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March 2/14 13:17 pm - Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne: Boonen wins

Posted by Editoress on 03/2/14

Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team raced 197km Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne to perfection on Sunday. Sensing a delay in the peloton on the Oude Kwaremont, Stijn Vandenbergh accelerated on the front when OPQS happened to be in good position nearby at about 73km to go.

Catching most teams in a vulnerable moment, OPQS and Belkin Pro Cycling Team took advantage of the unexpected situation, causing a 10-rider race split with a few riders up the road in a breakaway. Vandenbergh, Guillaume Van Keirsbulck, Matteo Trentin, Tom Boonen, and Nikolas Maes worked brilliantly together as they quickly established a gap on a peloton that was slow to react. They caught the breakaway and kept the tempo high.

This turned out to be the action of the day. The gap stayed at about a minute for the remainder of the race thanks to a lead group that worked very well together. Maes was able to stay with Boonen until the sprint, while Vandenbergh, Van Keirsbulck, and Trentin put in tremendous work to maintain the gap, and also neutralize an attack by Maarten Wynants (Belkin Pro Cycling Team) with 3.6km to go. OPQS remained calm on the front and once Wynants was caught, even Vandenbergh was able to get a small gap on the field before he was caught with a little more than a kilometer to go.

The lead group then spread across the road approaching the final sprint. Boonen, who was well protected by Maes, launched his sprint early. He was able to hold his power to the line and added a bike throw for good measure. His victory was truly one that can be credited to the entire team as the tactics, and the efforts of all riders, were flawless.

Moreno Hofland (Belkin ProCycling Team) was 2nd, and Sep Vanmarcke (Belkin ProCycling Team) was third. Vandenbergh — after working on the front all day and causing the initial split — was 5th, Van Keirsbulck 7th, Maes 8th, and Trentin 9th after giving his all to catch back onto the group with a kilometer remaining.

OPQS now has 13 wins in 2014, in three disciplines. Tom Boonen has three of those wins, and 11 of the wins were on the road.

“I’m very happy about this victory especially if I think about yesterday’s race," Tom Boonen said. "Today I felt good the entire day, I was completely recovered and this was a good sign. We did our race, we controlled the other teams and then on the Oude Kwaremont we accelerated. To be honest it wasn’t something programmed. Stijn Vandenbergh did a good tempo and at the top, after the false flat, we realized that we were all in the front. So we upped the pace and we went. It was still far from the finish and maybe a bit risky, but also the other teams who had to chase were tired. Fortunately we had three Belkin riders in the group and they really work hard with us. Everybody in the group worked hard to go to the finish. We all believed in this action. To me it was better to arrive in a small group instead of facing a bunch sprint, so we made the race hard. In the final I was a bit nervous because we could only lose this race with five of us in the front. In the last 20 kilometers we started to think about the sprint. I was expecting more attacks but there was a lot of wind and it wasn’t easy to attack. I have to thank the whole team. We showed once again that we are a good group. Aftet the winter I understood that I was ok, that I was ready for a good season. I won at Tour of Qatar but of course this race in my home country has a special taste, even if it doesn't change a lot. As usual we will check the ’the balance' of my first part of the season after Roubaix, but of course this weekend makes me confident for the upcoming weeks.”

"It was very nice to have five guys in a group of 10 riders," Vandenbergh, the rider who caused the split, said after the race. "At the Oude Kwaremont we had picked up the tempo and happened to get a gap. After that, with the wind it was a little bit like racing in Qatar. We did a good job, and all of the riders in the breakaway worked well together. It was a hard race. Not hard like yesterday with the rain and the cold, but when you are in front you have to ride hard to maintain the gap. Yesterday we did a good job, but lost some guys due to the cold. Today we showed we are one of the strongest teams for the Classics. That's a good sign for us, but also for Tom to show he is back on the level of a couple years ago. It's good for his confidence, and a day like today is good for the confidence of the whole team."

"We have a really strong team, and I think after Tour of Qatar we gave another demonstration of just how strong the team is," OPQS CEO Patrick Lefevere said. "We are a Belgian team, we have Belgian sponsors, so of course doing well in a Belgian race is important. But it's everyone on the team who wants to win — a group of diverse nationalities. I am happy not just that we won today, but it's the way we won. As for Tom Boonen, he is back on the level that he was in 2012, the level everyone knows. I am very proud of the team effort today and that Tom was able to complete the job."


