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Dehaes triumphs at Handzame Classic

By:
Peter Hymas

Van Hummel, Van Poppel complete podium in sprint finale

Kenny Dehaes (Lotto Belisol) celebrates victory at the Handzame Classic, while Kenny van Hummel (Vacansoleil-DCM) had to settle for second.

Kenny Dehaes (Lotto Belisol) celebrates victory at the Handzame Classic, while Kenny van Hummel (Vacansoleil-DCM) had to settle for second.

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Kenny Dehaes (Lotto Belisol) has won his second race of the 2013 season with a sprint victory today at the Handzame Classic. Vacansoleil-DCM teammates Kenny van Hummel and Danny van Poppel completed the podium in Handzame for the Dutch WorldTour squad, still in search of its first win of the year.

Amidst steady rain and near freezing temperatures, the day's main breakaway formed after approximately 70km of racing with five riders going clear: William Clarke (Argos-Shimano), Jonas Van Genechten (Lotto Belisol), Youcef Reguigui (MTN-Qhubeka), Sean De Bie (Leopard-Trek Continental Team) and Kess Heytens (Team 3M).

The five-man lead group extended its lead to more than four minutes on the 16km finishing circuit comprising the bulk of the race's 190km distance, completed 10 times in Handzame.

Blanco Pro Cycling and NetApp-Endura set the tempo in the peloton and steadily reduced the break's lead, cutting their advantage to three minutes with 71km remaining and then two minutes with 45km to the finish.

Meanwhile, the unity of the break fractured with Van Genechten attacking his four companions. Heytens found himself in trouble and lost contact for good, while Clarke, Reguigui and De Bie made their way back to the Lotto Belisol Belgian.

Entering the final 16km circuit the four leaders held a tentative 22-second lead and soon after hearing the bell for one lap to go the break split under the impetus of Van Genechten - Clarke and De Bie were quickly absorbed by the peloton while Van Genechten and Reguigui pushed onwards. The duo's flight lasted until 12km to go when they, too, were brought back into the fray.

Shortly afterwards, however, a counter-attack formed comprised of Bert Grabsch (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), Wesley Kreder (Vacansoleil-DCM) and Alphonse Vermote (An Post-ChainReaction). This trio's lead reached 22 seconds with six kilometres remaining, but the sprinters' teams brought the escape group back into the fold inside the final kilometre, setting up a field sprint finale to decide the race's winner.

