Boonen wins Gent-Wevelgem

Cavendish can't make the cut

Tom Boonen was on song again at Gent-Wevelgem, showing prime form and fortune ahead of the Tour of Flanders by out-sprinting Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) and Matti Breschel (Rabobank).

In a somewhat messy sprint marred by a crash from a Saxo Bank rider who took down JJ Rojas (Movistar) and Greg Van Avermaet (BMC), Boonen sped away ahead of the fall and had plenty of power to hold off young Sagan.

"I've found back my sprint. I'm not the fastest man in the peloton – that's probably Mark Cavendish – but if everybody is tired then I'm one of the best. I wasn't fully recovered from Friday's race and I wasn't the best in the race but we decided straight away that we would try to get a sprint. The Kemmelberg is too far from the finish to try something there," Boonen said.

Runner-up Sagan wasted some energy in a breakaway attempt together with Fabian Cancellara (Radioshack-Nissan-Trek) at 25km from the finish in Wevelgem but they were caught back by a large group led by the Omega Pharma-QuickStep troops.

After 235km of racing Sagan lacked the punch to finish ahead of Boonen. "After the last climb of the Kemmelberg I was in a breakaway with Cancellara. I felt good but that was already the case in the Tirreno. It's better to try something then to do nothing at all. In the sprint Boonen was stronger," Sagan said.

Just before the breakaway attempt from Sagan there was a demonstration from Matti Breschel on the Kemmelberg. The Dane left the peloton behind on the steep cobbled climb. "I couldn't go any slower," Breschel joked. "I got beaten by two guys who, right now, are better than me. I felt good today but Boonen is the best right now," Breschel stated.

A nine-rider group stayed away much of the race, but the real story was a split in the field with about 35 km to go. World champion Mark Cavendish (Sky) was left behind in a chasing group and tried to bridge the gap on his own, but never saw the front of the race again.

The breakaway started early in the day with seven riders taking the initiative: Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Koen Barbé (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony), Thomas Bertolini (Farnese Vini – Selle Italia), Vladimir Isaychev (Katusha), Anders Lund (Saxo Bank), Stijn Neirynck (Topsport Vlaanderen – Mercator) and Kevin Van Melsen (Accent Jobs – Willems Veranda’s).

Julien Fouchard (Cofidis, le crédit en ligne) and Yuriy Krivtsov (Lampre – ISD) were able to bridge up with these seven to form the nine-man group which colored the first half of the race.

The nine gathered a lead of up to ten minutes while riding towards the North Sea. When turning away from the sea the headwind tortured the breakaway group and when riding through the north of France the gap quickly dropped down to seven minutes.

By the time they reached the foot of the often crucial Kemmelberg, the lead for the breakaway was down to 2:15, and Lund and Insausti attacked the rest of the breakaway group. On the second ascent of the Kemmelberg Rabobank's Breschel put on an impressive show, his powerful surge opening a gap in the peloton.

On the following Monteberg, the last climb of the day, riders including Luca Paolini (Katusha), Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) and Steve Chainel (FDJ) attempted to break away, but when Fabian Cancellara came to the front with Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale), the duo quickly caught up with the remains of the early breakaway. With 30 km to go they trailed the two leaders by 1:15 with a following peloton of about 40 riders. Behind, a group including sprinters like Mark Cavendish (Sky), André Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) and John Degenkolb (Project 1t4i) was quickly losing ground.

With 16km to go the breakaway and the two front groups were all together, but the second half of the peloton with Cavendish was still trailing by 45 seconds. The fast men in front were Boonen, Matthew Goss (GreenEdge), Daniele Bennati (RadioShack-Nissan-Trek), José Joaquin Rojas Gil (Movistar) and Oscar Freire (Katusha).

That gap only grew, and it soon became clear that it could not be closed.  Cavendish did his best to bridge up, but it was not to be.

The pace stayed high as the group went into the finale. Oscar Freire of Katusha opened the sprint, but Boonen is on a roll and proved once again to have the fastest legs.

