Farrar times it right, takes the prize in Schoten

McEwen, Förster claim podium spots

Garmin-Transition's sprinter Tyler Farrar timed his sprint to perfection to take home the big prize in the Scheldeprijs. The American topped Robbie McEwen (Katusha) and Robert Förster (Milram) after Belgian Tom Boonen led the sprint for Quick Step teammate Wouter Weylandt, who took fifth behind Sky's Greg Henderson.

It was the second win of the year for Farrar, who also took a stage of the Three Days of De Panne last week.

"I've won some big races but I've never had a win in the Classics' season so it's something special,” the 25-year-old winner said. “I know I had a good chance though and this was one of my objectives for the spring."

Farrar gave credit to his argyle-clad teammates. “You see the work that everyone did today on my team, they were fantastic. It wasn't easy, they were a really strong breakaway so we had to ride hard with Columbia and we did everything to ensure it was a sprint.”

The race set out under sunny skies, but short one team. Cofidis had to cancel its appearance when it was unable to scrape together a team due to illnesses and injuries.

Things got off to a roaring start, as the field covered a whopping 50.3km in the first hour. That was when the day's group got away. Jonas Ljungblad (Omega Pharma-Lotto), Mathew Hayman (Sky), Jackson Stewart (BMC), David Boucher (Agricole), Arnoud Van Groen (Vacansoleil), Cyril Lemoine (Saur), Grégory Joseph (Topsport Vlaanderen) and Niko Eeckhout (An Post) took off and built up a lead of over six minutes.

The group worked well together, but the sprinters' teams were determined to have their say and started cutting the lead down. Team HTC-Columbia did much of the chasing work, and the gap dropped quickly.

With about 45km to go, the gap fell to 2:30 minutes, which seemed to make the peloton more comfortable.

Former World Champion Tom Boonen (Quick Step) crashed about 37 km before the finish line, and spent a long time at the team car before heading back to the peloton. There were a number of crashes and a lot of flat tyres throughout the day.

HTC-Columbia ground the lead down and at the 20km marker, it had shrunk to under a minute. The last of the escapees was caught with 10km to go, and the field stayed together until the end.

After having done so much work, HTC-Columbia disappeared in the finale. Sky moved to the front with 3km to go, but looked to have moved too early, with Henderson being along at the Flamme Rouge.

Boonen opened the sprint, and Farrar flew by him to claim the win.

