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February 26/12 10:13 am - Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, report and results, Boivin 11th

Posted by Editoress on 02/26/12

Boivin 11th at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne

Team SpiderTech was back in action today in yet another semi-classic race in Belgium, and the team’s overall performance, led by sprinter Guillaume Boivin, is showing that it has the strength to race among the world’s best teams, in the world’s biggest races.

Held each year on the last Sunday of February, the Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne semi-classic race in Belgium is another marquee event on the international road race calendar.

With World Champion sprinter Mark Cavendish (Team Sky) being hailed as the favorite heading into the race, it was expected that this race would end up in a bunch sprint to the finish line. The Kuurne course is less selective than other Belgium classics, such as yesterday’s Omloop, and has always favored the sprinters.  With this in mind, Team SpiderTech brought its top sprinters to the start line: Guillaume Boivin, Keven Lacombe, Martin Gilbert and Hugo Houle.

The race saw a small lead group quickly breaking away to set the pace, while the peloton calmly rolled together. As the gap reached four minutes, the peloton broke in smaller group when the racers hit the more challenging climbs. A small chase group of 25 riders formed, while the peloton, containing the top sprinters, kept a good tempo to remain within safe distances of the lead group.

Once the chase group merged with the lead group, the peloton activated, led by Lotto-Belisol, Vacansoleil-DCM and Team Europcar, and managed to close the gap to less than a minute as the race entered the final circuit. With ten kilometres left in the race the two groups merged, and the sprinters moved up the peloton to prepare for the final kilometre of the race, including Team SpiderTech’s Guillaume Boivin.

Boivin, who has established himself as a leader of Team SpiderTech this season after nursing a knee injury all last year, sprinted to 11th place in the final bunch sprint, narrowly missing the top-10.  Cavendish easily held off Yauheni Hutarovich (FDJ-Big Mat) for the victory.

Steve Bauer, the team’s directeur sportif, was pleased to see his boys be competitive with this world-class field: “Today's race lived up to expectations. It was a big sprint, with all the best guys. I don't think anyone thought the breaks would go to the finish, despite the quality of the riders represented.”

“Our guys did great to have four guys in there in the final, and three together inside the final kilometre. I know the guys are disappointed. They wanted to do better in the sprint. But it doesn't always work out the way you want. Every time the guys sprint at this level though, they learn. And they take those lessons forward to the next races.”

Mark Cavendish, one of the world’s to sprinter and current World Champion, went to take the victory in an easy sprint against Yauheni Hutarovich (FDJ-Big Mat) and Kenny Van Hummel (Vacansoleil-DCM). The victory for the British rider comes in large part thanks to the hard work done by his teammates from Team Sky Pro Cycling, which executed a textbook race finale.

The next race for Team SpiderTech will be the Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen, a three-day stage race, part of the Flanders Classics series in Belgium.

Report Spidertech powered by C10


Results from today's Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne in Belgium

