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Dwars door Vlaanderen: 200km

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Mark Robinson

Live updates from Dwars door Vlaanderen 2012

  1. 10:45:12 WET

    Welcome to Cyclingnews' live coverage of Dwars door Vlaanderen 2012, which is set to start at 11:40 CET this morning. Barry Ryan and Daniel Benson are in Flanders and will be bringing you live updates as the drama unfolds over the next few hours...

  2. 10:51:51 WET

    The second Flemish Classic of the season has attracted a high class field, with the likes of Mark Cavendish (Team Sky), Tyler Farrar and Heinrich Haussler (Garmin-Barracuda), Mark Renshaw (Rabobank) and Oscar Freire (Katusha) amongst the pre-race favourites. Australian team GreenEdge will be looking for further glory after their exploits at Milan-San Remo and the Volta a Catalunya in recent days. 

  3. 10:57:24 WET

    The riders will face a total of 13 climbs along the demanding 200km route, which includes a testing finale that features the potentially decisive Nokereberg climb just 6km from the finish.

  4. 11:32:30 WET

    2008 winner Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) will be hoping for victory again, this time in the colours of Omega Pharma-QuickStep, but it's a race that has been dominated by Belgian riders since its inception in 1945.

  5. 12:23:40 WET

    As the race progresses, three riders have broken away from the peloton. Thomas Vaitkus (GreenEdge), Pim Ligthart (Vacansoleil-DCM) and William Clarke (Champion System) have opened up a small gap.

  6. 12:26:40 WET

    The riders are approaching the first big climb of the day - New Kvwaremont. Just past the 75km point and the average speed is just over 50km/h. That's all set to change in the next few minutes.

  7. 12:45:28 WET

    Daniel taking over live coverage from Mark.

  8. 12:46:24 WET

    We're just going through the feed zone but we have two riders clear of the peloton with a 9 second lead on bunch. So far no move has succeeded.

  9. 12:49:07 WET

    There's a very strong chance of a sprint in today's race. Matt Goss, Oscar Freire, Mark Cavendish and a host of other sprinters are all here. With no wind, no rain and perfect sunshine it will be very hard for a break to stay away.

  10. 12:53:51 WET

    Mark Cavendish talked down his chances at the start this morning though. He said that the team would be looking to work for Jeremy Hunt and Chris Sutton and that he would help aid his teammates. We'll see if that holds true or not but it's worth pointing out that Sky only have 6 riders in today's race.

  11. 110km remaining from 200km

    12:56:33 WET

    We have 13 riders, 27 seconds clear of the peloton. We're just waiting on the names and race numbers to come through.

  12. 12:58:43 WET

    The gap is now up to 42 seconds. This might be a hard one if they can work together. It all depends on the make-up of the break.

  13. 13:05:54 WET

    Michael Morkov (Saxo Bank) Troels Vinther (Saxo Bank), Manuel Belletti (AG2r), Lloyd Mondory (AG2r), Travis Meyer (GreenEdge), Davide Cimolai (Lampre), Jan Ghyselinck (Cofidis), Ronan van Zandbeek (Project 1t4i), Arkimedes Arguelyes (RusVelo) have 55 seconds on the bunch. There is a counter attack though.

  14. 13:05:55 WET

    Michael Morkov (Saxo Bank) Troels Vinther (Saxo Bank), Manuel Belletti (AG2r), Lloyd Mondory (AG2r), Travis Meyer (GreenEdge), Davide Cimolai (Lampre), Jan Ghyselinck (Cofidis), Ronan van Zandbeek (Project 1t4i), Arkimedes Arguelyes (RusVelo) have 55 seconds on the bunch. There is a counter attack though.

  15. 13:05:56 WET

    Michael Morkov (Saxo Bank) Troels Vinther (Saxo Bank), Manuel Belletti (AG2r), Lloyd Mondory (AG2r), Travis Meyer (GreenEdge), Davide Cimolai (Lampre), Jan Ghyselinck (Cofidis), Ronan van Zandbeek (Project 1t4i), Arkimedes Arguelyes (RusVelo) have 55 seconds on the bunch. There is a counter attack though.

  16. 13:07:08 WET

    • Rabobank Cycling Team's 2011 Jersey

    Right now Rabobank are leading the chase from the peloton. Clearly Mark Renshaw has made the call and asked him men to pull on the front.

