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De Gendt, Van de Walle bested by Belgian

Sébastien Rosseler (RadioShack) takes the win in Brabantse Pijl.

Sébastien Rosseler (RadioShack) takes the win in Brabantse Pijl.

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Following up on the success of teammate Chris Horner in the Basque tour, RadioShack's Sebastien Rosseler claimed the squad's latest win in the Brabantse Pijl. It was Rosseler's second win of the season after a solo victory on stage 4 of the Volta ao Algarve in February.

The Belgian helped a three-man breakaway hold off the furious chase from behind, and went on to out-sprint compatriot Thomas De Gendt (Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator) and his former teammate Jurgen Van de Walle (Quick Step).

"I did my work the whole day," said Rosseler. "Maybe one lap I recovered a bit. I didn't want to attack earlier as I knew it was better if we stayed together.

"With three of us, we had a chance to stay in the front. Fighting alone against the rest would have been impossible."

The win was a surprise for Rosseler, who said he only went with the early move "to have some TV publicity for our sponsor, knowing that we would be caught by the peloton? I had such bad legs this morning in the beginning of the race. This is incredible."

Team Director Dirk Demol too thought the move would prove futile until the gap ballooned. "When we saw that the break got 8 minutes and 40 seconds, I started to believe in a happy ending. The chase behind by other teams was never well organized.

"Séba had some difficulties in the end, but that bad moment passed. I told him to stay in the back the last kilometer. We knew that the last 200 meters suited him well. The only unknown factor was that young rider from Topsport Vlaanderen. He appeared to be very dangerous in the end."

The victory is Rosseler's eighth as a professional, but his first ever one-day race win and comes after a string of bad fortune in the Classics. "Flat tires and crashes ruined my Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix. This is a nice compensation, also for the work I've done last winter," concluded Rosseler.

"He deserved this," continued Demol. "I told Séba to believe in it. This is a big compensation for everything that went wrong for him in the classics so far. When you don't expect such a victory, it is twice as nice."

Rabobank's Paul Martens led a group of four to the line behind, with Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto), Thomas Voeckler (Bouygues Telecom) and Bjorn Leukemans (Vacansoleil) falling less than a minute shy of making the juncture.

The race got underway on its new date, the Wednesday before Amstel Gold Race instead of the Wednesday before the Tour of Flanders. 170 riders took to the course, with Ben Hermans (RadioShack), Geoffrey Lequatre (RadioShack) and Filippo Baggio (Ceramica Flaminia) not at the start.

Jurgen Van De Walle of Quick Step was one of the first riders to get away, and when his first attempt didn't succeed, the second one did. He was joined by others, and eventually a six-man group was established.

Jurgen Van De Walle (Quick Step), Sebastian Rosseler (RadioShack), Enrico Peruffo (CarmioOro), Thomas De Gendt (Topsport Vlaanderen) Niki Eeckhout (An Post – Sean Kelly) and Alexander Gottfried (NetApp) built up a lead of 8:30 on this twisting, hilly course throughout western Belgium.

The chase was led by the two teams with the top favourites, Rabobank and Oscar Freire, and Omega Pharma-Lotto around Philippe Gilbert. But Eeckhout, De Gendt and Rosseler kept the pace high in the lead group.

Eventually, though, Eeckhout, Peruffo and Gottfried were no longer able to keep up the non-smurf-like pace and had to drop back, with Eeckhout abandoning. With 48 km to go, Rosseler, Van De Walle and De Gendt had one minute over their two chasers, with the peloton still six and a half minutes back.

Vacansoleil and Milram both helped with the lead work, but the gap dropped only slowly.

With 30km to go and a four-minute gap to the three leaders, the favourites in the peloton took advantage of a series of small hills to form an elite chase group. Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto), led the charge, and after a few minutes, a group of four finally established itself with Gilbert, Thomas Voeckler (Bbox), Paul Martens (Rabobank) and Björn Leukemans (Vacansoleil). By 20 km to go, the gap had fallen to 2:44 for the four chasers, with the peloton at 3:13.

