Keukeleire crowned king of Le Samyn

Young Belgian outfoxes the rest in sprint finish

Jens Keukeleire (Cofidis) unleashed a wily sprint to win Belgian one-day race Le Samyn on Wednesday. The young Belgian avoided the tussle behind as he shot up the left-hand side of the road to win by a bike length over Gregory Joseph (Topsport Vlaanderen) and Cédric Pineau (Equipe Roubaix Lille Metropole).

Despite its sprint finale, the 191.9-kilometre race had been marked a long break. Five riders got away and had held a lead of five minutes with 75 kilometres to go, but the gap was dropping rapidly. With 65 km to go, and a 3:35 lead, three of the riders grew anxious and launched a pre-emptive strike; Steve Chainel (BBox Bouygues Telecom), Fabrice Jeandesboz (Saur-Sojasun) and Jean Zen (Palmans-Cras) the riders to go away.

Behind them, there were multiple attacks out of the rapidly moving peloton, but none was able to establish itself. After the escape group split, the gap began to stabilise once more, but the lead trio never really had a chance to stay away to the end.

With 25 kilometres to go, the attack was over. A Saxo Bank rider used the opportunity to try and get away, but he too was caught. After a series of solo attempts to avoid a mass sprint an 11-strong group showed promise but was only able to maintain a slight lead and was once more drawn back into the fold.

Remi Cusin (Cofidis) and Guillaume Levarlet (Saur- Sojasun) were the next to go, at the 18 kilometre marker, and behind them the peloton temporarily splintered under the high tempo. After forcing a concerted chase, the two finally roped in with only five kilometres to go. Marcus Eichler (Milram) jumped and passed the two leaders moments before they were caught by the main field.

Eichler's challenge faded as Saxo Bank led a now reduced peloton under the red kite. The race charged up the slight climb to the finish line, but it was Keukeleire that snuck up the left side of the final run-in to take victory by a clear margin. 

Full Results
1Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne4:34:35 
2Grégory Joseph (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
3Cédric Pineau (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
4Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française Des Jeux  
5Kristof Goddaert (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale  
6Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
7Jonas Aaen Jörgensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
8Steven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
9Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
10Steven Caethoven (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
11Kalle Kriit (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
12Rony Martias (Fra) Saur-Sojasun  
13Yohann Gene (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
14Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
15Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
16Arnaud Molmy (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
17Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
18Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
19Anthony Ravard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
20Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
21Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
22Renaud Dion (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
23Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
24Maarten Neyens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
25Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Verandas Willems  
26Julien Simon (Fra) Saur-Sojasun0:00:07 
27André Steensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:00:10 
28Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
29Christophe Brandt (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
30Jocelyn Bar (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
31Edwig Cammaerts (Bel) Lotto - Bodysol  
32Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) Verandas Willems  
33Jonathan Dufrasne (Bel) Qin Cycling Team  
34Mario Aerts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
35Gregory Habeaux (Bel) Verandas Willems  
36Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
37Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
38Paul Voss (Ger) Team Milram  
39Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:17 
40Laurent Didier (Lux) Team Saxo Bank  
41Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
42Kenny Van Hummel (Ned) Skil - Shimano0:00:23 
43Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
44Tom Vanbecelaere (Bel) Palmans - Cras  
45Nadir Haddou (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
46Simon Zahner (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
47Jonathan Thire (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
48Bart Dockx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
49Clément Lhotellerie (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
50Damien Gaudin (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
51Stijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
52Tim Mertens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
53Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
54Steve Houanard (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
55Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
56James Spragg (GBr) Qin Cycling Team  
57Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
58David Boucher (Fra) Landbouwkrediet  
59Robert Förster (Ger) Team Milram  
60Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
61Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
62Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
63Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank  
64Mathieu Claude (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
65Rémi Cusin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
66Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale  
67Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Saur-Sojasun  
68Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
69Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Verandas Willems  
70Karsten Kroon (Ned) BMC Racing Team  
71Timothy Vangheel (Bel) Palmans - Cras  
72Guillaume Blot (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
73Matheus Pronk (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:41 
74Robin Chaigneau (Ned) Skil - Shimano0:00:45 
75Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) Team Saxo Bank  
76Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
77Benoit Daeninck (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:00:59 
78Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
79Geert Omloop (Bel) Palmans - Cras0:01:04 
80Geert Verheyen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
81Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
82Arthur Vichot (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
83Ingmar De Poortere (Bel) Qin Cycling Team  
84Adam Blythe (GBr) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
85Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Saur-Sojasun0:01:26 
86Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
87Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
88Cedric Coutouly (Fra) Saur-Sojasun  
89Markus Eichler (Ger) Team Milram0:01:33 
90Wim De Vocht (Bel) Team Milram0:01:45 
91Alexander Kristoff (Nor) BMC Racing Team0:01:53 
92Rob Goris (Bel) Palmans - Cras0:04:30 
93Dirk Bellemakers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet  
94Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
95Julien Mazet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
96Chad Beyer (USA) BMC Racing Team  
97Egidijus Juodvalkis (Ltu) Palmans - Cras  
98Romain Matheou (Fra) Saur-Sojasun  
99Thomas Fothen (Ger) Team Milram  
100Sandy Casar (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
101David Deroo (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
102Robert Retschke (Ger) Continental Team Differdange0:05:39 
103Morgan Kneisky (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
104Saïd Haddou (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom0:05:46 
105Mitchell Docker (Aus) Skil - Shimano  
106Wim Van Huffel (Bel) Team  
107Michael Morkov (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:11:56 
108Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Saur-Sojasun  
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