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Terpstra victorious at Dwars door Vlaanderen

By:
Brecht Decaluwé

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) Team Result
1 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 4:29:36  
2 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 0:00:47  
3 Koen De Kort (Ned) Project 1t4i    
4 Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:00:51  
5 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar 0:00:53  
6 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia 0:01:00  
7 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Garmin-Cervelo 0:01:05  
8 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:01:16  
9 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
10 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) GreenEdge Cycling Team    
11 Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar    
12 Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
13 Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 0:01:26  
14 Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team    
15 Michael Mørkøv (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
16 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:03:06  
17 Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
18 Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's    
19 Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Katusha Team    
20 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team    
21 Saïd Haddou (Fra) Team Europcar    
22 Michael Van Stayen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
23 Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Katusha Team    
24 Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team    
25 Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Team Europcar    
26 Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
27 Jonas Aaen Jorgensen (Nor) Team Saxo Bank    
28 Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
29 Guillaume Boivin (Can) Spidertech p/b C10    
30 Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team    
31 Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale    
32 Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Team Europcar    
33 Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
34 Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team    
35 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky Procycling    
36 Davy Commeyne (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
37 Davide Vigano (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
38 Nikolai Trusov (Rus) RusVelo    
39 Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team NetApp    
40 Maarten Neyens (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team    
41 Blaz Jarc (Slo) Team NetApp    
42 Iljo Keisse (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
43 Kristof Goddaert (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale    
44 James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's    
45 Romain Lemarchand (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
46 Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
47 Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
48 Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's    
49 Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
50 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Cervelo    
51 Tom Veelers (Ned) Project 1t4i    
52 Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha Team    
53 Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) An Post - Sean Kelly    
54 Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
55 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
56 Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) Team Saxo Bank    
57 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team    
58 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky Procycling    
59 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia    
60 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
61 Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar    
62 Egidijus Juodvalkis (Ltu) Landbouwkrediet    
63 Jacob Rathe (USA) Garmin-Cervelo    
64 Luke Rowe (GBr) Sky Procycling    
65 Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
66 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team    
67 Andy Cappelle (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's    
68 Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
69 Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin-Cervelo    
70 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
71 Brian Vandborg (Den) Spidertech p/b C10    
72 Christian Knees (Ger) Sky Procycling    
73 Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team    
74 Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Team NetApp    
75 Troels Ronning Vinther (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
76 Gregor Gazvoda (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale    
77 Stuart O'grady (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team    
78 Frederik Willems (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team    
79 Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Movistar Team    
80 Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
81 Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky Procycling    
82 Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia    
83 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
84 Cameron Wurf (Aus) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
85 Koen Barbe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
86 Hugo Houle (Can) Spidertech p/b C10    
87 Timon Seubert (Ger) Team NetApp    
88 Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
89 Dmitriy Kozontchuk (Rus) RusVelo    
90 Leif Hoste (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's    
91 Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
92 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
93 Marcello Pavarin (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
94 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
95 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team    
96 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
97 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Katusha Team    
98 Thomas Leezer (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
99 David Veilleux (Can) Team Europcar    
100 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
101 Matthew Goss (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team    
102 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Garmin-Cervelo    
103 Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
104 Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Cervelo    
105 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:04:13