The strong chase group was unable to get more than 30 seconds ahead of an ever diminishing peloton and made little progress on closing the gap to the lead trio.

The chase and the long escape showed their effects, as the trhee leaders crossed the finish line for the penultimate circuit with a lead of only 1:37 over the chase group and the peloton at 2:02, led by Rabobank.

With only 6 km to go, it was clear though that the break would make it to the end, though the chasers didn't give up hope.

The three leaders crossed under the Flamme Rouge for the final time and headed up the final climb. De Gendt opened the sprint, but Rosseler came around at the last second to take the win.

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Sebastien Rosseler (Bel) Team Radioshack 4:45:07  
2 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
3 Jurgen Vandewalle (Bel) Quick Step    
4 Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank 0:00:43  
5 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
6 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
7 Bjorn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0:00:46  
8 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:00:57  
9 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank    
10 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
11 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
12 Daniele Colli (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia    
13 Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
14 Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
15 Karsten Kroon (Ned) BMC Racing Team    
16 Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano 0:01:03  
17 Andy Cappelle (Bel) Verandas Willems 0:01:04  
18 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0:01:07  
19 Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
20 Grégory Rast (Swi) Team Radioshack    
21 Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin - Transitions 0:01:10  
22 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Rabobank 0:01:42  
23 Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank    
24 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step 0:02:04  
25 Jan Barta (Cze) Team Netapp 0:03:03  
26 Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Team Katusha    
27 Roy Sentjens (Bel) Team Milram    
28 Sander Armee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
29 Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
30 Johan Coenen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
31 Geert Verheyen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
32 Artur Gajek (Ger) Team Milram    
33 Thomas Fothen (Ger) Team Milram    
34 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
35 Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha    
36 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano    
37 Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
38 Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Vorarlberg - Corratec    
39 Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil - Shimano    
40 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
41 Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervelo Test Team    
42 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil - Shimano 0:03:13  
43 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step 0:03:33  
44 Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Cervelo Test Team 0:03:47  
45 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank 0:03:49  
46 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step 0:06:00  
47 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step    
48 Donato Cannone (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia    
49 Jan Bakelants (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
50 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Garmin - Transitions 0:06:20  
51 Piergiorgio Camussa (Ita) Vorarlberg - Corratec 0:06:35  
DNS Ben Hermans (Bel) Team Radioshack    
DNS Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Team Radioshack    
DNS Filippo Baggio (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia    
DNF Thomas Leezer (Ned) Rabobank    
DNF Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank    
DNF Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank    
DNF Mario Aerts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
DNF Christophe Brandt (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
DNF Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
DNF Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
DNF Addy Engels (Ned) Quick Step    
DNF Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step    
DNF Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quick Step    
DNF Simon Gerrans (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
DNF Michael Barry (Can) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
DNF Kjell Carlström (Fin) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
DNF Russell Downing (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
DNF Nicolas Portal (Fra) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
DNF Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
DNF Davide Vigano (Ita) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
DNF Timothy Duggan (USA) Garmin - Transitions    
DNF Kirk Carlsen (USA) Garmin - Transitions    
DNF Steven Cozza (USA) Garmin - Transitions    
DNF Travis Meyer (Aus) Garmin - Transitions    
DNF Danny Pate (USA) Garmin - Transitions    
