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Vantomme wins Le Samyn

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Tsatevich and Bouhanni round out top three

Victory at Le Samyn came down to a bike throw, with Maxime Vantomme (Roubaix Lille Metropole), left, winning by a whisker ahead of runner-up Alexey Tsatevich (Katusha)

Victory at Le Samyn came down to a bike throw, with Maxime Vantomme (Roubaix Lille Metropole), left, winning by a whisker ahead of runner-up Alexey Tsatevich (Katusha)

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Maxime Vantomme (Roubaix Lille Metropole) unleashed a powerful sprint on the slightly uphill finish in Dour to claim victory ahead of Alexey Tsatevich (Katusha) and Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ.fr) at Le Samyn.

When late attacker Vladimir Isaichev (Katusha) was caught inside the final kilometre on the deceptive drag towards the line, the stage seemed set for Bouhanni to land his second win of the new season.

Bouhanni was well-positioned on the wheel of lead-out man Sebastien Chavanel when the bunch swung around the final bend, but Vantomme anticipated the Frenchman by launching his sprint on the opposite side of the road with 200 metres to go.

Vantomme instantly opened a small gap, and though the 2013 Samyn winner Tsatevich and Bouhanni both finished rapidly, they were unable to make up the ground. There was disappointment, too, for Gerald Ciolek (MTN-Qhubeka), who could only manage 8th place, while his teammate Kristian Sbaragli finished 5th.

“I like this race a lot. I’m done it a few times and the uphill finish is perfect for me. I’ve had good results here before now, but never the win,” Vantomme said as he waited to mount the podium.

Vantomme’s victory was his first in over six years, since he won a stage of the Tropicale Amissa Bongo in 2008. In the intervening period, Vantomme spent four seasons in the WorldTour at Katusha, but finds himself with greater responsibility within the Continental Roubaix Lille Metropole squad.

“I have carte blanche with my new team and I could do what I wanted today,” he said. “It was hard to stay near the front in the finale, but I was well-placed with 200 metres to go. I launched my sprint and I managed to win. I could feel my former Katusha teammate Tsatevich coming up behind me, but I said to myself that he wasn’t going to come past.”

Omega Pharma-QuickStep's forcing

The opening stages of Wallonia’s first race of the season were animated by a three-man break featuring Sijmens, Van de Maele and Hubert, who escaped in the first hour of racing and held a lead of three minutes over the bunch shortly after the midway point.

That margin began to tumble soon afterwards, however, as Omega Pharma-QuickStep began to ratchet up the pace in the main peloton. Indeed, after the three leaders were caught, the QuickStep pressing threatened to force the decisive split of the day with 70 kilometres to race.

Certainly, there were shades of Sunday’s Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne when no fewer than six QuickStep riders – Julian Alaphilippe, Andy Fenn, Iljo Keisse, Peter Vakoc, Martin Velits and Guillaume Van Keirsbulck – found themselves in a group of 11 riders that clipped off the front, though the move was pegged back within ten kilometres.

Another QuickStep rider, new arrival Thomas De Gendt, was part of the next major move, slipping away with Alexis Gougeard (Ag2r-La Mondiale) inside the final 50 kilometres. With Lotto-Belisol and Trek Factory Racing among the teams chasing, however, the pair were never allowed a lead greater than 40 seconds, and were pegged back on the finishing circuit with 20 kilometres remaining.

On that finishing circuit, a group of ten riders, including Greg Henderson (Lotto-Belisol), Sergey Lagutin (Rusvelo), Lloyd Mondory, Julian Kern (Ag2r-La Mondiale) and Sébastien Delfosse (Wallonie-Bruxelles) forged their way clear, but they, too, were swept up inside the final ten kilometres.

Jasper Stuyven (Trek Factory Racing) was prominent near the front of the bunch in a finale where a number of moves took off without ever gaining any significant traction, although the Russian champion Isaichev threatened to upset the odds when he powered off the front with two kilometres remaining.

Isaichev’s lead lasted into the final kilometre, but he was caught just as the final, shallow slopes began to bit. Bouhanni seemed well-placed for the win, but Vantomme had other ideas.

“Up to now, I’ve always been missing a little detail,” Vantomme said. “But today, I didn’t wait for Bouhanni or anyone else. I just did my own sprint.”

