and catching.

Not prepared to wait though, Gallopin attacked. The Frenchman was chased down by Hoste - who’d left the peloton with Oss - and pursued by Freire, Chavanel and Daniele Bennati (RadioShack-Nissan) as the Kruisberg approached, but it all came back together just as it was about to begin.

Sebastian Langeveld (GreenEDGE) attacked, but the 2011 Omloop winner wasn’t able to get far; the peloton was all together at the top; the six leaders were now just 19 seconds ahead and Omega Pharma-Quick Step was back in control as the Paterberg approached

Hulsmans signalled Gatto past as the steep cobbles began and the Italian sprinted away from the others. Not far behind Boonen repeated his Taaienberg acceleration, pulling a string of similar riders along, and overhauled everybody but Gatto and Gaudin. The punchy Italian was still 17 seconds clear as he accelerated down towards the Oude Kwaremont, with the Frenchman in pursuit.

A similar group to previously had formed behind the two remaining leaders, with most of the big names having a teammate present, but it was all back together again for the long cobbled drag.

Cancellara looking strong again but totally out of luck

Gatto hit the Kwaremont alone, as the group meandered along behind him. The peloton was beginning to drift further back now, with the selection seemingly made. Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) hit the front, stringing out the group, but then Cancellara accelerated past him with Vanmarcke, Boonen, Pozzato and Sagan clinging desperately to his wheel.

Just as the winning move looked to have been made however, Cancellara punctured however, leaving just the four of them away and they were soon back in the group. At the top, the Swiss champion was getting new front wheel and a drink from a RadioShack-Nissan mechanic in the line of soigneurs, when Carlos Barredo (Rabobank) suddenly rode into him.

Meanwhile, as Cancellara fought his way back up to the peloton, up ahead Chavanel, Dmitriy Muravyev (Katusha) and Simon Spilak (Astana) attacked. There was no a nine man group chasing, with Boonen - at the back - Pozzato, Vanmarcke, Leukemans, Sagan, Paolini, Degenkolb, Matti Breschel (Rabobank), Maxim Iglinskiy (Astana), Ballan and Van Avermaet.

Gatto was now 22 seconds ahead of the chasing trio, as he hit the Knokteberg with 26km to go, but they were gaining. 45 seconds back, Leukemans and Vanmarcke tried to escape the rest, but Sagan led the rest of the group across. The effort had seemingly been more than Vanmarcke could spare however, and he was dropped as the group carried on the strong pace he’d set.

The chasing trio caught Gatto shortly after the top of the climb but, as Chavanel and Muravyev pressed on, the Italian suffered a puncture and was passed by the peloton as he waited for a new wheel.

The break is over but another one begins

With 20km to go a massive chase from Cancellara saw the following peloton catch up with the Boonen group, which was now 27 seconds behind the two leaders. With a number of Omega Pharma-Quick Step riders now blocking the chase on the Varent cobbles, Chavanel and Muravyev’s lead was growing; up to 32 seconds as they hit the Tiegemberg with 16km to go.

At the top of the climb, with 14km and no more climbs to go, the duo was 14 seconds clear and, despite attacks from Stijn Devolder (Vacansoleil-DCM), Vincent Jérôme (Europcar), Sagan, Leukemans and Vanmarcke, they managed to stretch it to 15 seconds as they hit the 10km banner.

Ian Stannard (Team Sky) hit the front of the peloton, but there was no real organisation and the duo’s lead began to open a little. Impatient once again, Devolder put in another attack, but the two-time Ronde van Vlaaderen winner could only manage to dangle halfway between the leaders and the bunch before sitting up again.

With Liquigas-Cannondale joining Stannard in force, the gap finally closed and, with 7km to go, the two leaders sat up and shook hands. The British rider was still at the head of the peloton as it passed under the 5km banner, and only pulled off as they passed under the 3km banner. As the peloton inevitably eased up, Hoste put in a big attack on the opposite side of the road, but the veteran was patiently reeled in by Omega Pharma-Quick Step with two kilometres to go.

Saxo Bank briefly had control of the front, but Omega Pharma-Quick Step took it back as the race entered the final kilometre. Boonen launched a long sprint and, despite Freire’s attempt to come around in the final metres, the Belgian hung on to win by just under half a wheel.


