Boonen wins Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne

Omega Pharma-Quick Step rider celebrates third career victory at the race

Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma QuickStep) closed out a dominant performance in Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne to hold off Moreno Hofland (Belkin) in a tight sprint in Belgium on Sunday. The Omega Pharma leader made it three wins in the one-day race - a new record - after superb work from his team.

Belkin and Omega Pharma split the race to pieces with over 70 kilometres remaining, positioning strong contingents of their squads in a 10-man move. Despite chase efforts from Sky, Lotto Belisol and Katusha, the break stayed clear.

Boonen was joined by teammates, Stijn Vandenbergh, Matteo Trentin, Guillaume Van Keirsbulck, Nikolas Maes (Omega Pharma-QuickStep), Sep Vanmarcke, Moreno Hofland, Maarten Wynants (Belkin), Johan Vansummeren (Garmin-Sharp), Yves Lampaert (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise), and the 10-man break quickly established a lead of over a minute.

"This first small record is hopefully the start of more records later this season," Boonen said.

"Our plans were completely different to what we did. Once we were up the road I thought the peloton was playing around with us. I figured we should drop back. Then it got serious. Trentin was supposed to lead out the sprint but he reacted on the first attack. Maes took over but he had cramps. It was chaos."

The race started under bright skies and with an electric pace. A group of four eventually sailed clear and animated the first hours of the race, featuring Vladimir Isaichev (Katusha), Silvan Dillier (BMC), Gert Jõeäär (Cofidis) and Michaël Vingerling (Team 3M).

The four had a maximal lead of four minutes, but with Omega and Lotto keen to make up for mediocre showings in Omloop, the break was given little leeway.

After climbing the Cöte de Trieux, the Belkin team increased the speed in the peloton, creating splits. Shortly after that acceleration, the Oude Kwaremont was climbed with Stijn Vandenbergh (Omega Pharma-Quick-Step) setting the pace. On the descent to Berchem, the peloton split further with both Belkin and Omega looking to put Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol) and Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky) under pressure.

The aggression immediately paid of with a select group quickly forming under the guidance of Boonen and Vanmarcke. The rampaging Belkin-Omega axis quickly caught the four leaders after 120km of racing and just as quickly, left them behind. When reaching the Tiegemberg at 65km from the finish, the lead group had a gap of nearly a minute on the first peloton. At Nokereberg the gap was 1:10 on the peloton.

In a scene similar to that from last year's stage 13 of the Tour de France from Tours to Saint-Amand-Montrond, in which Belkin, [Saxo] and Omega Pharma-Quick-Step formed a coalition, the two leading squads pitted their strength against the might of Sky and Lotto.

Slowly, the gap started to come down and after passing through Waregem, the Katusha team added some numbers in front of the peloton. With the gap hovering around a minute, the leaders began the local circuit with two laps of 16km around Kuurne.

Team Sky quickly gave up on the chase. Nevertheless the gap remained at about a minute during the first local lap. Luca Paolini (Katusha) did a lot of work in the peloton but without much more support, the race was lost for the peloton. The gap was still just over a minute when the peloton hit the final lap.

And with that the chances of Greipel and the remaining sprinters winning the race were gone.

Up ahead, the work rate and commitment remained in place. Wynants attempted a solo move in a bid to shake up Omega, but the status quo was reinstated by the Belgian team's might.

Into the final corner, Boonen appeared to pick the wrong line but with a quick adjustment he regained the right wheel and even though Hofland threatened to come around, the Belgian king of Kuurne had enough to hold on.