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Lotto Belisol 4:49:12  
2 Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
3 Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
4 Tom Veelers (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano    
5 Scott Thwaites (GBr) Team Netapp - Endura    
6 Robert Thomas Wagner (Ger) Blanco Pro Cycling Team    
7 Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Argos-Shimano    
8 Roy Jans (Bel) Accent Jobs - Wanty    
9 Jo Kogstad Ringheim (Nor) Team People4You - Unaas Cycling    
10 Michaël Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise    
11 Justin Van Hoecke (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles    
12 Wesley Kreder (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
13 Timothy Dupont (Bel) Ventilair - Steria Cycling Team    
14 Kevin Suarez Martinez (Bel) Doltcini - Flanders    
15 Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
16 Jim Van Den Berg (Ned) Koga Cycling Team    
17 Kurt Hovelijnck (Bel) Crelan - Euphony    
18 Barry Markus (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
19 Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Euskaltel Euskadi    
20 Darijus Dzervus (Ltu) Doltcini - Flanders    
21 Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Accent Jobs - Wanty    
22 Kenzie Boutté (Bel) Doltcini - Flanders    
23 Julien Stassen (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles    
24 Fabio Silvestre (Por) Leopard - Trek Continental Team    
25 Alphonse Vermote (Bel) An Post - Chainreaction    
26 Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
27 Bert Vanlerberghe (Bel) Ventilair - Steria Cycling Team    
28 Alexander Serebryakov (Rus) Euskaltel Euskadi    
29 Benjamin Verraes (Bel) Accent Jobs - Wanty    
30 Youcef Reguigui (Alg) MTN - Qhubeka    
31 Andris Smirnovs (Lat) Doltcini - Flanders    
32 Bart Van Haaren (Ned) Koga Cycling Team    
33 Iljo Keisse (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
34 Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Crelan - Euphony    
35 Nick Mertens (Bel) Doltcini - Flanders    
36 Artur Ershov (Rus) Rusvelo    
37 Adam Blythe (GBr) BMC Racing Team    
38 James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Accent Jobs - Wanty    
39 Sam Bennett (Irl) An Post - Chainreaction    
40 Tom Goovaerts (Bel) Team 3M    
41 Daniel Klemme (Ger) Leopard - Trek Continental Team    
42 Marius Bernatonis (Ltu) Team 3M    
43 Sebastian Lander (Den) BMC Racing Team    
44 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
45 Wouter Mol (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
46 Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Cyclingteam de Rijke - Shanks    
47 Jarl Salomein (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise    
48 Sjoerd Kouwenhoven (Ned) Cyclingteam de Rijke - Shanks    
49 Bert Grabsch (Ger) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
50 Jetse Bol (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team    
51 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team    
52 Aldo Ino Ilesic (Slo) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
53 Kevin Peeters (Bel) Crelan - Euphony    
54 Fredrik Ludvigsson (Swe) Team People4You - Unaas Cycling    
55 Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
56 Piero Baffi (Ita) Leopard - Trek Continental Team    
57 Yu Takenouchi (Jpn) Colba - Superano Ham    
58 Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Leopard - Trek Continental Team    
59 Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
60 Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise    
61 Steven Van Vooren (Bel) An Post - Chainreaction    
62 Kevin Verwaest (Bel) Doltcini - Flanders    
63 Peio Bilbao (Spa) Euskaltel Euskadi    
64 Roman Maikin (Rus) Rusvelo    
65 Michael Olsson (Swe) Team People4You - Unaas Cycling    
66 Frederique Robert (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
67 Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano    
68 Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
69 Robert Pölder (Swe) Team People4You - Unaas Cycling    
70 Blaz Jarc (Slo) Team Netapp - Endura    
71 Jonas Ahlstrand (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano    
72 Yoeri Havik (Ned) Cyclingteam de Rijke - Shanks    
73 Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise    
74 Martin Wesemann (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka    
75 Yves Lampaert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise    
76 Jeroen Lepla (Bel) Ventilair - Steria Cycling Team    
77 Antoine Demoitie (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles 0:00:25  
78 Gaetan Bille (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
79 Sander Cordeel (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:00:29  
80 Wout Franssen (Bel) An Post - Chainreaction 0:00:49  
81 Jack Wilson (Irl) An Post - Chainreaction    
82 Joren Segers (Bel) Team 3M    
83 Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Euskaltel Euskadi    
84 Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
85 Pit Schlechter (Lux) Leopard - Trek Continental Team    
86 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
87 Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano    
88 Niko Eeckhout (Bel) An Post - Chainreaction    
89 Laurent Evrard (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles    
90 Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) Rusvelo    
91 Jonathan Mcevoy (GBr) Team Netapp - Endura    
92 Olivier Chevalier (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles 0:01:01  