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E3 Prijs Vlaanderen - Harelbeke (WorldTour) Results: Harelbeke to Harelbeke (203km):

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Country Result Name Team Time
bel BEL 1 Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 04:51:59
esp ESP 2 Oscar Gomez Freire (Katusha Team) s.t.
aut AUT 3 Bernhard Eisel (Sky Procycling) s.t.
col COL 4 Leonardo Fabio Duque (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) s.t.
bel BEL 5 Sep Vanmarcke (Team Garmin - Barracuda) s.t.
ger GER 6 John Degenkolb (1t4i) s.t.
fra FRA 7 Matthieu Ladagnous (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
fra FRA 8 Alexandre Pichot (Europcar) s.t.
ita ITA 9 Alessandro Ballan (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
fra FRA 10 Sébastien Turgot (Europcar) s.t.
den DEN 11 Matti Breschel (Rabobank Cycling Team) s.t.
bel BEL 12 Jens Keukeleire (GreenEdge Cycling Team) s.t.
den DEN 13 Michael Morkov (Team Saxo Bank) s.t.
svk SVK 14 Peter Sagan (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
kaz KAZ 15 Maxim Iglinskiy (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
nor NOR 16 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky Procycling) s.t.
fra FRA 17 Lloyd Mondory (Ag2R - La Mondiale) s.t.
ita ITA 18 Marco Marcato (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
bel BEL 19 Bjorn Leukemans (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
bel BEL 20 Preben Van Hecke (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator) s.t.
kaz KAZ 21 Dmitriy Muravyev (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
sui SUI 22 Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
ned NED 23 Dennis Van Winden (Rabobank Cycling Team) s.t.
ned NED 24 Sebastian Langeveld (GreenEdge Cycling Team) s.t.
ned NED 25 Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) s.t.
bel BEL 26 Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
ita ITA 27 Filippo Pozzato (Farnese Vini - Selle Italia) s.t.
ita ITA 28 Luca Paolini (Katusha Team) s.t.
ger GER 29 Danilo Hondo (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
esp ESP 30 Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
ita ITA 31 Daniel Oss (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
esp ESP 32 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Movistar Team) s.t.
fra FRA 33 Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) s.t.
fra FRA 34 Mathieu Claude (Europcar) s.t.
esp ESP 35 Xavier Florencio (Katusha Team) s.t.
ned NED 36 Lars Boom (Rabobank Cycling Team) s.t.
ned NED 37 Tom Stamsnijder (1t4i) s.t.
slo SLO 38 Kristjan Koren (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
swe SWE 39 Gustav Erik Larsson (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
sui SUI 40 Michael Schar (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
pol POL 41 Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) s.t.
ita ITA 42 Luca Mazzanti (Farnese Vini - Selle Italia) s.t.
ned NED 43 Karsten Kroon (Team Saxo Bank) s.t.
bel BEL 44 Stijn Vandenbergh (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) s.t.
bel BEL 45 Stijn Devolder (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
ita ITA 46 Matteo Tosatto (Team Saxo Bank) 00:00:10
bel BEL 47 Leif Hoste ( – Willems Veranda’s) 00:00:25
gbr GBR 48 Ian Stannard (Sky Procycling) 00:00:53
bel BEL 49 Andy Cappelle ( – Willems Veranda’s) 00:05:38
can CAN 50 David Veilleux (Europcar) s.t.
ned NED 51 Wouter Mol (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
sui SUI 52 Gregory Rast (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
ned NED 53 Jos Van Emden (Rabobank Cycling Team) s.t.
bel BEL 54 Pieter Jacobs (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator) s.t.
ita ITA 55 Luca Ascani (Farnese Vini - Selle Italia) s.t.
ita ITA 56 Davide Vigano (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
ita ITA 57 Giovanni Visconti (Movistar Team) s.t.
fra FRA 58 Tony Gallopin (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
ita ITA 59 Daniele Bennati (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
bel BEL 60 Gert Dockx (Lotto - Belisol Team) s.t.