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 5:32:44  
2 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale    
3 Matti Breschel (Den) Rabobank Cycling Team    
4 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Katusha Team    
5 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling    
6 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Radioshack-Nissan    
7 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
8 Steve Chainel (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
9 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia    
10 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team    
11 Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Garmin-Cervelo    
12 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team    
13 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Radioshack-Nissan    
14 Christian Knees (Ger) Sky Procycling 0:00:03  
15 Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:00:04  
16 Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
17 Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
18 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:06  
19 Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Katusha Team    
20 Oscar Gatto (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia 0:00:08  
21 Koen Barbe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
22 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:00:15  
23 Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:00:21  
24 Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha Team    
25 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
26 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) GreenEdge Cycling Team 0:00:32  
27 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:00:36  
28 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 0:01:27  
29 Stijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
30 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Team Saxo Bank 0:02:22  
31 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team 0:02:27  
32 Jonas Aaen Jörgensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
33 Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
34 Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
35 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team Saxo Bank 0:02:31  
36 Egoitz Garcia Echeguibel (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
37 Kristof Goddaert (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:33  
38 Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team    
39 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team    
40 Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's    
41 Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Katusha Team    
42 Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team    
43 Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
44 Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
45 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
46 Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Katusha Team    
47 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team    
48 Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing Team    
49 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
50 Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
51 George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team    
52 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
53 Grégory Rast (Swi) Radioshack-Nissan    
54 Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank Cycling Team    
55 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Cervelo    
56 Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) Team Saxo Bank    
57 John Degenkolb (Ger) Project 1t4i    
58 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky Procycling    
59 Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
60 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) GreenEdge Cycling Team    
61 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
62 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
63 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia    
64 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
65 Thomas Leezer (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
66 Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
67 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Radioshack-Nissan    
68 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling    
69 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team    
70 Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling    
71 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:07:08  
72 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar    
73 David Boucher (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
74 Rafaa Chtioui (Tun) Team Europcar 0:10:01  
75 Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre - ISD    
76 Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
77 Davide Vigano (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
78 Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
79 Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
80 Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia    
81 Reinier Honig (Ned) Landbouwkrediet    
82 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
83 Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
84 Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
85 Sven Vandousselaere (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
86 Luca Ascani (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia    
87 Edward King (USA) Liquigas-Cannondale    
88 Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
89 Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
90 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Cannondale    
91 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team    
92 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team    
93 Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
94 Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team    
95 Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team    
96 Gustav Larsson (Swe) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
97 Tiziano Dall'antonia (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
98 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale    
99 Thomas Bertolini (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia    
100 Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia    
101 Elia Favilli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia    
102 Steven Caethoven (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's    
103 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
104 Alan Marangoni (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
105 Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's    
106 Evert Verbist (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's    
107 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
108 Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol Team    
109 Bertjan Lindeman (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
110 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
111 Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin-Cervelo    
112 Aliaksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Katusha Team    
113 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
114 Marcello Pavarin (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
115 Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
116 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) FDJ-Big Mat    
117 Saïd Haddou (Fra) Team Europcar    
118 Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Team Europcar    
119 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar    
120 Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar    
121 Bert De Backer (Bel) Project 1t4i    
122 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
123 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team    
124 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Radioshack-Nissan    
125 Stuart O'grady (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team    
126 Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin-Cervelo    
127 Anthony Ravard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
128 Kevyn Ista (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's    
129 Bernard Eisel (Aut) Sky Procycling    
130 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Sky Procycling    
131 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky Procycling    
132 Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Team Saxo Bank    
133 Kasper Klostergaard Larsen (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
134 Alex Rasmussen (Den) Garmin-Cervelo    
135 Michael Morkov (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
136 Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Lotto Belisol Team    
137 Andreas Klier (Ger) Garmin-Cervelo    
138 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
139 Svein Tuft (Can) GreenEdge Cycling Team    
140 Michaël Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
141 Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team    
142 Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team    
143 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
144 Pablo Urtasun Perez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
145 Yuriy Krivtsov (Fra) Lampre - ISD 0:12:01  
146 Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:12:33  
147 Jimmy Casper (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
148 Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
149 Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team    
150 Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
151 Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team    
152 Bobbie Traksel (Ned) Landbouwkrediet    
153 Gilles Devillers (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
154 Massimo Graziato (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
155 Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale    
156 Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
157 Baden Cooke (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team    
158 Damien Gaudin (Fra) Team Europcar    
DNF Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
DNF Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team    
DNF Steve Houanard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
DNF Romain Lemarchand (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
DNF Boris Shpilevsky (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale    
DNF Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
DNF Ricardo Garcia Ambroa (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
DNF Adrian Saez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
DNF Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
DNF Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ-Big Mat    
DNF Matthew Wilson (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team    
DNF Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) GreenEdge Cycling Team    
DNF Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha Team    
DNF Alexander Porsev (Rus) Katusha Team    
DNF Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - ISD    
DNF Vitaliy Buts (Ukr) Lampre - ISD    
DNF Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team    
DNF Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Movistar Team    
DNF Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Garmin-Cervelo    
DNF Sebastien Rosseler (Bel) Garmin-Cervelo    
DNF Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Radioshack-Nissan    
DNF Robert Thomas Wagner (Ger) Radioshack-Nissan    
DNF Hayden Roulston (NZl) Radioshack-Nissan    
DNF Davy Commeyne (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
DNF Egidijus Juodvalkis (Ltu) Landbouwkrediet    
DNF Kevin Peeters (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
DNF Jonathan Breyne (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
DNF Wim De Vocht (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's    
DNF Sjef De Wilde (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's    
DNF Arnoud Van Groen (Ned) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's    
DNF Edwig Cammaerts (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
DNF Marcel Kittel (Ger) Project 1t4i    
DNF Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Project 1t4i    
DNF Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Project 1t4i    
DNF Ronan Van Zandbeek (Ned) Project 1t4i    
DNF Roy Curvers (Ned) Project 1t4i    
DNF Mathieu Claude (Fra) Team Europcar    


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