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Vandewalle wins GP des Kantons Aargau

Susan Westemeyer

Belgian beats Sella and Haussler to take first pro win

Kristof Vandewalle (Topsport Vlaanderen) rides in the early escape.

Kristof Vandewalle (Topsport Vlaanderen) rides in the early escape.

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Kristof Vandewalle of Topsport Vlaanderen won the GP des Kantons Aargau in Gippingen, Switzerland, Sunday, taking his first win as a professional after some promising placings this spring. The Belgian won the six-rider sprint leading, with second place going to Emanuele Sella (CarmioOro-NGC) and third to Heinrich Haussler (Cervelo TestTeam).

The group formed on the last of 16 laps of a 12.1 kilometre long circuit course, with each lap containing a 180-metre climb.

“With temperatures of 30° Celsius, it was a super hard race,” said Topsport Vlaanderen manager Jean-Pierre Heynderickx.

The race was marked by multiple attacks but none was successful until the sextet broke away on the final climb. Vandewalle opened his sprint with 300 meters to go “and flew away from the last attackers for his first victory as a pro,” his team said proudly.

Only 65 riders finished the race. Among those who did not finish was Alessandro Ballan, of BMC Racing Team. It was his first race back after the team placed him on inactive status, due to his possible involvement in a doping investigation in Italy.

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Kristof Vandewallle (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 4:52:54  
2 Emanuele Sella (Ita) CarmioOro-NGC    
3 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervélo Test Team    
4 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Ag2r la Mondiale    
5 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
6 Paolo Bailetti (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia    
7 Matthias Russ (Ger) Team Milram 0:00:26  
8 Dominik Nerz (Ger) Team Milram 0:00:48  
9 Hubert Schwab (Swi) Vorarlberg - Corratec    
10 Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) CarmioOro-NGC    
11 Donato Cannone (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia    
12 Johan Coenen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 0:01:24  
13 Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervélo Test Team    
14 Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Androni Giocatolli - Serramenti PVC 0:01:37  
15 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0:01:38  
16 Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0:01:44  
17 Jose Gomez Marchante (Spa) Andalucia Cajasur 0:01:46  
18 Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Vorarlberg - Corratec 0:05:40  
19 Fabrice Piemontesi (Ita) Androni Giocatolli - Serramenti PVC 0:05:41  
20 Simon Zahner (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:08:05  
21 Nicolas Schnyder (Swi) PRICE - Custom Bikes    
22 Daniele Colli (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia    
23 Pirmin Lang (Swi) Equipe Nationale Suisse    
24 Andreas Dietziker (Swi) Vorarlberg - Corratec    
25 Davy Commeyne (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
26 Edoardo Girardi (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia    
27 Roman Andres (Swi) Equipe Nationale Suisse    
28 Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
29 Andrea Tonti (Ita) CarmioOro-NGC    
30 Geert Verheyen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
31 Peter Kusztor (Hun) Atlas Personal    
32 Marcel Aregger (Swi) PRICE - Custom Bikes    
33 David Rösch (Ger) Atlas Personal    
34 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) Ag2r la Mondiale    
35 Peter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
36 Pablo Lechuga Rodriguez (Spa) Andalucia Cajasur    
37 Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
38 Tomasz Marchzynski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
39 Daniel Henggeler (Swi) PRICE - Custom Bikes    
40 Florian Stalder (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
41 Elias Schmäh (Swi) PRICE - Custom Bikes    
42 Manuel Clavente Corpas (Spa) Andalucia Cajasur    
43 Julien Berard (Fra) Ag2r la Mondiale    
44 Karsten Kroon (Ned) BMC Racing Team    
45 Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
46 Adrian Honkisz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
47 Thomas Bertolini (Ita) Androni Giocatolli - Serramenti PVC    
48 Martin Elmiger (Swi) Ag2r la Mondiale    
49 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
50 Cameron Wurf (Aus) Androni Giocatolli - Serramenti PVC    
51 Nicolas Baldo (Fra) Atlas Personal    
52 Stephane Rosetto (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
53 Francesco Tizza (Ita) CarmioOro-NGC    
54 Ben Gastauer (Lux) Ag2r la Mondiale    
55 Sergio Carrasco Carcia (Spa) Andalucia Cajasur    
56 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
57 Laurent Beuret (Swi) CarmioOro-NGC    
58 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram    
59 José Luis Arrieta (Spa) Ag2r la Mondiale    
60 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
61 Sander Armee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
62 Damiano Margutti (Ita) Androni Giocatolli - Serramenti PVC    
63 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervélo Test Team    
64 Björn Schröder (Ger) Team Milram    
65 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Cervélo Test Team 0:08:11