Farrar conquers cobbled sprint in De Panne

Paolini defends overall lead with sixth place stage finish

Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Transitions) won the final road stage of the Three Days of De Panne in a tricky cobbled sprint into De Panne on Thursday.

Farrar was forced to sit in the wind as the peloton came off smooth roads and onto a 300 metre stretch of cobbles, but was able to come past Skil-Shimano's Robert Wagner and edge in front of the German with a final lunge at the line. Wagner's teammate Kenny Van Hummel finished third.

Luca Paolini (Acqua & Sapone) finished sixth in the sprint to defend his slim advantage in the overall classification.

It was Farrar’s first win of the season after a string of near misses. "It feels so good. The first win of the year always does," he said. "The cobbles made it hard and it was a crazy sprint with bikes bouncing all over the place. I’m an okay rider on them but it was close. The team was great and they killed themselves to make sure it came down to a sprint."

Garmin go into today’s decisive time trial with David Millar lying fourth overall, twelve seconds down. "I hope we win three races today. It would be a nice day for Garmin-Transitions," said Farrar.

The stage began in De Panne under cold but clear conditions and after five kilometres a group broke clear of the bunch. They included veteran Niko Eeckhout (An Post - Sean Kelly Team), Dieter Capelle (Verandas Willems), Aleksejs Saramotins (HTC-Columbia), Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Euskaltel – Euskadi), Bobbie Traksel (Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team), Klaas Lodewyck (Topsport Vlaanderen – Mercator).

With 47 kilometres to go the gap was 45 seconds with Garmin setting the pace behind as they worked to set-up a sprint for Tyler Farrar. They received support from Paolini’s Acqua & Sapone team.

As the leader reached the village of Lombardsijde, the place where Freddy Maertens was raised, the peloton smelled blood and reduced the gap still further to 30 seconds.

Disaster struck for Cappelle when his saddle snapped off. The Belgian was forced to wait for support and was caught and passed by the bunch.

With less than 20 kilometres remaining the peloton allowed the remaining five riders to dangle off the front but, with the end in sight, Eeckhout and Traksel launched a do-or-die attack. They were joined by a resurgent Cappelle but the three riders were never out of sight and Farrar came through in the final fifty meters for the win.


