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KBC-Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde 2011

Date range:
March 29-31, 2011

March 31, Stage 3b: De Panne (ITT) 14.7km

Rosseler wins Three Days of De Panne

By:
Brecht Decaluwé
Published:
March 31, 2011, 16:00 BST,
Updated:
March 31, 2011, 18:47 BST

Belgian powers to time trial victory, overall title

Sébastien Rosseler (RadioShack) en route to victory in the concluding time trial.

Sébastien Rosseler (RadioShack) en route to victory in the concluding time trial.

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Sebastien Rosseler (RadioShack) won the final time trial and the overall classification of the KBC-Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde on Thursday afternoon. No less than 27 riders were grouped within 10 seconds of one another ahead of the 14.7km long time trial and eventually it was the Belgian strongman who overpowered Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil-DCM), the rest of the potential winners and the strong winds in De Panne next to the North Sea to take the win.

“This comes as a major surprise to me. I was riding at my limit this morning while Westra had been flying the first two days so I figured I didn’t stand a chance and even switched off the TV after my ride. There was a lot of wind which favoured the strong riders,” Rosseler said.

Westra started the 14.7km long time trial with an advantage of eight seconds over Rosseler, but in the end he fell six seconds short. Just like last year the Dutchman finishes as runner-up in the Driedaagse. Westra was extremely disappointed with the outcome of the race.

“I’m fed up to the back teeth,” Westra said. “I believed in my chances and felt super. I didn’t leave one second out there on the course. Rosseler turned out to be stronger and so he deserved to win.”

Westra’s time was slightly better than that of Rosseler’s promising 20-year-old Polish team-mate Michal Kwiatkowski. In a tough time trial, the young RadioShack rider held off time-trial specialists such as Bert Grabsch (HTC-Highroad) and Andriy Grivko (Astana). Kwiatkowski’s third place overall and Dmitriy Muravyev’s seventh place delivered RadioShack director Dirk Demol’s men the win in the team standings.

After the windy morning stage, Bert De Backer (Skil-Shimano) was leading the race but the young Belgian was not expected to hold on for the overall win as he is not considered to be a specialist against the clock. De Backer was unable to spring a surprise and he finished at almost one and a half minute behind the winner Rosseler.

“It was a painful debut for me to be leading a race. I knew I had little chance. I felt weak this morning and in the headwind that couldn’t be hidden,” De Backer said.

Due to the fact that 77 riders finished outside the time cut in the morning stage, several jerseys switched hands on the final day. Westra could console himself for his overall defeat with the award for most combatitive rider and the title of best climber. No less than four riders who were standing in front of him, including former leader Laurens De Vreese (Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator), were eliminated from the race.

Denis Galimzyanov (Katusha) remained leader of the points classification until the end, and Bert De Backer was winner of the rush sprint classification.

Lead changes hands until arrival of RadioShack express

Matt Brammeier (HTC-Highroad) had the first time of importance with 19:41 and the Irishman led the standings for almost an hour, before he eventually tumbled back to finish in 19th place. Federico Canuti (Colnago-CSF Inox) was the first to beat Brammeier, by almost 20 seconds, while men like Jurgen Roelandts (Omega Pharma-Lotto) and Borut Bozic (Vacansoleil-DCM) opted not to show up for the time trial.

Of the last wave of riders who began the stage within 10 seconds of De Backer’s lead, Greg Henderson (Sky) was the first to beat the best time. He finished in 19:22 but he was quickly passed by Rick Flens (Rabobank) who went 21 seconds quicker, and it was soon clear that the winner of the time trial would have to finish with a time of under 19 minutes.

Andriy Grivko (Astana) rode a better second part of the time trial to become the first rider inside that barrier with 18:55. Bert Grabsch (HTC-Highroad) bested this time by two seconds, but then the RadioShack train crushed the opposition.