Full Results

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# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole 4:36:20  
2 Alexey Tsatevitch (Rus) Team Katusha    
3 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Fdj.fr    
4 Erwann Corbel (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement    
5 Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN - Qhubeka    
6 Steve Chainel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
7 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert    
8 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka    
9 Zico Waeytens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise    
10 Tom Dernies (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles    
11 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) AG2R La Mondiale    
12 Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing    
13 Jimmy Turgis (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
14 Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert    
15 Edwig Cammaerts (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
16 Gaetan Bille (Bel) Verandas Willems    
17 Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
18 Rudy Barbier (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
19 Rudiger Selig (Ger) Team Katusha    
20 Jelle Mannaerts (Bel) Verandas Willems    
21 Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise    
22 Roman Maikin (Rus) Rusvelo    
23 Julien Stassen (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles    
24 Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale    
25 Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert    
26 Niels Vandyck (Bel) Verandas Willems    
27 Olivier Chevalier (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles    
28 Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Rusvelo    
29 Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Continental Team    
30 Jonathan Dufrasne (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles    
31 Tomasz Kiendys (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
32 Kiryll Pozdnyakov (Rus) Rusvelo    
33 Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Team Katusha    
34 Sander Cordeel (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Continental Team    
35 Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
36 Kenny De Haes (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
37 Julian Kern (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale    
38 Joeri Stallaert (Bel) Veranclassic - Doltcini    
39 Pierre-Luc Perrichon (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement    
40 Timofey Kritskiy (Rus) Rusvelo    
41 Cédric Pineau (Fra) Fdj.fr    
42 Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
43 Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement    
44 Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise    
45 Florent Delfosse (Bel) Color Code - Biowanze    
46 Martin Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
47 Piotr Gawronski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
48 Björn Leukemans (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert    
49 Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol    
50 Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Fdj.fr    
51 Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) Rusvelo    
52 Giorgio Brambilla (Ita) Veranclassic - Doltcini    
53 Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise    
54 Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
55 Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Fdj.fr    
56 Florent Mottet (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles    
57 Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek Factory Racing    
58 Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles    
59 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
60 Christophe Premont (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles    
61 Jerome Kerf (Bel) Color Code - Biowanze 0:00:25  
62 Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Team Katusha 0:00:29  
63 Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La Mondiale    
64 Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
65 Igor Boev (Rus) Rusvelo 0:00:31  
66 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing    
67 Edward Theuns (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise    
68 Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:00:35  
69 Dennis Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
70 Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement    
71 Benjamin Le Montagner (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement    
72 Boris Dron (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles    
73 Petr Vakoc (Cze) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:00:40  
74 Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise    
75 Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka    
76 Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
77 Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) MTN - Qhubeka    
78 Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Team Katusha    
79 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Continental Team    
80 Gregory Habeaux (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:00:45  
81 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
82 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Trek Factory Racing    
83 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Fdj.fr    
84 Boris Vallee (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:00:49  
85 Baptiste Plackaert (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
86 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise    
87 Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
88 Martin Reimer (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka    
89 Jean-Albert Carnevali (Bel) Verandas Willems 0:00:52  
90 Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
91 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
92 Vegard Breen (Nor) Lotto Belisol    
93 Sam Lennertz (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Continental Team    
94 Romain Pillon (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
95 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek Factory Racing    
96 Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:01:18  
97 Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Trek Factory Racing 0:01:20  
98 Iljo Keisse (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
99 Sean De Bie (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:01:26  
100 Franck Vermeulen (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
101 Remy Mertz (Bel) Color Code - Biowanze 0:01:32  
102 Maxime Daniel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:37  
103 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
104 Steve Bekaert (Bel) Veranclassic - Doltcini    
105 Floris Smeyers (Bel) Verandas Willems    
106 Rudy Kowalski (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole 0:01:48  
107 Nicolas Vereecken (Bel) Verandas Willems 0:01:49  
108 Jacek Morajko (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
109 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert    
110 Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Team Katusha 0:02:04  
111 Kurt Geysen (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Continental Team 0:02:42  
112 Adrian Kurek (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice 0:02:43  
113 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
114 Serge De Wortelaer (Bel) Veranclassic - Doltcini    
115 Pawel Charucki (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
116 Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek Factory Racing    
117 David Boucher (Fra) Fdj.fr    
118 Johann Van Zyl (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka    
119 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Fdj.fr    
120 Tim De Troyer (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:02:51  
121 Jonathan Baratto (Bel) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon 0:04:12  
DNF Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Team Katusha    
DNF Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
DNF Gert Joeaar (Est) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
DNF Andreas Stauff (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka    
DNF Leonid Krasnov (Rus) Rusvelo    
DNF Nikolay Mihaylov (Bul) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
DNF Romain Feillu (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement    
DNF Clément Koretzky (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement    
DNF Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise    
DNF Nico Sijmens (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert    
DNF Titte Van Laer (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Continental Team    
DNF Kevin Van Staeyen (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Continental Team    
DNF Alphonse Vermote (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Continental Team    
DNF Francesco Van Coppernolle (Bel) Veranclassic - Doltcini    
DNF Darijus Dzervus (Ltu) Veranclassic - Doltcini    
DNF Yu Takenouchi (Jpn) Veranclassic - Doltcini    
DNF Frederik Vandewiele (Bel) Veranclassic - Doltcini    
DNF Walt De Winter (Bel) Verandas Willems    
DNF Olivier Pardini (Bel) Verandas Willems    
DNF Timothy Dupont (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
DNF Andrew Ydens (Bel) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon    
DNF Julien Deschesne (Bel) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon    
DNF Axel Gremelpont (Bel) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon    
DNF Guillaume Haag (Bel) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon    
DNF Toshoni Van Craen (Bel) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon    
DNF Glenn Vandemaele (Bel) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon    
DNF Maxime Vekeman (Bel) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon    
DNF Julien Kaise (Bel) Color Code - Biowanze    
DNF Antoine Warnier (Bel) Color Code - Biowanze    
DNF Thomas Wertz (Bel) Color Code - Biowanze    
DNF Romain Hubert (Bel) Color Code - Biowanze    
DNF Gaëtan Pons (Bel) Color Code - Biowanze