Sébastien Rosseler takes Driedaagese De Panne with time trialling masterclass
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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Sébastien Rosseler takes Driedaagese De Panne with time trialling masterclass

by Ben Atkins at 10:57 AM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling, Spring Classics, Race Reports and Results
 
RadioShack dominates race against the clock in West Flemish stage race once again

sebastien rosselerSébastien Rosseler (RadioShack) secured overall victory in the Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde with a flying performance in this afternoon’s 14.7km time trial around De Panne. The Belgian completed the course in a time of 18’31”, 14 seconds faster than both Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil) and RadioShack teammate Michal Kwiatkowski.

Rosseler started the stage 10 seconds off the race lead and, crucially 8 seconds behind Westra, meaning he wins the race by 6 seconds over the Dutchman.

Only 56 riders surviving this morning’s epic, windy, rainy stage, which meant that many of the favourites for the time trial, including British champion Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) were eliminated. The 14.7km course was based on the seafront promenade and straight boulevards of the North Sea resort, meaning that, while the morning’s rain had passed, the riders were exposed to the same blustery wind that they had been subjected to earlier.

The first rider to start was one of this morning’s big aggressors Boy Van Poppel (UnitedHealthcare), he passed the intermediate sprint point at 10.1km in 13’23”, which was to hold up for a little under 2 minutes until teammate Jake Keough went through in 13’21”; this was eclipsed very shortly though, by Matt Brammeier (HTC-Highroad) who passed in 13’04”.

Van Poppel was able to hold his momentum through to the finish, to cross the line in a highly respectable 20’15”; Keough was faster than his Dutch teammate once more though, going 7 seconds faster in 20’08”.

Brammeier though, had clearly timed his effort even better than the two UnitedHealthcare riders, increasing his lead over both to finish in 19’41”, fully 27 seconds quicker.

A number of riders, many of them sprinters with no interest in the overall result, started and finished without troubling the best time of Brammeier. Another of the morning’s heroes though, in the shape or Federico Canuti (Colnago-CSF), whose late attack had only been pulled in with 2km to go, went through the intermediate checkpoint in 12’47”. The Italian managed to hold his pace to the finish to post a new best time of 19’22”, a full 19 seconds quicker than the Irishman.

Reflecting the relative indifference of some of the sprinters in the time trial and overall classification, Gerard Ciolek (Quick Step) cruised round the course without seeming to make much of a effort; the team minivan that was following him had to do a quick reversing manoeuvre to get around the tight turn at the stage’s mid point; it managed to get around after a quick bit of reversing though, and the German finished in 21’43” and very much last place.

As Canuti came into the finishing straight it was clear that he had managed to hold his pace from the intermediate sprint and crossed the line in 19’22”, 19 seconds faster than Brammeier.

Just to prove that not all of the sprinters were as disinterested in the result as Ciolek, André Greipel (OmegaPharma-Lotto) and John Degenkolb (HTC-Highroad) both posted respectable times, just 20 and 45 seconds slower than Canuti, respectively.

After a long wait, Maciej Bodnar (Liquigas-Cannondale) finally went faster than Canuti at the intermediate checkpoint with 12’43”. Shortly afterwards Greg Henderson (Team Sky) knocked Canuti off the top spot at the finish; the New Zealander’s time of 19’22” was just a tenth of a second quicker than the Italian, after being 3 seconds slower at the intermediate check.

Rick Flens (Rabobank) flew through the intermediate point in 12’31”, while at the finish Bodnar also posted 19’22”, just over half a second outside Henderson’s time, to go into third place.

Flens was not going to allow the trio to sit at the top of the board for long though as he flew through 21 seconds faster in 19’01”; Lagadnous (FDJ) then incredibly became the fourth rider to finish in 19’22”.

Michal Kwiatkowski (RadioShack) went fastest at the intermediate checkpoint with 12’26”; shortly afterwards the best time at the finish was lowered, first by Andriy Grivko (Astana), with 18’55”, then by 2008 World time trial champion Bert Grabsch (HTC-Highroad) with 18’53”.

Clearly on fire though, Sébastien Rosseler (RadioShack) blitzed past the intermediate point in 12’16”, just as teammate Michal Kwiatkowski went fastest at the finish with 18’45”; this was pushed very close by former French time trial champion Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step), but a gearing problem in the finishing straight saw him finish 4 seconds slower than the Pole.

There was drama with just a few kilometres to go as Niki Terpstra (Quick Step) crashed. The Dutchman was sat up, but had a number of people around him, suggesting that he may have incurred an injury that will jeopardise his Ronde van Vlaanderen participation this coming Sunday. He was later seen leaving the Quick Step bus with his arm in a sling, suggesting that he may have broken his collarbone.

