Robbie McEwen shows good end-of-season form with Wallonie-Picarde win
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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Robbie McEwen shows good end-of-season form with Wallonie-Picarde win

by Shane Stokes at 3:49 PM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling, Race Reports and Results
Defending champion Adam Blythe nets second, stagiaire Selig in third

Robbie McEwenFour days after a world road race championship that he had hoped to compete in but missed out on selection for, Robbie McEwen has shown strong form in landing a late-season win and leader’s jersey. The Australian RadioShack rider blazed home first on day one of the Tour de Wallonie Picarde (previously called the Circuit Franco-Belge), finishing first in Péruwelz ahead of 2010 race winner Adam Blythe (Omega Pharma – Lotto) and the Leopard Trek rider Rüdiger Selig.

“My teammates brought me in a perfect position,” he said afterwards, pleased to back on the podium. “Sky was pulling for Russell Downing. Behind their trio of Sutton, Henderson and Downing, Blyth was there with his teammate Vandousselaere. I was in the wheel of Blyth, who accelerated. I could easily go around him and his team-mate.

“My sprint was very regular, no explosiveness, but I continuously accelerated. I had to as the last 150 meters were really uphill. I could keep up my pace and won quite easily. This makes me third victory of the season.”

The result saw Blythe end the day four seconds off McEwen, and well positioned to push for the jersey in the days ahead.

Selig finished just off the podium in last week’s world under 23 championships, and so Leopard Trek directeur sportif Torsten Schmidt said that he knew the stagiaire could perform today. “We expected the race to end in a bunch sprint as it did,” he stated. “The finish was a little bit uphill, and it had a similar quality to the finish at the World Championships. Selig finished fourth in the U23 race at Worlds, so I knew this was a good sprint for him.”

Rapid start, long break:

Racing was aggressive from the drop of the flag, with several moves going clear but being unable to stay away. One of those which clipped away from the bunch was a break containing Sky Procycling’s Mathew Hayman, Christophe Premont (Wallonie Bruxelles) and Pieter Jacobs (Topsport Vlaanderen). After these were brought back, more attacks were fired off.

After approximately 55 kilometres, Ag2r La Mondiale competitor David Lelay (AG2R), Ronan Van Zandbeek (Skil/Shimano) and Jonathan Dewitte (Wallonie – Bruxelles) snapped the elastic and, 25 kilometres later, had built a six and a half minute lead. This prompted the bunch to hit the gas, and the trio were caught on the finishing circuit.

McEwen and his team did things perfectly at the finish, and crossed the line first. “With Sam Bewley, Michal Kwiatkowski and Gregory Rast I still had three teammates with me,” he explained. “Rast and Kwiatkowski brought me through the last kilometer and then Kwiatkowski guided me to sixth position to start the sprint. It was an ideal situation for me.”

He said that winning the race is not his top goal, with getting ready for Paris-Tours being his main priority. Still, he will ride as well as possible and then see where he ends up.

The four day, 2.1- ranked race continues tomorrow with a 159.2 kilometre stage from Menin to Poperinge.


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Tour de Wallonie Picarde (2.1) Stage One Results: Mouscron to Péruwelz (178.2km)

