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Bos prevails at Memorial Rik Van Steenbergen

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Rabobank sprinter denies Van Hummel repeat victory

Theo Bos (Rabobank) outsprinted defending champion Kenny Van Hummel (Vacansoleil-DCM) to win the 2012 Memorial Rik Van Steenbergen.

Theo Bos (Rabobank) outsprinted defending champion Kenny Van Hummel (Vacansoleil-DCM) to win the 2012 Memorial Rik Van Steenbergen.

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Four days after winning the final stage of the inaugural World Ports Classic, Theo Bos (Rabobank) once again crossed the finish line first, this time in today's 194.9km Memorial Rik Van Steenbergen. The 29-year-old Dutchman's finishing kick was too much for defending champion Kenny Van Hummel (Vacansoleil-DCM), who had to settle for second. Rounding out the top three was Bos's teammate and lead-out rider extraordinaire Mark Renshaw followed by André Greipel (Lotto Belisol Team) in fourth.

"Finishing first and third, you can only be happy," said Nico Verhoeven, Rabobank directeur sportif. "But I am also happy with the way it happened. Mark led out the sprint for Theo and still finished third himself, behind Kenny van Hummel but ahead of André Greipel. This is really considered a sprint race, and if you end up winning with your sprinter and the team did everything according to the book, you obviously go home with a very good feeling."

After just 20km of racing four riders escaped from the peloton to form the day's early break. Kurt Hovelynck (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony), Quentin Bertholet (Wallonie Bruxelles-Credit Agricole), Olivier Pardini (Colba-Superano Ham) and Jeroen Lepla (Bofrost-Steria) extended their advantage to a maximum of 5:30 and still enjoyed a lead of 3:30 when they arrived at the first of six 8.4km finishing circuits in Aartselaar.

Rabobank and Argos-Shimano were prominent at the head of the peloton, leading the pursuit of the escapees and hoping to set up their sprinters. Approximately 20km from the finish the break's horsepower was cut in half as both Bertholet and Pardini were unable to keep the pace. Hovelynck and Lepla continued onwards, but were caught near the end of the penultimate finishing circuit with 10km remaining. The sprinters' teams kept the peloton together through to the finale with Bos proving too quick for his rival fast men at the finish.

