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Elite men: Kortemark - Handzame 194.5km

Chicchi triumphs at Handzame Classic

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Cycling News
Published:
March 16, 2012, 15:56,
Updated:
March 16, 2012, 18:31

Italian sprinter takes fifth victory of season

Francesco Chicchi (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) celebrates his sprint victory at the Handzame Classic.

Francesco Chicchi (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) celebrates his sprint victory at the Handzame Classic.

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Francesco Chicchi (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) took his second sprint victory of the week, winning the Handzame Classic in Belgium. The 31-year-old Italian won the mass sprint ahead of Marcel Kittel (Project 1t4i) and Adam Blythe (BMC Racing Team).

It was the 18th win this season for the Belgian ProTeam, and Chicchi's fifth. His most recent win was only two days earlier, at the Nokere Koerse.

"The magic state I'm in continues," said Chicchi. "I'm very happy with this victory. We rode strong all day long. Fortunately, Keisse was in the 15-man break that marked the race, and he allowed us to sit on tires and save energy. In the final we all had perfect legs. The team did a fantastic job and I managed to clinch the double just a few days off my victory in Nokere.

"I want to dedicate this success to all the families of the victims of the disaster at Sierre, a terrible tragedy which we will never forget. All my teammates join me in this dedication."

A 15-man group got away early on the race comprised of Walt De Winter, Francesco Van Coppernolle (Jong Vlaanderen), Iljo Keisse (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), Tosh Van der Sande (Lotto-Belisol), Wouter Mol (Vacansoleil-DCM), Pieter Serry (Topsport Vlaanderen), Wim De Vocht (Accent Jobs-Verandas Willems), Mart Ojavee (Champion System), Tobias Ludvigsson (Project 1t4i), Victor Manakov (RusVelo), Rony Martias (Saur-Sojasun), Will Routley (Spidertech), Blaz Jarc (NetApp) and Niko Eeckhout (An Post-Sean Kelly).

Their lead never exceeded a minute and a half, and the group slowly fell apart as the sprinters' teams put the pressure on.

With 11km to go the last of the escapees were caught again, setting up the expected mass sprint finale.

