Bille wins GP Pino Cerami

Feillu and Vangenechten round out podium

Belgium's Gaetan Bille (Lotto Belisol Team) got an early birthday present as he attacked in the final kilometre and rode solo to victory in the GP Pino Cerami. On the uphill drag to the line Bille, who turns 24 tomorrow, held off the charging peloton led in by Romain Feillu (Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team) for second place. To cap things off for Lotto Belisol, Bille's teammate Jonas Vangenechten earned third on the day, followed by a pair of Canadians, Spidertech powered by C10's Guillaume Boivin and Ryan Anderson, for fourth and fifth.

Entering the final kilometre a trio of Italians, Marco Marcato (Vacansoleil-DCM) alone in the lead, followed by Marco Bandiera (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) and Elia Favilli (Farnese Vini-Selle Italia), were still off the front after attacking from 20km out. On the tough finale, however, they came to grief and were caught and passed first by Bille, who had jumped clear of the peloton, and then the charging field.

"Today I surprised the peloton in the final kilometre and to hold off a fast man like Romain Feillu gives me great pleasure," said Bille. "The third place by Jonas Vangenechten, with whom I often share a room, completes our success. It's also nice that this selection, the 'young talents' team with Lotto Belisol, achieved such a result.

"After a good winter I looked with confidence to this season, but this result and this rapid success I had never imagined," continued Bille, who's in only his first season at the ProTeam level. "My tests said I have a good combination of speed and endurance which makes me fit for prologues and hard finishes."

Thirty kilometres into the 200km Belgian race, four riders jumped clear of the peloton to form the early break: Laurens De Vreese (Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator), Egoitz Garcia (Cofidis), Cristiano Benenati (Farnese Vini-Selle Italia) and Brad White (UnitedHealthcare). The quartet pushed out a lead in excess of six minutes, but their escape was neutralised as they approached the 24km finishing circuit, to be negotiated three times, featuring a cobbled ascent of 14 percent.

A large, new break formed on the first lap of the circuit containing Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-Quickstep), Assan Bazayev (Astana), Marco Marcato and Martijn Keizer (Vacansoleil-DCM), Pieter Serry (Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator), Aleksejs Saramotins and Edwig Cammaerts (Cofidis), Yannick Talabardon and Jean-Lou Paiani (Saur-Sojasun), Pier Paolo De Negri and Thomas Bertolini (Farnese Vini-Selle Italia), Bartosz Huzarski (Team NetApp), Boy Van Poppel (UnitedHealthcare), Anthony Colin (Roubaix Lille Metropole), Alex Meenhorst and Johan Coenen (Team, Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (MTN Qhubeka), Sébastien Delfosse (Landbouwkrediet) and Boris Dron (Wallonie Bruxelles-Credit Agricole).

On the second finishing circuit four more riders joined the lead group, Tosh Van Der Sande (Lotto Belisol), Staf Scheirlinckx (Accent Jobs-Willems Veranda's), Lucas Euser (Spidertech powered by C10) and Dmitry Kozontchuk (RusVelo).

With such a large lead group riders began to attack and with 32km remaining to the finish Serry and De Negri were in the lead, 14 seconds up on their former breakaway companions, while the field was close behind and bearing down.

Early on the final lap all of the escapees were brought back and a new attack was launched by Marco Bandiera (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) with 20km remaining. He was soon joined by compatriots Marco Marcato (Vacansoleil-DCM) and Elia Favilli (Farnese Vini-Selle Italia) and with 16km to go the trio held a 12 second lead. The escapees extended their advantage to 28 seconds with 8km to go, but as their lead began to decrease Marcato struck out on his own. He held an eight second advantage over Bandiera and Favilli entering the final kilometre, with the peloton hot on their heals. Marcato fell just short of victory the previous year, when he was outsprinted by Bert Scheirlinckx in a two-man escape, and once again the Italian would come up short.

