Chicchi triumphs at Handzame Classic

Italian sprinter takes fifth victory of season

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
1Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep4:10:00 
2Marcel Kittel (Ger) Project 1T4i  
3Adam Blythe (GBr) BMC Racing Team  
4Guillaume Boivin (Can) Spidertech Powered By C10  
5Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
6Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team  
7Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) An Post - Sean Kelly  
8Boy Van Poppel (Ned) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
9Kenny De Haes (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
10Nikolay Trusov (Rus) RusVelo  
11André Schulze (Ger) Team NetApp  
12Jonas Ahlstrand (Swe) Team Cykelcity.se  
13Yoeri Havik (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke  
14Hugo Houle (Can) Spidertech Powered By C10  
15Roy Jans (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly  
16Steve Schets (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen Cycling Team  
17Sven Jodts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
18Remco Te Brake (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke  
19Egidijus Juodvalkis (Ltu) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony  
20Frederique Robert (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
21Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Leopard - Trek Continental Team  
22Matthias Friedemann (Ger) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
23Jean-Lou Paiani (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
24Christophe Laborie (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
25Jarl Salomein (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
26Jacobe Keough (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
27Robert Förster (Ger) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
28Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Team NetApp  
29James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
30Aaron Kemps (Aus) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
31Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
32Henrik Abom (Swe) Team Cykelcity.se  
33Kevin Verwaest (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen Cycling Team  
34Philippe Legrand (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole  
35Benjamin Verraes (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen Cycling Team  
36Baptiste Plackaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony  
37Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
38Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony  
39Alexander Mironov (Rus) RusVelo  
40Fabio Polazzi (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole  
41Kevin Ista (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
42Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
43Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
44Sean Patrick Downey (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly  
45Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
46Rob Goris (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
47Nikita Eskov (Rus) RusVelo  
48Quentin Bertholet (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole  
49Caleb Fairly (USA) Spidertech Powered By C10  
50Jens Vandenbogaerde (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen Cycling Team  
51Bert De Backer (Bel) Project 1T4i  
52Rikke Dijkxhoorn (Ned) Geofco - Ville D'alger  
53Olivier Chevalier (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole  
54Sjef De Wilde (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
55Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) RusVelo  
56Philip Vandaele (Bel) Colba - Superano Ham  
57Wouter Mol (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
58Martin Gilbert (Can) Spidertech Powered By C10  
59Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
60Mark Christian (GBr) An Post - Sean Kelly  
61Benjamin Day (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
62Sjoerd Kouwenhoven (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke  
63Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
64Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
65Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
66Kenneth Van Bilsen (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly  
67Markus Eichler (Ger) Team NetApp  
68Jeroem Lepla (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen Cycling Team  
69Dominic Klemme (Ger) Project 1T4i  
70Arthur Van Overberghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
71Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
72Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
73Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:00:10 
74Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly  
75Andy Cappelle (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
76Sander Cordeel (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
77Pit Schlechter (Lux) Leopard - Trek Continental Team  
78Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Project 1T4i  
79Ryan Anderson (Can) Spidertech Powered By C10  
80Johan Landstrom (Swe) Team Cykelcity.se0:00:14 
81Michael Olsson (Swe) Team Cykelcity.se0:00:16 
82Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:00:22 
83Timon Seubert (Ger) Team NetApp  
84Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:00:24 
85Marcello Pavarin (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
86Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:00:38 
87Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team NetApp0:00:49 
88Simon Lambert-Lemay (Can) Spidertech Powered By C100:00:50 
89Sven Vandousselaere (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:01:09 
90Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
91Mats Boeve (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke0:01:25 
92Christian Bertilsson (Swe) Team Cykelcity.se  
93Bradley White (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team0:01:45 
94Henryk Cardoen (Bel) Geofco - Ville D'alger0:03:28 
95Matvey Zubov (Rus) RusVelo  
96Jonathan Breyne (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony  
97Martijn Keizer (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
98Jacek Morajko (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
99Will Routley (Can) Spidertech Powered By C10  
100Kun Jiang (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
101Etienne Tortelier (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
102Rony Martias (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
103Sven Van Den Houte (Bel) Colba - Superano Ham  
104Jurgen Francois (Bel) Colba - Superano Ham  
105Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
106Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
107Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Leopard - Trek Continental Team  
108Joel Zangerle (Lux) Leopard - Trek Continental Team  
109Bob Jungels (Lux) Leopard - Trek Continental Team  
110Marco Bandiera (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
111Iljo Keisse (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
112Koen Barbe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony  
113Blaz Jarc (Slo) Team NetApp  
114Laurent Evrard (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole  
115Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Project 1T4i  
116Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Team NetApp  
117Pengda Jiao (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
118Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Project 1T4i  
119Ronan Van Zandbeek (Ned) Project 1T4i  
120Huub Duyn (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke  
121Philip Lindau (Swe) Team Cykelcity.se  
122Niko Eeckhout (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly  
123Dion Beukeboom (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke  
124Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
125Pieter Serry (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
126Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Cyclingteam De Rijke  
127Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
128Maarten Neyens (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
129William Clarke (Aus) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
130Bas Stamsnijder (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke  
131Jetse Bol (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
132Barry Markus (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
133Kin San Wu (HKg) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:05:11 
134Robert Pölder (Swe) Team Cykelcity.se0:05:52 
135Giorgio Brambilla (Ita) Leopard - Trek Continental Team0:06:34 

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