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Country Result Name Team Time
aus AUS 1 Robbie Mcewen (RadioShack) 04:03:18
gbr GBR 2 Adam Blythe (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) s.t.
ger GER 3 Rüdiger Seelig (LEOPARD - TREK) s.t.
fra FRA 4 Nacer Bouhanni (Française Des Jeux) s.t.
bel BEL 5 Michael Van Staeyen (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator) s.t.
bel BEL 6 Sep Vanmarcke (Garmin-Cervelo) s.t.
ned NED 7 Tom Veelers (Skil-Shimano) s.t.
gbr GBR 8 Russell Downing (Team Sky) s.t.
ned NED 9 Koen De Kort (Skil-Shimano) s.t.
bel BEL 10 Nikolas Maes (Quick Step) s.t.
fra FRA 11 Adrien Petit (Cofidis) s.t.
blr BLR 12 Yauheni Hutarovich (Française Des Jeux) s.t.
aus AUS 13 Baden Cooke (Saxo Bank-Sungard) s.t.
fra FRA 14 Cyril Lemoine (Saur-Sojasun) s.t.
ned NED 15 Pim Ligthart (Vacansoleil-DCM) s.t.
bel BEL 16 Jonas Vangenechten (Wallonie - Bruxelles) s.t.
bel BEL 17 Joeri Stallaert (Landbouwkrediet) s.t.
bel BEL 18 Maxime Vantomme (Katusha) s.t.
bel BEL 19 Davy Commeijne (Landbouwkrediet) s.t.
ita ITA 20 Pier Paolo De Negri (Farnese Vini-Neri-Sottoli) s.t.
fra FRA 21 Rony Martias (Saur-Sojasun) s.t.
ned NED 22 Coen Vermeltfoort (Rabobank) s.t.
ned NED 23 Bram Tankink (Rabobank) s.t.
bel BEL 24 Kevyn Ista (Cofidis) s.t.
usa USA 25 Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing) s.t.
bel BEL 26 Sven Vandousselaere (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) s.t.
rus RUS 27 Alexander Mironov (Katusha) s.t.
bel BEL 28 Benjamin Verraes (Jong Vlaanderen - Bauknecht) s.t.
fra FRA 29 Arnaud Coyot (Saur-Sojasun) s.t.
bel BEL 30 Kurt Hovelijnck (Donckers Koffie - Jelly Belly Cycling ...) s.t.
fra FRA 31 Matthieu Ladagnous (Française Des Jeux) s.t.
bel BEL 32 Tom Dernies (Lotto - Bodysol - Pôle Continental Wal...) s.t.
gbr GBR 33 Daniel Lloyd (Garmin-Cervelo) s.t.
usa USA 34 Daniel Summerhill (Garmin-Cervelo) s.t.
aus AUS 35 Christopher Sutton (Team Sky) s.t.
bel BEL 36 Pieter Jacobs (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator) s.t.
bel BEL 37 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Quick Step) s.t.
bel BEL 38 Gijs Van Hoecke (Omega Pharma-Lotto-Davo) s.t.
fra FRA 39 Jean-lou Paiani (Saur-Sojasun) s.t.
bel BEL 40 Sebastien Delfosse (Landbouwkrediet) s.t.
fra FRA 41 Yoann Offredo (Française Des Jeux) s.t.
bel BEL 42 Frederique Robert (Quick Step) s.t.
bel BEL 43 Boris Dron (Lotto - Bodysol - Pôle Continental Wal...) s.t.
ita ITA 44 Davide Vigano (LEOPARD - TREK) s.t.
aus AUS 45 Mathew Hayman (Team Sky) s.t.
ita ITA 46 Andrea Guardini (Farnese Vini-Neri-Sottoli) s.t.
rus RUS 47 Vladimir Gusev (Katusha) s.t.
bel BEL 48 Steven Caethoven (Veranda's Willems - Accent) s.t.
esp ESP 49 Daniel Moreno Fernandéz (Katusha) s.t.
sui SUI 50 Gregory Rast (RadioShack) s.t.
sui SUI 51 Michael Schar (BMC Racing) s.t.
bel BEL 52 Jonathan Dufrasnes (Wallonie - Bruxelles) s.t.
bel BEL 53 Dries Devenyns (Quick Step) s.t.
bel BEL 54 Jens Keukeleire (Cofidis) s.t.
ger GER 55 Andreas Stauff (Quick Step) s.t.
bel BEL 56 Gert Dockx (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) s.t.
ger GER 57 Andreas Klier (Garmin-Cervelo) s.t.
can CAN 58 Dominique Rollin (Française Des Jeux) s.t.
bel BEL 59 Gorik Gardeyn (Vacansoleil-DCM) s.t.
ita ITA 60 Elia Favilli (Farnese Vini-Neri-Sottoli) s.t.
nor NOR 61 Gabriel Rasch (Garmin-Cervelo) s.t.
fra FRA 62 Jimmy Engoulvent (Saur-Sojasun) s.t.
lux LUX 63 Laurent Didier (Saxo Bank-Sungard) s.t.
bel BEL 64 Wim De Vocht (Veranda's Willems - Accent) s.t.
ger GER 65 Grischa Niermann (Rabobank) s.t.
fra FRA 66 Cyril Gautier (Europcar) s.t.
ger GER 67 Dominik Klemme (LEOPARD - TREK) s.t.
fra FRA 68 Florent Barle (Cofidis) s.t.
bel BEL 69 Kevin Hulsmans (Donckers Koffie - Jelly Belly Cycling ...) s.t.
bel BEL 70 Kevin Thome (Lotto - Bodysol - Pôle Continental Wal...) s.t.
ltu LTU 71 Egidijus Juodvalkis (Landbouwkrediet) s.t.
bel BEL 72 Stijn Devolder (Vacansoleil-DCM) s.t.
fra FRA 73 Sébastien Chavanel (Europcar) s.t.
fra FRA 74 Arnaud Labbe (Cofidis) s.t.
fra FRA 75 David Boucher (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) s.t.
bel BEL 76 Gilles Devillers (Wallonie - Bruxelles) s.t.
ned NED 77 Ronan Van Zandbeek (Skil-Shimano) s.t.
