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Keukeleire continues at Nokere-Koerse

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Cofidis' Belgian Wunderkind does it again

Jens Keukeleire (Cofidis) takes his third win in Nokere Koerse

Jens Keukeleire (Cofidis) takes his third win in Nokere Koerse

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21 year-old Belgian neo-pro Jens Keukeleire (Cofidis) won the Nokere Koerse race in Belgium on Wednesday, his third win of the season after just two months of racing as a professional.

Keukeleire beat Kris Boeckermans (Topsport Vlaanderen) and Bobbie Traksel (Vancasoleil) in a hectic sprint on a cobbled finish. The USA's John Murphy (BMC) emerged from the scrum to finish sixth in the sprint.

Despite his lack of experience and tender age, the Cofidis team decided to set up Keukeleire for the sprint and yet again he did not let them down. Keukeleire has already won the GP Samyn and the opening stage and the overall classification at the Ronde van West-Vlaanderen this season. He has also taken top ten placings in both the Volta au Algarve and the in the Challenge Mallorca.

"Last week I said my season had already been a success after two wins but now this happens: I'm super happy," Keukeleire said on television after his win.

"I was not that strong today and not the best in the peloton but in the final four kilometres I had four teammates working for me. That they're willing to ride for is incredible and did a great job."

The race was marked by a high-speed crash ten kilometres from the finish when Nico Eeckhout (An Post- Sean Kelly Team) went down.

