Terpstra victorious at Dwars door Vlaanderen

Stunning solo victory for Omega Pharma-Quickstep rider

Niki Terpstra produced an astonishing solo performance at Dwars door Vlaanderen this afternoon, riding away from a breakaway to have victory all but sewn up with 20km to go in the famous old Flemish semi-classic.

Terpstra was chased home by his Omega Pharma-QuickStep teammate Sylvain Chavanel and Project 1t4i's Koen De Kort, but neither rider ever threatened the winner, who finished a minute ahead.

“Some will say that winning here is not a big fish but to me it’s a nice greasy fish,” Terpstra said. “Having Sylvain with me in the breakaway was a major benefit. Today I felt great, especially when realizing that the others were suffering big time. After the bad luck from last year I finally feel lucky again and I hope the best is yet to come.”

Dwars door Vlaanderen features as the first in a series of one-day Spring Classics. The winner from last year – Nick Nuyens – went on to win the Tour of Flanders later that month. “That’s a race on another level with stronger teams that include all team leaders, like we will have Tom Boonen,” Terpstra said.

After two hours of racing at nearly 50 km/h the first serious breakaway group was formed when reaching the first hellingen. Thirteen riders gathered a lead of a minute in no time. The Omega Pharma-QuickStep team launched a counter-attack through Chavanel and Terpstra.

They bridged up with the breakaway group at the cobbles of the Haaghoek, with the peloton following on their heels. A rapid acceleration from Chavanel when approaching the fourth hill of the day, the Berendries, resulted in a new formation of the breakaway group - with only seven riders surviving the punch from Chavanel. The group consisted of Chavanel, Terpstra, Michael Morkov (Saxo Bank), Lloyd Mondory (AG2R La Mondiale), Maarten Wynants (Rabobank), Vincent Jerome (Europcar), Jelle Wallays (Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator) and Jan Ghyselinck (Cofidis, le credit en ligne).

Vacansoleil-DCM and then Garmin-Barracuda kept the gap around one and a half minutes to the peloton when tackling a series of climbs. When approaching the Oude Kwaremont the gap dropped down to 1:10 while the co-operation in front got disturbed. “It wasn’t pre-planned. I wanted to ride the Kwaremont in front, and then halfway up it Niki made the acceleration. At that point he was a little bit stronger than me and he took the initiative to attack,” Chavanel said.

Terpstra and Wallays powered away at the top of the iconic climb and the duo quickly gained a lead of 20 seconds at the foot of the Paterberg. Terpstra dropped Wallays in front, while further back Sep Vanmarcke (Garmin-Barracuda) blasted away in the peloton, dropping Filippo Pozzato. “I showed that I was good but on my own it wasn’t possible to get to the front. We didn’t get a lot of information on how far the breakaway was but with Chavanel and Terpstra in there I knew it was going to become difficult for us,” Vanmarcke said.

On the wide roads after the Paterberg Terpstra led the race solo while building a big gap over Wallays. The chasing group with Chavanel didn’t have the punch to get close to the Dutchman. “I just controlled behind in the finale. I was a bit worried that he might have gone too far from the line because there was the Paterberg to come afterwards too. I just controlled Maarten Wynants behind. I think he was the strongest of the group behind. He accelerated on the Paterberg so I went with him,” Chavanel said.

Further back Vanmarcke waited for four new chasers Jens Keukeleire, Koen de Kort, Alexandre Pichot and Filippo Pozzato to catch up. Terpstra headed into the last 20 kilometers with a lead of 45 seconds over Wallays, more than a minute over the Chavanel group and nearly three minutes over the peloton.

Wallays struggled to maintain his lead over the chasing pack and just over the penultimate climb, the Holstraat at 16km from the finish in Waregem, he was caught back by the six. At the same time the Vanmarcke group bridged up as well, creating a group of twelve chasers at 1:20 from leader Terpstra. They failed to provide a serious chase on Terpstra and from a long way out it was clear that he would be the winner of the 67th Dwars door Vlaanderen.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quickstep4:29:36 
2Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:00:47 
3Koen De Kort (Ned) Project 1t4i  
4Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:00:51 
5Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar0:00:53 
6Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia0:01:00 
7Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Garmin-Cervelo0:01:05 
8Maarten Wynants (Bel) Rabobank Cycling Team0:01:16 
9Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
10Jens Keukeleire (Bel) GreenEdge Cycling Team  
11Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar  
12Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
13Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:01:26 
14Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team  
15Michael Mørkøv (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
16Mark Renshaw (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team0:03:06 
17Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
18Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
19Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Katusha Team  
20Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team  
21Saïd Haddou (Fra) Team Europcar  
22Michael Van Stayen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
23Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Katusha Team  
24Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
25Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Team Europcar  
26Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
27Jonas Aaen Jorgensen (Nor) Team Saxo Bank  
28Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
29Guillaume Boivin (Can) Spidertech p/b C10  
30Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
31Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
32Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Team Europcar  
33Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
34Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
35Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky Procycling  
36Davy Commeyne (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
37Davide Vigano (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
38Nikolai Trusov (Rus) RusVelo  
39Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team NetApp  
40Maarten Neyens (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
41Blaz Jarc (Slo) Team NetApp  
42Iljo Keisse (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
43Kristof Goddaert (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale  
44James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
45Romain Lemarchand (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
46Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
47Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
48Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
49Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
50Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Cervelo  
51Tom Veelers (Ned) Project 1t4i  
52Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha Team  
53Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) An Post - Sean Kelly  
54Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
55Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
56Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) Team Saxo Bank  
57Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team  
58Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky Procycling  
59Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia  
60Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
61Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar  
62Egidijus Juodvalkis (Ltu) Landbouwkrediet  
63Jacob Rathe (USA) Garmin-Cervelo  
64Luke Rowe (GBr) Sky Procycling  
65Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
66Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team  
67Andy Cappelle (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
68Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
69Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin-Cervelo  
70Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
71Brian Vandborg (Den) Spidertech p/b C10  
72Christian Knees (Ger) Sky Procycling  
73Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
74Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Team NetApp  
75Troels Ronning Vinther (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
76Gregor Gazvoda (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale  
77Stuart O'grady (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team  
78Frederik Willems (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
79Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Movistar Team  
80Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
81Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky Procycling  
82Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia  
83Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
84Cameron Wurf (Aus) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
85Koen Barbe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
86Hugo Houle (Can) Spidertech p/b C10  
87Timon Seubert (Ger) Team NetApp  
88Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
89Dmitriy Kozontchuk (Rus) RusVelo  
90Leif Hoste (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
91Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
92Stijn Devolder (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
93Marcello Pavarin (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
94Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
95Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team  
96Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
97Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Katusha Team  
98Thomas Leezer (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
99David Veilleux (Can) Team Europcar  
100Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
101Matthew Goss (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team  
102Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Garmin-Cervelo  
103Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
104Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Cervelo  
105Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:04:13 

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