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March 21/12 13:18 pm - Dwars door Vlaanderen results

Posted by Editoress on 03/21/12

Terpstra Solos to Victory at Dwars door Vlaanderen
Chavanel Attacks Chase Group, Takes 2nd

Niki Terpstra saw his chance in an eight rider break, attacking with a little more than 30km to go in the 199.5km Dwars door Vlaanderen - a race on Wednesday with 13 climbs - and winning alone as a result. Sylvain Chavanel, meanwhile, played out the race tactics to perfection and gave Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team the 1-2 podium outcome.

"For me, it's the best victory ever together with the 2010 national road championship," Terpstra said. "Today I had super strong legs. Going solo was something I have done in the past, so I know it is possible to finish in a great solo like today. The road to victory was through my Specialized. I really rode a great solo in the final kilometers thanks to my perfect bike. It was a good moment for me before the big classics. Now I want to stay prepared for the next races where I will take part."

Terpstra and teammate Chavanel originally bridged to a 13 rider breakaway, with some members of that break staying away for 86km.

"Sylvain and I worked really well together to catch the first group," Terpstra sai. "When we bridged to the first group we understood immediately there was room to try a big action."

The peloton worked to reel in the break, but Terpstra and Chavanel dragged along six members of the original break as they continued up the road. Terpstra looked strong as he sat on the front of the break though brutal climbs. Terpstra decided to attack on the Patersberg, a 365m climb with 20.3% max ramp and 12.9% average. One rider, Jelle Wallays (Topsport Vlaanderen), tried to stay on Terpstra's wheel, but failed.

"I attacked and I went alone," Terpstra said "I attacked far from the finish. It was maybe a little bit too far, but I knew I had a tailwind. With a headwind, I think it would be impossible to go alone. It was important to make the big effort on the Patersberg, one of the key points of Ronde van Vlaanderen. I am hoping I can be good for the next races and Ronde van Vlaanderen. I had a good feeling when I went alone on the Patersberg."

Chavanel made it a point not to chase in the break as his teammate was up the road. As a result of his work and Terpstra's strength, Terpstra never let the gap get below 40 seconds to the chase group, crossing the line victorious. He earned the 24th win of the season for Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team - 20 of those wins on the road. Terpstra was the 9th different rider to earn a victory. Chavanel, meanwhile, took off on the break with just a few kilometers remaining and beat out Koen De Kort (Project 1t4i) - the only rider able to stick to his wheel- for 2nd place.

"I am really happy," Chavanel said.  "It doesn't matter who is the winner, whether me or Niki. I am super happy for him and the team. For me, the most important thing is I am in good shape after the bronchitis I had. Now I feel better and I look forward to the next races. I will ride E3 Prijs Vlaanderen and then De Panne. Last year at De Panne I was 4th. This year - why not - I will try to do a little bit better in De Panne. There is a TT in the last day of racing. The goal for me and the team will remain Ronde van Vlaanderen, however. I hope to do a good race at that moment."

Omega Pharma-Quick Step press release


Results from today's Dwars door Vlaanderen in Belgium

Roeselare to Waregem, 199.5 km
1 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 4:29:36
2 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:47
3 Koen De Kort (Ned) Project 1t4i
4 Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:51
5 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar 0:53
6 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia 1:00
7 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Garmin-Cervelo 1:05
8 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Rabobank Cycling Team 1:16
9 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale
10 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) GreenEdge Cycling Team
11 Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar
12 Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
13 Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 1:26
14 Imanol Erviti Ollo (Esp) Movistar Team
15 Michael Mørkøv (Den) Team Saxo Bank
16 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team 3:06
17 Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
18 Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's
19 Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Katusha Team
20 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Esp) Movistar Team
21 Saïd Haddou (Fra) Team Europcar
22 Michael Van Stayen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
23 Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Katusha Team
24 Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team
25 Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Team Europcar
26 Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet
27 Jonas Aaen Jorgensen (Nor) Team Saxo Bank
28 Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
29 Guillaume Boivin (Can) Spidertech p/b C10
30 Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team
31 Manuel Belletti (Ita) Ag2r La Mondiale
32 Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Team Europcar
33 Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank
34 Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team
35 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky Procycling
36 Davy Commeyne (Bel) Landbouwkrediet
37 Davide Vigano (Ita) Lampre - ISD
38 Nikolai Trusov (Rus) RusVelo
39 Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team NetApp
40 Maarten Neyens (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team
41 Blaz Jarc (Slo) Team NetApp
42 Iljo Keisse (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
43 Kristof Goddaert (Bel) Ag2r La Mondiale
44 James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's
45 Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale
46 Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
47 Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
48 Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's
49 Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
50 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Cervelo
51 Tom Veelers (Ned) Project 1t4i
52 Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha Team
53 Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) An Post - Sean Kelly
54 Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
55 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
56 Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) Team Saxo Bank
57 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Esp) Movistar Team
58 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky Procycling
59 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia
60 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
61 Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar
62 Egidijus Juodvalkis (Ltu) Landbouwkrediet
63 Jacob Rathe (USA) Garmin-Cervelo
64 Luke Rowe (GBr) Sky Procycling
65 Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet
66 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team
67 Andy Cappelle (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's
68 Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
69 Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin-Cervelo
70 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
71 Brian Vandborg (Den) Spidertech p/b C10
72 Christian Knees (Ger) Sky Procycling
73 Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team
74 Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Team NetApp
75 Troels Ronning Vinther (Den) Team Saxo Bank
76 Gregor Gazvoda (Slo) Ag2r La Mondiale
77 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team
78 Frederik Willems (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team
79 Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Movistar Team
80 Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
81 Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky Procycling
82 Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia
83 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
84 Cameron Wurf (Aus) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
85 Koen Barbe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet
86 Hugo Houle (Can) Spidertech p/b C10
87 Timon Seubert (Ger) Team NetApp
88 Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
89 Dmitriy Kozontchuk (Rus) RusVelo
90 Leif Hoste (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's
91 Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet
92 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
93 Marcello Pavarin (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
94 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
95 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Esp) Rabobank Cycling Team
96 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
97 Oscar Freire Gomez (Esp) Katusha Team
98 Thomas Leezer (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
99 David Veilleux (Can) Team Europcar
100 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
101 Matthew Goss (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team
102 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Garmin-Cervelo
103 Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
104 Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Cervelo
105 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 4:13
DNF Ryan Andreson (Can) Spidertech p/b C10
DNF Martin Gilbert (Can) Spidertech p/b C10
DNF Keven Lacombe (Can) Spidertech p/b C10
DNF Simon Lambert-Lemay (Can) Spidertech p/b C10
DNF Brian Vanborg (Den) Spidertech p/b C10/td>


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