Leukemans leads Vacansoleil 1-2

Marcato, Van Hecke nab podium spots

Björn Leukemans grabbed his first victory of the season, topping a Vacansoleil 1-2 along with teammate Marco Marcato in the Druivenkoers-Overijs.

The 33-year-old emerged victorious from a three-man breakaway which also included Topsport Vlaanderen's Preben Van Hecke, who claimed third.

The 200km race started out with a different three-man move. Sander Armee (Topsport-Vlaanderen), Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil) and Sierk-Jan De Haan (Cycling Team Jo Piels) spent the first half of the race off the front, but were caught at the halfway mark..

12 riders immediately counter-attacked to make a new breakaway: Staf Scheirlinckx (Omega Pharma-Lotto), Benjamin Gourgue and Frédéric Amorison (Landbouwkrediet), Sander Armee (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator), Frederik Veuchelen (Vacansoleil Pro Cycling), Pieter Ghyllebert (An Post - Sean Kelly), Alain Van Der Velde (Qin Cycling Team), Fabio Polazzi and James Van Landschoot (Verandas Willems), Hakan Nilsson (Continental Team Differdange), Sebastian Forke (Team Nutrixxion Sparkasse) and Jasper Ockeloen (Rabobank Continental) had 38 seconds at the start of the 8 local laps, but the group did not stay together long.

Amorison, Gourgue and Vuechelen were the only three remaining off the front as a chase group of nine reshuffled from the peloton.

In the second group were three other Landbouwkrediet riders, Davy Commeyne, Geert Verheyen and Sébastien Delfosse along with Leukemans and Hoogerland (Vacansoleil), Andy Cappelle and Gregory Habeaux (Verandas Willems), David Boily (Spidertech p/b Planet Energy) and Huub Duyn (Team Netapp).

As the chasers caught the lead trio, riders jumped away from the peloton not far behind, forming a new group in the lead with Van Hecke, Enrico Franzoi, Amorison, Commeyne, Gourgue, Floris Goesinnen (Skil-Shimano), Leukemans, Vuechelen, Marcato and Hoogerland.

Once Thijs Al bridged the gap the final lead group was established, although three riders Edwig Cammaerts of Lotto Boddysol, Marc Wauters and Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) attempted to bridge across and failed.

Coming into the final lap, Leukemans attacked the break and was joined by Van Hecke and Marcato to form the ultimate selection.

The Topsport Vlaanderen rider was severely outnumbered, but contributed to the work to create a gap of more than a minute coming into the line. Leukemans easily won the sprint and was followed across the line by his teammate, with Van Hecke satisfied with third.


#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Bjorn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil4:34:52 
2Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil0:00:04 
3Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:00:05 
4Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil0:01:33 
5Benjamin Gourgue (Bel) Landbouwkrediet0:01:35 
6Davy Commeijne (Bel) Landbouwkrediet0:01:53 
7Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano  
8Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil  
9Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Bkcp-powerplus  
10Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:02:26 
11Bart Van Haaren (Ned) Van Vliet - EBH Elshof  
12Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:02:47 
13Jimmy Janssens (Bel) Palmans Cras  
14Huub Duyn (Ned) Team Netapp0:02:50 
15Egidijus Juodvalkis (Ltu) Palmans Cras  
16James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Willems Verandas  
17Guillaume Boivin (Can) Spidertech Presented By Planet Energy  
18Michal Golas (Pol) Vacansoleil  
19Gregory Habeaux (Bel) Willems Verandas  
20Geert Verheyen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
21Marc Goos (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels  
22Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Skil-Shimano  
23Sibrecht Pieters (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen - Bauknecht  
24Sebastien Delfosse (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
25Neil Shirley (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies  
26Fabio Polazzi (Bel) Willems Verandas  
27Sjoerd Kouwenhoven (Ned) Van Vliet - EBH Elshof  
28Thijs Al (Ned) AA Cycling Team0:02:51 
29Niels Albert (Bel) Bkcp-powerplus  
30Matthew Brammeier (Ire) An Post-M Donnelly-Grant Thornton - S0:06:10 
31Timothy Vangheel (Bel) Palmans Cras0:08:43 
32Kevin Van Dyck (Bel) Van Goethem-prorace Cycling Team  
33Dieter Cappelle (Bel) Willems Verandas  
34Luc Hagenaars (Ned) Kuota-Indeland  
35Han Feng (Chn) Skil-Shimano  
36Dirk Bellemakers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet  
37Alexander Mironov (Rus) Katusha  
38Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil-Shimano  
39Remco Broers (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team  
40Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Palmans Cras  
41Jonathan Dufrasne (Bel) Qin Cycling Team  
42Steven De Neef (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen - Bauknecht  
43Jan Kuyckx (Bel) Qin Cycling Team  
44Matthias Bertling (Ger) Kuota-Indeland  
45Stefan Van Winden (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels  
46Jasper Ockeloen (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team  
47David Boily (Can) Spidertech Presented By Planet Energy  
48Alex Schmitt (Ger) Kuota-Indeland  
49Geert Steurs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
50Grischa Janorschke (Ger) Team Nutrixxion Sparkasse  
51Garrit Broeders (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen - Bauknecht  
52Robert Retschke (Ger) Team Differdange  
53Maarten Neyens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
54Jens Debusschere (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
55Joeri Calleeuw (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen - Bauknecht  
56Kim Lachmann (Ger) Team Nutrixxion Sparkasse  
57Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) Willems Verandas  
58Gil Suray (Bel) An Post-M Donnelly-Grant Thornton - S  
59Wietse Bosmans (Bel) Bkcp-powerplus  
60Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team  
61Philipp Walsleben (Ger) Bkcp-powerplus  
62Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
63Quentin Bertholet (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team  
64Sergey Rudaskov (Rus) Itera - Katusha  
65Alexander Porsev (Rus) Katusha  
66Rikke Dijkxhoorn (Bel) Van Vliet - EBH Elshof  
67Jempy Drucker (Ned) Team Differdange  
68Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) AA Cycling Team  
69Ronan Van Zandbeek (Ned) Skil-Shimano  
70Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team  
71Wesley Kreder (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team  
72Sergej Fuchs (Ger) Team Nutrixxion Sparkasse  
73Tom Stubbe (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
74Scott Zwizanski (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies  
75Gerben Löwik (Ned) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
76Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil  
77Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) An Post-M Donnelly-Grant Thornton - S  
78Jerome Baugnies (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  

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