Nuyens claims first season victory in Namur

Aussie Davis takes second

Belgian Nick Nuyens overcame a difficult season to take his first victory in two years in the GP de Wallonie on Wednesday. The 29-year-old bested Australian Allan Davis (Quick Step) and Silence Lotto's Roy Sentjens in the 203.8km race from Chaudfontaine to Namur. It is the third time Nuyens has won the event, which features the steep climb of the Citadel of Namur in the final kilometre.

The Acqua & Sapone squad did the bulk of the work to bring the race together in the finale for defending champion Stefano Garzelli, but following the final climb of the Citadel, Nuyens proved strongest.

Three Frenchmen tried their luck on the final climb, with Benoit Vaugrenard (FdJ), Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) and Christophe Le Mevel all trying their luck to no avail.

The peloton splintered, and Nuyens was able to attack in the final turns and hold off the charge of Davis in the dash for the line to claim a long awaited victory.

The result justified his selection for the Belgian world championship team. "There was a lot of pressure on me, so I'm very happy with this result," the Belgian told Sporza.be

Second placed Davis said "Nuyens went like mad in the final meters," but said that a lack of knowledge of the course ruined his effort to catch the Belgian.

Full Results
1Nick Nuyens (Bel) Rabobank4:46:13 
2Allan Davis (Aus) Quick Step  
3Roy Sentjens (Bel) Silence - Lotto  
4Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago  
5Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel  
6Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Skil-Shimano  
7Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram  
8Sven Renders (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
9Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo  
10Gerben Lowik (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
11Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
12Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
13Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank  
14Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
15Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Silence - Lotto  
16Ivan Rovny (Rus) Team Katusha  
17Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Team Katusha  
18Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto  
19Andreas Dietziker (Swi) Vorarlberg - Corratec  
20Chris Sorensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
21Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française Des Jeux  
22Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick Step  
23Andre Steensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
24Nikolas Maes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
25Cyril Gautier (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
26Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
27Thomas Degand (Bel) Verandas Willems  
28Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago  
29Florian Stalder (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:00:07 
30Florian Guillou (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
31Peter Velits (Slo) Team Milram  
32Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram  
33Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank  
34Romain Zingle (Bel) Verandas Willems  
35Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto0:00:15 
36Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step0:00:19 
37Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha0:00:22 
38Frederic Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago0:00:23 
39Jerome Baugnies (Bel) Belgian National Team  
40Frederik Verkinderen (Bel) Belgian National Team  
41Nikita Eskov (Rus) Team Katusha0:00:26 
42Jan Bakelants (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:00:34 
43Steve Chainel (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom0:00:36 
44Sebastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:00:43 
45Maarten De Jonge (Ned) Skil-Shimano  
46Geert Verheyen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago  
47Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
48Gregory Habeaux (Bel) Verandas Willems  
49Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Team Katusha  
50Fabio Polazzi (Bel) Lotto - Bodysol  
51Frederic Guesdon (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:00:50 
52Johann Tschopp (Swi) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
53Jelle Wallays (Bel) Belgian National Team  
54Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:59 
55Francesco Masciarelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo  
56Daniel Musiol (Ger) Vorarlberg - Corratec  
57Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Verandas Willems  
58Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:01:07 
59Sebastien Rosseler (Bel) Quick Step0:01:09 
60Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Team Katusha0:01:15 
61Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Silence - Lotto  
62Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Agritubel0:01:35 
63Peter Wrolich (Aut) Team Milram  
64Jerome Pineau (Fra) Quick Step  
65Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:01:40 
66Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano0:01:42 
67Luca Paolini (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo0:01:44 
68Francesco Failli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo0:02:10 
69Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step0:02:18 
70Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano0:02:21 
71Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom0:02:24 
72Benoit Vaugrenard (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:02:27 
73Theo Eltink (Ned) Skil-Shimano0:03:34 
74Arnaud Labbe (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom0:03:52 
75Tony Hurel (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
76Bastien Delrot (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
77Domenik Klemme (Ger) Team Saxo Bank  
78Sebastien Lang (Ger) Silence - Lotto0:04:07 
79Sergey Klimov (Rus) Team Katusha  
80Mathieu Claude (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
81Stijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
82Kevin Neyrinck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago  
83Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank  
84Mauricio Alberto Ardila Cano (Col) Rabobank  
85Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank  
86Dennis Vanendert (Bel) Belgian National Team  
87Massimo Codol (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo  
88Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Skil-Shimano  
89Andrea Masciarelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo  
90Francesco Reda (Ita) Quick Step  
91Wim De Vocht (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
92Wouter Mol (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
93Johannes Frohlinger (Ger) Team Milram  
94Romain Villa (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
95Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
96Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano0:05:24 
97Romain Fondard (Fra) Lotto - Bodysol0:05:59 
98Francisco Mancebo Perez (Spa) Rock Racing  
99Florent Brard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
100Maryan Hary (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
101Frank Hoj (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