Full Results
1 Theo Bos (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 4:19:06  
2 Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
3 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team    
4 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team    
5 Barry Markus (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
6 Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's    
7 Kenneth Vanbilsen (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly    
8 André Schulze (Ger) Team NetApp    
9 Roy Jans (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly    
10 Francesco Lasca (Ita) Caja Rural    
11 Bert Vanlerberghe (Bel) Bofrost - Steria    
12 Andrea Guardini (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia    
13 Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
14 Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
15 Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's    
16 Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
17 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Argos - Shimano    
18 Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
19 Joeri Stallaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony    
20 Timothy Dupont (Bel) Bofrost - Steria    
21 Alexander Porsev (Rus) Katusha Team    
22 Jimmy Casper (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
23 Vyacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha Team    
24 James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's    
25 Kevin Ista (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's    
26 Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony    
27 Florian Senechal (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
28 Robin Stenuit (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole    
29 Kevin Peeters (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony    
30 Olivier Chevalier (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole    
31 Mathieu Teyechenne Coutet (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale    
32 Roman Maikin (Rus) RusVelo    
33 Andrew Ydens (Bel) Lotto - Pôle Continental Wallon    
34 Jimmy Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
35 Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale    
36 Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team NetApp    
37 Joris Cornet (Bel) Lotto - Pôle Continental Wallon    
38 Karol Domagalski (Pol) Caja Rural    
39 Kristof Goddaert (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale    
40 Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
41 Gaëtan Pons (Bel) Lotto - Pôle Continental Wallon    
42 Laurent Evrard (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole    
43 Glenn Van De Maele (Bel) Lotto - Pôle Continental Wallon    
44 Olivier Poppe (Bel) Lotto - Pôle Continental Wallon    
45 Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
46 Alexander Riabkin (Rus) Caja Rural    
47 Ian Vansumere (Bel) Lotto - Pôle Continental Wallon    
48 Sven Jodts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
49 Andreas Dietziker (Swi) Team NetApp    
50 Rafael Andriato (Bra) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia    
51 Steven Caethoven (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's    
52 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
53 Gregor Gazvoda (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale    
54 Philippe Legrand (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole    
55 Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
56 Egidijus Juodvalkis (Ltu) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony    
57 Alexey Tsatevich (Rus) Katusha Team    
58 Jetse Bol (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
59 Wesley Kreder (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
60 Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony    
61 Kevin Claeys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony    
62 Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
63 Mehdi Sohrabi (IRI) Lotto Belisol Team    
64 Roberto De Patre (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia    
65 Nikita Novikov (Rus) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
66 Tom Goovaerts (Bel) Colba - Superano Ham    
67 Matthias Brandle (Aut) Team NetApp    
68 Jérémy Bescond (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
69 Enzo Moyano (Arg) Caja Rural    
70 Igor Romero Etxebarria (Spa) Caja Rural    
71 Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha Team    
72 Justin Van Hoecke (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole    
73 Christian Patron (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole    
74 Roy Curvers (Ned) Argos - Shimano    
75 Fabio Polazzi (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole    
76 Benjamin Verraes (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's    
77 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team    
78 Steven Van Vooren (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
79 Jens Vandenbogaerde (Bel) Bofrost - Steria    
80 Bert Grabsch (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
81 Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony    
82 Niels Wytinck (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly    
83 Leonardo Giordani (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia    
84 Niko Eeckhout (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly    
85 Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Team NetApp    
86 Tom Veelers (Ned) Argos - Shimano    
87 Stijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
88 Jean-Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
89 Andy Cappelle (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's    
90 Diego Caccia (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia    
91 Sven Van Den Houte (Bel) Colba - Superano Ham    
92 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetApp    
93 Cristiano Benenati (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia    
94 Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team NetApp    
95 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp    
96 Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
97 Alexander Budaragin (Rus) RusVelo    
98 Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
99 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
100 Kevin Suarez Martinez (Bel) Colba - Superano Ham    
101 Jurgen Francois (Bel) Colba - Superano Ham    
102 David de la Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) Caja Rural    
103 Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
104 Rick Flens (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
105 Gregory Habeaux (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's    
106 Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) An Post - Sean Kelly    
107 Victor Manakov (Rus) RusVelo    
108 Sergey Klimov (Rus) RusVelo    
109 Edwig Cammaerts (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
110 Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Katusha Team    
111 Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team    
112 Tom David (NZl) Lotto - Pôle Continental Wallon    
113 Janis Dakteris (Lat) Lotto - Pôle Continental Wallon    
114 Yelko Gomez (Pan) Caja Rural    
115 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
116 Rutger Roelandts (Bel) Bofrost - Steria    
117 Jimmy Raiboud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
118 Dominic Klemme (Ger) Argos - Shimano    
119 Sam Bennett (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly    
120 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia    
121 Iljo Keisse (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
122 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
123 Frederique Robert (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team    
124 Roger Kluge (Ger) Argos - Shimano    
125 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 0:00:35  
126 Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha Team 0:00:43  
127 Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly 0:00:52  
128 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:01:19  
129 Kevin Verwaest (Bel) Bofrost - Steria 0:01:26  
130 Kenny De Haes (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team    
131 Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
132 Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team 0:01:43  
133 Matt Brammeier (Irl) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 0:01:48  
134 Joren Segers (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly 0:02:53  
135 Francesco Van Coppernolle (Bel) Bofrost - Steria 0:02:54  
136 Jonathan Breyne (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony    
137 Jeroen Lepla (Bel) Bofrost - Steria    
138 Hamish Robert Haynes (GBr) Colba - Superano Ham 0:03:00  
139 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
140 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Argos - Shimano 0:03:21  
141 James Mowatt (Aus) Colba - Superano Ham 0:03:53  
DNF Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team    
DNF Ian Boswell (USA) Argos - Shimano    
DNF Ronan Van Zandbeek (Ned) Argos - Shimano    
DNF Pieter Van Herck (Bel) Bofrost - Steria    
DNF Fabricio Ferrari (Uru) Caja Rural    
DNF Clément Lhotellerie (Fra) Colba - Superano Ham    
DNF Olivier Pardini (Bel) Colba - Superano Ham    
DNF Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
DNF Arkimedes Arguelyes Rodriges (Rus) RusVelo    
DNF Alexander Mironov (Rus) RusVelo    
DNF Nikolay Zhurkin (Rus) RusVelo    
DNF Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
DNF Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Quentin Bertholet (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole    
DNS Rudiger Selig (Ger) Katusha Team