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Elite Men: Kuurne 198km

Cavendish wins in Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne

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Cycling News
Published:
February 26, 2012, 15:29,
Updated:
March 1, 2012, 00:39

Sky controls finale perfectly

Mark Cavendish (Sky) crosses the line in Kuurne.

Mark Cavendish (Sky) crosses the line in Kuurne.

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 Mark Cavendish claimed a straightforward victory in Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, delivered to the line perfectly by his Sky teammates.

Resplendent in his world champion's jersey, the Manxman took victory by a decisive margin over FDJ-BigMat rider Yauheni Hutarovich. Vacansoleil-DCM's Kenny Van Hummel was two lengths back in third, while world under 23 champion Arnaud Démare (FDJ-BigMat) was a fine fourth.

Cavendish had suffered with illness earlier in the race, but his Sky team set about bringing the race back together for a bunch finish on the flat run-in to the finish in Kuurne. In the finishing straight, CJ Sutton piloted Cavendish to victory.

“After the cobbles I told CJ that I didn’t feel so good,” Cavendish said afterwards. “Once we took control it got better although I was still vomiting. It’s incredible. I don’t know if I can take any credit for this win. The whole day they looked after me. I was never in the win and always in the front of the peloton. It’s a great win.”

Coming into the final kilometre, the stage appeared set for a duel between Cavendish and his great rival André Greipel (Lotto Belisol) but the German found himself boxed in and faded in the final meters, finishing tenth.

“At 300m from the finish line I was confident that I could not lose the sprint. Then Van Hummel swerved from right to left and there was no more space for me. I should’ve gone earlier,” a clearly disappointed Greipel said.

A fast start

In a quick and nervous first hour at 50km/h no attacks proved successful. After a collective stop at a railway crossing a group powered away.

Seven riders made the day's early breakaway: Greg Van Avermaet (BMC), Niko Eeckhout (An Post-Sean Kelly), Jérôme Baugnies (Team Netapp), Koen Barbé (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony), Gilles Devillers (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony), Justin Van Hoecke (Wallonie Bruxelles-Credit Agricole) and Julien Fouchard (Cofidis, le credit en ligne).

At the fourth climb of the day the seven had a gap of four minutes on a peloton led by the Sky team. By the time they reached the Oude Kwaremont, the gap was down to three minutes. Van Avermaet set the pace up front, dropping all his companions except for 41 year-old Eeckhout. At the top of the long cobbled helling another half a minute was whittled off the gap thanks to the efforts from Maarten Wynants (Rabobank) at the front of the peloton.

The selective climb caused some damage and the peloton split in several groups. A first group of about twenty-five riders including fast men Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-Quickstep), Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Barracuda) and John Degenkolb (Project 1t4i) quickly picked up half a minute on a sprinter-studded peloton where Lotto-Belisol did the work.

With seventy kilometers to go Eeckhout and Van Avermaet were re-joined by Barbé, Fouchard and Baugnies. They had 1:30 on the Boonen group, with the peloton trailing by fifty more seconds, but efforts from the Vancansoleil-DCM team, Lotto-Belisol and Europcar closed first the gap to the Boonen group, and then the fate of the seven up front was sealed.

Eeckhout’s effort

As his group was being brought back, Eeckhout attacked and was followed by Wouter Mol (Vacancoleil-DCM), and was later joined by Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Katusha), Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma-Quickstep), Jimmy Engoulvent (Saur-Sojasun), Jan Ghyselinck (Cofidis) and Sébastien Delfosse (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony).

With Sky content to let a group dangle just within their reach, the new escape quickly picked up half a minute at 40km from the finish line. When approaching the finish line a first time, having two more local circuits of 16km ahead of them, the gap ran up to a minute.

The Sky train was in full control, however, and one lap later half a minute was gone from that gap. At 10km from the finish line there were only 10 seconds left and a bunch sprint seemed unavoidable.

Once more it was Eeckhout who was the last man standing, having attacked his companions as the peloton was nipping on their heels, and had a brief foray with a Engoulvent before the high pace of the Sky-led group sped past.

With four men ahead of Cavendish, Sky hurtled into the finishing chute at such a pace that no rider stood a chance at coming around the world champion. Only Hutarovich could get close to his wheel, while Van Hummel looked glued to the tarmac as he struggled over the final meters to claim third.


Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky Procycling 4:27:30  
2 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) FDJ-Big Mat    
3 Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
4 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
5 Alexander Serebryakov (Rus) Team Type 1 - Sanofi    
6 Tom Veelers (Ned) Project 1t4i    
7 Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Team Europcar    
8 Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's    
9 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha Team    
10 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team    
11 Guillaume Boivin (Can) Spidertech p/b C10    
12 Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) GreenEdge Cycling Team    
13 Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale    
14 Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
15 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team    
16 Adam Blythe (GBr) BMC Racing Team    
17 Guillaume Blot (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
18 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Cervelo    
19 Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha Team    
20 Leif Hoste (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's    
21 Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) Team Type 1 - Sanofi    
22 Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's    
23 Michaël Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
24 Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
25 Steven Caethoven (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's    
26 Alexander Porsev (Rus) Katusha Team    
27 Davy Commeyne (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
28 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
29 Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia    
30 Martin Gilbert (Can) Spidertech p/b C10    
31 Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
32 Timon Seubert (Ger) Team NetApp    
33 Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
34 Thomas Leezer (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
35 Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) An Post - Sean Kelly    
36 Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
37 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar    
38 Robin Stenuit (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole    
39 Rony Martias (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
40 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) GreenEdge Cycling Team    
41 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky Procycling    
42 Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
43 Kevin Lacombe (Can) Spidertech p/b C10    
44 James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's    
45 Fabio Polazzi (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole    
46 Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Team Europcar    
47 Edwig Cammaerts (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
48 Sven Vandousselaere (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
49 Grischa Janorschke (Ger) Team NetApp    
50 Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Katusha Team    
51 Jean-Lou Paiani (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
52 Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
53 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
54 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin-Cervelo    
55 Christophe Laborie (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
56 Niels Wytinck (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly    
57 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
58 Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly    
59 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
60 Renaud Dion (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
61 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
62 Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
63 Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team    
64 Egidijus Juodvalkis (Ltu) Landbouwkrediet    
65 Alexey Tsatevitch (Rus) Katusha Team    
66 Stijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
67 Roy Curvers (Ned) Project 1t4i    
68 David Boucher (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
69 Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team    
70 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia    
71 Johan Le Bon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
72 Florent Barle (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
73 Markus Eichler (Ger) Team NetApp    
74 Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Lotto Belisol Team    
75 Matti Helminen (Fin) Landbouwkrediet    
76 Philippe Legrand (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole    
77 Hugo Houle (Can) Spidertech p/b C10    
78 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
79 Stijn Ennekens (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly    
80 Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling    
81 Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin-Cervelo    
82 Travis Meyer (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team    
83 Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) Team Type 1 - Sanofi    
84 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
85 Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
86 Romain Lemarchand (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
87 Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar    
88 Kevin Van Impe (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
89 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Procycling    
90 Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team    
91 Laszlo Bodrogi (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi    
92 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling    
93 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
94 Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol Team    
95 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
96 Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Garmin-Cervelo    
97 Ole Gabriel Rasch (Nor) FDJ-Big Mat    
98 Mark Mcnally (GBr) An Post - Sean Kelly    
99 Laurent Evrard (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole    
100 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Rabobank Cycling Team    
101 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team    
102 Jérémie Galland (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
103 Steve Houanard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
104 Jetse Bol (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
105 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
106 Koen Barbe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
107 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
108 Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha Team    
109 Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale    
110 Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia    
111 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:00:20  
112 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team    
113 Frederik Willems (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team 0:00:29  
114 Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:35  
115 Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team    
116 Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ-Big Mat    
117 William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
118 Egoitz Garcia Echeguibel (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:00:40  
119 Wouter Mol (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
120 Niko Eeckhout (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly    
121 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team    
122 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:01:30  
123 Matti Breschel (Den) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:01:46  
124 John Degenkolb (Ger) Project 1t4i 0:01:54  
125 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
126 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 0:02:08  
127 Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
128 Aliaksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Katusha Team 0:02:12  
129 Kristof Goddaert (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:19  
130 Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
131 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar    
132 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:03:05  
133 Bernard Eisel (Aut) Sky Procycling    
134 Jimmy Casper (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:31  
135 Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Type 1 - Sanofi    
136 Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Team NetApp 0:04:52  
137 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Project 1t4i 0:05:25  
138 Oscar Gatto (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia    
139 Matthew Wilson (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team    

 

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