Full Results
1Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Transitions2:31:30 
2Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil - Shimano  
3Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
4Robbie Mcewen (Aus) Team Katusha  
5Wilde Sjef De (Bel) Verandas Willems  
6Luca Paolini (Ita) Acqua e Sapone  
7Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step  
8Stefan Van Dijck (Ned) Verandas Willems  
9Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
10Manuel Belletti (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
11Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
12Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
13Javier Aramendia (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
14Saïd Haddou (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
15Kenny De Haes (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
16Tiziano Dall'antonia (Ita) Liquigas - Doimo  
17James Van Landschoot (Bel) Verandas Willems  
18David Boucher (Fra) Landbouwkrediet  
19Alexander Kristoff (Nor) BMC Racing Team  
20Bobbie Traksel (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
21Francisco José Ventoso (Spa) Carmiooro - NGC  
22Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre - Farnese Vini  
23Enrico Peruffo (Ita) Carmiooro - NGC  
24Kevin Ista (Bel) Cofidis le crédit en ligne  
25Adam Blythe (GBr) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
26Inaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
27Allan Davis (Aus) Astana  
28Bart Dockx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
29Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini  
30Yohann Gené (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
31Gert Dockx (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia  
32Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas - Doimo  
33Sébastien Turgot (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
34Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
35Mark Mcnally (GBr) An Post - Sean Kelly Team  
36Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia  
37Koen Barbe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
38Nicolay Trussov (Rus) Team Katusha  
39Kenny Lisabeth (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly Team  
40Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
41Gendt Thomas De (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
42Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
43Andry Grivko (Ukr) Astana  
44David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Transitions  
45Dominique Cornu (Bel) Skil - Shimano  
46Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
47Kevin Neirynck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
48Laurent Beuret (Swi) Carmiooro - NGC  
49Gerben Löwik (Ned) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
50Johan Coenen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
51Mathieu Claude (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
52Marco Velo (Ita) Quick Step  
53Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis le crédit en ligne  
54Dirk Bellemakers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet  
55Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
56Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
57Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
58Hayden Roulston (NZl) Team HTC - Columbia  
59David Deroo (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
60Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
61Leif Hoste (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto0:00:12 
62Dalto Mauro Da (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini  
63Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha  
64Eric Berthou (Fra) Carmiooro - NGC  
65Mickael Delage (Fra) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
66Piergiorgio Camussa (Ita) Vorarlberg - Corractec  
67Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Team HTC - Columbia  
68Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha  
69Nikolas Maes (Bel) Quick Step  
70Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step  
71Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis le crédit en ligne  
72Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - Farnese Vini  
73Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
74Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
75Bert Grabsch (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia  
76Andy Cappelle (Bel) Verandas Willems  
77Mirco Selvaggi (Ita) Astana  
78Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick Step  
79Damien Gaudin (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
80Federico Canuti (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
81Alessandro Fantini (Ita) Acqua e Sapone  
82Dario Andriotto (Ita) Acqua e Sapone  
83Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
84Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - Transitions  
85Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis le crédit en ligne  
86Lazlo Bodrogi (Fra) Team Katusha  
87Vitaliy Buts (Ukr) Lampre - Farnese Vini  
88Marco Frapporti (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
89Job Vissers (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
90Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
91Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
92Marco Bandiera (Ita) Team Katusha  
93Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly Team  
94Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin - Transitions  
95Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - Farnese Vini0:00:26 
96Lorenzo Bernucci (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini  
97Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
98Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:41 
99Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Liquigas - Doimo0:00:43 
100Niko Eeckhout (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly Team0:01:14 
101Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana0:01:20 
102Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Transitions0:01:28 
103Matthe Pronk (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:01:41 
104Ricardo Van Der Velde (Ned) Garmin - Transitions0:02:05 
105Danny Pate (USA) Garmin - Transitions  
106Alessandro Donati (Ita) Acqua e Sapone0:03:18 
107Paolo Francesco Di (Ita) Acqua e Sapone  
