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Tuft solos to victory in Belgium

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Wauters, Blythe round out podium

Canadian Svein Tuft scored his team's first European victory of the season with a solo win in the GP Stad Zottegem. Tuft rode away from breakaway companions to cross the line 36 seconds ahead of second place finisher Willem Wauters (trainee for Vacansoleil-DCM), while Omega Pharma-Lotto's Adam Blythe won the sprint from the chasing group for third.

“The boys rode a perfect race today," Tuft said. "Everybody is starting to feel the form of those hard climbing French stage races. Early on we had Will [Routley], Zach [Bell] and myself in the break - and I knew it was going to be a good day.

“As the day wore on, I could see the riders starting to feel the fatigue and I knew it was time to go in the headwind section about 12k out. I knew once I had 30 seconds, I would be able to break the chase group. There were some technical sections that really suited me late in the race. I knew if I could get to the technical section, I could get out of sight and gain time,” Tuft said. “It was a very satisfying win and I'm really proud of the guys. We will be looking for another one tomorrow at Overjise.”

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Svein Tuft (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10 4:06:13  
2 Willem Wauters (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:00:36  
3 Adam Blythe (GBr) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:00:41  
4 Troels Ronning Vinther (Den) Glud & Marstrand - LRO    
5 Markus Eichler (Ger) Team NSP    
6 Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Veranda's Willems - Accent    
7 Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
8 Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
9 Wouter Mol (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
10 Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 0:00:51  
11 Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team NSP 0:01:04  
12 Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:01:19  
13 Eric Baumann (Ger) Team Netapp 0:02:32  
14 Roy Hegreberg (Nor) Sparebanken Vest - Ridley    
15 Bertjan Lindeman (Ned) Vacansoleil DCM Pro Cycling Team    
16 Guillaume Boivin (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10    
17 Boris Dron (Bel) Lotto - Bodysol Pole Continental Wallon    
18 Koen Barbe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 0:02:43  
19 Andrew Fenn (GBr) An Post - Sean Kelly 0:02:52  
20 Jens Debusschere (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:03:43  
21 James Spragg (GBr) Donckers Koffie - Jelly Belly    
22 Evan Oliphant (GBr) Endura Racing    
23 Thomas Guldhammer (Den) Team Concordia Forsikring - Himmerland    
24 Remco Broers (Ned) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.de 0:03:49  
25 Jurgen François (Bel) Colba - Mercury 0:04:10  
26 Sven Jodts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 0:04:47  
27 Sven Vandousselaere (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:05:01  
28 Sebastian Körber (Ger) Nutrixxion Sparkasse    
29 Ian Wilkinson (GBr) Endura Racing    
30 Remco Te Brake (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke    
31 Christian Moberg Jörgensen (Den) Glud & Marstrand - LRO    
32 Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
33 Stefan Schäfer (Ger) Team NetApp    
34 Simon Lambert-Lemay (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10    
35 Martin Gilbert (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10    
36 Jonas Ljungblad (Swe) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.de    
37 Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
38 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Netapp 0:05:19