Press release




Kuurne to Kuurne, 197 km
1 Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team 4:28:50
2 Moreno Hofland (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
3 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
4 Yves Lampaert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise
5 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team
6 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team all s.t.
7 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:02
8 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team s.t.
9 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:04
10 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin Sharp s.t.
11 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha 1:24
12 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling
13 Baptiste Plackaert (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole
14 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol
15 Paul Voss (Ger) Team Netapp – Endura
16 Olivier Chevalier (Bel) Wallonie – Bruxelles
17 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team Giant-Shimano
18 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) AG2R La Mondiale
19 Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole
20 James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Wanty – Groupe Gobert
21 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Vastgoedservice – Golden Palace Continental Team
22 Arnaud Demare (Fra)
23 Gert Joeaar (Est) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
24 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
25 Tom Dernies (Bel) Wallonie – Bruxelles
26 Yoann Offredo (Fra)
27 Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Team Katusha
28 Kenneth Van Bilsen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise
29 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Garmin Sharp
30 Martin Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team
31 Jimmy Turgis (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole
32 Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Team Katusha
33 Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise
34 Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty – Groupe Gobert
35 Florent Mottet (Bel) Wallonie – Bruxelles
36 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team
37 Silvan Dillier (Sui) BMC Racing Team
38 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Sky
39 Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
40 Danilo Wyss (Sui) BMC Racing Team
41 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
42 Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Wanty – Groupe Gobert
43 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
44 Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky
45 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Sky
46 Luca Paolini (Ita) Team Katusha
47 Bram Tankink (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
48 Roger Kluge (Ger) IAM Cycling
49 Sander Cordeel (Bel) Vastgoedservice – Golden Palace Continental Team all s.t.
50 Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Giant-Shimano 1:31
51 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol
52 Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano both s.t.
53 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky 3:45
54 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol
55 Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol both s.t.
56 Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vastgoedservice – Golden Palace Continental Team 4:15
57 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Lotto Belisol 5:44
58 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol s.t.
59 Romain Pillon (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole 0:12:13
60 Rudy Barbier (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole
61 Edward Theuns (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise
62 Clément Koretzky (Fra) Bretagne – Seche Environnement
63 Sébastien Chavanel (Fra)
64 Mickael Delage (Fra)
65 David Boucher (Fra)
66 Rick Zabel (Ger) BMC Racing Team
67 Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) Team 3M
68 Tom Veelers (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano
69 Nicola Testi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
70 Sébastien Turgot (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
71 Sean Downey (Irl) An Post – Chain Reaction
72 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
73 Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale
74 Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
75 Alphonse Vermote (Bel) Vastgoedservice – Golden Palace Continental Team
76 Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise
77 Laurent Van Den Bak (Bel) An Post – Chain Reaction
78 Pierre-Luc Perrichon (Fra) Bretagne – Seche Environnement
79 Joeri Stallaert (Bel) Veranclassic – Doltcini
80 Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin Sharp
81 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin Sharp
82 Steele Von Hoff (Aus) Garmin Sharp
83 Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano
84 Adrian Kurek (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice
85 Tomasz Kiendys (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice
86 Tim De Troyer (Bel) Wanty – Groupe Gobert
87 Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise
88 Kevin Peeters (Bel) Vastgoedservice – Golden Palace Continental Team
89 Jacek Morajko (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice
90 Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice
91 Mark Mcnally (GBr) An Post – Chain Reaction
92 Tim Van Speybroeck (Bel) Team 3M
93 Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team
94 Sebastian Lander (Den) BMC Racing Team
95 Sam Lennertz (Bel) Vastgoedservice – Golden Palace Continental Team
