Rüdiger Selig sprints to first ever professional victory in Binche-Tournai-Binche
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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Rüdiger Selig sprints to first ever professional victory in Binche-Tournai-Binche

by Ben Atkins at 1:32 PM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling, Race Reports and Results
 
Leopard Trek’s German stagiere wins Frank Vandenbroucke memorial race

Leopard TrekRüdiger Selig (Leopard Trek) won the centenary edition of the Binche-Tournai-Binche – Memorial Frank Vandenbroecke to pick up his first ever professional victory. The 22-year-old German, who has been riding as a stagiere for the Luxembourg ProTeam since the beginning of August, beat the far more experienced Baden Cooke (Saxo Bank-SunGard) into second in a bunch sprint at the end of the 202km race. Another stagiere, World under-23 silver medallist Adrien Petit (Cofidis) – who beat Selig into fourth place in Copenhagen – finished third.

“I’m incredibly happy, obviously, and I’m also surprised,” said Selig. “As a stagiere and a sprinter, I know I’m in a position where anything can happen. I anticipate the worst and hope for the best. My result today shows that I have continued to improve late in the season with fourth at Worlds and third in Franco-Belge and now the win today.”

Based on a long loop around the Walloon countryside, close to the French border, followed by four laps of a 16.2km circuit, there were very few natural obstacles on the course. The main difficulty for the peloton to deal with was the strong wind that blew across the course.

“It was heavy racing today between the wind and the attacks,” Selig explained. “I actually got dropped a few times. Luckily, the peloton slowed down between surges, and I was able to make it up to the group again each time.”

The race was dominated by a large breakway group, consisting of David Boucher (Omega Pharma-Lotto), Julien Vermote and Dries Devenyns (both Quick Step), Rick Flens (Rabobank), Maxim Belkov and Willem Wauters (both Vacansoleil-DCM), Nico Sijmens (Cofidis), Simon Geschke (Skil-Shimano), Tony Hurel (Europcar) and Kevin Hulsmans (Donckers Koffie-Jelly Belly). The ten riders escaped just before the halfway point of the course but were never allowed to get more than three minutes ahead, and were reeled in on the finishing

Vermote and Boucher resisted, but were soon captured, and their attack was followed by one frome Maarten Tjallingii (Rabobank) and Cyril Gautier (Europcar). In the final lap Ben Hermans (RadioShack) and Bram Tankink (Rabobank) tried their luck, but were pulled back in the final kilometre and the final sprint was inevitable.

“In the final two kilometres, there is a short cobblestone climb,” explained Selig. “I lost a few positions here. From there, the road curved back onto normal asphalt. I was able to make it back to the top group of sprinters at this point.”

“The last 250 metres were again on cobblestones,” he continued. “This time we went slightly down on the cobbles instead of up. I allowed a gap to open, and I thought my race was over. The other guys on the front kept going faster and faster. Then, they hesitated for a small moment. I was still on my top speed attempting to regain contact, and I kept going at this same rhythm. I passed them all on the right as they were looking at each other.

“They hesitated, and I won.”

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Memorial Frank Vandenbroucke/Binche-Tournai-Binche (1.1) Results: Binche, Belgium (202.1km)