Just as the escapees were about to be swept up by the hard-charging peloton, Bille launched a solo attack catching everyone off guard and the momentary hesitation in reaction by the field was all the time the young Belgian needed to score his first victory of the season.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Gaetan Bille (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team4:52:11 
2Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team  
3Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
4Guillaume Boivin (Can) Spidertech Powered By C10  
5Ryan Anderson (Can) Spidertech Powered By C10  
6Christophe Laborie (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
7Moreno Hofland (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team  
8Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team  
9Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
10Marco Minnaard (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team  
11Reinier Honig (Ned) Landbouwkrediet  
12Jérémie Galland (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
13Davy Commeyne (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
14Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
15Wesley Kreder (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team  
16Philip Deignan (Irl) Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
17Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
18Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Rusvelo  
19Gilles Devillers (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
20César Bihel (Fra) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.De  
21Rony Martias (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
22Olivier Pardini (Bel) Colba - Superano Ham  
23Justin Van Hoecke (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole  
24Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Team Netapp  
25Egidijus Juodvalkis (Ltu) Landbouwkrediet  
26Kevin Ista (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
27Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Geofco - Ville D'alger  
28Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team Netapp  
29Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
30Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team  
31Maarten Neyens (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
32Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
33Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
34Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) An Post - Sean Kelly  
35Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
36Clément Lhotellerie (Fra) Colba - Superano Ham  
37Andy Cappelle (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
38Ivar Slik (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team  
39Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
40Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
41Nikita Eskov (Rus) Rusvelo  
42Dirk Bellemakers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet  
43Niels Wytinck (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly  
44Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
45Anthony Colin (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
46Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
47Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
48Brian Vandborg (Den) Spidertech Powered By C10  
49Mart Ojavee (Est) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
50Sam Bennett (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly  
51Arthur Van Overberghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
52Arkimedes Arguelyes Rodriges (Rus) Rusvelo  
53Johan Coenen (Bel) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.De  
54Florent Serry (Bel) Lotto - Pôle Continental Wallon  
55Jean-Lou Paiani (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
56Melvin Boskamp (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team  
57Bertjan Lindeman (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team  
58Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
59Vytautas Kaupas (Ltu) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.De  
60Olivier Chevalier (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole  
61Sergey Klimov (Rus) Rusvelo  
62Timothy Vangheel (Bel) Colba - Superano Ham  
63Jan Barta (Cze) Team Netapp  
64Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
65Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team  
66Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia  
67Maxim Iglinsky (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
68Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
69Jenning Huizenga (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team  
70Ivan Rovny (Rus) Rusvelo  
71Will Routley (Can) Spidertech Powered By C10  
72Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
73Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
74Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
75Meran Russan (Eri) MTN Qhubeka0:00:31 
76Olivier Poppe (Bel) Lotto - Pôle Continental Wallon  
77Martijn Keizer (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team0:00:35 
78Mehdi Sohrabi (IRI) Lotto Belisol Team  
79Alex Meenhorst (NZl) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.De  
80Christopher Macic (NZl) Marco Polo Cycling Team  
81Rikke Dijkxhoorn (Ned) Geofco - Ville D'alger  
82Jacobe Keough (USA) Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
83Sander Armee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
84Connor Mcconvey (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly  
85Alexander Mironov (Rus) Rusvelo  
86Loïc Desriac (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
87Pengda Jiao (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
88Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
89Boris Zimine (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
90Leonardo Giordani (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia  
91Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
92Roberto De Patre (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia  
93Boris Dron (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole  
94Kevin Lalouette (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
95Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN Qhubeka  
96Mark Mcnally (GBr) An Post - Sean Kelly  
97Ruben Zepuntke (Ger) Rabobank Continental Team  
98Benjamin Gourgue (Bel) Lotto - Pôle Continental Wallon  
99Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
100Jonathan Clarke (Aus) Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
101Arnoud Van Groen (Ned) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
102Pieter Serry (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
103Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
104Fabio Polazzi (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole  
105Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team  
106Elia Favilli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia0:01:09 
107Denis Flahaut (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:01:23 
108Matt Brammeier (Irl) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
109Etienne Tortelier (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
110Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
111Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's0:01:32 
112Thomas Bertolini (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia0:01:54 
113Marco Bandiera (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
114Sven Van Den Houte (Bel) Colba - Superano Ham  
115Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team  
116Caleb Fairly (USA) Spidertech Powered By C10  
117Lucas Euser (USA) Spidertech Powered By C10  
118David Boily (Can) Spidertech Powered By C10  
119Jacobus Venter (RSA) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.De  
120Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
121Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly  
122Edwig Cammaerts (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
123Jan Kuyckx (Bel) Marco Polo Cycling Team  
124Gediminas Kaupas (Ltu) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.De  
125Axel Gremelpont (Bel) Lotto - Pôle Continental Wallon  
126Alfredo Balloni (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia  
127Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
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