Despite having to check his speed slightly to get around Terpstra and the Quick Step car, Rosseler blitzed through the finish in 18’31”.

Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil), who lost his leader’s jersey to Bert De Backer (Skil-Shimano) this morning, thanks to an intermediate sprint bonus, looked to be the bet of the overall contenders; the Dutchman crossed the intermediate checkpoint in 12’27”, just 11 seconds slower than Rosseler. He only led the Belgian by 8 seconds after the morning stage though, and so needed to find a few seconds in the closing kilometres to prevent the RadioShack rider taking the race.

Romain Feillu saw his chances of a strong overall finish disappear with a lacklustre time of 20’41”; Dmitriy Muravyev (RadioShack) put in a creditable 19’01” though, but still missed out on the overall race podium.

Sprinting down the finishing straight, Westra was forced to watch the race slip through his fingers, eventually finishing in 18’45” to take second on the stage but slip to second behind Rosseler in the overall rankings.

De Backer, last to start, was last to finish in 20’15”, slipping him a long way down the overall standings.

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KBC-Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde, Belgium (2.HC) Stage 3b Results: De Panne TT (14.7km)

  Click on the arrowsat the top of the column to sort the race results.
Country Result Name Team Time
bel BEL 1 Sebastien Rosseler (RadioShack) 00:18:34
ned NED 2 Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil-DCM) 00:00:14
pol POL 3 Michal Kwiatkowski (RadioShack) s.t.
fra FRA 4 Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) 00:00:18
ger GER 5 Bert Grabsch (HTC-Highroad) 00:00:22
ukr UKR 6 Andriy Grivko (Astana) 00:00:24
kaz KAZ 7 Dmitriy Muravyev (RadioShack) 00:00:30
ned NED 8 Rick Flens (Rabobank) s.t.
ltu LTU 9 Tomas Vaitkus (Astana) 00:00:34
fra FRA 10 Cyril Lemoine (Saur-Sojasun) 00:00:50
rus RUS 11 Vladimir Gusev (Katusha) 00:00:51
nzl NZL 12 Gregory Henderson (Team Sky) s.t.
ita ITA 13 Federico Canuti (Colnago-CSF Inox) s.t.
pol POL 14 Maciej Bodnar (Liquigas-Cannondale) s.t.
fra FRA 15 Matthieu Ladagnous (Française Des Jeux) s.t.
aus AUS 16 Mark Renshaw (HTC-Highroad) 00:00:57
ita ITA 17 Manuel Quinziato (BMC Racing) 00:01:04
ita ITA 18 Alan Marangoni (Liquigas-Cannondale) 00:01:07
irl IRL 19 Matthew Brammeier (HTC-Highroad) 00:01:10
ger GER 20 John Degenkolb (HTC-Highroad) 00:01:11
ned NED 21 Dennis Van Winden (Rabobank) 00:01:16
ger GER 22 Roger Kluge (Skil-Shimano) 00:01:19
ger GER 23 Andre Greipel (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) 00:01:36
bel BEL 24 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Quick Step) 00:01:37
usa USA 25 Jacob Keough (UnitedHealthcare Presented By Maxxis) s.t.
bel BEL 26 Jens Keukeleire (Cofidis) 00:01:39
bel BEL 27 Stijn Neirynck (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator) 00:01:41
bel BEL 28 Bert De Backer (Skil-Shimano) 00:01:44
ned NED 29 Boy Van Poppel (UnitedHealthcare Presented By Maxxis) s.t.
rus RUS 30 Denis Galimzyanov (Katusha) 00:01:45
ned NED 31 Arnoud Van Groen (Veranda's Willems - Accent) 00:01:48
aus AUS 32 Christopher Sutton (Team Sky) 00:01:50
ger GER 33 Andreas Schillinger (Team Netapp) 00:01:55
fra FRA 34 David Boucher (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) 00:01:56
nor NOR 35 Alexander Kristoff (BMC Racing) 00:01:59
bel BEL 36 Steven Caethoven (Veranda's Willems - Accent) 00:02:01
bel BEL 37 Jens Debusschere (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) s.t.
ltu LTU 38 Aidis Kruopis (Landbouwkrediet) 00:02:03
ned NED 39 Robin Chaigneau (Skil-Shimano) s.t.
aus AUS 40 Graeme Brown (Rabobank) 00:02:06
fra FRA 41 Jimmy Casper (Saur-Sojasun) 00:02:08
fra FRA 42 Romain Feillu (Vacansoleil-DCM) 00:02:10
esp ESP 43 Vicente Reynes Mimo (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) 00:02:20
ita ITA 44 Jacopo Guarnieri (Liquigas-Cannondale) s.t.
fra FRA 45 Sébastien Chavanel (Europcar) 00:02:24
ned NED 46 Kenny Van Hummel (Skil-Shimano) 00:02:26
bel BEL 47 James Vanlandschoot (Veranda's Willems - Accent) 00:02:31
ita ITA 48 Mirco Lorenzetto (Astana) 00:02:54
fra FRA 49 Olivier Bonnaire (Française Des Jeux) 00:02:57
ger GER 50 Gerald Ciolek (Quick Step) 00:03:12
slo SLO DNS Borut Bozic (Vacansoleil-DCM)  
bel BEL DNS Jurgen Roelandts (Omega Pharma-Lotto )  
can CAN DNS Michael Barry (Team Sky)  
aus AUS DNS Mitchell Docker (Skil-Shimano)  
ned NED DNF Niki Terpstra (Quick Step)  
ned NED DNS Tom Leezer (Rabobank)  