fra FRA 61 Julien Fouchard (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) s.t.
lat LAT 62 Aleksejs Saramotins (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) s.t.
ned NED 63 Maarten Tjallingii (Rabobank Cycling Team) s.t.
esp ESP 64 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Movistar Team) s.t.
esp ESP 65 Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Movistar Team) s.t.
slo SLO 66 Simon Spilak (Katusha Team) s.t.
fra FRA 67 Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) s.t.
kaz KAZ 68 Assan Bazayev (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
den DEN 69 Anders Lund (Team Saxo Bank) s.t.
fra FRA 70 Damien Gaudin (Europcar) s.t.
den DEN 71 Kasper Larsen Klostergaard (Team Saxo Bank) s.t.
bel BEL 72 Kevin Hulsmans (Farnese Vini - Selle Italia) s.t.
ita ITA 73 Oscar Gatto (Farnese Vini - Selle Italia) 00:06:36
ned NED 74 Dirk Bellemakers (Landbouwkrediet - Euphony) 00:09:16
bel BEL 75 Kurt Hovelijnck (Landbouwkrediet - Euphony) s.t.
ita ITA 76 Mauro Da Dalto (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
fra FRA 77 Geoffrey Soupe (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
aus AUS 78 Baden Cooke (GreenEdge Cycling Team) s.t.
bel BEL 79 Koen Barbe (Landbouwkrediet - Euphony) s.t.
usa USA 80 Edward King (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
rus RUS 81 Vladimir Isaychev (Katusha Team) s.t.
bel BEL 82 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) s.t.
esp ESP 83 Ricardo Garcia Ambroa (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
pol POL 84 Maciej Bodnar (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
pol POL 85 Jaroslaw Marycz (Team Saxo Bank) s.t.
can CAN 86 Dominique Rollin (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
ltu LTU 87 Ignatas Konovalovas (Movistar Team) s.t.
esp ESP 88 Imanol Erviti Ollo (Movistar Team) s.t.
bel BEL 89 James Vanlandschoot ( – Willems Veranda’s) s.t.
ita ITA 90 Matteo Trentin (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) s.t.
esp ESP 91 Jon Izagirre Insausti (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
ger GER 92 Marcus Burghardt (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
aus AUS 93 Heinrich Haussler (Team Garmin - Barracuda) s.t.
nor NOR 94 Alexander Kristoff (Katusha Team) s.t.
den DEN 95 Troels Ronning Vinther (Team Saxo Bank) s.t.
bel BEL 96 Frederik Willems (Lotto - Belisol Team) s.t.
ger GER 97 Christian Knees (Sky Procycling) s.t.
bel BEL 98 Sven Vandousselaere (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator) s.t.
bel BEL 99 Frederik Veuchelen (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
slo SLO 100 Gregor Gazvoda (Ag2R - La Mondiale) s.t.
slo SLO 101 Grega Bole (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
can CAN 102 Svein Tuft (GreenEdge Cycling Team) s.t.
esp ESP 103 Vicente Reynes Mimo (Lotto - Belisol Team) s.t.
ukr UKR 104 Yaroslav Popovych (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
ita ITA 105 Manuel Belletti (Ag2R - La Mondiale) s.t.
ger GER 106 Andreas Klier (Team Garmin - Barracuda) s.t.
gbr GBR DNF Adam Blythe (BMC Racing Team)  
esp ESP DNF Adrian Saez De Arregi (Euskaltel - Euskadi)  
fra FRA DNF Adrien Petit (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne)  
ltu LTU DNF Aidis Kruopis (GreenEdge Cycling Team)  
ita ITA DNF Alan Marangoni (Liquigas - Cannondale)  
blr BLR DNF Aleksandr Kuschynski (Katusha Team)  
den DEN DNF Alex Rasmussen (Team Garmin - Barracuda)  
fra FRA DNF Anthony Geslin (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat)  
ned NED DNF Arnoud Van Groen ( – Willems Veranda’s)  
bel BEL DNF Baptiste Planckaert (Landbouwkrediet - Euphony)  
bel BEL DNF Bert De Backer (1t4i)  
bel BEL DNF Bert De Waele (Landbouwkrediet - Euphony)  
rus RUS DNF Boris Shpilevsky (Ag2R - La Mondiale)  
slo SLO DNF Borut Bozic (Astana Pro Team)  
ned NED DNF Bram Tankink (Rabobank Cycling Team)  
esp ESP DNF Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Rabobank Cycling Team)  
aus AUS DNF Christopher Sutton (Sky Procycling)  
fra FRA DNF David Boucher (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat)  
gbr GBR DNF David Millar (Team Garmin - Barracuda)  