108Cheng Ji (Chn) Skil - Shimano0:03:20 
109Reinier Honig (Ned) Acqua e Sapone  
110Sven Van Den Houtte (Bel) Verandas Willems0:04:04 
111Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
112Dieter Capelle (Bel) Verandas Willems0:08:58 
113Conor McConvey (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly Team  
114Josef Benetseder (Aut) Vorarlberg - Corractec  
115Pablo Urtasun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
116Alfredo Balloni (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini  
117Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step  
118René Weissinger (Ger) Vorarlberg - Corractec  
119Philipp Ludescher (Aut) Vorarlberg - Corractec0:09:02 
DNFMarcello Pavarin (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
DNFStijn Minne (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly Team  
DNFPreben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
DNFGuillaume Blot (Fra) Cofidis le crédit en ligne  
DNFAndrea Piechele (Ita) Carmiooro - NGC  
DNFMaxim De Busschere (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly Team  
DNSAlexandre Pichot (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
DNSDaniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas - Doimo  
DNSJurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
DNSAdam Hansen (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia  
DNSWilliam Bonnet (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
DNSSteve Chainel (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
Intermediate Sprint
1Bobbie Traksel (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team3pts
2Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator2 
3Niko Eeckhout (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly Team1 
Sprint - Finish
1Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Transitions10pts
2Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil - Shimano9 
3Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Skil - Shimano8 
4Robbie Mcewen (Aus) Team Katusha7 
5Wilde Sjef De (Bel) Verandas Willems6 
6Luca Paolini (Ita) Acqua e Sapone5 
7Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step4 
8Stefan Van Dijck (Ned) Verandas Willems3 
9Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team2 
10Manuel Belletti (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox1 
1Verandas Willems7:34:30 
2Skil - Shimano  
4Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
5BBox Bouygues Telecom  
6Omega Pharma - Lotto  
7Carmiooro - NGC  
8Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
9Team HTC - Columbia  
10Team Katusha0:00:12 
11Euskaltel - Euskadi  
12Lampre - Farnese Vini  
13Quick Step  
14Garmin - Transitions  
16Cofidis le crédit en ligne  
17BMC Racing Team  
18An Post - Sean Kelly Team  
19Acqua e Sapone0:00:24 
20Colnago - CSF Inox  
21Liquigas - Doimo0:00:43 
22Vorarlberg - Corractec0:18:08 
General Classification
1Luca Paolini (Ita) Acqua e Sapone12:01:40 
2Andry Grivko (Ukr) Astana  
3Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet0:00:09 
4David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Transitions0:00:12 
5Sébastien Turgot (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom0:01:30 
6Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:01:37 
7Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini0:02:15 
8Nicolay Trussov (Rus) Team Katusha  
9Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas - Doimo0:02:18 
10Hayden Roulston (NZl) Team HTC - Columbia0:02:21 
11Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:02:23 
12Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha0:02:56 
13Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Transitions0:04:29 
14Stefan Van Dijck (Ned) Verandas Willems0:04:41 
15Johan Coenen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:06:08 
16Francisco José Ventoso (Spa) Carmiooro - NGC0:08:36 
17Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana0:11:53 
18Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - Farnese Vini0:12:30 
19Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:12:58 
20Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre - Farnese Vini0:13:44 
21Dalto Mauro Da (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini0:13:56 
22Laurent Beuret (Swi) Carmiooro - NGC0:15:41 
23Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis le crédit en ligne0:15:43 
24Marco Bandiera (Ita) Team Katusha  
25Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Team HTC - Columbia0:15:53 
26Gert Dockx (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia0:16:55 
27Koen Barbe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
28Allan Davis (Aus) Astana  
29Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet0:17:01 
30David Boucher (Fra) Landbouwkrediet  
31Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step  
32Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil - Shimano0:17:12 
33Andy Cappelle (Bel) Verandas Willems0:17:13 
34Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly Team  
35Nikolas Maes (Bel) Quick Step  
36Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step  
37Adam Blythe (GBr) Omega Pharma - Lotto0:23:43 
38Kevin Neirynck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
39Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto0:24:01 
40Lorenzo Bernucci (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini0:24:08 
41Bobbie Traksel (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:24:48 
42James Van Landschoot (Bel) Verandas Willems0:24:51 
43Javier Aramendia (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:25:35 
44Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
45Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Transitions0:26:03 
46Tiziano Dall'antonia (Ita) Liquigas - Doimo0:26:27 
47Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet0:26:31 
48Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:27:09 
49Enrico Peruffo (Ita) Carmiooro - NGC0:27:11 
50Job Vissers (Ned) Skil - Shimano0:27:23 
51Niko Eeckhout (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly Team0:27:32 
52Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil - Shimano0:27:39 
53Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil - Shimano0:27:48 
54David Deroo (Fra) Skil - Shimano0:27:49 
55Dirk Bellemakers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet  
56Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
57Mickael Delage (Fra) Omega Pharma - Lotto0:28:01 
58Mirco Selvaggi (Ita) Astana  
59Piergiorgio Camussa (Ita) Vorarlberg - Corractec0:28:04 
60Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
61Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick Step  
62Damien Gaudin (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom0:28:16 
63Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Liquigas - Doimo0:28:35 
64Danny Pate (USA) Garmin - Transitions0:29:16 
65Matthe Pronk (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:29:30 
66Robbie Mcewen (Aus) Team Katusha0:31:06 
67Leif Hoste (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto0:32:22 
68Mark Mcnally (GBr) An Post - Sean Kelly Team0:33:04 
69Bart Dockx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet0:36:14 
70Gendt Thomas De (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:36:17 
71Pablo Urtasun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:36:47 
72René Weissinger (Ger) Vorarlberg - Corractec0:36:50 
73Manuel Belletti (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:38:40 
74Marco Velo (Ita) Quick Step  
75Dario Andriotto (Ita) Acqua e Sapone0:38:52 
76Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:39:26 
77Alexander Kristoff (Nor) BMC Racing Team0:39:31 
78Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia  
79Wilde Sjef De (Bel) Verandas Willems  
80Mathieu Claude (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
81Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha0:39:39 
82Alessandro Fantini (Ita) Acqua e Sapone0:39:43 
83Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin - Transitions  
84Bert Grabsch (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia  
85Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
86Yohann Gené (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
87Vitaliy Buts (Ukr) Lampre - Farnese Vini  
88Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - Transitions  
89Marco Frapporti (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
90Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis le crédit en ligne  
91Alessandro Donati (Ita) Acqua e Sapone0:41:58 
92Paolo Francesco Di (Ita) Acqua e Sapone0:42:49 
93Sven Van Den Houtte (Bel) Verandas Willems0:43:35 
94Dieter Capelle (Bel) Verandas Willems0:45:19 
95Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Skil - Shimano0:47:07 
96Conor McConvey (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly Team0:48:29 
97Alfredo Balloni (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini0:48:39 
98Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis le crédit en ligne0:50:18 
99Kenny De Haes (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto0:50:19 
100Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
101Gerben Löwik (Ned) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
102Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
103Kenny Lisabeth (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly Team  
104Inaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
105Saïd Haddou (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
106Dominique Cornu (Bel) Skil - Shimano  
107Kevin Ista (Bel) Cofidis le crédit en ligne  
108Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
109Lazlo Bodrogi (Fra) Team Katusha0:50:31 
110Federico Canuti (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
111Eric Berthou (Fra) Carmiooro - NGC  
112Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - Farnese Vini0:50:45 
113Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:51:00 
114Ricardo Van Der Velde (Ned) Garmin - Transitions0:52:24 
115Cheng Ji (Chn) Skil - Shimano0:53:39 
116Reinier Honig (Ned) Acqua e Sapone  
117Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step0:59:17 
118Josef Benetseder (Aut) Vorarlberg - Corractec  
119Philipp Ludescher (Aut) Vorarlberg - Corractec0:59:21 
Sprints Classification
1Andry Grivko (Ukr) Astana6pts
2Gendt Thomas De (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator6 
3Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team3 
4Bobbie Traksel (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team3 
5Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team3 
6Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto3 
7Tiziano Dall'antonia (Ita) Liquigas - Doimo2 
8Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator2 
9Leif Hoste (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto2 
10Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil - Shimano1 
11Lorenzo Bernucci (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini1 
12Niko Eeckhout (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly Team1 
13Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis le crédit en ligne1 
Mountains Classification
1Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil - Shimano36pts
2Andry Grivko (Ukr) Astana25 
3Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet20 
4Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto8 
5Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet5 
6Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana4 
7Bart Dockx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet4 
8Sébastien Turgot (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom3 
9Leif Hoste (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto3 
10Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil - Shimano2 
11David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Transitions1 
12Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team1 
13Lorenzo Bernucci (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini1 
Teams Classification
1Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team36:11:27 
2Team Katusha0:05:30 
3Garmin - Transitions0:14:04 
4BBox Bouygues Telecom0:14:14 
5Verandas Willems0:17:42 
7Lampre - Farnese Vini0:21:10 
9Liquigas - Doimo0:21:34 
10Team HTC - Columbia0:28:30 
11Skil - Shimano0:30:49 
12Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:32:05 
13Quick Step0:44:48 
14Carmiooro - NGC0:45:01 
15Acqua e Sapone0:49:47 
16Omega Pharma - Lotto0:51:08 
17An Post - Sean Kelly Team0:56:04 
18BMC Racing Team1:11:37 
19Euskaltel - Euskadi1:11:43 
20Cofidis le crédit en ligne1:16:36 
21Colnago - CSF Inox1:39:57 
22Vorarlberg - Corractec1:57:44 


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