Full Results
1Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Transitions4:28:42 
2Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team Katusha  
3Robert Forster (Ger) Team Milram  
4Greg Henderson (NZl) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
5Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step  
6Enrico Rossi (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia  
7Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
8Jimmy Casper (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
9Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
10Alexander Kristoff (Nor) BMC Racing Team  
11Kenny De Haes (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
12Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
13Michael Van Stayen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
14Roy Sentjens (Bel) Team Milram  
15Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia  
16Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
17Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
18Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step  
19Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank  
20Jav Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
21Daniele Colli (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia  
22André Greipel (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia  
23Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
24Timothy Dupont (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen - Bauknecht  
25Benjamin Verraes (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen - Bauknecht  
26Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
27Filippo Baggio (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia  
28Egidijus Juodvalkis (Ltu) Palmans - Cras  
29Said Haddou (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
30Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
31Theo Bos (Ned) Cervelo Test Team  
32Domenik Klemme (Ger) Team Saxo Bank  
33Tom Van Becelaere (Bel) Palmans - Cras  
34Kevin Verwaest (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen - Bauknecht  
35Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step  
36Steven Van Vooren (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
37Dirk Bellemakers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet  
38Mathieu Claude (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
39Romain Matheou (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
40Kevin Neirynck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
41Adam Blythe (GBr) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
42Mark Cassidy (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly  
43Steve Chainel (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
44Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
45Rony Martias (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
46Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank  
47Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank0:00:10 
48Jonathan Bertrand (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
49Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
50Gerben Löwik (Ned) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
51Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervelo Test Team  
52Andreas Stauff (Ger) Quick Step  
53Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
54Job Vissers (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
55Michael Schaer (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:00:14 
56Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
57Donato Cannone (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia  
58Geert Verheyen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
59Thomas Fothen (Ger) Team Milram  
60Simon Zahner (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
61Joeri Calleeuw (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen - Bauknecht  
62Kenny Lisabeth (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly  
63Servais Knaven (Ned) Team Milram  
64Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
65Kristof Goddaert (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale  
66Inaki Isasi Flores (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
67Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha  
68Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
69Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:00:17 
70Michiel Elijzen (Ned) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
71Koen Barbe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet0:00:18 
72Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil - Shimano  
73Jean Zen (Fra) Palmans - Cras  
74Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
75Yohann Gene (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
76Kirk Carlsen (USA) Garmin - Transitions  
77William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
78Gustav Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank  
79Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin - Transitions  
80Geert Steurs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
81Nikolas Maes (Bel) Quick Step  
82Robin Chaigneau (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
83Laszlo Bodrogi (Fra) Team Katusha  
84Bobbie Traksel (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
85Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team HTC - Columbia  
86Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Rabobank0:00:25 
87Wim De Vocht (Bel) Team Milram  
88Marco Velo (Ita) Quick Step  
89Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
90Edoardo Girardi (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia  
91Frank Hoj (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
92Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Team Katusha  
93Stuart O Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank  
94Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia  
95Maxim De Busschere (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly  
96Rick Flens (Ned) Rabobank  
97Baden Cooke (Aus) Team Saxo Bank  
98Michael Barry (Can) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:00:29 
99Leif Hoste (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
100Jonas Ljungblad (Swe) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
101Tom Van Den Haute (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
102Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank  
103Roy Curvers (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
104Ricardo Van Der Velde (Ned) Garmin - Transitions  
105Gert Dockx (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia  
106Alessandro Maserati (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia  
107Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
108Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Cervelo Test Team  
109Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team  
110Steven De Neef (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen - Bauknecht  
111Joaquin Novoa Menedez (Spa) Cervelo Test Team  
112Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
113Nick Nuyens (Bel) Rabobank  
114Arnoud Van Groen (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
115Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
116Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step  
117George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team  
118Stijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
119Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
120Kasper Klostergaard Larsen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
121Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
122Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha  
123Björn Schröder (Ger) Team Milram  
124Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
125Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram  
126Nicolas Rousseau (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
127Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Cervelo Test Team0:00:39 
128Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - Transitions  
129Mikhaylo Khalilov (Ukr) Team Katusha0:00:41 
130Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Team Katusha  
131Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick Step0:00:44 
132Vitaliy Buts (Ukr) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:01:08 
133Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:01:24 
134Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:01:34 
135Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
136Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:01:40 
137Matthew Brammeier (GBr) An Post - Sean Kelly0:01:44 
138David Boucher (Fra) Landbouwkrediet0:01:51 
139Steven Cozza (USA) Garmin - Transitions  
140Cheng Ji (Chn) Skil - Shimano  
141Raivis Belohvosciks (Lat) Ceramica Flaminia  
142Geert Omloop (Bel) Palmans - Cras  
143Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:01:54 
144Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Team Katusha0:01:55 
145Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
146Niko Eeckhout (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly0:02:31 
147Grégory Joseph (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
148Jurgen Francois (Bel) Palmans - Cras  
149Kenny Terweduwe (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen - Bauknecht  
150Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
151Cedric Coutouly (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:02:35 
152Damien Gaudin (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:03:44 
153Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
154Alfredo Balloni (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
155Wim Stroetinga (Ned) Team Milram  
156Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Team HTC - Columbia  
157Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly  
158Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Team HTC - Columbia  
159Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
160Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
161Adam Hansen (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia  
162Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
163Danny Pate (USA) Garmin - Transitions  
164Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team  
165Rob Goris (Bel) Palmans - Cras  
166Jackson Stewart (USA) BMC Racing Team  
167Steve Schets (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen - Bauknecht  
168Davide Appollonio (Ita) Cervelo Test Team  
169Feng Han (Chn) Skil - Shimano  
170Long Jin (Chn) Skil - Shimano  
DNFMirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
DNFFabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank  
DNFMatti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
DNFTom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank  
DNFMartijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Transitions  
DNFBen Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFAndres Sergio De Lis (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
DNFAitor Galdos Alonso (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
DNFGorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
DNFPablo Urtasun Perez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
DNFMarcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team  
DNFJimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
DNFKlaas Lodewyck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
DNFFabrizio Lucciola (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia  
DNFRonan Mc Laughlin (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly  
DNFMark Mc Nally (GBr) An Post - Sean Kelly  
DNFAidis Kruopis (Ltu) Palmans - Cras  
DNFTimothy Vangheel (Bel) Palmans - Cras  
DNFBrian Ligneel (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen - Bauknecht  


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