Blythe wins Binche-Tournai-Binche

Petit, Degenkolb complete podium

One day after his 23rd birthday, Adam Blythe (BMC) was able to celebrate with a victory at Binche-Tournai-Binche, the Briton's second win of the 2012 season. Following strong pace-making from his BMC teammates which splintered the field in the finale, Blythe attacked from the lead group moments after passing inside the flamme rouge and was able to hold off their chase efforts to notch the win. Adrien Petit (Cofidis) finished second, credited with the same time as Blythe, followed by John Degenkolb (Argos-Shimano) in third.

"Quinzi (teammate Manuel Quinziato) did his last effort on the little climb before the cobblestone section and kept it in one line and then Michi (teammate Michael Schär) just went full gas across the cobblestones," said Blythe. "I attacked with about 700 metres to go, which was a bit risky, but I gave everything to hold it to the line.

"It's a bit late, but I've finally got some good form now," continued Blythe. "It's nice to win at the end of the season like this."

A 17-man break entered the finishing circuits with a 20-second lead, but the escape was neutralised with 15km remaining. The BMC squad then took control of the peloton heading into the finale with Blythe capping off their efforts with a victory.

Binche-Tournai-Binche marked the return to competition of Andy Schleck (RadioShack-Nissan), who had not raced since fracturing his hip during the time trial stage of the Criterium du Dauphine in early June.

Full Results
1Adam Blythe (GBr) BMC Racing Team4:16:50 
2Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
3John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Argos - Shimano  
4Sebastian Stamegna (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia  
5Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
6Timothy Dupont (Bel) Bofrost-Steria  
7Maarten Wynants (Bel) Rabobank Cycling Team  
8Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
9Gaetan Bille (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
10Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica GreenEdge  
11Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
12Stefano Borchi (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia  
13Arnaud Gerard (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
14Kasper Klostergaard Larsen (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank  
15Egoitz Garcia Echeguibel (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
16Pieter Serry (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
17Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank  
18Boris Vallee (Bel) Idemasport - Biowanze  
19Loic Pestiaux (Bel) Idemasport - Biowanze  
20Grégory Rast (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan  
21Jetse Bol (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
22Marcello Pavarin (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
23Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank0:00:06 
24Matthew Busche (USA) RadioShack-Nissan0:00:07 
25Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Orica GreenEdge  
26Arnoud Van Groen (Ned) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
27Mathieu Teychenne (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
28Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team Europcar  
29Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
30Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:17 
31Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
32Rutger Roelants (Bel) Bofrost-Steria0:00:23 
33Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Argos - Shimano0:00:37 
34Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Argos - Shimano  
35Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:00:51 
36Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Argos - Shimano  
37Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:01:10 
38Boris Dron (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole0:01:13 
39Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank  
40Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia0:01:14 
41Julien Duval (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U  
42Wesley Kreder (Ned) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
43Andy Cappelle (Bel) Colba - Superano Ham0:01:19 
44Tom Goovaerts (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale  
45Gabriel Chavanne (Swi) Endura Racing0:01:28 
46Jack Anderson (Aus) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:01:53 
47Tim Declercq (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's0:01:54 
48Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:08 
49Jimmy Casper (Fra) Rabobank Cycling Team  
50Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) RadioShack-Nissan  
51Jesse Sergent (NZl) Veranda Rideau - Super U  
52Romain Matheou (Fra) Lotto Belisol Team  
53Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:02:14 
54Rudy Molard (Fra) Team NetApp  
55Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Colba - Superano Ham  
56Clément Lhotellerie (Fra) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank  
57Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
58Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale  
59Martin Elmiger (Swi) Idemasport - Biowanze  
60Arnaud Geronboux (Bel) Orica GreenEdge  
61Christian Meier (Can) Bofrost-Steria  
62Niels Vandyck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony  
63Davy Commeyne (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony  
64Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Team Europcar  
65Christophe Kern (Fra) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank  
66Luke Roberts (Aus) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
67Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
68Romain Zingle (Bel) Veranda Rideau - Super U  
69Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U  
70Jasper Hamelink (Ned) Bofrost-Steria  
71Gaylord Cumont (Fra) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia  
72Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
73Diego Caccia (Ita) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole  
74Brent Bookwalter (USA) Team Europcar0:02:31 
75Olivier Chevalier (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
76Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Team Argos - Shimano  
77Arthur Van Overberghe (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
78Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) FDJ-Big Mat  
79Lawrence Warbasse (USA) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
80Anthony Geslin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
81Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale  
82Julien Berard (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U  
83Gregor Gazvoda (Slo) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
84Franck Vermeulen (Fra) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony  
85Sander Armee (Bel) Endura Racing  
86Egidijus Juodvalkis (Ltu) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony  
87Jonathan McEvoy (GBr) Endura Racing  
88Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
89Paul Voss (Ger) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony  
90Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) FDJ-Big Mat  
91Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
92Sébastien Bergeret (Fra) Team Argos - Shimano  
93Yannick Eijssen (Bel) Saur - Sojasun  
94Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
95Christophe Laborie (Fra) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia  
96Rick Flens (Ned) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank  
97Umberto Nardecchia (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
98Michael Morkov (Den) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
99Lloyd Mondory (Fra) Team NetApp  
100Steven Van Vooren (Bel) Idemasport - Biowanze  
101Leopold Konig (Cze) Saur - Sojasun  
102Antoine Demoitie (Bel) Lotto - Pôle Continental Wallon  
103Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:02:51 
104Andrew Ydens (Bel) Lotto - Pôle Continental Wallon  
105Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:03:30 

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