96 Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Giant-Shimano
97 Blaz Jarc (Slo) Team Netapp – Endura
98 Julien Stassen (Bel) Wallonie – Bruxelles
99 Barry Markus (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
100 Robert Wagner (Ger) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
101 Jonas Ahlstrand (Swe) Team Giant-Shimano
102 Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Bretagne – Seche Environnement
103 Christophe Laborie (Fra) Bretagne – Seche Environnement
104 Scott Thwaites (GBr) Team Netapp – Endura
105 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Team Netapp – Endura
106 Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Team Netapp – Endura
107 Dominic Klemme (Ger) IAM Cycling
108 Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling
109 Gerry Druyts (Bel) Team 3M
110 Michael Vingerling (Ned) Team 3M
111 Egidijus Juodvalkis (Ltu) Team 3M
112 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar
113 Angelo Tulik (Fra) Team Europcar
114 Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Bretagne – Seche Environnement
115 Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne – Seche Environnement
116 Egoitz Garcia Echeguibel (Esp) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
117 Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
118 Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Team Sky
119 Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky
120 Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky
121 Robin Stenuit (Bel) Wallonie – Bruxelles
122 Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar
123 Boris Dron (Bel) Wallonie – Bruxelles
124 Antoine Demoitie (Bel) Wallonie – Bruxelles
125 Loic Pestiaux (Bel) Wallonie – Bruxelles
126 Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar
127 Erwann Corbel (Fra) Bretagne – Seche Environnement
128 Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Wanty – Groupe Gobert all s.t.
DNF Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team
DNF Christopher Sutton (Aus) Team Sky
DNF Vegard Breen (Nor) Lotto Belisol
DNF Pim Ligthart (Ned) Lotto Belisol
DNF Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Team Katusha
DNF Rudiger Selig (Ger) Team Katusha
DNF Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Team Katusha
DNF Alexey Tsatevitch (Rus) Team Katusha
DNF Jetse Bol (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
DNF Nick Nuyens (Bel) Garmin Sharp
DNF David Millar (GBr) Garmin Sharp
DNF Raymond Kreder (Ned) Garmin Sharp
DNF William Bonnet (Fra)
DNF Pierre-Henri Lecuisinier (Fra)
DNF Johan Le Bon (Fra)
DNF Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar
DNF Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Team Europcar
DNF Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar
DNF Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team Europcar
DNF Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team
DNF Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team
DNF Maxime Daniel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
DNF Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La Mondiale
DNF Damien Gaudin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
DNF Marcel Aregger (Sui) IAM Cycling
DNF Kevin Ista (Bel) IAM Cycling
DNF Pirmin Lang (Sui) IAM Cycling
DNF Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) IAM Cycling
DNF Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano
DNF Ralf Matzka (Ger) Team Netapp – Endura
DNF Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team Netapp – Endura
DNF Jonathan Mcevoy (GBr) Team Netapp – Endura
DNF Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Wanty – Groupe Gobert
DNF Roy Jans (Bel) Wanty – Groupe Gobert
DNF Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Wanty – Groupe Gobert
DNF Piotr Gawronski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice
DNF Nikolay Mihaylov (Bul) CCC Polsat Polkowice
DNF Pawel Charucki (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice
DNF Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice
DNF Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
DNF Antonio Parrinello (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
DNF Andrea Zordan (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
DNF Benjamin Le Montagner (Fra) Bretagne – Seche Environnement
DNF Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise
DNF Stijn Steels (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise
DNF Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
DNF Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
DNF Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
DNF Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
DNF Timothy Dupont (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole
DNF Julien Duval (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole
DNF Rudy Kowalski (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole
DNF Kurt Geysen (Bel) Vastgoedservice – Golden Palace Continental Team
DNF Nick Wynants (Bel) Vastgoedservice – Golden Palace Continental Team
DNF Giorgio Brambilla (Ita) Veranclassic – Doltcini
DNF Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Veranclassic – Doltcini
DNF Darijus Dzervus (Ltu) Veranclassic – Doltcini
DNF Tom Goovaerts (Bel) Veranclassic – Doltcini
DNF Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Veranclassic – Doltcini
DNF Rick Ottema (Ned) Veranclassic – Doltcini
DNF Kevin Verwaest (Bel) Veranclassic – Doltcini
DNF Marcus Christie (Irl) An Post – Chain Reaction
DNF Kevin Claeys (Bel) An Post – Chain Reaction
DNF Wout Franssen (Bel) An Post – Chain Reaction
DNF Robert-Jon Mccarthy (Aus) An Post – Chain Reaction
DNF Jack Wilson (Irl) An Post – Chain Reaction
DNF Timothy Stevens (Bel) Team 3M
DNF Joren Segers (Bel) Team 3M
DNF Gregory Franckaert (Bel) Team 3M


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