Rosseler wins Three Days of De Panne

Belgian powers to time trial victory, overall title

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
1Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Team RadioShack0:18:31 
2Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:00:14 
3Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team RadioShack  
4Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quickstep Cycling Team0:00:18 
5Bert Grabsch (Ger) HTC-Highroad0:00:22 
6Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Pro Team Astana0:00:24 
7Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Team RadioShack0:00:30 
8Rick Flens (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
9Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Pro Team Astana0:00:34 
10Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:50 
11Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha Team0:00:51 
12Greg Henderson (NZl) Sky Procycling  
13Federico Canuti (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
14Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale  
15Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ  
16Mark Renshaw (Aus) HTC-Highroad0:00:57 
17Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:01:04 
18Alan Marangoni (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:01:07 
19Matthew Brammeier (Irl) HTC-Highroad0:01:10 
20John Degenkolb (Ger) HTC-Highroad0:01:11 
21Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:01:16 
22Roger Kluge (Ger) Skil - Shimano0:01:19 
23André Greipel (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:01:36 
24Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team0:01:37 
25Jake Keough (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
26Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:01:39 
27Stijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:01:41 
28Bert De Backer (Bel) Skil - Shimano0:01:44 
29Boy Van Poppel (Ned) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
30Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha Team0:01:45 
31Arnoud Van Groen (Ned) Veranda's Willems - Accent0:01:48 
32Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky Procycling0:01:50 
33Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team Netapp0:01:55 
34David Boucher (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:01:56 
35Alexander Kristoff (Nor) BMC Racing Team0:01:59 
36Steven Caethoven (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent0:02:01 
37Jens Debusschere (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
38Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Landbouwkrediet0:02:03 
39Robin Chaigneau (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
40Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team0:02:06 
41Jimmy Casper (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:02:08 
42Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:02:10 
43Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:02:20 
44Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
45Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Team Europcar0:02:24 
46Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Skil - Shimano0:02:26 
47James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent0:02:31 
48Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Pro Team Astana0:02:54 
49Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) FDJ0:02:57 
50Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Quickstep Cycling Team0:03:12 
DNFNiki Terpstra (Ned) Quickstep Cycling Team  
DNSBorut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
DNSThomas Leezer (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
DNSJurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
DNSMichael Barry (Can) Sky Procycling  
DNSMitchell Docker (Aus) Skil - Shimano  
1Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Team RadioShack10pts
2Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team9 
3Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team RadioShack8 
4Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quickstep Cycling Team7 
5Bert Grabsch (Ger) HTC-Highroad6 
6Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Pro Team Astana5 
7Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Team RadioShack4 
8Rick Flens (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team3 
9Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Pro Team Astana2 
10Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur - Sojasun1 
1Team RadioShack0:56:17 
2HTC - Highroad0:01:45 
3Pro Team Astana0:03:08 
4Rabobank Cycling Team  
5Liquigas - Cannondale0:03:34 
6Skil - Shimano0:04:22 
7Quick Step Cycling Team0:04:23 
8Omega Pharma - Lotto0:04:49 
9Veranda's Willems - Accent0:05:36 
Final general classification
1Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Team RadioShack12:21:33 
2Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:00:06 
3Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team RadioShack0:00:14 
4Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quickstep Cycling Team0:00:18 
5Bert Grabsch (Ger) HTC-Highroad0:00:22 
6Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Pro Team Astana0:00:24 
7Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Team RadioShack0:00:26 
8Rick Flens (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:30 
9Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Pro Team Astana0:00:34 
10Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:50 
11Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha Team0:00:51 
12Greg Henderson (NZl) Sky Procycling  
13Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale  
14Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ  
15Mark Renshaw (Aus) HTC-Highroad0:00:57 
16Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:01:04 
17Alan Marangoni (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:01:07 
18Bert De Backer (Bel) Skil - Shimano0:01:34 
19Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:01:39 
20Stijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:01:41 
21Arnoud Van Groen (Ned) Veranda's Willems - Accent0:01:42 
22Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team0:01:49 
23Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Landbouwkrediet0:02:03 
24Robin Chaigneau (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
25Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:02:07 
26John Degenkolb (Ger) HTC-Highroad0:02:10 
27James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent0:02:31 
28Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:02:38 
29Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Team Europcar0:02:47 
30Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Pro Team Astana0:03:14 
31Roger Kluge (Ger) Skil - Shimano0:06:17 
32Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:06:25 
33André Greipel (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:06:34 
34Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky Procycling0:07:08 
35Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha Team0:07:20 
36Steven Caethoven (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent0:08:27 
37Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) FDJ0:09:57 
38Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team Netapp0:10:11 
39Federico Canuti (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:12:56 
40Jimmy Casper (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:14:37 
41Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team0:14:46 
42Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Quickstep Cycling Team0:15:17 
43David Boucher (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:18:00 
44Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:19:26 
45Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Skil - Shimano0:19:48 
46Jens Debusschere (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:20:03 
47Matthew Brammeier (Irl) HTC-Highroad0:21:10 
48Jake Keough (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling0:26:14 
49Alexander Kristoff (Nor) BMC Racing Team0:26:36 
50Boy Van Poppel (Ned) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling0:26:41 
Points classification
1Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha Team29pts
2Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team27 
3Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team24 
4John Degenkolb (Ger) HTC-Highroad23 
5André Greipel (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto20 
6Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Team RadioShack20 
7Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team RadioShack18 
8Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Pro Team Astana16 
9Jimmy Casper (Fra) Saur - Sojasun15 
10Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha Team14 
11Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Team RadioShack10 
12Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale10 
13Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Landbouwkrediet10 
14Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quickstep Cycling Team7 
15Mark Renshaw (Aus) HTC-Highroad7 
16Bert Grabsch (Ger) HTC-Highroad6 
17Alexander Kristoff (Nor) BMC Racing Team6 
18Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Pro Team Astana5 
19Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Quickstep Cycling Team5 
20Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team4 
21Rick Flens (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team3 
22James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent3 
23Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Pro Team Astana3 
24Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Skil - Shimano2 
25Jake Keough (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling2 
26Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur - Sojasun1 
27Stijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator1 
Sprint classification
1Bert De Backer (Bel) Skil - Shimano10pts
2Arnoud Van Groen (Ned) Veranda's Willems - Accent6 
3Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team5 
4Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team3 
5Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team2 
6André Greipel (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto1 
7Jimmy Casper (Fra) Saur - Sojasun1 
8Jens Debusschere (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto1 
Mountains classification
1Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team15pts
2Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Team RadioShack8 
3Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team RadioShack7 
4Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha Team4 
5Bert De Backer (Bel) Skil - Shimano3 
6Jens Debusschere (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto3 
7André Greipel (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto2 
Teams classification
1Team RadioShack37:05:23 
2HTC - Highroad0:02:28 
3Pro Team Astana0:03:08 
4Rabobank Cycling Team0:03:16 
5Liquigas - Cannondale0:03:34 
6Skil - Shimano0:04:22 
7Quick Step Cycling Team0:04:40 
8Omega Pharma - Lotto0:04:58 
9Veranda's Willems - Accent0:05:36 

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