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Terpstra solos to Dwars door Vlaanderen victory

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Farrar wins sprint for second

Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) soloed to victory in Dwars door Vlaanderen to win the Belgian classic for the second time in three years. Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp) won the sprint for second ahead of Borut Bozic (Astana) 19 seconds later.

"I was very motivated for this race," Terpstra said. "I trained really well for this, put a lot of effort into this. When it pays off, it's a great feeling."

The Dutchman bridged to an eight-man break at the top of the Paterberg at 30km to go and rode right past the escapees into a solo lead. While a four-man chase group of Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team), Nicki Sørensen (Tinkoff-Saxo), Stijn Devolder (Trek Factory Racing) and Gert Steegmans (Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) closed to within 15 seconds, they could not catch the flying Dutchman.

The four chasers would be swept up at 1.5km remaining as Terpstra's lead grew back to 30 seconds. With Terpstra's advantage unassailable, the peloton set up their sprint for the final two podium places.

Since the race is not on the World Tour calendar, riders did not have radios to allow Terpstra to know what was going on behind, but the former Dutch champion has faith that his team would protect his lead.

"I knew the team was behind me to defend my attack. So, it gave me a lot of morale," Terpstra said. "I put myself in time trial mode and went to the finish. This was actually a long time trial for me. It was all headwind until the finish. I gave the best I could and in the end I still had a lot of power in my legs."

"In the last kilometer I couldn't see the gap behind me. But on the last 600 meters I could see they weren't behind me. It gave me a good feeling, but you never know until you cross the finish line.

"I was able to finish the job of the whole team and I am happy with my condition."

How it unfolded

The start in Roeselare was not only overshadowed by U.S. President Barack Obama's visit but also by several rain clouds. As soon as the peloton left the main square in Roeselare, however, the precipitation stopped. A fast first hour of racing wore many riders down with a large lead group of 21 riders eventually going clear and animating the first half of the race.

In the peloton Orica-GreenEdge and Movistar, two of the three teams who missed the move, did most of the work to keep the group under control. The time gap between the two groups never grew extended beyond three minutes.

When approaching the Eikenberg at 58km from the finish the Garmin-Sharp team upped the pace in the peloton to bring the gap down to approximately one minute. The lead group briefly split apart on the Eikenberg and a little later Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) featured in front of the peloton over the cobbled climb which often kicks off the finale.

In the gutter of the Taaienberg Kenneth Van Bilsen (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise) showed off his good legs in the lead group while Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) did the same in the peloton, closely being marked by Jens Keukeleire (Orica GreenEdge) and Steve Chainel (AG2R La Mondiale).

When approaching the Oude Kwaremont climb the gap between the lead group, now reduced to eight riders, and the peloton was half a minute. The eight leaders included Markel Irizar Aranburu (Trek Factory Racing), Kenneth Van Bilsen and Tom Van Asbroeck (Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise), Gediminas Bagdonas (AG2R La Mondiale), Jos van Emden (Belkin Pro Cycling Team), Nikolas Maes (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), Aleksejs Saramotins (IAM Cycling) and Romain Zingle (Cofidis, Solutions Credits).

On the 2.2km-long cobbled climb at 35km from the finish in Waregem Keukeleire and Ian Stannard (Sky) led the peloton which completely split apart. In the few kilometres towards the short but steep Paterberg the first part of the peloton closed the final gap on the leaders, being led by Terpstra and Stannard.

Just over the top Terpstra accelerated and he quickly gained a good gap. On the cobbles of the Varent the riders from Trek Factory Racing tried to keep Terpstra in check but instead he increased his lead up to half a minute.

"The attack on the Paterberg wasn't planned, but in the final we know we have to be in front when we reach that point. I passed the front group on the Paterberg, I accelerated, and then I was alone," Terpstra said.

Twenty kilometres from the finish Devolder attacked the peloton on the Vossenhol climb with Nicki Sørensen (Tinkoff-Saxo), Gert Steegmans (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) marking his wheel.

With Steegmans marking the move and not contributing to the chase, the remaining three riders closed to within 15 seconds of Terpstra, but would be unable to come any closer to the powerhouse Dutchman.