Full Results

Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team4:28:50 
2Moreno Hofland (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team  
3Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team  
4Yves Lampaert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
5Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
6Maarten Wynants (Bel) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team  
7Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:00:02 
8Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
9Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:00:04 
10Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin Sharp  
11Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha0:01:24 
12Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling  
13Baptiste Plackaert (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
14André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol  
15Paul Voss (Ger) Team Netapp - Endura  
16Olivier Chevalier (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
17Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team Giant-Shimano  
18Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) AG2R La Mondiale  
19Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
20James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
21Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Continental Team  
22Arnaud Demare (Fra) Fdj.fr  
23Gert Joeaar (Est) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
24Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
25Tom Dernies (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
26Yoann Offredo (Fra) Fdj.fr  
27Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Team Katusha  
28Kenneth Van Bilsen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
29Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Garmin Sharp  
30Martin Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
31Jimmy Turgis (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
32Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Team Katusha  
33Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
34Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
35Florent Mottet (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
36Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team  
37Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
38Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Sky  
39Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
40Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
41Marco Bandiera (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
42Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
43Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team  
44Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky  
45Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Sky  
46Luca Paolini (Ita) Team Katusha  
47Bram Tankink (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team  
48Roger Kluge (Ger) IAM Cycling  
49Sander Cordeel (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Continental Team  
50Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Giant-Shimano0:01:31 
51Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol  
52Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano  
53Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky0:03:45 
54Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol  
55Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
56Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Continental Team0:04:15 
57Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:05:44 
58Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
59Romain Pillon (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:12:13 
60Rudy Barbier (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
61Edward Theuns (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
62Clément Koretzky (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
63Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Fdj.fr  
64Mickael Delage (Fra) Fdj.fr  
65David Boucher (Fra) Fdj.fr  
66Rick Zabel (Ger) BMC Racing Team  
67Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) Team 3M  
68Tom Veelers (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano  
69Nicola Testi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
70Sébastien Turgot (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
71Sean Downey (Irl) An Post - Chain Reaction  
72Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
73Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale  
74Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
75Alphonse Vermote (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Continental Team  
76Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
77Laurent Van Den Bak (Bel) An Post - Chain Reaction  
78Pierre-Luc Perrichon (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
79Joeri Stallaert (Bel) Veranclassic - Doltcini  
80Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin Sharp  
81Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin Sharp  
82Steele Von Hoff (Aus) Garmin Sharp  
83Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano  
84Adrian Kurek (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
85Tomasz Kiendys (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
86Tim De Troyer (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
87Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
88Kevin Peeters (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Continental Team  
89Jacek Morajko (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
90Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
91Mark Mcnally (GBr) An Post - Chain Reaction  
92Tim Van Speybroeck (Bel) Team 3M  
93Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
94Sebastian Lander (Den) BMC Racing Team  
95Sam Lennertz (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Continental Team  
96Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Giant-Shimano  
97Blaz Jarc (Slo) Team Netapp - Endura  
98Julien Stassen (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
99Barry Markus (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team  
100Robert Wagner (Ger) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team  
101Jonas Ahlstrand (Swe) Team Giant-Shimano  
102Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
103Christophe Laborie (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
104Scott Thwaites (GBr) Team Netapp - Endura  
105Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Team Netapp - Endura  
106Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Team Netapp - Endura  
107Dominic Klemme (Ger) IAM Cycling  
108Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling  
109Gerry Druyts (Bel) Team 3M  
110Michael Vingerling (Ned) Team 3M  
111Egidijus Juodvalkis (Ltu) Team 3M  
112Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar  
113Angelo Tulik (Fra) Team Europcar  
114Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
115Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
116Egoitz Garcia Echeguibel (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
117Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
118Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Team Sky  
119Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky  
120Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky  
121Robin Stenuit (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
122Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar  
123Boris Dron (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
124Antoine Demoitie (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
125Loic Pestiaux (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
126Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar  
127Erwann Corbel (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
128Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFNiki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
DNFChristopher Sutton (Aus) Team Sky  
DNFVegard Breen (Nor) Lotto Belisol  
DNFPim Ligthart (Ned) Lotto Belisol  
DNFAnton Vorobyev (Rus) Team Katusha  
DNFRudiger Selig (Ger) Team Katusha  
DNFAliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Team Katusha  
DNFAlexey Tsatevitch (Rus) Team Katusha  
DNFJetse Bol (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team  
DNFNick Nuyens (Bel) Garmin Sharp  
DNFDavid Millar (GBr) Garmin Sharp  
DNFRaymond Kreder (Ned) Garmin Sharp  
DNFWilliam Bonnet (Fra) Fdj.fr  
DNFPierre-Henri Lecuisinier (Fra) Fdj.fr  
DNFJohan Le Bon (Fra) Fdj.fr  
DNFBryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFJimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFYohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFBjorn Thurau (Ger) Team Europcar  
DNFTaylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team  
DNFKlaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
DNFMaxime Daniel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFHugo Houle (Can) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFDamien Gaudin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFMarcel Aregger (Swi) IAM Cycling  
DNFKevin Ista (Bel) IAM Cycling  
DNFPirmin Lang (Swi) IAM Cycling  
DNFAleksejs Saramotins (Lat) IAM Cycling  
DNFNikias Arndt (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano  
DNFRalf Matzka (Ger) Team Netapp - Endura  
DNFAndreas Schillinger (Ger) Team Netapp - Endura  
DNFJonathan Mcevoy (GBr) Team Netapp - Endura  
DNFDanilo Napolitano (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFRoy Jans (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFMirko Selvaggi (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFPiotr Gawronski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
DNFNikolay Mihaylov (Bul) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
DNFPawel Charucki (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
DNFJaroslaw Marycz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
DNFMarco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
DNFAntonio Parrinello (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
DNFAndrea Zordan (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
DNFBenjamin Le Montagner (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
DNFJelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
DNFStijn Steels (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
DNFCyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFRomain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFAdrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFJulien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFTimothy Dupont (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFJulien Duval (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFRudy Kowalski (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFKurt Geysen (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Continental Team  
DNFNick Wynants (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Continental Team  
DNFGiorgio Brambilla (Ita) Veranclassic - Doltcini  
DNFGorik Gardeyn (Bel) Veranclassic - Doltcini  
DNFDarijus Dzervus (Ltu) Veranclassic - Doltcini  
DNFTom Goovaerts (Bel) Veranclassic - Doltcini  
DNFSébastien Rosseler (Bel) Veranclassic - Doltcini  
DNFRick Ottema (Ned) Veranclassic - Doltcini  
DNFKevin Verwaest (Bel) Veranclassic - Doltcini  
DNFMarcus Christie (Irl) An Post - Chain Reaction  
DNFKevin Claeys (Bel) An Post - Chain Reaction  
DNFWout Franssen (Bel) An Post - Chain Reaction  
DNFRobert-Jon Mccarthy (Aus) An Post - Chain Reaction  
DNFJack Wilson (Irl) An Post - Chain Reaction  
DNFTimothy Stevens (Bel) Team 3M  
DNFJoren Segers (Bel) Team 3M  
DNFGregory Franckaert (Bel) Team 3M  

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