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August 31/12 9:35 am - World Ports Classic: Stage 1 results

Posted by Editoress on 08/31/12

Boonen Wins Following Team Effort

After Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team put all its efforts into making the front echelon group in the 201km first stage of World Ports Classic — a race in its first year — Tom Boonen sealed off the complete team effort by winning the group sprint on Friday.

Boonen came around Andre Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) on the left side just meters before the line to take the victory. Alexander Kristoff (Katusha Team) was 3rd.

OPQS rider Andrew Fenn had been in a two-rider break until 2.7km remained, attacking out of the front group with 32km to go. He and Michael Morkov (Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) had about 30" of a gap over the Boonen chase group at the most. Eventually, a second chase group that included Greipel caught the Boonen group, setting up an exciting final sprint with the top sprinters of the race.

Even Florian Senechal, stagiaire for OPQS, was in the lead group protecting Boonen for the field sprint in the final kilometers.

"The race was super fast immediately," Boonen said after his victory. "In the first hour, the speed was something like 54km/h, but I was always in the front with the team. When the group split up, I was in the first echelon. We worked together. We lost a lot of riders on the road with the split, but then in the final kilometers we stopped pushing for a little bit and the 2nd group came back. Trentin and Keisse were in that group. All of the guys worked for me, and the result ended up perfect. I won the race — a hard race with a lot of crosswinds — so I am happy with the result. When the race is hard like that, we are a team built for those races. I like it. Tomorrow, I think it will be different. Normally there will be a headwind instead of the crosswind like today. It will be easier to control and normally there would be a bunch sprint."

Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling report


Results from the first stage of the World Ports Classic in the Netherlands

Stage 1: Rotterdam to Antwerpen, 201 km
1 Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) 3:56:57
2 André Greipel (Lotto-Belisol Team)
3 Alexander Kristoff (Katusha Team)
4 Blaz Jarc (Team Netapp)
5 Mark Renshaw (Rabobank Cycling Team)
6 Steele Von Hoff (Garmin - Sharp)
7 Jonathan Cantwell (Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank)
8 Michael Van Staeyen (Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator)
9 Guillaume Boivin (Spidertech powered by C10)
10 Daniel Schorn (Team Netapp)
11 Benjamin Verraes (Accent Jobs-Willems Veranda’s)
12 Renaud Dion (Bretagne - Schuller)
13 Greg van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team)
14 Stijn Neirynck (Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator)
15 Roy Curvers (Team Argos-Shimano)
16 Florian Vachon (Bretagne - Schuller)
17 Tom Veelers (Team Argos-Shimano)
18 Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil-DCM)
19 Oscar Freire (Katusha Team)
20 Lars Ytting Bak (Lotto-Belisol Team)
21 Willem Wauters (Vacansoleil-DCM)
22 Tristan Valentin (Cofidis, le credit en ligne)
23 Guillaume van Keirsbulck (Omega Pharma-Quick Step)
24 Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator)
25 Kasper Klostergaard-Larsen (Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank)
26 Nikolas Maes (Omega Pharma-Quick Step)
27 Marcel Kittel (Team Argos-Shimano)
28 Bert de Backer (Team Argos-Shimano)
29 Gerald Ciolek (Omega Pharma-Quick Step)
30 Gijs Van Hoecke (Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator)
31 Florian Senechal (Omega Pharma-Quick Step)
32 Karsten Kroon (Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank)
33 Michael Morkov (Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank)
34 Graeme Brown (Rabobank Cycling Team)
35 Adam Blythe (BMC Racing Team)
36 Thomas Leezer (Rabobank Cycling Team)
37 Murilo Antoniobil Fischer (Garmin - Sharp)
38 Geoffroy Lequatre (Bretagne - Schuller)
39 Andrew Fenn (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) all s.t.
40 Marcel Sieberg (Lotto-Belisol Team) 0:08
41 Tosh van der Sande (Lotto-Belisol Team) 0:09
42 Théo Bos (Rabobank Cycling Team) 0:40
43 Roger Kluge (Team Argos-Shimano) 0:47
44 Ramon Sinkeldam (Team Argos-Shimano) 0:50
45 Iljo Keisse (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) 1:05
46 Matteo Trentin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) s.t.
47 Laszlo Bodrogi (Team Type 1-Sanofi) 10:37
48 Stefan Van Dijk (Accent Jobs-Willems Veranda’s) 11:19
49 Robin Stenuit (Wallonie Bruxelles - C.A)
50 Sébastien Rosseler (Garmin - Sharp)
51 Martijn Verschoor (Team Type 1-Sanofi)
52 Adrien Petit (Cofidis, le credit en ligne)
53 Nathan Haas (Garmin - Sharp)
54 Rick Flens (Rabobank Cycling Team)
55 Alessandro Vanotti (Liquigas-Cannondale)
56 Jacob Rathe (Garmin - Sharp)
57 Baptiste Planckaert (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony)
58 Patrick Gretsch (Team Argos-Shimano)
59 Tom Scully (Garmin - Sharp)
60 Tim Mertens (Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator)
61 Fréderique Robert (Lotto-Belisol Team)
62 Tom Stamsnijder (Team Argos-Shimano) all s.t.
63 Jonathan Breyne (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony) 26:17
64 Kurt Hovelynck (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony)
65 Maxime Vantomme (Katusha Team)
66 Andre Schulze (Team Netapp)
67 Michael Schwarzmann (Team Netapp)
68 Jan Barta (Team Netapp)
69 Christian Patron (Wallonie Bruxelles - C.A)
70 Philippe Legrand (Wallonie Bruxelles - C.A)
71 Marcus Burghardt (BMC Racing Team)
72 Markus Eichler (Team Netapp)
73 Alessandro Bazzana (Team Type 1-Sanofi)
74 Marco Pinotti (BMC Racing Team)
75 Dirk Bellemakers (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony)
76 Sjef de Wilde (Accent Jobs-Willems Veranda’s)
77 Kevin Claeys (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony)
78 Andreas Schillinger (Team Netapp)
79 Vegard Stake Laengen (Team Type 1-Sanofi)
80 Bjorn Selander (Spidertech powered by C10)
81 Kenny De Haes (Lotto-Belisol Team)
82 Jean-Pierre Drucker (Accent Jobs-Willems Veranda’s)
83 Jean Luc Delpech (Bretagne - Schuller)
84 Kévin Thome (Wallonie Bruxelles - C.A)
85 James Vanlandschoot (Accent Jobs-Willems Veranda’s)
86 Koen Barbe (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony)
87 Guillaume Blot (Bretagne - Schuller)
88 Arnoud Van Groen (Accent Jobs-Willems Veranda’s)
89 Kristijan Koren (Liquigas-Cannondale)
90 Reinier Honig (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony)
91 Olivier Chevalier (Wallonie Bruxelles - C.A)
92 Marco Benfatto (Liquigas-Cannondale)
93 Arnaud Labbe (Cofidis, le credit en ligne)
94 Fabio Sabatini (Liquigas-Cannondale)
95 Quentin Bertholet (Wallonie Bruxelles - C.A)
96 Jetse Bol (Rabobank Cycling Team)
97 Daniele Aldegheri (Liquigas-Cannondale)
98 Johan Le Bon (Bretagne - Schuller)
99 Martin Kohler (BMC Racing Team)
100 Rüdiger Selig (Katusha Team)
101 Kenny Robert van Hummel (Vacansoleil-DCM)
102 Matthias Krizek (Liquigas-Cannondale)
103 Juraj Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale)
104 Francois Parisien (Spidertech powered by C10)
105 Maxim Belkov (Katusha Team)
106 Julien Fouchard (Cofidis, le credit en ligne)
107 Daniel Oss (Liquigas-Cannondale)
108 Manuel Quinziato (BMC Racing Team)
109 Marco Haller (Katusha Team)
110 Daniele Colli (Team Type 1-Sanofi)
111 Jonas Aaen Jorgensen (Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank)
112 Romain Zingle (Cofidis, le credit en ligne)
113 Luke Roberts (Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank)
114 Jaroslaw Marycz (Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank)
115 Danilo Wyss (BMC Racing Team)
116 Nikita Novikov (Vacansoleil-DCM)
117 Alexander Porsev (Katusha Team)
118 Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil-DCM)
119 Maarten Wynants (Rabobank Cycling Team)
120 Jos van Emden (Rabobank Cycling Team)
121 Christopher Juul-Jensen (Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank)
122 Tom Van Asbroeck (Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator)
123 Ryan Anderson (Spidertech powered by C10)
124 Sep Vanmarcke (Garmin - Sharp)
125 Steven Van Vooren (Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator)
126 Martin Gilbert (Spidertech powered by C10)
127 Gregory Henderson (Lotto-Belisol Team)
128 Robert Hunter (Garmin - Sharp)
129 Vladimir Isaichev (Katusha Team)
130 Alexander Serebryakov (Team Type 1-Sanofi)
131 Simon Lambert-Lemay (Spidertech powered by C10)
132 Jan Ghyselinck (Cofidis, le credit en ligne) all s.t.
OTL Jonathan Patrick Mc Carty (Spidertech powered by C10)
OTL Mathieu Halleguen (Bretagne - Schuller)
OTL Jacek Morajko (Vacansoleil-DCM)
OTL Jerome Gilbert (Accent Jobs-Willems Veranda's)
OTL Timothy Stevens (Accent Jobs-Willems Veranda's)
OTL Cesare Benedetti (Team Netapp)
OTL Erwann Corbel (Cofidis, le credit en ligne)
DNF Jurgen van de Walle (Lotto-Belisol Team)
DNF Fabio Polazzi (Wallonie Bruxelles - C.A)
DNF Antoine Duchesne (Spidertech powered by C10)
DNF Joeri Stallaert (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony)
DNF Javier Megias Leal (Team Type 1-Sanofi)
DNF Filippo Fortin (Team Type 1-Sanofi)
DNF Aleksejs Saramotins (Cofidis, le credit en ligne)
DNF Barry Markus (Vacansoleil-DCM)
DNF Sven Vandousselaere (Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator)
DNF Justin Van Hoecke (Wallonie Bruxelles - C.A)
DNF Kris Boeckmans (Vacansoleil-DCM)


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