  Click on the arrowsat the top of the column to sort the race results.
Country Result Name Team Time
ger GER 1 Rüdiger Selig (LEOPARD - TREK) 04:21:35
aus AUS 2 Baden Cooke (Saxo Bank-Sungard) s.t.
fra FRA 3 Adrien Petit (Cofidis) s.t.
ita ITA 4 Davide Vigano (LEOPARD - TREK) s.t.
ger GER 5 Roger Kluge (Skil-Shimano) s.t.
bel BEL 6 Ben Hermans (RadioShack) s.t.
bel BEL 7 Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) s.t.
lat LAT 8 Aleksejs Saramotins (Cofidis) s.t.
bel BEL 9 Thomas Vernaeckt (Veranda's Willems - Accent) s.t.
fra FRA 10 Jimmy Engoulvent (Saur-Sojasun) s.t.
bel BEL 11 Michael Van Staeyen (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator) s.t.
ned NED 12 Bram Tankink (Rabobank) s.t.
usa USA 13 Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing) s.t.
bel BEL 14 Jonas Vangenechten (Wallonie - Bruxelles) 00:00:03
bel BEL 15 Davy Commeijne (Landbouwkrediet) s.t.
bel BEL 16 Maarten Wynants (Rabobank) s.t.
fra FRA 17 Yuriy Krivtsov (Ag2r-La Mondiale) s.t.
fra FRA 18 Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) s.t.
ned NED 19 Roy Curvers (Skil-Shimano) s.t.
ger GER 20 Eric Baumann (Team Netapp) s.t.
fra FRA 21 Christophe Laborie (Saur-Sojasun) s.t.
pol POL 22 Michal Kwiatkowski (RadioShack) 00:00:07
bel BEL 23 Dries Devenyns (Quick Step) s.t.
bel BEL 24 Tom Dernies (Lotto - Bodysol - Pôle Continental Wal...) s.t.
fra FRA 25 Saïd Haddou (Europcar) s.t.
bel BEL 26 Gorik Gardeyn (Vacansoleil-DCM) s.t.
bel BEL 27 Edwig Cammaerts (Landbouwkrediet) s.t.
ita ITA 28 Marcello Pavarin (Vacansoleil-DCM) s.t.
bel BEL 29 Jeroen Lepla (Jong Vlaanderen - Bauknecht) s.t.
bel BEL 30 Bert De Waele (Landbouwkrediet) s.t.
bel BEL 31 Laurens De Vreese (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator) 00:00:11
rus RUS 32 Evgeniy Shalunov (RadioShack) s.t.
fra FRA 33 Arnaud Gerard (Française Des Jeux) s.t.
fra FRA 34 Anthony Ravard (Ag2r-La Mondiale) 00:00:14
bel BEL 35 Sebastien Delfosse (Landbouwkrediet) s.t.
fra FRA 36 Maxime Daniel (Saur-Sojasun) s.t.
pol POL 37 Jaroslaw Marycz (Saxo Bank-Sungard) s.t.
bel BEL 38 Dieter Cappelle (Veranda's Willems - Accent) s.t.
fra FRA 39 Axel Domont (Chambery Cyclisme Formation) s.t.
ger GER 40 Johannes Frohlinger (Skil-Shimano) s.t.
ned NED 41 Maarten Tjallingii (Rabobank) s.t.
fra FRA 42 Sébastien Chavanel (Europcar) s.t.
bel BEL 43 Nico Sijmens (Cofidis) s.t.
bel BEL 44 Zico Waeytens (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator) 00:00:19
fra FRA 45 David Boucher (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) s.t.
fra FRA 46 Mathieu Teychenne (Chambery Cyclisme Formation) s.t.
ned NED 47 Robin Chaigneau (Skil-Shimano) s.t.
por POR 48 Manuel Antonio Leal Cardoso (RadioShack) 00:00:26
bel BEL 49 Kevin Van Impe (Quick Step) s.t.
bel BEL 50 Evert Verbist (Veranda's Willems - Accent) s.t.
bel BEL 51 Sven Van Den Houte (Veranda's Willems - Accent) s.t.
can CAN 52 David Veilleux (Europcar) s.t.
fra FRA 53 Arnaud Courteille (Française Des Jeux) 00:00:30
fra FRA 54 Rony Martias (Saur-Sojasun) s.t.
bel BEL 55 Julien Vermote (Quick Step) s.t.
ger GER 56 Andreas Schillinger (Team Netapp) s.t.
bel BEL 57 Gaetan Bille (Wallonie - Bruxelles) s.t.
bel BEL 58 Klaas Lodewyck (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) s.t.
bel BEL 59 Pieter Jacobs (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator) s.t.
bel BEL 60 Gert Dockx (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) s.t.
fin FIN 61 Jussi Veikkanen (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) s.t.
ned NED 62 Jetse Bol (Rabobank) s.t.
aus AUS 63 Wesley Sulzberger (Française Des Jeux) s.t.
fra FRA 64 Romain Lemarchand (Ag2r-La Mondiale) s.t.
fra FRA 65 Cyril Gautier (Europcar) s.t.
ger GER 66 Simon Geschke (Skil-Shimano) s.t.
fra FRA 67 Alexandre Pichot (Europcar) s.t.
bel BEL 68 Jonathan Dufrasnes (Wallonie - Bruxelles) 00:00:42
sui SUI 69 Michael Schar (BMC Racing) 00:00:45
ned NED 70 Reinier Honig (Landbouwkrediet) 00:00:46
bel BEL 71 Romain Zingle (Cofidis) 00:00:49
bel BEL 72 Maxime Monfort (LEOPARD - TREK) 00:00:59
fra FRA 73 Arthur Vichot (Française Des Jeux) 00:01:00