93 Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Cyclingteam de Rijke - Shanks    
94 Sander Helven (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise    
95 Tarik Chaoufi (Mar) Euskaltel Euskadi    
96 Tim De Troyer (Bel) Accent Jobs - Wanty    
97 Steffen Radochla (Ger) Euskaltel Euskadi    
98 Ralf Matzka (Ger) Team Netapp - Endura    
99 Alexander Wetterhall (Swe) Team Netapp - Endura 0:01:15  
100 Theo Bos (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team    
101 Roger Kluge (Ger) Team Netapp - Endura 0:01:37  
102 John Murphy (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 0:01:45  
103 Erick Rowsell (GBr) Team Netapp - Endura 0:01:51  
104 Benjamin Day (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
105 Jacobe Keough (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
106 Clément Lhotellerie (Fra) Colba - Superano Ham    
107 Michael Cools (Bel) Ventilair - Steria Cycling Team 0:03:18  
108 Moreno Hofland (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team    
109 Tom Thill (Lux) Leopard - Trek Continental Team    
110 Bradley Potgieter (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka    
111 Timothy Stevens (Bel) Team 3M    
112 Tim Mertens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise    
113 Arno Van Der Zwet (Ned) Koga Cycling Team    
114 Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
115 Francesco Van Coppernolle (Bel) Ventilair - Steria Cycling Team    
116 Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Team Netapp - Endura    
117 Michael Vingerling (Ned) Team 3M    
118 Willem Wauters (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
119 Umberto Atzori (Ned) Koga Cycling Team    
120 Stefan Vreugdenhill (Ned) Koga Cycling Team    
121 Philip Lindau (Swe) Team People4You - Unaas Cycling    
122 Lawrence Warbasse (USA) BMC Racing Team    
123 Maarten Neyens (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
124 Mark Mcnally (GBr) An Post - Chainreaction    
125 Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team    
126 Matthias Vanden Heede (Bel) Colba - Superano Ham    
127 Niels Schittecatte (Bel) Colba - Superano Ham    
128 Rutger Roelandts (Bel) Ventilair - Steria Cycling Team    
129 Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Accent Jobs - Wanty 0:07:40  
130 Adrian Saez (Spa) Euskaltel Euskadi    
131 Joeri Stallaert (Bel) Crelan - Euphony    
132 Sean De Bie (Bel) Leopard - Trek Continental Team    
133 Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
134 William Clarke (Aus) Team Argos-Shimano    
135 Jos Van Emden (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team    
136 Jonathan Breyne (Bel) Crelan - Euphony 0:08:01  
137 Valery Kaykov (Rus) Rusvelo    
138 Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Cyclingteam de Rijke - Shanks    
139 Steve Schets (Bel) Doltcini - Flanders 0:08:15  
DNF Boris Dron (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles    
DNF Tom Dernies (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles    
DNF Maxime Anciaux (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles    
DNF Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Doltcini - Flanders    
DNF Frederik Vandewiele (Bel) Ventilair - Steria Cycling Team    
DNF Lars Vierbergen (Ned) Koga Cycling Team    
DNF Roy Eefting (Ned) Koga Cycling Team    
DNF Timothy Vangheel (Bel) Team 3M    
DNF Niels Van Dorsselaer (Bel) Colba - Superano Ham    
DNF Victor Fobert (Fra) Colba - Superano Ham    
DNF Johan Broberg (Swe) Team People4You - Unaas Cycling    
DNF Wouter Wippert (Ned) Team 3M    
DNF Kess Heytens (Bel) Team 3M    
DNF Jurgen Francois (Bel) Colba - Superano Ham    
DNF Jim Vercruyce (Bel) Colba - Superano Ham    
DNF Viktor Manakov (Rus) Rusvelo    
DNF Alexander Gingsjö (Swe) Team People4You - Unaas Cycling    
DNF Wouter Haan (Ned) Koga Cycling Team    
DNF Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
DNF Stijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise    
DNF Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Accent Jobs - Wanty    
DNF Stijn Steels (Bel) Crelan - Euphony    
DNF Pieter Van Herck (Bel) Crelan - Euphony    
DNF Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Pablo Urtasun Perez (Spa) Euskaltel Euskadi    
DNF Ferekalsi Debesay Abrha (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka    
DNF Meron Russom (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka    
DNF Jim Songezo (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka    
DNF Jani Tewelde Weldegabir (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka    
DNF Ivan Savitskiy (Rus) Rusvelo    
DNF Jack Bobridge (Aus) Blanco Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Glenn O´Shea (Aus) An Post - Chainreaction    
DNF Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
DNF Ronan Van Zandbeek (Ned) Cyclingteam de Rijke - Shanks    
DNF Roy Sentjens (Bel) Cyclingteam de Rijke - Shanks    
DNF Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
DNF Bob Schoonbroodt (Ned) Cyclingteam de Rijke - Shanks    
DNF Graeme Brown (Aus) Blanco Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
DNF Joeri Calleeuw (Bel) Ventilair - Steria Cycling Team    
DNF Nikolay Zhurkin (Rus) Rusvelo    
DNF Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano    
DNF Andy Cappelle (Bel) Accent Jobs - Wanty    
DNF Alexander Mironov (Rus) Rusvelo    
DNF Maxwell Stuart Durtschi (USA) Leopard - Trek Continental Team    
DNS Johann Van Zyl (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka    
DNS Rick Flens (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team