Rosseler continues RadioShack attack

De Gendt, Van de Walle bested by Belgian

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) TeamResult
1Sebastien Rosseler (Bel) Team Radioshack4:45:07 
2Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
3Jurgen Vandewalle (Bel) Quick Step  
4Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank0:00:43 
5Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
6Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
7Bjorn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:46 
8Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:00:57 
9Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank  
10Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
11Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
12Daniele Colli (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia  
13Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
14Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
15Karsten Kroon (Ned) BMC Racing Team  
16Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano0:01:03 
17Andy Cappelle (Bel) Verandas Willems0:01:04 
18Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:01:07 
19Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
20Grégory Rast (Swi) Team Radioshack  
21Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin - Transitions0:01:10 
22Nick Nuyens (Bel) Rabobank0:01:42 
23Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank  
24Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step0:02:04 
25Jan Barta (Cze) Team Netapp0:03:03 
26Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Team Katusha  
27Roy Sentjens (Bel) Team Milram  
28Sander Armee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
29Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
30Johan Coenen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
31Geert Verheyen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
32Artur Gajek (Ger) Team Milram  
33Thomas Fothen (Ger) Team Milram  
34Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
35Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha  
36Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
37Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
38Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Vorarlberg - Corratec  
39Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
40Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
41Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervelo Test Team  
42Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil - Shimano0:03:13 
43Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step0:03:33 
44Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Cervelo Test Team0:03:47 
45Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank0:03:49 
46Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step0:06:00 
47Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step  
48Donato Cannone (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia  
49Jan Bakelants (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
50Cameron Meyer (Aus) Garmin - Transitions0:06:20 
51Piergiorgio Camussa (Ita) Vorarlberg - Corratec0:06:35 
DNSBen Hermans (Bel) Team Radioshack  
DNSGeoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Team Radioshack  
DNSFilippo Baggio (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia  
DNFThomas Leezer (Ned) Rabobank  
DNFBauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank  
DNFJos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank  
DNFMario Aerts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
DNFChristophe Brandt (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
DNFOlivier Kaisen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
DNFJurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
DNFAddy Engels (Ned) Quick Step  
DNFDavide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step  
DNFKevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quick Step  
DNFSimon Gerrans (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
DNFMichael Barry (Can) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
DNFKjell Carlström (Fin) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
DNFRussell Downing (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
DNFNicolas Portal (Fra) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
DNFChristopher Sutton (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
DNFDavide Vigano (Ita) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
DNFTimothy Duggan (USA) Garmin - Transitions  
DNFKirk Carlsen (USA) Garmin - Transitions  
DNFSteven Cozza (USA) Garmin - Transitions  
DNFTravis Meyer (Aus) Garmin - Transitions  
DNFDanny Pate (USA) Garmin - Transitions  
DNFRicardo Van Der Velde (Ned) Garmin - Transitions  
DNFPavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha  
DNFLaszlo Bodrogi (Fra) Team Katusha  
DNFDenis Galimzyanov (Rus) Team Katusha  
DNFArtem Ovechkin (Rus) Team Katusha  
DNFNikita Eskov (Rus) Team Katusha  
DNFMarkus Eichler (Ger) Team Milram  
DNFRoger Kluge (Ger) Team Milram  
DNFDominik Roels (Ger) Team Milram  
DNFNiki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram  
DNFBjörn Schröder (Ger) Team Milram  
DNFFuyu Li (Chn) Team Radioshack  
DNFDimitri Muravyev (Kaz) Team Radioshack  
DNFIvan Rovny (Rus) Team Radioshack  
DNFTomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Team Radioshack  
DNFYukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
DNFGiovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
DNFVincent Jerome (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
DNFPerrig Quemeneur (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
DNFPierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
DNFGuillaume Le Floch (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
DNFChad Beyer (USA) BMC Racing Team  
DNFBrent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team  
DNFAlexander Kristoff (Nor) BMC Racing Team  
DNFJeffry Louder (USA) BMC Racing Team  
DNFJohn Murphy (USA) BMC Racing Team  
DNFSimon Zahner (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
DNFEnrico Peruffo (Ita) CarmioOro NGC  
DNFFabio Terrenzio (Ita) CarmioOro NGC  
DNFDiego Genovesi (Ita) CarmioOro NGC  
DNFJure Kocjan (Slo) CarmioOro NGC  
DNFAndrea Piechele (Ita) CarmioOro NGC  
DNFEric Bertthou (Fra) CarmioOro NGC  
DNFAlessandro Raisoni (Ita) CarmioOro NGC  
DNFJaroslaw Rebiewski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
DNFTomasz Lisowicz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
DNFKamil Zielinski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
DNFSylwester Janiszewski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
DNFTomasz Repinski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
DNFTomas Smolen (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
DNFRaivis Belohvosciks (Lat) Ceramica Flaminia  
DNFFabrizio Lucciola (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia  
DNFEdoardo Girardi (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia  
DNFAlessandro Maserati (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia  
DNFEnrico Rossi (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia  
DNFDavide Appollonio (Ita) Cervelo Test Team  
DNFMartin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo Test Team  
DNFDominique Rollin (Can) Cervelo Test Team  
DNFMarcel Wyss (Swi) Cervelo Test Team  
DNFKoen Barbe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
DNFDirk Bellemakers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet  
DNFDavy Commeyne (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
DNFSébastien Delfosse (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
DNFBart Dockx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
DNFYann Huguet (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
DNFPiet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
DNFJin Long (Chn) Skil - Shimano  
DNFPreben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
DNFPieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
DNFMaarten Neyens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
DNFSteven Van Vooren (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
DNFMatteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
DNFSergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
DNFRene Weissinger (Ger) Vorarlberg - Corratec  
DNFJosef Benetseder (Aut) Vorarlberg - Corratec  
DNFDominik Hrinkow (Aut) Vorarlberg - Corratec  
DNFMatic Strgar (Slo) Vorarlberg - Corratec  
DNFNiko Eeckhout (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly  
DNFKim Borry (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly  
DNFMark Cassidy (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly  
DNFBenny De Schrooder (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly  
DNFPieter Ghyllebert (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly  
DNFMatthew Brammeier (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly  
DNFConnor Mcconvey (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly  
DNFRonan Mc Laughlin (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly  
DNFJan Kuycks (Bel) Qin Cycling Team  
DNFMarnik Dreesen (Bel) Qin Cycling Team  
DNFJonathan Dufrasne (Bel) Qin Cycling Team  
DNFJames Spragg (GBr) Qin Cycling Team  
DNFEric Van De Meent (Ned) Qin Cycling Team  
DNFAlain Van Der Velde (Ned) Qin Cycling Team  
DNFFrank Van Kuik (Bel) Qin Cycling Team  
DNFJeremy Yates (NZl) Qin Cycling Team  
DNFDimitri Claeys (Bel) Team Netapp  
DNFTassilo Fricke (Ger) Team Netapp  
DNFAlex Meenhorst (NZl) Team Netapp  
DNFDaniel Schorn (Aut) Team Netapp  
DNFAlexander Gottfried (Ger) Team Netapp  
DNFTimon Seubert (Ger) Team Netapp  
DNFAndreas Schillinger (Ger) Team Netapp  
DNFSjef De Wilde (Bel) Verandas Willems  
DNFGregory Habeaux (Bel) Verandas Willems  
DNFFabio Polazzi (Bel) Verandas Willems  
DNFSven Renders (Bel) Verandas Willems  
DNFDieter Cappelle (Bel) Verandas Willems  
DNFStefan Van Dijk (Ned) Verandas Willems  
DNFJames Vanlandschoot (Bel) Verandas Willems  


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