Full Results
1 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Cofidis 4:35:00  
2 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Colnago    
3 Bobbie Traksel (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cyclingteam    
4 Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
5 Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Colnago    
6 John Murphy (Usa) BMC Racing Team    
7 Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Verandas Willems    
8 Porsev Alexander (Rus) Itera Katusha    
9 Danilo Wyss (Sui) BMC Racing Team    
10 Roger Kluge (Ger) Milram    
11 Rony Martias (Fra) Saur-Sojasun    
12 Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) An Post-Sean Kelly Team    
13 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) BMC Racingteam    
14 Andreas Stauff (Ger) Quickstep    
15 David Boucher (Fra) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago    
16 Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank    
17 Steve Schets (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen-Bauknecht-Jartazi    
18 Svein Erik Vold (Nor) Team Joker-Bianchi    
19 Davy Commeyne (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago    
20 Adam Blythe (Gbr) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
21 Wouter Mol (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cyclingteam    
22 Simon Zahner (Sui) BMC Racingteam    
23 Kasper Jebjerg (Den) Designa Kokken    
24 Iljo Keisse (Bel) Quickstep    
25 Michael Reihs (Den) Designa Kokken    
26 Michael Schweizer (Ger) Team Nutrixxion Sparkasse    
27 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Colnago    
28 Luc Hagenaars (Ned) Team Kuota Indeland    
29 Egidijus Juodvalkis (Ltu) Palmans-Cras    
30 Markus Eichler (Ger) Milram    
31 Geert Steurs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Colnago    
32 Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cyclingteam    
33 Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago    
34 Gerben Lowik (Ned) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
35 Yoeri Havik (Ned) Van Vliet-EBH-Elshof    
36 Jérémy Roy (Fra) Francaise des Jeux    
37 Steve Houanard (Fra) Skil-Shimano    
38 Robert Retschke (Ger) Team Differdange    
39 Wim De Vocht (Bel) Milram    
40 Remco Te Brake (Ned) Van Vliet-EBH-Elshof    
41 Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
42 Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank    
43 Artur Gajek (Ger) Milram    
44 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank    
45 Job Vissers (Ned) Skil-Shimano    
46 Kim Lachmann (Ger) Team Nutrixxion Sparkasse    
47 Joeri Calleeuw (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen-Bauknecht-Jartazi    
48 Ole Haavardsholm (Nor) Team Joker-Bianchi    
49 Jonas Ljungblad (Swe) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
50 Frank Dressler (Ger) Team Differdange    
51 Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Saur-Sojasun    
52 Tobyn Horton (Gbr) Team Sprocket Pro Cycling    
53 Matthé Pronk (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cyclingteam    
54 Benjamin Verraes (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen-Bauknecht-Jartazi    
55 Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago    
56 Jack Vermeulen (Ned) Van Vliet-EBH-Elshof    
57 Timothy Vangheel (Bel) Palmans-Cras    
58 Rob Goris (Bel) Palmans-Cras    
59 Emmanuel Van Ruitenbeek (Ned) Team Kuota Indeland    
60 Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Itera Katusha    
61 Bart Van Haaren (Ned) Van Vliet-EBH-Elshof    
62 Sven Vandousselaere (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen-Bauknecht-Jartazi    
63 Kevin Verwaest (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen-Bauknecht-Jartazi    
64 Thomas Berkhout (Ned) Van Vliet-EBH-Elshof    
65 Hans Dekkers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago    
66 Jackson Stewart (Usa) BMC Racingteam    
67 Mark Mc Nally (Gbr) An Post-Sean Kelly Team    
68 Alexander Grad (Ger) Team Kuota Indeland    
69 Stanislav Starodubsev (Rus) Itera Katusha 0:00:15  
70 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quickstep    
71 Cedric Coutouly (Fra) Saur-Sojasun    
72 Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) Team Joker-Bianchi    
73 Romain Matheou (Fra) Saur-Sojasun    
74 René Joergensen (Den) Designa Kokken    
75 Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis 0:00:19  
76 Popov Evgeny (Rus) Itera Katusha 0:00:21  
77 Mitchell Docker (Aus) Skil-Shimano    
78 Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Colnago    
79 Steffen Radochla (Ger) Team Nutrixxion Sparkasse    
80 Julien Simon (Fra) Saur-Sojasun 0:00:25  
81 Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis    
82 Sergej Fuchs (Ger) Team Nutrixxion Sparkasse    
83 Ronan Mc Laughlin (Irl) An Post-Sean Kelly Team    
84 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano    
85 Steven De Neef (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen-Bauknecht-Jartazi    
86 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank    
87 Rick Flens (Ned) Rabobank    
88 Alexandre Moos (Sui) BMC Racing Team    
89 Steven Van Vooren (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Colnago    
90 Gregory Joseph (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Colnago    
91 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cyclingteam    
92 alle Kriit (Est) Cofidis 0:00:47  
93 Thomas Fothen (Ger) Milram    
94 Remi Cusin (Fra) Cofidis 0:00:49  
95 Romain Zingle (Fra) Cofidis    
96 Tom Vanbecelaere (Bel) Palmans-Cras 0:01:25  
97 ominik Roels (Ger) Milram    
98 Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank    
99 Alexander Wetterhall (Swe) Team Sprocket Pro Cycling    
100 Daniel Westmattelmann (Ger) Team Kuota Indeland    
101 Dirk Finders (Ger) Team Kuota Indeland    
102 Arnoud Van Groen (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cyclingteam    
103 James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Verandas Willems    
104 Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Verandas Willems    
105 Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Colnago    
106 Maxim Debusschere (Bel) An Post-Sean Kelly Team    
107 Wim Van Huffel (Bel) Team Worldofbike.gr    
108 Solomennikov Andrey (Rus) Itera Katusha    
109 Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil Pro Cyclingteam    
110 Jimmi Soerensen (Den) Designa Kokken    
111 Philipp Mamos (Ger) Team Nutrixxion Sparkasse    
112 Geert Omloop (Bel) Palmans-Cras    
113 Jean Zen (Fra) Palmans-Cras    
114 Vegard Breen (Nor) Team Joker-Bianchi    
115 Glenn D Hollander (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
116 Kevyn Ista (Bel) Cofidis    
117 Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Saur-Sojasun    
118 Addy Engels (Ned) Quickstep    
119 Jempy Drucker (Lux) Team Differdange    
120 Christer Rake (Nor) Team Joker-Bianchi    
121 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
122 Stefan Cohnen (Ger) Team Differdange    
123 Wim Stroetinga (Ned) Milram    
124 Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cyclingteam    
125 Chad Beyer (Usa) BMC Racingteam    
126 Timothy Gudsell (Nzl) Francaise des Jeux    
127 obert Wagner (Ger) Skil-Shimano    
128 Mauro Facci (Ita) Quickstep    
129 Brian Ligneel (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen-Bauknecht-Jartazi    
130 Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Designa Kokken    
131 Jack Anderson (Aus) Team Sprocket Pro Cycling    
132 Vegaerd Robinson Bugge (Nor) Team Joker-Bianchi    
133 Robin Steenuit (Bel) Verandas Willems