Vantomme wins Le Samyn

Tsatevich and Bouhanni round out top three

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 ( 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

Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole4:36:20 
2Alexey Tsatevitch (Rus) Team Katusha  
3Nacer Bouhanni (Fra)  
4Erwann Corbel (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
5Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN - Qhubeka  
6Steve Chainel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
7Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
8Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka  
9Zico Waeytens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
10Tom Dernies (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
11Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) AG2R La Mondiale  
12Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing  
13Jimmy Turgis (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
14Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
15Edwig Cammaerts (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
16Gaetan Bille (Bel) Verandas Willems  
17Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
18Rudy Barbier (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
19Rudiger Selig (Ger) Team Katusha  
20Jelle Mannaerts (Bel) Verandas Willems  
21Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
22Roman Maikin (Rus) Rusvelo  
23Julien Stassen (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
24Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale  
25Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
26Niels Vandyck (Bel) Verandas Willems  
27Olivier Chevalier (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
28Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Rusvelo  
29Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Continental Team  
30Jonathan Dufrasne (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
31Tomasz Kiendys (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
32Kiryll Pozdnyakov (Rus) Rusvelo  
33Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Team Katusha  
34Sander Cordeel (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Continental Team  
35Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
36Kenny De Haes (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
37Julian Kern (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale  
38Joeri Stallaert (Bel) Veranclassic - Doltcini  
39Pierre-Luc Perrichon (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
40Timofey Kritskiy (Rus) Rusvelo  
41Cédric Pineau (Fra)  
42Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
43Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
44Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
45Florent Delfosse (Bel) Color Code - Biowanze  
46Martin Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
47Piotr Gawronski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
48Björn Leukemans (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
49Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol  
50Geoffrey Soupe (Fra)  
51Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) Rusvelo  
52Giorgio Brambilla (Ita) Veranclassic - Doltcini  
53Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
54Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
55Sébastien Chavanel (Fra)  
56Florent Mottet (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
57Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek Factory Racing  
58Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
59Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
60Christophe Premont (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
61Jerome Kerf (Bel) Color Code - Biowanze0:00:25 
62Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Team Katusha0:00:29 
63Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La Mondiale  
64Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
65Igor Boev (Rus) Rusvelo0:00:31 
66Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing  
67Edward Theuns (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
68Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:00:35 
69Dennis Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
70Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
71Benjamin Le Montagner (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
72Boris Dron (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
73Petr Vakoc (Cze) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:00:40 
74Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
75Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
76Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
77Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) MTN - Qhubeka  
78Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Team Katusha  
79Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Continental Team  
80Gregory Habeaux (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:00:45 
81Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
82Stijn Devolder (Bel) Trek Factory Racing  
83Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra)  
84Boris Vallee (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:00:49 
85Baptiste Plackaert (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
86Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
87Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
88Martin Reimer (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka  
89Jean-Albert Carnevali (Bel) Verandas Willems0:00:52 
90Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
91Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
92Vegard Breen (Nor) Lotto Belisol  
93Sam Lennertz (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Continental Team  
94Romain Pillon (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
95Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek Factory Racing  
96Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:01:18 
97Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Trek Factory Racing0:01:20 
98Iljo Keisse (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
99Sean De Bie (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:01:26 
100Franck Vermeulen (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
101Remy Mertz (Bel) Color Code - Biowanze0:01:32 
102Maxime Daniel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:37 
103Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
104Steve Bekaert (Bel) Veranclassic - Doltcini  
105Floris Smeyers (Bel) Verandas Willems  
106Rudy Kowalski (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:01:48 
107Nicolas Vereecken (Bel) Verandas Willems0:01:49 
108Jacek Morajko (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
109Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
110Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Team Katusha0:02:04 
111Kurt Geysen (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Continental Team0:02:42 
112Adrian Kurek (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:02:43 
113Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
114Serge De Wortelaer (Bel) Veranclassic - Doltcini  
115Pawel Charucki (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
116Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek Factory Racing  
117David Boucher (Fra)  
118Johann Van Zyl (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
119Jussi Veikkanen (Fin)  
120Tim De Troyer (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:02:51 
121Jonathan Baratto (Bel) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon0:04:12 
DNFGatis Smukulis (Lat) Team Katusha  
DNFAlexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFGert Joeaar (Est) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFAndreas Stauff (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka  
DNFLeonid Krasnov (Rus) Rusvelo  
DNFNikolay Mihaylov (Bul) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
DNFRomain Feillu (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
DNFClément Koretzky (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
DNFTim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
DNFNico Sijmens (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFTitte Van Laer (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Continental Team  
DNFKevin Van Staeyen (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Continental Team  
DNFAlphonse Vermote (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Continental Team  
DNFFrancesco Van Coppernolle (Bel) Veranclassic - Doltcini  
DNFDarijus Dzervus (Ltu) Veranclassic - Doltcini  
DNFYu Takenouchi (Jpn) Veranclassic - Doltcini  
DNFFrederik Vandewiele (Bel) Veranclassic - Doltcini  
DNFWalt De Winter (Bel) Verandas Willems  
DNFOlivier Pardini (Bel) Verandas Willems  
DNFTimothy Dupont (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFAndrew Ydens (Bel) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon  
DNFJulien Deschesne (Bel) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon  
DNFAxel Gremelpont (Bel) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon  
DNFGuillaume Haag (Bel) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon  
DNFToshoni Van Craen (Bel) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon  
DNFGlenn Vandemaele (Bel) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon  
DNFMaxime Vekeman (Bel) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon  
DNFJulien Kaise (Bel) Color Code - Biowanze  
DNFAntoine Warnier (Bel) Color Code - Biowanze  
DNFThomas Wertz (Bel) Color Code - Biowanze  
DNFRomain Hubert (Bel) Color Code - Biowanze  
DNFGaëtan Pons (Bel) Color Code - Biowanze  
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