Kocjan claims Grand Prix Pino Cerami

Van Dijk and Marcato round out podium

Jure Kocjan (Carmiooro-NGC) won the GP Pino Cerami race in Belgium on Thursday with a powerful sprint finish.

The Slovenian rider beat Stefan Van Dijk (Veranda Willems) and Italy's Marco Marcato (Vacansoleil) after his teammate Eric Berthou was caught just 800 metres from the line.

Kocjan started his sprint with 250 metres to go and won by five metres.

"The finish was slightly uphill and that suited my sprint. I knew I had a chance when we entered the finishing circuit and I saw the finish. It's a special day for me and I want to dedicate this win to my girlfriend who's going to give birth in July," Kocjan said.

The GP Pino Cerami is named after former professional Pino Cerami who moved from Italy to Belgium as a boy. He is now 88 but still alive and was at the race held south of Brussels. The race was not organised last year and seemed destined to disappear but is back on and has a new course and better organization.

Full Results
1Jure Kocjan (Slo) Carmiooro NGC4:31:32 
2Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Verandas Willems  
3Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
4Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
5Daniele Colli (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia  
6Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
7Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
8Geert Verheyen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
9Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
10Davide Appollonio (Ita) Cervélo TestTeam  
11Johan Coenen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
12Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam  
13Davy Commeyne (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
14Edwig Cammaerts (Bel) Lotto - Bodysol  
15Gerben Mijnheer Löwik (Ned) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
16Gilles Devillers (Bel) Lotto - Bodysol  
17Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
18Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
19Vitaliy Popkov (Ukr) ISD Continental Team  
20Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
21Inaki Isasi Flores (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
22Andy Cappelle (Bel) Verandas Willems  
23Javier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
24Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
25Emmanuel Van Ruitenbeek (Ned) Team Kuota - Indeland  
26Jan Kuyckx (Bel) Qin Cycling Team  
27Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
28Sander Armee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:00:07 
29Michael Tronborg Kristensen (Den) Glud & Marstrand - LRO Radgivning  
30Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Continental Team Differdange  
31Kim Borry (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly  
32Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly  
33Alexander Wetterhall (Swe) Team Sprocket  
34Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
35James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Verandas Willems  
36Maarten Neyens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
37Steven Caethoven (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
38Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
39Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:18 
40Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française Des Jeux0:00:23 
41Yoann Offredo (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
42Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Glud & Marstrand - LRO Radgivning0:00:26 
43Alain Van Der Velde (Ned) Qin Cycling Team0:00:32 
44Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
45Timothy Gudsell (NZl) Française Des Jeux  
46Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
47Jérémie Galland (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
48Enrico Rossi (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia0:00:42 
49Michal Golas (Pol) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
50Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:49 
51Stefan Cohnen (Ned) Continental Team Differdange  
52Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:01:03 
53Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervélo TestTeam0:01:16 
54Christophe Premont (Bel) Lotto - Bodysol0:01:18 
55Boris Dron (Bel) Lotto - Bodysol  
56Marnix Dreesen (Bel) Qin Cycling Team  
57Donato Cannone (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia0:01:41 
58Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
59Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
60Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:02:13 
61Eric Berthou (Fra) Carmiooro NGC  
62Luc Hagenaars (Ned) Team Kuota - Indeland0:02:38 
63Hakan Nilsson (Swe) Continental Team Differdange  
64Gregory Habeaux (Bel) Verandas Willems  
65Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:02:52 
66Benjamin Gourgue (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
67Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
68Connor McConvey (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly0:04:36 
69Alexandre Usov (Blr) ISD Continental Team  
70Niklas Gustavsson (Swe) Team Sprocket  
71Dieter Cappelle (Bel) Verandas Willems  
72Andrea Piechele (Ita) Carmiooro NGC0:04:42 
73Christian Moberg Jörgensen (Den) Glud & Marstrand - LRO Radgivning0:06:48 
74Kasper Linde Jorgensen (Den) Glud & Marstrand - LRO Radgivning0:07:46 

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