Boonen claims first national title

Outsprints Gilbert on rolling course

Tom Boonen won his first Belgian national road title Sunday in Aywaille, in a group sprint. The controversial Quick Step sprinter beat Philippe Gilbert and Kristof Goddaert.

A group of 17 got away early on the rolling course, but were unable to stay until the end. Silence-Lotto sent Dries Devenyns and Kevin De Weert, but they, too, were caught with 25 km to go. On the final climb, Gilbert tried to get away, but even with the support of two teammates was unable to hold his lead. A large group sprinted for the finish line, with former World Champion Boonen taking the win.

"Today I wasn't among the top favourites, and I knew that in order to win a race like this one I had to be having a great day and not make any mistakes. I did it!" said Boonen.

"This is a small disappointment," said Gilbert. "I made no mistakes in the sprint. I was beaten by one of the best in the peloton."

Results
1Tom Boonen (Quick Step)5:54:12 
2Philippe Gilbert (Silence-Lotto)  
3Kristof Goddaert (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator)  
4Greg Van Avermaet (Silence-Lotto)  
5Bjorn Leukemans (Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team)  
6Nikolas Maes (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator)  
7Ben Hermans (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator)  
8Nick Nuyens (Rabobank)  
9Kevin Pauwels (Fidea Cycling Team)  
10Stijn Vandenbergh (Team Katusha)  
11Jelle Vanendert (Silence-Lotto)  
12Sébastien Delfosse (Landbouwkrediet - Colnago)  
13Maxime Monfort (Team Columbia - Highroad)  
14Frederik Willems (Liquigas)  
15Jurgen Vandewalle (Quick Step)0:00:09 
16Maarten Wynants (Quick Step)0:00:25 
17Serge Pauwels (Cervelo Test Team)0:01:54 
18Stijn Devolder (Quick Step)  
19Maarten Neyens (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator)0:03:26 
20Johan Van Summeren (Silence-Lotto)  
21Frederik Veuchelen (Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team)  
22Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator)0:04:14 
23Sven Renders (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator)  
24Igor Abakoumov (ISD)  
25Nico Sijmens (Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne)  
26Geert Verheyen (Landbouwkrediet - Colnago)  
27Bart Wellens (Fidea Cycling Team)  
28Benny De Schrooder (An Post - Sean Kelly Team)  
29Bert Scheirlinckx (Landbouwkrediet - Colnago)  
30Wim Van Huffel (Vorarlberg - Corratec)  
31Gert Dockx (Team Columbia - Highroad)  
32Jurgen Van Goolen (Team Saxo Bank)  
33Bart Vanheule (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator)  
34Roy Sentjens (Silence-Lotto)0:04:29 
35Kenny De Ketele (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator)0:06:29 
36Maxime Vantomme (Team Katusha)  
37Wim De Vocht (Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team)  
38Dries Devenyns (Quick Step)  
39Kevin Seeldrayers (Quick Step)  
40Johan Coenen (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator)  
41Wilfried Cretskens (Silence-Lotto)  
42Geert Steurs (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator)  
43Gil Suray (Roubaix Lille Metropole)  
44Christophe Brandt (Silence-Lotto)  
45Gregory Habeaux (Verandas Willems)  
46Tom Meeusen (Fidea Cycling Team)  
47Jurgen Roelandts (Silence-Lotto)  
48Francis De Greef (Silence-Lotto)0:13:09 
49Klaas Lodewyck (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator)  
50Tom Criel (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator)0:13:11 
51Erwin Vervecken (Revor-Jartazi Cyclingteam)  
52Filip Meirhaeghe (Landbouwkrediet - Colnago)  
53Kevin Neirynck (Landbouwkrediet - Colnago)  
54Sven Vanthourenhout (Sunweb Pro Job Cycling Team)  
55Preben Van Hecke (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator)  
56Thomas De Gendt (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator)  
57Rob Peeters (Landbouwkrediet - Colnago)  
58Kenny Van Braeckel (Revor-Jartazi Cyclingteam)  
59Bert De Backer (Skil-Shimano)  
60Kristof Vandewalle (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator)  
61Bert De Waele (Landbouwkrediet - Colnago)  
DNFGlenn d'Hollander (Silence-Lotto)  
DNFBart Dockx (Silence-Lotto)  
DNFGorik Gardeyn (Silence-Lotto)  
DNFLeif Hoste (Silence-Lotto)  
DNFPieter Jacobs (Silence-Lotto)  
DNFOlivier Kaisen (Silence-Lotto)  
DNFStaf Scheirlinckx (Silence-Lotto)  
DNFTom Stubbe (Silence-Lotto)  
DNFJurgen Van Den Broeck (Silence-Lotto)  
DNFDominique Cornu (Quick Step)  
DNFKevin De Weert (Quick Step)  
DNFKevin Hulsmans (Quick Step)  
DNFSébastien Rosseler (Quick Step)  
DNFWouter Weylandt (Quick Step)  
DNFJan Bakelants (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator)  
DNFStijn Joseph (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator)  
DNFTim Mertens (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator)  
DNFStijn Neirynck (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator)  
DNFKoen Barbe (Landbouwkrediet - Colnago)  
DNFJonathan Bertrand (Landbouwkrediet - Colnago)  
DNFBenjamin Gourgue (Landbouwkrediet - Colnago)  
DNFKevin Peeters (Landbouwkrediet - Colnago)  
DNFKenny Dehaes (Team Katusha)  
DNFJan Soetens (Revor-Jartazi Cyclingteam)  
DNFKenneth Van Compernolle (Sunweb Pro Job Cycling Team)  
DNFNiels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus)  
DNFDieter Vanthourenhout (BKCP-Powerplus)  
DNFSteven De Neef (Jong Vlaanderen - Bauknecht)  
DNFJames Vanlandschoot (Verandas Willems)  
DNFGeert Omloop (Palmans Cras)  
DNFSteven Caethoven (Agritubel)  
DNFBart Aernouts (Rabobank Continental)  
DNFJan Verstraeten  

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