Final general classification:

Country Result Name Team Time
bel BEL 1 Sebastien Rosseler (RadioShack) 12:21:26
ned NED 2 Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil-DCM) 00:00:06
pol POL 3 Michal Kwiatkowski (RadioShack) 00:00:14
fra FRA 4 Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) 00:00:18
ger GER 5 Bert Grabsch (HTC-Highroad) 00:00:22
ukr UKR 6 Andriy Grivko (Astana) 00:00:24
kaz KAZ 7 Dmitriy Muravyev (RadioShack) 00:00:26
ned NED 8 Rick Flens (Rabobank) 00:00:30
ltu LTU 9 Tomas Vaitkus (Astana) 00:00:34
fra FRA 10 Cyril Lemoine (Saur-Sojasun) 00:00:50
rus RUS 11 Vladimir Gusev (Katusha) 00:00:51
nzl NZL 12 Gregory Henderson (Team Sky) s.t.
pol POL 13 Maciej Bodnar (Liquigas-Cannondale) s.t.
fra FRA 14 Matthieu Ladagnous (Française Des Jeux) s.t.
aus AUS 15 Mark Renshaw (HTC-Highroad) 00:00:57
ita ITA 16 Manuel Quinziato (BMC Racing) 00:01:04
ita ITA 17 Alan Marangoni (Liquigas-Cannondale) 00:01:07
bel BEL 18 Bert De Backer (Skil-Shimano) 00:01:34
bel BEL 19 Jens Keukeleire (Cofidis) 00:01:39
bel BEL 20 Stijn Neirynck (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator) 00:01:41
ned NED 21 Arnoud Van Groen (Veranda's Willems - Accent) 00:01:42
bel BEL 22 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Quick Step) 00:01:49
ltu LTU 23 Aidis Kruopis (Landbouwkrediet) 00:02:03
ned NED 24 Robin Chaigneau (Skil-Shimano) s.t.
fra FRA 25 Romain Feillu (Vacansoleil-DCM) 00:02:07
ger GER 26 John Degenkolb (HTC-Highroad) 00:02:10
bel BEL 27 James Vanlandschoot (Veranda's Willems - Accent) 00:02:31
esp ESP 28 Vicente Reynes Mimo (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) 00:02:38
fra FRA 29 Sébastien Chavanel (Europcar) 00:02:47
ita ITA 30 Mirco Lorenzetto (Astana) 00:03:14
ger GER 31 Roger Kluge (Skil-Shimano) 00:06:17
ned NED 32 Dennis Van Winden (Rabobank) 00:06:25
ger GER 33 Andre Greipel (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) 00:06:34
aus AUS 34 Christopher Sutton (Team Sky) 00:07:08
rus RUS 35 Denis Galimzyanov (Katusha) 00:07:20
bel BEL 36 Steven Caethoven (Veranda's Willems - Accent) 00:08:27
fra FRA 37 Olivier Bonnaire (Française Des Jeux) 00:09:57
ger GER 38 Andreas Schillinger (Team Netapp) 00:10:11
ita ITA 39 Federico Canuti (Colnago-CSF Inox) 00:12:56
fra FRA 40 Jimmy Casper (Saur-Sojasun) 00:14:37
aus AUS 41 Graeme Brown (Rabobank) 00:14:46
ger GER 42 Gerald Ciolek (Quick Step) 00:15:17
fra FRA 43 David Boucher (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) 00:18:00
ita ITA 44 Jacopo Guarnieri (Liquigas-Cannondale) 00:19:26
ned NED 45 Kenny Van Hummel (Skil-Shimano) 00:19:48
bel BEL 46 Jens Debusschere (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) 00:20:03
irl IRL 47 Matthew Brammeier (HTC-Highroad) 00:21:10
usa USA 48 Jacob Keough (UnitedHealthcare Presented By Maxxis) 00:26:14
nor NOR 49 Alexander Kristoff (BMC Racing) 00:26:36
ned NED 50 Boy Van Poppel (UnitedHealthcare Presented By Maxxis) 00:26:41

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