Schleck takes Curacao criterium

Alternative event features stars in shortened race

Fränk Schleck took what will surely be his last win in a Saxo Bank jersey on Sunday when he won the ninth edition of the Amstel Curacao Race on the Caribbean island in the Dutch Antilles.

Schleck jumped away from the rest of the peloton to win alone, while Italy’s Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre-Farnese Vini) edged out Niki Terpstra (Milram) in the sprint for second place.

A total of 150 riders took part, including 15 professionals. These include Andy and Fränk Schleck, Petacchi, Terpstra, Grischa Niermann, Bauke Mollema and Koos Moerenhout (Rabobank), Danilo Hondo (Lampre-Farnese Vini), Jakob Fuglsang (Saxo Bank), Matteo Bono (Lampre-Farnese Vini), Jurgen van de Broeck (Omega Pharma-Lotto), Tony Martin (HTC-Columbia) and Wout Poels (Vacansoleil).

The professionals dominated the action dominated from the start and Schleck was keen to add his name to the list of winners.

"I absolutely wanted to win. Two years ago my brother Andy won. I also wanted my name on the honor roll,” he said.

The race was originally scheduled for Saturday but heavy rain forced organiser Leo van Vliet to delay it 24 hours. Instead the riders held a meet and greet session on Saturday and then raced on Sunday.

“Curacao is our second home. We are always welcomed by the organizers and also by the locals and so we wanted to give something back," Schleck said after the decision of the riders to race on Sunday.

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Frank Schleck (Lux) Saxo Bank  
2Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
3Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram  
4Steven de Jongh (Ned)  
5Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank  
6Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank  
7Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank  
8Guy Smet (Bel)  
9Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
10Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Saxo Bank  
11Andy Schleck (Lux) Saxo Bank  
12Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
13Jurgen van de Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
14Tony Martin (Ger) HTC-Columbia  
15Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil  
16Frank Nijssen (Ned)  
17Gyasi Sulvaran (ANE)  
18Daniel Grabiel Juliana (ANE)  
SQL Integrator best climber
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Frank Schleck (Lux) Saxo Bank  
Lions Dive intermediate sprint
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
Sprint classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
MCB Bank most aggressive rider
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tony Martin (Ger) HTC-Columbia  
HBN Law Best Curacaose rider
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Gyasi Sulvaran  

 

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