den DEN 74 Andre Steensen (Saxo Bank-Sungard) 00:01:02
ned NED 75 Joost Van Leijen (Vacansoleil-DCM) 00:01:04
den DEN 76 Kasper Larsen Klostergaard (Saxo Bank-Sungard) 00:01:14
bel BEL 77 Jens Keukeleire (Cofidis) 00:01:25
ita ITA 78 Alessandro Ballan (BMC Racing) 00:01:43
fra FRA 79 Arnaud Labbe (Cofidis) 00:02:07
ger GER 80 Marcus Burghardt (BMC Racing) 00:02:11
fra FRA 81 Tony Hurel (Europcar) 00:02:42
fra FRA 82 Damien Gaudin (Europcar) 00:02:44
aus AUS 83 Mitchell Docker (Skil-Shimano) 00:05:59
bel BEL 84 Francesco Vancoppernolle (Jong Vlaanderen - Bauknecht) s.t.
bel BEL 85 Willem Wauters (Vacansoleil-DCM) 00:06:03
ned NED 86 Kenny Van Hummel (Skil-Shimano) s.t.
ita ITA 87 Ivan Santaromita (BMC Racing) s.t.
bel BEL 88 Christophe Premont (Wallonie - Bruxelles) s.t.
bel BEL 89 Olivier Pardini (Wallonie - Bruxelles) 00:06:16
bel BEL 90 Sibrecht Pieters (Jong Vlaanderen - Bauknecht) s.t.
bel BEL 91 Laurent Evrard (Lotto - Bodysol - Pôle Continental Wal...) s.t.
bel BEL 92 Frederique Robert (Quick Step) 00:06:22
sui SUI DNF Andreas Dietziker (Team Netapp)  
fra FRA DNF Arnaud Coyot (Saur-Sojasun)  
bel BEL DNF Axel Gremelpont (Lotto - Bodysol - Pôle Continental Wal...)  
bel BEL DNF Benjamin Gourgue (Landbouwkrediet)  
ned NED DNF Bert-jan Lindeman (Vacansoleil-DCM)  
bel BEL DNF Bjorn Leukemans (Vacansoleil-DCM)  
bel BEL DNF Boris Dron (Lotto - Bodysol - Pôle Continental Wal...)  
ned NED DNF Bram Schmitz (Veranda's Willems - Accent)  
fra FRA DNF Brice Feillu (LEOPARD - TREK)  
ita ITA DNF Cesare Benedetti (Team Netapp)  
ned NED DNF Coen Vermeltfoort (Rabobank)  
fra FRA DNF Cyril Lemoine (Saur-Sojasun)  
aut AUT DNF Daniel Schorn (Team Netapp)  
rsa RSA DNF Daryl Impey (Team Netapp)  
bel BEL DNF Dominique Cornu (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator)  
bel BEL DNF Fabio Polazzi (Wallonie - Bruxelles)  
fra FRA DNF Florent Barle (Cofidis)  
bel BEL DNF Francis De Greef (Omega Pharma-Lotto )  
bel BEL DNF Frédéric Amorison (Landbouwkrediet)  
fra FRA DNF Geoffrey Soupe (Française Des Jeux)  
fra FRA DNF Geoffroy Lequatre (RadioShack)  
bel BEL DNF Gert Steegmans (Quick Step)  
bel BEL DNF Gilles Devillers (Wallonie - Bruxelles)  
aus AUS DNF Graeme Brown (Rabobank)  
swe SWE DNF Gustav Erik Larsson (Saxo Bank-Sungard)  
bel BEL DNF Jan Bakelants (Omega Pharma-Lotto )  
fra FRA DNF Jean-lou Paiani (Saur-Sojasun)  
bel BEL DNF Jelle Wallays (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator)  
fra FRA DNF Jérôme Cousin (Europcar)  
nzl NZL DNF Jesse Sergent (RadioShack)  
sui SUI DNF Johann Tschopp (BMC Racing)  
bel BEL DNF Justin Van Hoecke (Wallonie - Bruxelles)  
bel BEL DNF Kevin Van Melsen (Veranda's Willems - Accent)  
bel BEL DNF Kevin De Weert (Quick Step)  
bel BEL DNF Kevyn Ista (Cofidis)  
bel BEL DNF Kristof Goddaert (Ag2r-La Mondiale)  
lux LUX DNF Laurent Didier (Saxo Bank-Sungard)  
den DEN DNF Mads Christensen (Saxo Bank-Sungard)  
sui SUI DNF Martin Elmiger (Ag2r-La Mondiale)  
fin FIN DNF Matti Helminen (Landbouwkrediet)  
rus RUS DNF Maxim Belkov (Vacansoleil-DCM)  
ger GER DNF Michael Schwarzmann (Team Netapp)  
fra FRA DNF Mickaël Delage (Française Des Jeux)  
bel BEL DNF Nikolas Maes (Quick Step)  
isr ISR DNF Ran Margaliot (Saxo Bank-Sungard)  
ned NED DNF Rick Flens (Rabobank)  
rsa RSA DNF Robert Hunter (RadioShack)  
fra FRA DNF Steve Chainel (Française Des Jeux)  
fra FRA DNF Steve Houanard (Ag2r-La Mondiale)  
sui SUI DNF Steve Morabito (BMC Racing)  
bel BEL DNF Steven Caethoven (Veranda's Willems - Accent)  
bel BEL DNF Steven Van Vooren (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator)  
bel BEL DNF Stijn Devolder (Vacansoleil-DCM)  
bel BEL DNF Sven Vandousselaere (Omega Pharma-Lotto )  
fra FRA DNF Thibaut Pinot (Française Des Jeux)  
fra FRA DNF Thierry Hupond (Skil-Shimano)  
bel BEL DNF Thomas Degand (Veranda's Willems - Accent)  
bel BEL DNF Tim Mertens (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator)  
ger GER DNF Timo Seubert (Team Netapp)  
aus AUS DNF William Clarke (LEOPARD - TREK)  

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