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Van De Walle wins second straight Halle-Ingooigem

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Belgian solos to victory

Jurgen Van De Walle (Quick Step) celebrates his repeat victory in Halle - Ingooigem.

Jurgen Van De Walle (Quick Step) celebrates his repeat victory in Halle - Ingooigem.

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Jurgen Van De Walle (Quick Step) soloed to victory today at Halle-Ingooigem, winning the 198.6km event for the second consecutive year. Arnoud Van Groen (Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team) finished alone in second place, 21 seconds behind Van De Walle, while Greg Van Avermaet (Omega Pharma-Lotto) won the sprint for third 28 seconds later from a six-man chase group.

"I am very happy," Van De Walle said. "I am the first rider able to win two times in a row at this race which is special. This victory is great for motivation ahead of the Tour de France.

"I have to say thanks to the team and particularly to Stijn Devolder that in the final part of the race blocked all the attacks behind me."

Van De Walle was part of an eight-man escape which formed with 20km remaining in the race. Also included in the break were Van De Walle's teammate Stijn Devolder, Arnoud Van Groen and Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil), Greg Van Avermaet (Omega Pharma-Lotto), Huub Duyn (Team Netapp), Bert Scheirlinckx (Landbouwkrediet) and Andy Cappelle (Verandas Willems).

Devolder launched an attack on the Tiegemberg, but his escape attempt was neutralised. With three kilometres remaining Van De Walle found the right moment to attack and he soloed away to victory. Van Groen set off in pursuit, but was unable to reach the Belgian and settled for second place. Van Avermaet won the sprint from the remainder of the break for third place.

Full Results
1 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step 4:20:03  
2 Arnoud Van Groen (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0:00:21  
3 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:00:49  
4 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step    
5 Huub Duyn (Ned) Team Netapp    
6 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
7 Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
8 Andy Cappelle (Bel) Verandas Willems    
9 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:02:15  
10 Johan Coenen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 0:02:20  
11 Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Verandas Willems    
12 Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
13 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
14 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step 0:02:34  
15 Steven Caethoven (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
16 Eric Baumann (Ger) Team Netapp    
17 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Quick Step    
18 Michiel Elijzen (Ned) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
19 Benjamin Verraes (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen - Bauknecht    
20 Gregory Habeaux (Bel) Verandas Willems    
21 Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
22 Steven Van Vooren (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
23 Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
24 Gilles Devillers (Bel) Lotto - Bodysol    
25 Iljo Keisse (Bel) Quick Step    
26 Kevin Neirynck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
27 Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
28 Stijn Minne (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly    
29 Antonio Quadranti (Ita) CarmioOro NGC    
30 Sven Van Den Houte (Bel) Verandas Willems    
31 Rhys Pollock (Aus) Drapac Porsche Cycling    
32 Robin Chaigneau (Ned) Skil - Shimano    
33 Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
34 Sjef De Wilde (Bel) Verandas Willems    
35 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:02:40  
36 Kevin Van Impe (Bel) Quick Step    
37 Travis Meyer (Aus) Garmin - Transitions 0:02:44  
38 Bastien Delrot (Fra) Team Netapp 0:03:02  
39 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 0:03:25  
40 Davy Commeyne (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 0:03:33  
41 Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
42 Kim Borry (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly    
43 James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Verandas Willems 0:03:39  
44 Kenny Lisabeth (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly    
45 Nicky Cocquyt (Bel) Qin Cycling Team    
46 Mats Boeve (Ned) Rabobank    
47 Jérémy Burton (Bel) Lotto - Bodysol    
48 David Deroo (Fra) Skil - Shimano    
49 Jetse Bol (Ned) Rabobank    
50 Joseph Lewis (Aus) Drapac Porsche Cycling    
51 Matthias Bertling (Ger) Team Kuota - Indeland    
52 Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team Netapp    
53 Luc Hagenaars (Ned) Team Kuota - Indeland    
54 Jurgen Francois (Bel) Palmans - Cras    
55 Timothy Vangheel (Ned) Palmans - Cras    
56 Robert Retschke (Ger) Continental Team Differdange    
57 Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Verandas Willems    
58 Alain Van Der Velde (Ned) Qin Cycling Team    
59 Brian Bulgac (Ned) Rabobank    
60 Garrit Broeders (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen - Bauknecht    
61 Jan Kuycks (Bel) Qin Cycling Team    
62 Rob Goris (Bel) Palmans - Cras    
63 Fabio Terrenzio (Ita) CarmioOro NGC    
64 Kenneth Van Compernolle (Bel) Sunweb - Revor    
65 Glenn D'Hollander (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
66 Frank Dressler-Lehnhof (Ger) Continental Team Differdange    
67 Francesco Tizza (Ita) CarmioOro NGC    
68 Timothy Duggan (USA) Garmin - Transitions    
69 Remco Broers (Ned) Rabobank    
70 Thomas Vernaeckt (Bel) Sunweb - Revor    
71 Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
72 Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
73 Joeri Calleeuw (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen - Bauknecht