Froome wins Aalst criterium

Porte, Trentin make up the podium

Chris Froome (Team Sky) won his first criterium as a Tour de France winner on Monday in Belgium, beating teammate Richie Porte in a sprint in Aalst.

Froome competed in his sequined yellow jersey, the same he had collected on the Champs Elysees on Sunday night. He admitted he had celebrated his victory until 5:30 in the morning and then headed to Belgium with fiancée Michelle Cound.

The race attracted thousands of Belgian cycling fans, including cycling legend Roger De Vlaeminck, who made a point of intruducing himself to the new Tour de France winner.

There were several early attacks by local rider Kris Boeckmans and Dutchman Stefan van Dijk. Bert De Backer Laurent Didier made a late attack but then Froome and Porte attacked with two laps to go, with Tour de France stage winner Matteo Trentin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) winning the sprint for third place ahead of Oscar Gatto (Vini Fantini) and Boeckmans.

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling2:02:26 
2Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling  
3Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma-QuickStep0:00:03 
4Oscar Gatto (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia  
5Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM0:00:07 
6Bert De Backer (Bel) Argos-Shimano  
7Stefan van Dijk (Ned) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
8Steffen Radochla (Ger) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
9Laurent Didier (Lux) RadioShack Leopard  
10Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Crelan-Euphony  
11Benjamin Verraes (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
12Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea  
13Tim De Troyer (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
14David Boucher (Fra) FDJ.fr  
15Rutger Roelandts (Bel) Ventilair - Steria  
16David Beulens (Bel)  
17Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet-Fidea  
18Robin Van Goethem (Bel)  
19Valentijn Van De Velde (Bel)  
20Koen Barbé (Bel) Crelan-Euphony  
21Dimitri Van Der Perre (Bel)  
22Michel Vereecken (Bel)  
23Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia  
24Niels Vandyck (Bel)  
25Matt Brammeier (Ire) Champion System  
26Joaquim Durant (Bel)  
27Jim Aernouts (Bel)  
28Bart Wellens (Bel)  
29Kevin Pauwels (Bel)  
30Vincent De Vreese (Bel)  
31Glenn Van De Maele (Bel)  
32Iljo Keisse (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickStep  
33André Schulze (Ger) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
34Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty  

 

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