After 195 km
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky Procycling 4:27:30
2 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) FDJ-Big Mat
3 Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
4 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat
5 Alexander Serebryakov (Rus) Team Type 1 - Sanofi
6 Tom Veelers (Ned) Project 1t4i
7 Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Team Europcar
8 Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's
9 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha Team
10 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team
11 Guillaume Boivin (Can) Spidertech powered by C10
12 Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) GreenEdge Cycling Team
13 Manuel Belletti (Ita) Ag2r La Mondiale
14 Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, le credit en ligne
15 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team
16 Adam Blythe (GBr) BMC Racing Team
17 Guillaume Blot (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
18 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Cervelo
19 Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha Team
20 Leif Hoste (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's
21 Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) Team Type 1 - Sanofi
22 Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's
23 Michaël Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
24 Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
25 Steven Caethoven (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's
26 Alexander Porsev (Rus) Katusha Team
27 Davy Commeyne (Bel) Landbouwkrediet
28 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
29 Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia
30 Martin Gilbert (Can) Spidertech powered by C10
31 Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet
32 Timon Seubert (Ger) Team NetApp
33 Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
34 Thomas Leezer (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
35 Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) An Post - Sean Kelly
36 Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
37 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar
38 Robin Stenuit (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole
39 Rony Martias (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
40 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) GreenEdge Cycling Team
41 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky Procycling
42 Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
43 Kevin Lacombe (Can) Spidertech powered by C10
44 James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's
45 Fabio Polazzi (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole
46 Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Team Europcar
47 Edwig Cammaerts (Bel) Cofidis, le credit en ligne
48 Sven Vandousselaere (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
49 Grischa Janorschke (Ger) Team NetApp
50 Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Katusha Team
51 Jean-Lou Paiani (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
52 Michael Schär (Sui) BMC Racing Team
53 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
54 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin-Cervelo
55 Christophe Laborie (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
56 Niels Wytinck (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly
57 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
58 Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly
59 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale
60 Renaud Dion (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
61 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
62 Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
63 Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team
64 Egidijus Juodvalkis (Ltu) Landbouwkrediet
65 Alexey Tsatevitch (Rus) Katusha Team
66 Stijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
67 Roy Curvers (Ned) Project 1t4i
68 David Boucher (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat
69 Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team
70 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia
71 Johan Le Bon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
72 Florent Barle (Fra) Cofidis, le credit en ligne
73 Markus Eichler (Ger) Team NetApp
74 Vicente Reynes Mimo (Esp) Lotto Belisol Team
75 Matti Helminen (Fin) Landbouwkrediet
76 Philippe Legrand (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole
77 Hugo Houle (Can) Spidertech powered by C10
78 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
79 Stijn Ennekens (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly
80 Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling
81 Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin-Cervelo
82 Travis Meyer (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team
83 Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) Team Type 1 - Sanofi
84 Danilo Wyss (Sui) BMC Racing Team
85 Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
86 Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale
87 Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar
88 Kevin Van Impe (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
89 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Esp) Sky Procycling
90 Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team
91 Laszlo Bodrogi (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi
92 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling
93 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale
94 Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol Team
95 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
96 Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Garmin-Cervelo
97 Ole Gabriel Rasch (Nor) FDJ-Big Mat
98 Mark McNally (GBr) An Post - Sean Kelly
99 Laurent Evrard (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole
100 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Rabobank Cycling Team
101 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
102 Jérémie Galland (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
103 Steve Houanard (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale
104 Jetse Bol (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
105 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
106 Koen Barbe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet
107 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
108 Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha Team
109 Martin Elmiger (Sui) Ag2r La Mondiale
110 Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia all s.t.
111 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:20
112 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team s.t.
113 Frederik Willems (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team 0:29
114 Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:35
115 Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team
116 Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ-Big Mat
117 William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat all s.t.
118 Egoitz Garcia Echeguibel (Esp) Cofidis, le credit en ligne 0:40
119 Wouter Mol (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
120 Niko Eeckhout (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly
121 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team all s.t.
122 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Sky Procycling 1:30
123 Matti Breschel (Den) Rabobank Cycling Team 1:46
124 John Degenkolb (Ger) Project 1t4i 1:54
125 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step s.t.
126 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 2:08
127 Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Landbouwkrediet s.t.
128 Aliaksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Katusha Team 2:12
129 Kristof Goddaert (Bel) Ag2r La Mondiale 2:19
130 Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Cofidis, le credit en ligne
131 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar both s.t.
132 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Sky Procycling 3:05
133 Bernard Eisel (Aut) Sky Procycling s.t.
134 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale 3:31
135 Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Type 1 - Sanofi s.t.
136 Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Team NetApp 4:52
137 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Project 1t4i 5:25
138 Oscar Gatto (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia
139 Matthew Wilson (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team both s.t.
DNF David Veilleux (Can) Team Europcar
DNF David Boily (Can) Spidertech powered by C10
DNF Zach Bell (Can) Spidertech powered by C10
DNF Simon Lambert-Lemay (Can) Spidertech powered by C10
DNF Jonathan Patrick McCarty (USA) Spidertech powered by C10


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