Tsatevich wins Le Samyn

Russian beats Boeckmans and Petit

Alexey Tsatevich (Katusha) claimed victory at Le Samyn after holding off the peloton in Dour on Wednesday, while Kris Boeckmans (Vacansoleil-DCM) beat Adrien Petit (Cofidis) to second place.

Tsatevich showed considerable strength on the deceptively difficult rise to the finish line at Dour. When Sébastien Chavanel (Europcar) tried to spring a surprise by opening his effort early inside the final 500 metres, the Russian was swiftly onto his wheel. When Chavanel began to flag, Tsatevich came around him and had more than enough in the tank to hold off the peloton closing behind.

"The team gave me a chance to try today, the whole race was done around me and I am thankful for that,” Tsatevich said afterwards. “In the final part of the race I said to the team that I am ok and can try, so, my teammates did everything possible to help me and to provide an ideal position in the finish. I was waiting for the mass sprint, but a rider from Europcar attacked before it. I took his wheel and was able to save the energy. In the last meters I started my sprint to win.”

The day’s racing was animated by an early break featuring Elias Van Breussegem (Doltcini-Flanders), Luke Rowe (Sky) and Thomas Sprengers (Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise). The trio opened a lead of 5 minutes at one point, before the peloton reacted in earnest. Rowe was the final survivor of the move, but he was swept up with 12km to race.

At that point, a bunch finish seemed inevitable, but Rowe’s teammate Geraint Thomas was keen to try his luck, first attacking as part of a four-man move with Ian Stannard, and later forcing his way clear alone. The in-form Welshman threatened to upset the odds, but the work of a number of teams, including FDJ, saw him pegged back before the finish.

Unfortunately for FDJ, their sprint hopeful Arnaud Démare had his hopes thwarted by a late puncture and the scene was set for an extremely open bunch finish, where Tsatevich seized the initiative and reaped the rewards.

“I am happy that I was able to realize the wish of the team and win today,” he said. “I came to Belgium a little bit earlier than the other members of Katusha, so I had some more days to train. That was one of key moments for today’s success.”

Full Results
1Alexey Tsatevich (Rus) Katusha5:05:19 
2Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
3Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
4Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
5Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN-Qhubeka  
6Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
7Scott Thwaites (GBr) Team NetApp-Endura  
8Andreas Stauff (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka  
9Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky Procycling  
10Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha  
11Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
12Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) To Win-Josan Cycling Team  
13Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar  
14Niels Vandyck (Bel) Verandas Willems  
15Maxime Le Montagner (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
16Maxime Daniel (Fra) Sojasun  
17Julien Duval (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
18Blaz Jarc (Slo) Team NetApp-Endura  
19Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
20Niko Eeckhout (Bel) An Post-Chainreaction  
21Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha  
22Thomas Vernaeckt (Bel) Doltcini-Flanders  
23Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ  
24Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
25Markus Eichler (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura  
26Julien Stassen (Bel) Wallonie-Bruxelles  
27Tim De Troyer (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
28Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
29Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
30Marc De Maar (AHo) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
31Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Doltcini-Flanders  
32Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
33Clément Koretzky (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement  
34Laurent Evrard (Bel) Wallonie-Bruxelles  
35Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Sky Procycling  
36Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling  
37Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Team Europcar  
38Gaetan Bille (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
39Renaud Dion (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement  
40Martin Reimer (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka  
41Jérémie Galland (Fra) Sojasun  
42Davide Frattini (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
43Jonathan Dufrasne (Bel) Wallonie-Bruxelles  
44Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ  
45Timofey Kritskiy (Rus) Katusha  
46Clément Lhotellerie (Fra) Colba-Superano Ham  
47Egidijus Juodvalkis (Ltu) Crelan-Euphony  
48Jean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement  
49Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky Procycling  
50Brian Bulgac (Ned) Lotto Belisol  
51Benjamin Le Montagner (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement  
52Anthony Ravard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
53Alphonse Vermote (Bel) An Post-Chainreaction  
54Christophe Laborie (Fra) Sojasun  
55Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
56Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
57Roger Kluge (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura  
58Antoine Demoitie (Bel) Wallonie-Bruxelles  
59Alexander Porsev (Rus) Katusha  
60Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
61Gael Malacarne (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement  
62Jack Wilson (Irl) An Post-Chainreaction  
63Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:45 
64Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement  
65Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
66Bertjan Lindeman (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
67Kenny Robert van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
68Steven Caethoven (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
69Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) MTN-Qhubeka  
70Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale  
71Julian Kern (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale  
72Sam Bennett (Irl) An Post-Chainreaction  
73Gert Joeaar (Est) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
74Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar  
75Morgan Lamoisson (Fra) Team Europcar  
76Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
77Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling  
78Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling  
79Jonathan McEvoy (GBr) Team NetApp-Endura  
80Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
81David Boucher (Fra) FDJ  
82Jonathan Breyne (Bel) Crelan-Euphony  
83Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Crelan-Euphony  
84Yu Takenouchi (Jpn) Colba-Superano Ham  
85Florent Delfosse (Bel) Color Code-Biowanze  
86Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Katusha  
87Rony Martias (Fra) Sojasun  
88Jean-Albert Carnevali (Bel) Verandas Willems  
89Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La Mondiale  
90Justin Van Hoecke (Bel) Wallonie-Bruxelles  
91Evaldas Siskevicius (Ltu) Sojasun  
92Jean-Lou Paiani (Fra) Sojasun  
93Florent Mottet (Bel) Color Code-Biowanze  
94Florent Barle (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
95Sander Helven (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
96Loïc Desriac (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
97Sander Armee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
98Cyrille Patoux (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
100Erick Rowsell (GBr) Team NetApp-Endura0:03:11 
101Pierre-Luc Perrichon (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement  
102Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar  
103Damien Gaudin (Fra) Team Europcar  
104Wouter Mol (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:03:40 
105Olivier Pardini (Bel) Verandas Willems0:03:52 
106Boy van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:05:40 
107Loic Pestiaux (Bel) Color Code-Biowanze0:06:06 
108Andrew Ydens (Bel) T.Palm-Pôle Continental Wallon0:06:15 
109Rudy Kowalski (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
110Ronan McLaughlin (Irl) An Post-Chainreaction0:06:46 
111Quentin Hoper (Bel) Color Code-Biowanze  
112Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
113Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
114Thomas Wertz (Bel) Color Code-Biowanze  
115Olivier Poppe (Bel) Verandas Willems  
116Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ  
117Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ  
118Giovanni De Merlier (Bel) To Win-Josan Cycling Team  
119Steven Doms (Bel) To Win-Josan Cycling Team  
120Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura  
121Sergio Ferrari (Bel) Verandas Willems0:08:51 
122Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha  
123Kevin De Jonghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
124Jérôme Gilbert (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
125Darijus Dzervus (Ltu) Doltcini-Flanders  
126Johann Van Zyl (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka  
127Will Routley (Can) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
128Victor Fobert (Fra) Colba-Superano Ham  
129Maarten Neyens (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
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