102Rene Weissinger (Ger) Vorarlberg - Corratec  
103Nicolas Baiolet (Bel) Verandas Willems  
104Pascal Hungerbuhler (Swi) Vorarlberg - Corratec  
105Sebastien Delfosse (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago  
106Aaron Kemps (Aus) Rock Racing0:09:55 
107Alexandre Moos (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:10:05 
108Dries Depoorter (Bel) Belgian National Team0:13:22 
109Servais Knaven (Ned) Team Milram  
110Mathieu Criquielion (Bel) Verandas Willems  
111Jan Kuyckx (Bel) Verandas Willems  
112Steven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
113James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Verandas Willems  
114Aart Vierhouten (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
115Jeremy Burton (Bel) Lotto - Bodysol  
116Ian Mckissick (USA) BMC Racing Team  
117Christophe Premont (Bel) Lotto - Bodysol  
118Jeremy Roy (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
119Steve Bovay (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
120Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil-Shimano  
121Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
122Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
123Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Vorarlberg - Corratec  
124Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago  
125Ryan Wills (NZl) Lotto - Bodysol  
126Elias Schmaeh (Swi) Vorarlberg - Corratec  
127Sven Jodts (Bel) Belgian National Team  
128Julien Vermote (Bel) Belgian National Team  
129David Lelay (Fra) Agritubel  
130Gianni Meersman (Bel) Française Des Jeux  
131Stijn Joseph (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
132Kristof Goddaert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
133Ronny Scholz (Ger) Team Milram  
134Markus Eichler (Ger) Team Milram  
135Artur Gajek (Ger) Team Milram  
136Remi Cusin (Fra) Agritubel  
137Geert Steurs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
138Gaetan Bille (Bel) Verandas Willems  
139Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank  
140Damien Timmermans (Bel) Lotto - Bodysol  
141Branislan Samoilau (Blr) Quick Step  
142Hubert Schwab (Swi) Quick Step  
143Yaumeni Hutarovich (Blr) Française Des Jeux  
144Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Skil-Shimano  
145Didac Ortega (Spa) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo  
146Jose Enrique Gutierrez Cataluna (Spa) Rock Racing  
147Davy De Scheemaeker (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago  
148Sebastien Joly (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
149Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Rabobank  
150Denis Galizmyanov (Rus) Team Katusha  
151Maxim De Busschere (Bel) Team Katusha  
152Stephane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
153Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
154Yannick Eijssen (Bel) Silence - Lotto  
155Rick Flens (Ned) Rabobank  
156Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Team Saxo Bank  
157Pierre Cazaux (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
158Steven Caethoven (Bel) Agritubel  
159Koen Barbe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago  
160Mickael Larpe (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
161Lasse Bochman (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
162Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Team Saxo Bank  
163Julien Antommarchi (Fra) Skil-Shimano  
164Dario Andriotto (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo0:13:34 
165Diego Milan Jimenez (Spa) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo  
166Wim Van Huffel (Bel) Vorarlberg - Corratec  
167Ruggero Marzoli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo  
168Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
169Edwig Cammaerts (Bel) Lotto - Bodysol0:14:28 
170Silvere Ackermann (Swi) Vorarlberg - Corratec  
171Dirk Bellemakers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago  
172Johan Coenen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
173David Vitoria (Swi) Rock Racing  
174Cedric Collaers (Bel) Verandas Willems  
175Boris Dron (Bel) Lotto - Bodysol  
176Jonathan Dufrasne (Bel) Belgian National Team0:17:13 
Mountains classification
1Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne22pts
2Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank10 
3Benoit Vaugrenard (Fra) Française Des Jeux10 
4Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française Des Jeux10 
5Chris Sorensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank8 
6Ivan Rovny (Rus) Team Katusha8 
7Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française Des Jeux8 
8Steven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole6 
9Francesco Failli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo6 
10Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom6 
11Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo6 
12Cyril Gautier (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom6 
13Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank4 
14Luca Paolini (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo4 
15Dirk Bellemakers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago2 
16Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step2 
17Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto2 
18Edwig Cammaerts (Bel) Lotto - Bodysol1 
Young rider classification
1Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team4:46:13 
2Ivan Rovny (Rus) Team Katusha  
3Andre Steensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
4Cyril Gautier (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
5Romain Zingle (Bel) Verandas Willems0:00:07 
6Jerome Baugnies (Bel) Belgian National Team0:00:23 
7Frederik Verkinderen (Bel) Belgian National Team  
8Jelle Wallays (Bel) Belgian National Team0:00:50 
9Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:01:07 
10Tony Hurel (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom0:03:52 
11Dennis Vanendert (Bel) Belgian National Team0:04:07 
12Dries Depoorter (Bel) Belgian National Team0:13:22 
13Christophe Premont (Bel) Lotto - Bodysol  
14Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago  
15Ryan Wills (NZl) Lotto - Bodysol  
16Sven Jodts (Bel) Belgian National Team  
17Julien Vermote (Bel) Belgian National Team  
18Stijn Joseph (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
19Gaetan Bille (Bel) Verandas Willems  
20Davy De Scheemaeker (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago  
21Denis Galizmyanov (Rus) Team Katusha  
22Yannick Eijssen (Bel) Silence - Lotto  
23Edwig Cammaerts (Bel) Lotto - Bodysol0:14:28 
24Cedric Collaers (Bel) Verandas Willems  
25Boris Dron (Bel) Lotto - Bodysol  
26Jonathan Dufrasne (Bel) Belgian National Team0:17:13 
Teams classification
1Silence Lotto14:18:39 
2Team Saxo Bank  
3Rabobank0:00:07 
4Team Milram0:00:14 
5Quick Step0:00:19 
6Team Katusha0:00:22 
7Landbouwkrediet Colnago0:00:23 
8Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:00:34 
9BBox Bouygues Telecom0:00:36 
10Francaise Des Jeux0:00:43 
11Verandas Willems0:00:50 
12Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:59 
13Belgian National Team0:01:36 
14Skil Shimano0:02:25 
15Acqua Sapone Caffe Mokambo0:02:43 
16Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne0:06:30 
17Vorarlberg Corratec0:06:58 
18Agritubel0:14:57 
19Roubaix Lille Metropole0:17:21 
20Lotto - Bodysol0:20:04 
21BMC Racing Team0:23:34 
22Rock Racing0:29:16 

 

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