Terpstra solos to Dwars door Vlaanderen victory

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) TeamResult
1Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team4:31:43 
2Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin Sharp0:00:17 
3Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team  
4Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
5Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) IAM Cycling  
6Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
7Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
8Oscar Gatto (Ita) Cannondale  
9Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica Greenedge  
10Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) AG2R La Mondiale  
11Maarten Wynants (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
12Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team  
13Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha  
14Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
15Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky  
16Michael Morkov (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo  
17Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
18Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
19Steve Chainel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
20Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
21Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
22Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
23Björn Leukemans (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
24Kenneth Van Bilsen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
25Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica Greenedge  
26Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team Netapp - Endura  
27Yves Lampaert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
28Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing  
29Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
30Jos Van Emden (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
31Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale  
32Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
33Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek Factory Racing  
34Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing  
35Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) IAM Cycling  
36Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team  
37Raymond Kreder (Ned) Garmin Sharp  
38Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
39Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Team Katusha  
40Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
41Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
42Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Trek Factory Racing  
43Pim Ligthart (Ned) Lotto Belisol  
44Nick Nuyens (Bel) Garmin Sharp  
45Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Garmin Sharp  
46Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
47Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
48Nicki Sörensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo  
49Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
50Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale  
51Stijn Devolder (Bel) Trek Factory Racing  
52Roger Kluge (Ger) IAM Cycling  
53Damien Gaudin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
54Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
55Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica Greenedge0:00:28 
56Rudiger Selig (Ger) Team Katusha0:04:32 
57Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Team Netapp - Endura  
58Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Movistar Team  
59Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
60Martin Reimer (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka  
61Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo  
62Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale  
63Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
64Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky  
65Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
66Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky  
67Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale  
68Jarl Salomein (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
69Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
70Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo  
71Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
72Gert Joeaar (Est) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
73Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
74Alexander Porsev (Rus) Team Katusha0:05:38 
75Egoitz Garcia Echeguibel (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
76Marco Marcato (Ita) Cannondale  
77Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Trek Factory Racing  
78Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Orica Greenedge  
79Davide Appollonio (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:08:15 
80Patrick Facchini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
81Johann Van Zyl (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
82Marco Bandiera (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
83Stijn Steels (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
84Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
85James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
86Edwig Cammaerts (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
87Nicky Van Der Lijke (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
88Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
89Steele Von Hoff (Aus) Garmin Sharp  
90Antonio Parrinello (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
91Marko Kump (Slo) Tinkoff-Saxo  
92Marcel Aregger (Swi) IAM Cycling  
93Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La Mondiale  
94Sean De Bie (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
95Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team  
96Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar Team  
97Jesse Sergent (NZl) Trek Factory Racing  
98Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team  
99Vegard Breen (Nor) Lotto Belisol  
100Christopher Sutton (Aus) Team Sky  
101Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin Sharp  
102Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Androni Giocattoli  
103Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Cannondale  
104Alexey Tsatevitch (Rus) Team Katusha  
105Jérôme Pineau (Fra) IAM Cycling  
106Frederik Willems (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
107Kenny De Haes (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
108Andrea Zordan (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
109Wesley Kreder (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
110Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing Team  
111Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Team Katusha  
112Fabio Silvestre (Por) Trek Factory Racing0:16:04 
113Kevin Ista (Bel) IAM Cycling  
114Edward King (USA) Cannondale  
115Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
116Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
117Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
118Rick Zabel (Ger) BMC Racing Team  
119John Murphy (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
120Jonathan Mcevoy (GBr) Team Netapp - Endura  
121Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
DNFMatthias Krizek (Aut) Cannondale  
DNFEnrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team  
DNFBenat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team  
DNFSalvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky  
DNFGabriel Rasch (Nor) Team Sky  
DNFDaniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
DNFSebastian Lander (Den) BMC Racing Team  
DNFDanilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
DNFLasse Norman Hansen (Den) Garmin Sharp  
DNFDavid Millar (GBr) Garmin Sharp  
DNFDaniil Fominykh (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
DNFDmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
DNFMatthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica Greenedge  
DNFMichael Hepburn (Aus) Orica Greenedge  
DNFJens Mouris (Ned) Orica Greenedge  
DNFSvein Tuft (Can) Orica Greenedge  
DNFAliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Team Katusha  
DNFAlexander Rybakov (Rus) Team Katusha  
DNFManuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo  
DNFMichal Kolár (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo  
DNFJay Mccarthy (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo  
DNFMaxime Daniel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFMoreno Hofland (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
DNFJetse Bol (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
DNFRick Flens (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
DNFBarry Markus (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
DNFKris Boeckmans (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
DNFJonas Vangenechten (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
DNFDominic Klemme (Ger) IAM Cycling  
DNFMatteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling  
DNFLouis Verhelst (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFCarlos Jose Ochoa (Ven) Androni Giocattoli  
DNFNicola Testi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
DNFKenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Androni Giocattoli  
DNFIgnatas Konovalovas (Ltu) MTN - Qhubeka  
DNFBradley Potgieter (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
DNFSongezo Jim (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
DNFSam Bennett (Irl) Team Netapp - Endura  
DNFBlaz Jarc (Slo) Team Netapp - Endura  
DNFRalf Matzka (Ger) Team Netapp - Endura  
DNFDaniel Schorn (Aut) Team Netapp - Endura  
DNFKen Hanson (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
DNFAldo Ino Ilesic (Slo) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
DNFChristopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
DNFLuke Keough (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
DNFDaniel Summerhill (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team  


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