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 4:31:43  
2 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin Sharp 0:00:17  
3 Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team    
4 Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Wanty - Groupe Gobert    
5 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) IAM Cycling    
6 Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
7 Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise    
8 Oscar Gatto (Ita) Cannondale    
9 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica Greenedge    
10 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) AG2R La Mondiale    
11 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
12 Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team    
13 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha    
14 Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
15 Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky    
16 Michael Morkov (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo    
17 Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
18 Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
19 Steve Chainel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
20 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
21 Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert    
22 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
23 Björn Leukemans (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert    
24 Kenneth Van Bilsen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise    
25 Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica Greenedge    
26 Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team Netapp - Endura    
27 Yves Lampaert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise    
28 Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing    
29 Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise    
30 Jos Van Emden (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
31 Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale    
32 Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team    
33 Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek Factory Racing    
34 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing    
35 Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) IAM Cycling    
36 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team    
37 Raymond Kreder (Ned) Garmin Sharp    
38 Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
39 Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Team Katusha    
40 Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
41 Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert    
42 Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Trek Factory Racing    
43 Pim Ligthart (Ned) Lotto Belisol    
44 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Garmin Sharp    
45 Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Garmin Sharp    
46 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
47 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
48 Nicki Sörensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo    
49 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
50 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale    
51 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Trek Factory Racing    
52 Roger Kluge (Ger) IAM Cycling    
53 Damien Gaudin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
54 Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise    
55 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica Greenedge 0:00:28  
56 Rudiger Selig (Ger) Team Katusha 0:04:32  
57 Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Team Netapp - Endura    
58 Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Movistar Team    
59 Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
60 Martin Reimer (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka    
61 Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo    
62 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale    
63 Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team    
64 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky    
65 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
66 Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky    
67 Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale    
68 Jarl Salomein (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise    
69 Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
70 Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo    
71 Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
72 Gert Joeaar (Est) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
73 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
74 Alexander Porsev (Rus) Team Katusha 0:05:38  
75 Egoitz Garcia Echeguibel (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
76 Marco Marcato (Ita) Cannondale    
77 Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Trek Factory Racing    
78 Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Orica Greenedge    
79 Davide Appollonio (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:08:15  
80 Patrick Facchini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
81 Johann Van Zyl (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka    
82 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
83 Stijn Steels (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise    
84 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert    
85 James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert    
86 Edwig Cammaerts (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
87 Nicky Van Der Lijke (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
88 Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
89 Steele Von Hoff (Aus) Garmin Sharp    
90 Antonio Parrinello (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
91 Marko Kump (Slo) Tinkoff-Saxo    
92 Marcel Aregger (Swi) IAM Cycling    
93 Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La Mondiale    
94 Sean De Bie (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
95 Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team    
96 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar Team    
97 Jesse Sergent (NZl) Trek Factory Racing    
98 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team    
99 Vegard Breen (Nor) Lotto Belisol    
100 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Team Sky    
101 Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin Sharp    
102 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Androni Giocattoli    
103 Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Cannondale    
104 Alexey Tsatevitch (Rus) Team Katusha    
105 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) IAM Cycling    
106 Frederik Willems (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
107 Kenny De Haes (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
108 Andrea Zordan (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
109 Wesley Kreder (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert    
110 Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing Team    
111 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Team Katusha    
112 Fabio Silvestre (Por) Trek Factory Racing 0:16:04  
113 Kevin Ista (Bel) IAM Cycling    
114 Edward King (USA) Cannondale    
115 Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert    
116 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
117 Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
118 Rick Zabel (Ger) BMC Racing Team    
119 John Murphy (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team    
120 Jonathan Mcevoy (GBr) Team Netapp - Endura    
121 Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise    
DNF Matthias Krizek (Aut) Cannondale    
DNF Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team    
DNF Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team    
DNF Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky    
DNF Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Team Sky    
DNF Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team    
DNF Sebastian Lander (Den) BMC Racing Team    
DNF Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
DNF Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Garmin Sharp    
DNF David Millar (GBr) Garmin Sharp    
DNF Daniil Fominykh (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
DNF Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
DNF Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica Greenedge    
DNF Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica Greenedge    
DNF Jens Mouris (Ned) Orica Greenedge    
DNF Svein Tuft (Can) Orica Greenedge    
DNF Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Team Katusha    
DNF Alexander Rybakov (Rus) Team Katusha    
DNF Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo    
DNF Michal Kolár (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo    
DNF Jay Mccarthy (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo    
DNF Maxime Daniel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
DNF Moreno Hofland (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Jetse Bol (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Rick Flens (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Barry Markus (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
DNF Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
DNF Dominic Klemme (Ger) IAM Cycling    
DNF Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling    
DNF Louis Verhelst (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
DNF Carlos Jose Ochoa (Ven) Androni Giocattoli    
DNF Nicola Testi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
DNF Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Androni Giocattoli    
DNF Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) MTN - Qhubeka    
DNF Bradley Potgieter (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka    
DNF Songezo Jim (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka    
DNF Sam Bennett (Irl) Team Netapp - Endura    
DNF Blaz Jarc (Slo) Team Netapp - Endura    
DNF Ralf Matzka (Ger) Team Netapp - Endura    
DNF Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team Netapp - Endura    
DNF Ken Hanson (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team    
DNF Aldo Ino Ilesic (Slo) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team    
DNF Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team    
DNF Luke Keough (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team    
DNF Daniel Summerhill (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team