  17. 86km remaining from 200km

    13:27:20 WET

    86 km to go and the gap is down to 11 seconds. There are 15 riders clear, but QuickStep, with help from Rabobank have chased this one all down.

    Still, there are a number of climbs still to come and even if/when this move is brought back we'll see further attacks all the way to the finish.

  18. 13:29:50 WET

    • GreenEdge Cycling Team's 2012 Jersey

    At the start of the race this morning we spoke to Matt White from Greenedge. His team have come to life in the last two weeks, wining the team time trial in Tirreno, San Remo and then back-to-back wins in Catalunya. You can watch the video with White, right here.

  19. 86km remaining from 200km

    13:30:23 WET

    The gap is down to 11 seconds.

  20. 13:33:34 WET

    It looks like QuickStep had two men in that counter, Chavanel the winner in 2008 and Terpstra, and they've both made it into the lead.

    The break is constantly evolving though and it looks like we've got a new set of riders, including Chavanel and Terpstra in the lead move.

  21. 13:35:16 WET

    • Break

    So we now have 8 riders in the lead with a gap of 1:15 on the bunch.

  22. 13:37:29 WET

    The gap is 1:50 now.

  23. 13:39:19 WET

    The eight riders in the lead, are: Chavanel, Mørkøv, Mondory, Wynants, Terpstra, Ghyselinck, Jerome and Wallays.

  24. 13:41:15 WET

    The leaders have close to two minutes now., their lead at 1:58.

  25. 13:45:26 WET

    The only surprise is that Rambo isnt in the break today. He's in fact hanging on at the back of the bunch.

  26. 64km remaining from 200km

    13:46:56 WET

    64km to go and we're closing in on the Eikenberg. Vacansoleil are leading the chase in the peloton, with the lead at 2:00

  27. 13:48:15 WET

    The break hit the climb with Wallays setting the pace. Chavanel caught the leaders on his own and it's his teammate Terpstra who moves to the front of the group and begins to the set the pace.

  28. 13:49:04 WET

    He smartly moves over to the right hand side of the road, hugging the smooth gutter and avoiding the cobbles, the rest of the group are forced to follow him.

  29. 13:50:05 WET

    And the peloton hit the climb now, they dont sweep into the smooth gutter and riders swarm all over the road trying to hold their positions. QuickStep have a few men near the front, trying to break the chase up and keep themselves out of trouble.

  30. 13:53:05 WET

    There's a big split in the bunch Leukemans setting the pace has caused all the damage and the peloton has splintered into a number of small echelons.

  31. 13:53:30 WET

    The injection of pace has reduced the gap to the leaders to 1:24.

  32. 13:56:14 WET

    The bunch is slowly coming back together but that's a bad sign for some of the riders already dropped on the first serious pace increase.

    Back up the road, and the break continue to forge ahead. The gap is down to 1:26 as they begin to climb the next hill, The Steenbeekdries.

  33. 13:58:01 WET

    Steegmans is near the head of the field with Ciolek on his wheel. The German will be hoping that there's a sprint finish but with Cavendish and Goss both here his chances dont look great.

  34. 14:02:05 WET

    Here's  a start line gallery from this morning.

  35. 14:04:29 WET

    Devolder hits the deck after 10km of racing. He was back on the bike and he's still in the race.


  36. 14:06:25 WET

    Barredo, Rabobank, has his jersey fully open. It's not warm.

  37. 14:07:06 WET

    Develoder is back in the wars, picking up a new bike from the team car and chasing back on.

  38. 14:07:35 WET

    • Rainbow Jersey

    Mark Cavendish is near the front of the peloton, with four Sky riders around him.

  39. 14:09:14 WET

    The Garmin guys are doing the chasing on the front of the bunch though. The gap has gone out again to 1:49.

  40. 14:13:20 WET

    Gatto has a puncture and has to wait for a team car.

  41. 14:20:10 WET

    Garmin continue their pace setting. The gap is down to 1:31 but Terpstra takes a long turn on the front but with 41km to go Garmin are going to need help from other teams. No sign of GreedEdge or Katusha yet.

  42. 40km remaining from 200km

    14:21:23 WET

    The peloton split on the last climb and Cavendish wasn't able to make the first group but as we've seen before it may still back back together.

  43. 14:24:37 WET

    The leaders are on the Oude-Kwaremont and Chavanel moves to the front for the first time. He immediately has the break stretched out.