ita ITA DNF Davide Cimolai (Lampre - ISD)  
bel BEL DNF Davy Commeijne (Landbouwkrediet - Euphony)  
kaz KAZ DNF Dmitriy Gruzdev (Astana Pro Team)  
ger GER DNS Dominik Klemme (1t4i)  
bel BEL DNF Edwig Cammaerts (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne)  
esp ESP DNF Egoitz García Etxegibel (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne)  
ita ITA DNF Elia Favilli (Farnese Vini - Selle Italia)  
esp ESP DNF Enrique Sanz Unzue (Movistar Team)  
bel BEL DNF Frédéric Amorison (Landbouwkrediet - Euphony)  
fra FRA DNF Frédéric Guesdon (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat)  
bel BEL DNF Frederique Robert (Lotto - Belisol Team)  
usa USA DNF George Hincapie (BMC Racing Team)  
bel BEL DNF Gregory Habeaux ( – Willems Veranda’s)  
nzl NZL DNF Hayden Roulston (RadioShack - Nissan)  
bel BEL DNF Iljo Keisse (Omega Pharma - Quickstep)  
usa USA DNF Jacob Rathe (Team Garmin - Barracuda)  
ita ITA DNF Jacopo Guarnieri (Astana Pro Team)  
bel BEL DNF Jan Ghyselinck (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne)  
bel BEL DNF Jelle Wallays (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator)  
bel BEL DNF Jens Debusschere (Lotto - Belisol Team)  
ned NED DNF Jens Mouris (GreenEdge Cycling Team)  
gbr GBR DNF Jeremy Hunt (Sky Procycling)  
nzl NZL DNF Jesse Sergent (RadioShack - Nissan)  
esp ESP DNF Jesús Hernández Blazquez (Team Saxo Bank)  
bel BEL DNF Johan Vansummeren (Team Garmin - Barracuda)  
esp ESP DNF Juan José Oroz Ugalde (Euskaltel - Euskadi)  
ned NED DNF Koen De Kort (1t4i)  
bel BEL DNF Kristof Goddaert (Ag2R - La Mondiale)  
den DEN DNS Lars Ytting Bak (Lotto - Belisol Team)  
arg ARG DNF Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Team Saxo Bank)  
bel BEL DNF Maarten Neyens (Lotto - Belisol Team)  
bel BEL DNF Maarten Wynants (Rabobank Cycling Team)  
esp ESP DNF Markel Irizar Aranburu (RadioShack - Nissan)  
ned NED DNF Martijn Maaskant (Team Garmin - Barracuda)  
den DEN DNF Martin Mortensen (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team)  
ita ITA DNF Massimo Graziato (Lampre - ISD)  
aus AUS DNF Matthew Wilson (GreenEdge Cycling Team)  
rus RUS DNF Mikhail Ignatyev (Katusha Team)  
ita ITA DNF Mirko Selvaggi (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team)  
bel BEL DNF Nico Sijmens (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne)  
esp ESP DNF Pablo Urtasun Perez (Euskaltel - Euskadi)  
bel BEL DNF Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing Team)  
ita ITA DNF Pier Paolo De Negri (Farnese Vini - Selle Italia)  
bel BEL DNF Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator)  
ned NED DNF Ramon Sinkeldam (1t4i)  
bel BEL DNF Rob Goris ( – Willems Veranda’s)  
fra FRA DNF Romain Lemarchand (Ag2R - La Mondiale)  
ned NED DNF Ronan Van Zandbeek (1t4i)  
esp ESP DNF Ruben Perez Moreno (Euskaltel - Euskadi)  
bel BEL DNF Sander Cordeel (Lotto - Belisol Team)  
bel BEL DNF Sebastien Delfosse (Landbouwkrediet - Euphony)  
fra FRA DNF Sébastien Hinault (Ag2R - La Mondiale)  
bel BEL DNF Staf Scheirlinckx ( – Willems Veranda’s)  
fra FRA DNF Steve Houanard (Ag2R - La Mondiale)  
bel BEL DNF Steven Van Vooren (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator)  
bel BEL DNF Stijn Neirynck (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator)  
ita ITA DNF Thomas Bertolini (Farnese Vini - Selle Italia)  
nor NOR DNF Thor Hushovd (BMC Racing Team)  
ita ITA DNF Tiziano Dall'antonia (Liquigas - Cannondale)  
ned NED DNF Tom Veelers (1t4i)  
aus AUS DNF Travis Meyer (GreenEdge Cycling Team)  
kaz KAZ DNF Valentin Iglinskiy (Astana Pro Team)  
fra FRA DNF Vincent Jerome (Europcar)  
ukr UKR DNF Vitaliy Buts (Lampre - ISD)  
fra FRA DNF William Bonnet (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat)  
bel BEL DNF Wim De Vocht ( – Willems Veranda’s)  
blr BLR DNF Yauheni Hutarovich (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat)  
jpn JPN DNF Yukiya Arashiro (Europcar)  
fra FRA DNF Yuriy Krivtsov (Lampre - ISD)  
bel BEL DNF Zico Waeytens (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator)  

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