First it was Kwiatkowski who knocked Grabsch out of the hot seat by eight seconds, despite looking exhausted at the finish line. A little later, Rosseler crushed that best time by 13 more seconds in 18:31. Westra did all he could in the time trial but by halfway he had already lost ten seconds to Rosseler. In the second part against the headwind he lost six more seconds, forcing him to settle for second place, while race leader Bert De Backer finished well off the pace in 20:15.

Full Results
1 Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Team RadioShack 0:18:31  
2 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:00:14  
3 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team RadioShack    
4 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quickstep Cycling Team 0:00:18  
5 Bert Grabsch (Ger) HTC-Highroad 0:00:22  
6 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Pro Team Astana 0:00:24  
7 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Team RadioShack 0:00:30  
8 Rick Flens (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
9 Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Pro Team Astana 0:00:34  
10 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:00:50  
11 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha Team 0:00:51  
12 Greg Henderson (NZl) Sky Procycling    
13 Federico Canuti (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox    
14 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale    
15 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ    
16 Mark Renshaw (Aus) HTC-Highroad 0:00:57  
17 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:01:04  
18 Alan Marangoni (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:01:07  
19 Matthew Brammeier (Irl) HTC-Highroad 0:01:10  
20 John Degenkolb (Ger) HTC-Highroad 0:01:11  
21 Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:01:16  
22 Roger Kluge (Ger) Skil - Shimano 0:01:19  
23 André Greipel (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:01:36  
24 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team 0:01:37  
25 Jake Keough (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling    
26 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:01:39  
27 Stijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 0:01:41  
28 Bert De Backer (Bel) Skil - Shimano 0:01:44  
29 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling    
30 Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha Team 0:01:45  
31 Arnoud Van Groen (Ned) Veranda's Willems - Accent 0:01:48  
32 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky Procycling 0:01:50  
33 Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team Netapp 0:01:55  
34 David Boucher (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:01:56  
35 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) BMC Racing Team 0:01:59  
36 Steven Caethoven (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent 0:02:01  
37 Jens Debusschere (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
38 Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Landbouwkrediet 0:02:03  
39 Robin Chaigneau (Ned) Skil - Shimano    
40 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:02:06  
41 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:02:08  
42 Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:02:10  
43 Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:02:20  
44 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
45 Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Team Europcar 0:02:24  
46 Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Skil - Shimano 0:02:26  
47 James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent 0:02:31  
48 Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Pro Team Astana 0:02:54  
49 Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) FDJ 0:02:57  
50 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Quickstep Cycling Team 0:03:12  
DNF Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quickstep Cycling Team    
DNS Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
DNS Thomas Leezer (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
DNS Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
DNS Michael Barry (Can) Sky Procycling    
DNS Mitchell Docker (Aus) Skil - Shimano    
Points
1 Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Team RadioShack 10 pts
2 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 9  
3 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team RadioShack 8  
4 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quickstep Cycling Team 7  
5 Bert Grabsch (Ger) HTC-Highroad 6  
6 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Pro Team Astana 5  
7 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Team RadioShack 4  
8 Rick Flens (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 3  
9 Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Pro Team Astana 2  
10 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 1  
Teams
1 Team RadioShack 0:56:17  
2 HTC - Highroad 0:01:45  
3 Pro Team Astana 0:03:08  
4 Rabobank Cycling Team    
5 Liquigas - Cannondale 0:03:34  
6 Skil - Shimano 0:04:22  
7 Quick Step Cycling Team 0:04:23  
8 Omega Pharma - Lotto 0:04:49  
9 Veranda's Willems - Accent 0:05:36  
Final general classification
1 Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Team RadioShack 12:21:33  
2 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:00:06  
3 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team RadioShack 0:00:14  
4 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quickstep Cycling Team 0:00:18  
5 Bert Grabsch (Ger) HTC-Highroad 0:00:22  
6 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Pro Team Astana 0:00:24  
7 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Team RadioShack 0:00:26  
8 Rick Flens (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:30  
9 Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Pro Team Astana 0:00:34  