DNF Ricardo Van Der Velde (Ned) Garmin - Transitions    
DNF Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha    
DNF Laszlo Bodrogi (Fra) Team Katusha    
DNF Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Team Katusha    
DNF Artem Ovechkin (Rus) Team Katusha    
DNF Nikita Eskov (Rus) Team Katusha    
DNF Markus Eichler (Ger) Team Milram    
DNF Roger Kluge (Ger) Team Milram    
DNF Dominik Roels (Ger) Team Milram    
DNF Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram    
DNF Björn Schröder (Ger) Team Milram    
DNF Fuyu Li (Chn) Team Radioshack    
DNF Dimitri Muravyev (Kaz) Team Radioshack    
DNF Ivan Rovny (Rus) Team Radioshack    
DNF Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Team Radioshack    
DNF Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
DNF Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
DNF Vincent Jerome (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
DNF Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
DNF Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
DNF Guillaume Le Floch (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
DNF Chad Beyer (USA) BMC Racing Team    
DNF Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team    
DNF Alexander Kristoff (Nor) BMC Racing Team    
DNF Jeffry Louder (USA) BMC Racing Team    
DNF John Murphy (USA) BMC Racing Team    
DNF Simon Zahner (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
DNF Enrico Peruffo (Ita) CarmioOro NGC    
DNF Fabio Terrenzio (Ita) CarmioOro NGC    
DNF Diego Genovesi (Ita) CarmioOro NGC    
DNF Jure Kocjan (Slo) CarmioOro NGC    
DNF Andrea Piechele (Ita) CarmioOro NGC    
DNF Eric Bertthou (Fra) CarmioOro NGC    
DNF Alessandro Raisoni (Ita) CarmioOro NGC    
DNF Jaroslaw Rebiewski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
DNF Tomasz Lisowicz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
DNF Kamil Zielinski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
DNF Sylwester Janiszewski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
DNF Tomasz Repinski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
DNF Tomas Smolen (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
DNF Raivis Belohvosciks (Lat) Ceramica Flaminia    
DNF Fabrizio Lucciola (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia    
DNF Edoardo Girardi (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia    
DNF Alessandro Maserati (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia    
DNF Enrico Rossi (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia    
DNF Davide Appollonio (Ita) Cervelo Test Team    
DNF Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo Test Team    
DNF Dominique Rollin (Can) Cervelo Test Team    
DNF Marcel Wyss (Swi) Cervelo Test Team    
DNF Koen Barbe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
DNF Dirk Bellemakers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet    
DNF Davy Commeyne (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
DNF Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
DNF Bart Dockx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
DNF Yann Huguet (Fra) Skil - Shimano    
DNF Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil - Shimano    
DNF Jin Long (Chn) Skil - Shimano    
DNF Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
DNF Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
DNF Maarten Neyens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
DNF Steven Van Vooren (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
DNF Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Rene Weissinger (Ger) Vorarlberg - Corratec    
DNF Josef Benetseder (Aut) Vorarlberg - Corratec    
DNF Dominik Hrinkow (Aut) Vorarlberg - Corratec    
DNF Matic Strgar (Slo) Vorarlberg - Corratec    
DNF Niko Eeckhout (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly    
DNF Kim Borry (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly    
DNF Mark Cassidy (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly    
DNF Benny De Schrooder (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly    
DNF Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly    
DNF Matthew Brammeier (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly    
DNF Connor Mcconvey (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly    
DNF Ronan Mc Laughlin (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly    
DNF Jan Kuycks (Bel) Qin Cycling Team    
DNF Marnik Dreesen (Bel) Qin Cycling Team    
DNF Jonathan Dufrasne (Bel) Qin Cycling Team    
DNF James Spragg (GBr) Qin Cycling Team    
DNF Eric Van De Meent (Ned) Qin Cycling Team    
DNF Alain Van Der Velde (Ned) Qin Cycling Team    
DNF Frank Van Kuik (Bel) Qin Cycling Team    
DNF Jeremy Yates (NZl) Qin Cycling Team    
DNF Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Team Netapp    
DNF Tassilo Fricke (Ger) Team Netapp    
DNF Alex Meenhorst (NZl) Team Netapp    
DNF Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team Netapp    
DNF Alexander Gottfried (Ger) Team Netapp    
DNF Timon Seubert (Ger) Team Netapp    
DNF Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team Netapp    
DNF Sjef De Wilde (Bel) Verandas Willems    
DNF Gregory Habeaux (Bel) Verandas Willems    
DNF Fabio Polazzi (Bel) Verandas Willems    
DNF Sven Renders (Bel) Verandas Willems    
DNF Dieter Cappelle (Bel) Verandas Willems    
DNF Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Verandas Willems    
DNF James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Verandas Willems