bel BEL 78 Christophe Premont (Wallonie - Bruxelles) s.t.
fra FRA 79 Geoffroy Lequatre (RadioShack) s.t.
ita ITA 80 Marcello Pavarin (Vacansoleil-DCM) s.t.
bel BEL 81 Jens Keukeleire (Cofidis) s.t.
bel BEL 82 Romain Zingle (Cofidis) s.t.
ned NED 83 Jetse Bol (Rabobank) s.t.
ned NED 84 Stefan Van Dijk (Veranda's Willems - Accent) s.t.
fra FRA 85 Arnaud Gerard (Française Des Jeux) s.t.
bel BEL 86 Kristof Goddaert (Ag2r-La Mondiale) s.t.
fra FRA 87 Thomas Damuseau (Skil-Shimano) s.t.
bel BEL 88 Laurent Evrard (Lotto - Bodysol - Pôle Continental Wal...) s.t.
fra FRA 89 Christophe Laborie (Saur-Sojasun) s.t.
gbr GBR 90 Roger Hammond (Garmin-Cervelo) s.t.
ned NED 91 Bert-jan Lindeman (Vacansoleil-DCM) s.t.
bel BEL 92 Frederik Willems (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) s.t.
nzl NZL 93 Jesse Sergent (RadioShack) s.t.
fra FRA 94 Brice Feillu (LEOPARD - TREK) s.t.
rus RUS 95 Arkimedes Arguelyes Rodriges (Katusha) s.t.
fra FRA 96 Alexandre Pichot (Europcar) s.t.
ned NED 97 Rick Flens (Rabobank) s.t.
bel BEL 98 Edwig Cammaerts (Landbouwkrediet) s.t.
fin FIN 99 Kjell Carlström (Team Sky) s.t.
aus AUS 100 Michael Rogers (Team Sky) s.t.
rus RUS 101 Evgeniy Shalunov (RadioShack) s.t.
bel BEL 102 Nico Sijmens (Cofidis) s.t.
fra FRA 103 Romain Lemarchand (Ag2r-La Mondiale) s.t.
bel BEL 104 Eliot Lietaer (Efc - Quickstep Cycling Team) s.t.
can CAN 105 David Veilleux (Europcar) s.t.
fra FRA 106 Frédéric Guesdon (Française Des Jeux) s.t.
bel BEL 107 Maarten Wynants (Rabobank) s.t.
fra FRA 108 Cédric Pineau (Française Des Jeux) s.t.
bel BEL 109 Nico Sijmens (Cofidis) s.t.
bel BEL 110 Stijn Neirynck (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator) s.t.
fra FRA 111 Maxime Daniel (Saur-Sojasun) s.t.
sui SUI 112 Steve Morabito (BMC Racing) s.t.
bel BEL 113 Jelle Vanendert (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) s.t.
ger GER 114 Marcus Burghardt (BMC Racing) s.t.
ger GER 115 Linus Gerdemann (LEOPARD - TREK) s.t.
fra FRA 116 David Lelay (Ag2r-La Mondiale) s.t.
bel BEL 117 Jelle Wallays (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator) s.t.
bel BEL 118 Willem Wauters (Vacansoleil-DCM) s.t.
ita ITA 119 Matteo Montaguti (Ag2r-La Mondiale) s.t.
ita ITA 120 Alessandro Ballan (BMC Racing) s.t.
bel BEL 121 Francesco Vancoppernolle (Jong Vlaanderen - Bauknecht) s.t.
fra FRA 122 Saïd Haddou (Europcar) s.t.
bel BEL 123 Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator) s.t.
ita ITA 124 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ag2r-La Mondiale) s.t.
pol POL 125 Michal Kwiatkowski (RadioShack) s.t.
bel BEL 126 Jurgen Vandewalle (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) s.t.
sui SUI 127 Martin Elmiger (Ag2r-La Mondiale) s.t.
bel BEL 128 Sean De Bie (Ovyta - Eijssen Acrog ) s.t.
bel BEL 129 Julien Vermote (Quick Step) s.t.
bel BEL 130 Ben Hermans (RadioShack) s.t.
rus RUS 131 Mikhail Ignatyev (Katusha) s.t.
fin FIN 132 Jussi Veikkanen (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) s.t.
esp ESP 133 Juan Antonio Flecha (Team Sky) s.t.
bel BEL 134 Thomas Degand (Veranda's Willems - Accent) s.t.
sui SUI 135 Mathias Frank (BMC Racing) s.t.
bel BEL 136 Fabio Polazzi (Wallonie - Bruxelles) s.t.
fra FRA 137 Steve Houanard (Ag2r-La Mondiale) s.t.
den DEN 138 Andre Steensen (Saxo Bank-Sungard) s.t.
bel BEL 139 Antoine Demoitie (Lotto - Bodysol - Pôle Continental Wal...) s.t.
fra FRA 140 Damien Gaudin (Europcar) s.t.
bel BEL 141 Baptiste Planckaert (Landbouwkrediet) s.t.
bel BEL 142 Gregory Habeaux (Veranda's Willems - Accent) s.t.
bel BEL 143 James Vanlandschoot (Veranda's Willems - Accent) s.t.
ita ITA 144 Leonardo Giordani (Farnese Vini-Neri-Sottoli) s.t.
den DEN 145 Kasper Larsen Klostergaard (Saxo Bank-Sungard) s.t.
bel BEL 146 Jurgen Van Goolen (Veranda's Willems - Accent) s.t.
swe SWE 147 Gustav Erik Larsson (Saxo Bank-Sungard) s.t.
jpn JPN 148 Takashi Miyazawa (Farnese Vini-Neri-Sottoli) s.t.
gbr GBR 149 Ian Stannard (Team Sky) s.t.
fra FRA 150 Tony Hurel (Europcar) s.t.
fra FRA 151 Matthieu Sprick (Skil-Shimano) s.t.
bel BEL 152 Wilfried Cretskens (Donckers Koffie - Jelly Belly Cycling ...) s.t.

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