  44. 14:25:13 WET

    Ghyselinck is the first victim, just as Garmin hit the lower slopes of the climb. The gap is 1:16.

  45. 14:26:31 WET

    Jack Baurer, the Garmin rider setting the pace in pursuit of the Chavanel group. He's taken about 10 seconds off the break in the last kilometre.

  46. 14:27:30 WET

    As Terpstra takes over for Quickstep at the head of the break. The Belgian team are using their strength in numbers well but the gap is still 1:10.

  47. 14:29:45 WET

    Terpstra and Wallays have ridden away from the rest of the break, including Chavanel. They're over the climb but they've got the Paterberg coming up very, very soon.

  48. 14:30:54 WET

    Pichot has jumped away from the peloton. On his own.

  49. 14:32:54 WET

    Terpstra, again finds the smoother section of the climb and accelerates away from Wallays.

  50. 14:33:37 WET

    Vanmarcke has attacked from the bunch, and he comes flying past Pichot. That's impressive.

  51. 14:34:16 WET

    That must have come on the lower slopes of the Paterberg. Pozzato is leading the chase behind, with Steegmans also there.

  52. 30km remaining from 200km

    14:36:06 WET

    30km to go, Terpstra is ahead of the remnants of the break, with Vanmarke leading another charge from the peloton. The sprinters's teams need to grab this race by the scruff of the neck sooner rather than later.

  53. 14:38:15 WET

    Chavanel is just sitting at the back of the break, because with Terpstra up the road he can't contribute to the chase.

  54. 14:40:26 WET

    Vanmarcke has been brought back by Pippo's group, while Terpstra leads by 1:35. This would be a major shock if he survives until the finish.

  55. 14:45:29 WET

    Terpstra has 2 minutes on the peloton.


  56. 14:48:46 WET

    And now I'm handing live coverage back over to Mark.

  57. 20km remaining from 200km

    14:50:46 WET

    Terpstra is looking strong as he enters the final 20km. It will still be a shock if he hangs on, but he isn't showing any signs of slowing at this stage.

  58. 14:51:54 WET

    Terpstra taking instructions from the team car. What can they be?

  59. 14:57:25 WET

    The chasing pack are now well strung out behind the leaders. The Kvaremont is taking its toll. Pozzato and Chavanel in the third group back.

  60. 14:58:21 WET

    The chasing pack are now well strung out behind the leaders. Pozzato and Chavanel in the third group back.

  61. 14:58:29 WET

    The chasing pack are now well strung out behind the leaders. Pozzato and Chavanel in the third group back.

  62. 14:58:36 WET

    The chasing pack are now well strung out behind the leaders. Pozzato and Chavanel in the third group back.

  63. 14:58:59 WET

    The chasing pack are now well strung out behind the leaders. Pozzato and Chavanel in the third group back.

  64. 15:00:41 WET

    Terpstra is 1:24 ahead with 13km to go. The gap is staying fairly constant at the moment.

  65. 10km remaining from 200km

    15:04:19 WET

    Entering the final phase of the race now. Still Terpstra is looking strong. almost 90 seconds clear of a group of eleven pursuers.

  66. 15:07:37 WET

    Chasing pack: Chavanel, Morkov, Mondory, Ghyselinck, Jerome, Wallays, Pichot, De Kort, Vanmarcke, Keukeleire, Pozzato. They are 1:27 down with 8km to go.

  67. 5km remaining from 200km

    15:11:09 WET

    Gap is creeping down but surely Terpstra has too much of a lead.

  68. 15:15:15 WET

    De Kort and Chavanel burst clear from the chasing pack looking to secure the podium places. Just 2km to go now for Terpstra. He's turned the race into a procession.

  69. 15:16:24 WET

    Terpstra all smiles with a few hundred metres to go.

  70. 15:18:48 WET

    RESULT (Top three): 1 Terpstra 2 Chavanel 3 De Kort

  71. 15:20:07 WET

    Unofficial winning margin for Terpstra was 1:09

  72. 15:23:08 WET

    Top Ten: 1 Terpstra 2 Chavanel 3 De Kort 4 Ghyselinck 5 Pichot 6 Pozzato 7 Vanmarcke 8 Wynants 9 Mondory 10 Keukeleire

  73. 15:31:24 WET

    For brief race report and brief results click here - full report and results will follow...