Full Results
1 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 4:10:00  
2 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Project 1T4i    
3 Adam Blythe (GBr) BMC Racing Team    
4 Guillaume Boivin (Can) Spidertech Powered By C10    
5 Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
6 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team    
7 Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) An Post - Sean Kelly    
8 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
9 Kenny De Haes (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team    
10 Nikolay Trusov (Rus) RusVelo    
11 André Schulze (Ger) Team NetApp    
12 Jonas Ahlstrand (Swe) Team Cykelcity.se    
13 Yoeri Havik (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke    
14 Hugo Houle (Can) Spidertech Powered By C10    
15 Roy Jans (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly    
16 Steve Schets (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen Cycling Team    
17 Sven Jodts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
18 Remco Te Brake (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke    
19 Egidijus Juodvalkis (Ltu) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony    
20 Frederique Robert (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team    
21 Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Leopard - Trek Continental Team    
22 Matthias Friedemann (Ger) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
23 Jean-Lou Paiani (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
24 Christophe Laborie (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
25 Jarl Salomein (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
26 Jacobe Keough (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
27 Robert Förster (Ger) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
28 Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Team NetApp    
29 James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's    
30 Aaron Kemps (Aus) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
31 Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
32 Henrik Abom (Swe) Team Cykelcity.se    
33 Kevin Verwaest (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen Cycling Team    
34 Philippe Legrand (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole    
35 Benjamin Verraes (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen Cycling Team    
36 Baptiste Plackaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony    
37 Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
38 Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony    
39 Alexander Mironov (Rus) RusVelo    
40 Fabio Polazzi (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole    
41 Kevin Ista (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's    
42 Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's    
43 Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
44 Sean Patrick Downey (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly    
45 Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team    
46 Rob Goris (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's    
47 Nikita Eskov (Rus) RusVelo    
48 Quentin Bertholet (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole    
49 Caleb Fairly (USA) Spidertech Powered By C10    
50 Jens Vandenbogaerde (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen Cycling Team    
51 Bert De Backer (Bel) Project 1T4i    
52 Rikke Dijkxhoorn (Ned) Geofco - Ville D'alger    
53 Olivier Chevalier (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole    
54 Sjef De Wilde (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's    
55 Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) RusVelo    
56 Philip Vandaele (Bel) Colba - Superano Ham    
57 Wouter Mol (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
58 Martin Gilbert (Can) Spidertech Powered By C10    
59 Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
60 Mark Christian (GBr) An Post - Sean Kelly    
61 Benjamin Day (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
62 Sjoerd Kouwenhoven (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke    
63 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
64 Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
65 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
66 Kenneth Van Bilsen (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly    
67 Markus Eichler (Ger) Team NetApp    
68 Jeroem Lepla (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen Cycling Team    
69 Dominic Klemme (Ger) Project 1T4i    
70 Arthur Van Overberghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
71 Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team    
72 Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
73 Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 0:00:10  
74 Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly    
75 Andy Cappelle (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's    
76 Sander Cordeel (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team    
77 Pit Schlechter (Lux) Leopard - Trek Continental Team    
78 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Project 1T4i    
79 Ryan Anderson (Can) Spidertech Powered By C10    
80 Johan Landstrom (Swe) Team Cykelcity.se 0:00:14  
81 Michael Olsson (Swe) Team Cykelcity.se 0:00:16  
82 Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:00:22  
83 Timon Seubert (Ger) Team NetApp    
84 Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 0:00:24  
85 Marcello Pavarin (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
86 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 0:00:38  
87 Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team NetApp 0:00:49  
88 Simon Lambert-Lemay (Can) Spidertech Powered By C10 0:00:50  
89 Sven Vandousselaere (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 0:01:09  
90 Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
91 Mats Boeve (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke 0:01:25  
92 Christian Bertilsson (Swe) Team Cykelcity.se    
93 Bradley White (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 0:01:45  
94 Henryk Cardoen (Bel) Geofco - Ville D'alger 0:03:28  
95 Matvey Zubov (Rus) RusVelo    
96 Jonathan Breyne (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony    
97 Martijn Keizer (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
98 Jacek Morajko (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
99 Will Routley (Can) Spidertech Powered By C10    
100 Kun Jiang (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
101 Etienne Tortelier (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
102 Rony Martias (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
103 Sven Van Den Houte (Bel) Colba - Superano Ham    
104 Jurgen Francois (Bel) Colba - Superano Ham    
105 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team    
106 Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
107 Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Leopard - Trek Continental Team    
108 Joel Zangerle (Lux) Leopard - Trek Continental Team    
109 Bob Jungels (Lux) Leopard - Trek Continental Team    
110 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
111 Iljo Keisse (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
112 Koen Barbe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony    
113 Blaz Jarc (Slo) Team NetApp    
114 Laurent Evrard (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole    
115 Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Project 1T4i    
116 Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Team NetApp    
117 Pengda Jiao (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
118 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Project 1T4i    
119 Ronan Van Zandbeek (Ned) Project 1T4i    
120 Huub Duyn (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke    
121 Philip Lindau (Swe) Team Cykelcity.se    
122 Niko Eeckhout (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly    
123 Dion Beukeboom (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke    
124 Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team    
125 Pieter Serry (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
126 Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Cyclingteam De Rijke    
127 Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team    
128 Maarten Neyens (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team    
129 William Clarke (Aus) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
130 Bas Stamsnijder (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke    
131 Jetse Bol (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
132 Barry Markus (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
133 Kin San Wu (HKg) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 0:05:11  
134 Robert Pölder (Swe) Team Cykelcity.se 0:05:52  
135 Giorgio Brambilla (Ita) Leopard - Trek Continental Team 0:06:34  

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