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) TeamResult
1Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep5:32:44 
2Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale  
3Matti Breschel (Den) Rabobank Cycling Team  
4Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Katusha Team  
5Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling  
6Daniele Bennati (Ita) Radioshack-Nissan  
7Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
8Steve Chainel (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
9Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia  
10Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team  
11Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Garmin-Cervelo  
12Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team  
13Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Radioshack-Nissan  
14Christian Knees (Ger) Sky Procycling0:00:03 
15Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:04 
16Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
17Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
18Maarten Wynants (Bel) Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:06 
19Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Katusha Team  
20Oscar Gatto (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia0:00:08 
21Koen Barbe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
22Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:00:15 
23Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:00:21 
24Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha Team  
25Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
26Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) GreenEdge Cycling Team0:00:32 
27Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:00:36 
28Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:01:27 
29Stijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
30Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Team Saxo Bank0:02:22 
31André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team0:02:27 
32Jonas Aaen Jörgensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
33Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
34Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
35Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team Saxo Bank0:02:31 
36Egoitz Garcia Echeguibel (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
37Kristof Goddaert (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:33 
38Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team  
39Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
40Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
41Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Katusha Team  
42Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team  
43Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
44Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
45Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
46Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Katusha Team  
47Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team  
48Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing Team  
49Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
50Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
51George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team  
52Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
53Grégory Rast (Swi) Radioshack-Nissan  
54Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank Cycling Team  
55Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Cervelo  
56Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) Team Saxo Bank  
57John Degenkolb (Ger) Project 1t4i  
58Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky Procycling  
59Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
60Jens Keukeleire (Bel) GreenEdge Cycling Team  
61Dries Devenyns (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
62Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
63Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia  
64Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
65Thomas Leezer (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
66Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
67Tony Gallopin (Fra) Radioshack-Nissan  
68Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling  
69Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team  
70Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling  
71Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:07:08 
72Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar  
73David Boucher (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
74Rafaa Chtioui (Tun) Team Europcar0:10:01 
75Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre - ISD  
76Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
77Davide Vigano (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
78Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
79Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
80Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia  
81Reinier Honig (Ned) Landbouwkrediet  
82Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
83Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
84Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
85Sven Vandousselaere (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
86Luca Ascani (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia  
87Edward King (USA) Liquigas-Cannondale  
88Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
89Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
90Kristijan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Cannondale  
91Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team  
92Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team  
93Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
94Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team  
95Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
96Gustav Larsson (Swe) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
97Tiziano Dall'antonia (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
98Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale  
99Thomas Bertolini (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia  
100Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia  
101Elia Favilli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia  
102Steven Caethoven (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
103Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
104Alan Marangoni (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
105Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
106Evert Verbist (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
107Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
108Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol Team  
109Bertjan Lindeman (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
110Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
111Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin-Cervelo  
112Aliaksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Katusha Team  
113Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
114Marcello Pavarin (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
115Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
116Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) FDJ-Big Mat  
117Saïd Haddou (Fra) Team Europcar  
118Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Team Europcar  
119Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar  
120Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar  
121Bert De Backer (Bel) Project 1t4i  
122Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
123Mark Renshaw (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team  
124Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Radioshack-Nissan  
125Stuart O'grady (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team  
126Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin-Cervelo  
127Anthony Ravard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
128Kevyn Ista (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
129Bernard Eisel (Aut) Sky Procycling  
130Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Sky Procycling  
131Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky Procycling  
132Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Team Saxo Bank  
133Kasper Klostergaard Larsen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
134Alex Rasmussen (Den) Garmin-Cervelo  
135Michael Morkov (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
136Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Lotto Belisol Team  
137Andreas Klier (Ger) Garmin-Cervelo  
138Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
139Svein Tuft (Can) GreenEdge Cycling Team  
140Michaël Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
141Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
142Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
143Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
144Pablo Urtasun Perez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
145Yuriy Krivtsov (Fra) Lampre - ISD0:12:01 
146Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:12:33 
147Jimmy Casper (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
148Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
149Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team  
150Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
151Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team  
152Bobbie Traksel (Ned) Landbouwkrediet  
153Gilles Devillers (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
154Massimo Graziato (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
155Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
156Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
157Baden Cooke (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team  
158Damien Gaudin (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFStijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
DNFGert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
DNFSteve Houanard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFRomain Lemarchand (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFBoris Shpilevsky (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFDmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
DNFRicardo Garcia Ambroa (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
DNFAdrian Saez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
DNFMatthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
DNFDominique Rollin (Can) FDJ-Big Mat  
DNFMatthew Wilson (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team  
DNFTomas Vaitkus (Ltu) GreenEdge Cycling Team  
DNFDenis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha Team  
DNFAlexander Porsev (Rus) Katusha Team  
DNFGrega Bole (Slo) Lampre - ISD  
DNFVitaliy Buts (Ukr) Lampre - ISD  
DNFEnrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team  
DNFIgnatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Movistar Team  
DNFKoldo Fernandez (Spa) Garmin-Cervelo  
DNFSebastien Rosseler (Bel) Garmin-Cervelo  
DNFGiacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Radioshack-Nissan  
DNFRobert Thomas Wagner (Ger) Radioshack-Nissan  
DNFHayden Roulston (NZl) Radioshack-Nissan  
DNFDavy Commeyne (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
DNFEgidijus Juodvalkis (Ltu) Landbouwkrediet  
DNFKevin Peeters (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
DNFJonathan Breyne (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
DNFWim De Vocht (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
DNFSjef De Wilde (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
DNFArnoud Van Groen (Ned) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
DNFEdwig Cammaerts (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
DNFMarcel Kittel (Ger) Project 1t4i  
DNFTom Stamsnijder (Ned) Project 1t4i  
DNFRamon Sinkeldam (Ned) Project 1t4i  
DNFRonan Van Zandbeek (Ned) Project 1t4i  
DNFRoy Curvers (Ned) Project 1t4i  
DNFMathieu Claude (Fra) Team Europcar  


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