10 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:00:50  
11 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha Team 0:00:51  
12 Greg Henderson (NZl) Sky Procycling    
13 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale    
14 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ    
15 Mark Renshaw (Aus) HTC-Highroad 0:00:57  
16 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:01:04  
17 Alan Marangoni (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:01:07  
18 Bert De Backer (Bel) Skil - Shimano 0:01:34  
19 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:01:39  
20 Stijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 0:01:41  
21 Arnoud Van Groen (Ned) Veranda's Willems - Accent 0:01:42  
22 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team 0:01:49  
23 Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Landbouwkrediet 0:02:03  
24 Robin Chaigneau (Ned) Skil - Shimano    
25 Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:02:07  
26 John Degenkolb (Ger) HTC-Highroad 0:02:10  
27 James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent 0:02:31  
28 Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:02:38  
29 Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Team Europcar 0:02:47  
30 Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Pro Team Astana 0:03:14  
31 Roger Kluge (Ger) Skil - Shimano 0:06:17  
32 Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:06:25  
33 André Greipel (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:06:34  
34 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky Procycling 0:07:08  
35 Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha Team 0:07:20  
36 Steven Caethoven (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent 0:08:27  
37 Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) FDJ 0:09:57  
38 Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team Netapp 0:10:11  
39 Federico Canuti (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox 0:12:56  
40 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:14:37  
41 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:14:46  
42 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Quickstep Cycling Team 0:15:17  
43 David Boucher (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:18:00  
44 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:19:26  
45 Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Skil - Shimano 0:19:48  
46 Jens Debusschere (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:20:03  
47 Matthew Brammeier (Irl) HTC-Highroad 0:21:10  
48 Jake Keough (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 0:26:14  
49 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) BMC Racing Team 0:26:36  
50 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 0:26:41  
Points classification
1 Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha Team 29 pts
2 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 27  
3 Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 24  
4 John Degenkolb (Ger) HTC-Highroad 23  
5 André Greipel (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto 20  
6 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Team RadioShack 20  
7 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team RadioShack 18  
8 Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Pro Team Astana 16  
9 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 15  
10 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha Team 14  
11 Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Team RadioShack 10  
12 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 10  
13 Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Landbouwkrediet 10  
14 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quickstep Cycling Team 7  
15 Mark Renshaw (Aus) HTC-Highroad 7  
16 Bert Grabsch (Ger) HTC-Highroad 6  
17 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) BMC Racing Team 6  
18 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Pro Team Astana 5  
19 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Quickstep Cycling Team 5  
20 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team 4  
21 Rick Flens (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 3  
22 James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent 3  
23 Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Pro Team Astana 3  
24 Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Skil - Shimano 2  
25 Jake Keough (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 2  
26 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 1  
27 Stijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 1  
Sprint classification
1 Bert De Backer (Bel) Skil - Shimano 10 pts
2 Arnoud Van Groen (Ned) Veranda's Willems - Accent 6  
3 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team 5  
4 Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 3  
5 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 2  
6 André Greipel (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto 1  
7 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 1  
8 Jens Debusschere (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 1  
Mountains classification
1 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 15 pts
2 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Team RadioShack 8  
3 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team RadioShack 7  
4 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha Team 4  
5 Bert De Backer (Bel) Skil - Shimano 3  
6 Jens Debusschere (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 3  
7 André Greipel (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto 2  
Teams classification
1 Team RadioShack 37:05:23  
2 HTC - Highroad 0:02:28  
3 Pro Team Astana 0:03:08  
4 Rabobank Cycling Team 0:03:16  
5 Liquigas - Cannondale 0:03:34  
6 Skil - Shimano 0:04:22  
7 Quick Step Cycling Team 0:04:40  
8 Omega Pharma - Lotto 0:04:58  
9 Veranda's Willems - Accent 0:05:36