Chicchi wins Nokere Koerse

Italian wins sprint ahead of Boeckmans and Van Poppel

Francesco Chicchi (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) continued his fine start to the 2012 season with a commanding sprint victory in the Nokere Koerse ahead of Kris Boeckmans (Vacansoleil-DCM) and Boy Van Poppel (UnitedHealthcare).

The Italian ripped clear of Boeckmans on the slightly uphill finishing straight in Nokere to claim his fourth win of the campaign. Chicchi got off the mark in January with two stage victories at the Tour de San Luis in Argentina, and he gave a further indication of his form by taking the opening road Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen last week.

Chicchi’s Omega Pharma-QuickStep team did much to control affairs in the closing stages, but his own knowledge of the finale proved to be crucial. The former under 23 world champion was well positioned coming through the last right-hand corner, and then timed his finishing kick perfectly to take victory.

“Today I was going very well and I knew the finish too as I'd done it a few times in the past,” Chicchi said afterwards. “My team was fantastic as always and believed in me.

"The team was perfect. They took the lead 4km from the finish when the group was all together and did a great job. Iljo Keisse and Andy Fenn were perfect in the final 3km, and then Trentin gave a great leadout in the final kilometer," Chicchi said.

"We only had six riders, but when the team is strong it is no problem whether we have six riders or eight."

The finale was marred by a serious crash with 700m to go, which took down Rabobank sprinter Theo Bos, among others. Bos was fortunate to escape serious injury, but will miss out on Friday's Handzame Classic.


# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Omega Pharma- Quickstep 4:19:42  
2 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM    
3 Boy van Poppel (Ned) UnitedHealthcare    
4 Andre Schulze (Ger) Team NetApp    
5 Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Barracuda    
6 Giorgio Brambilla (Ita) Leopard-Trek    
7 Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen    
8 Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Katusha    
9 Alexander Porsev (Rus) Katusha    
10 Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
11 Robert Förster (Ger) UnitedHealthcare    
12 James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Accent Jobs-Willems Verandas    
13 Christophe Laborie (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
14 Matthias Friedemann (Ger) Champion Systems    
15 Michael Reihs (Den) Christina Watches    
16 Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin-Barracuda    
17 Benjamin Verraes (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen    
18 Raymond Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Barracuda    
19 Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen    
20 Leif Hoste (Bel) Accent Jobs-Willems Verandas    
21 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma- Quickstep    
22 Kenneth Van Bilsen (Bel) An Post Sean Kelly    
23 Steve Schets (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen    
24 Philippe Legrand (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles    
25 Barry Markus (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM    
26 Biaz Jarc (Slo) Team NetApp    
27 Egoitz Garcia Echeguibel (Spa) Cofidis    
28 Stefan Schumacher (Den) Christina Watches    
29 Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha 0:00:12  
30 Cammaerts Edwig (Bel) Cofidis 0:00:15  
31 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank 0:00:18  
32 Kevin Ista (Bel) Accent Jobs-Willems Verandas 0:00:23  
33 Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen    
34 Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Rusvelo    
35 Steve Chainel (Fra) Fdj - Big Mat    
36 Sander Cordeel (Bel) Lotto - Belisol 0:00:26  
37 Timon Seubert (Ger) Team NetApp 0:00:28  
38 Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Team NetApp 0:00:31  
39 Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Fdj - Big Mat 0:00:36  
40 Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen    
41 Wouter Mol (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM    
42 Frederique Robert (Bel) Lotto - Belisol    
43 Timothy Dupont (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen    
44 Jesus Ezquerra (Spa) Leopard-Trek    
45 Dennis Vanendert (Bel) Lotto - Belisol    
46 Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma- Quickstep    
47 Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Champion Systems 0:00:47  
48 Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Rusvelo    
49 Rikke Dijkxhoorn (Ned) Geofco-Ville d`Alger    
50 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Fdj - Big Mat    
51 Julian Kern (Ger) Leopard-Trek    
52 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma- Quickstep    
53 Niels Wytinck (Bel) An Post Sean Kelly 0:01:01  
54 Ronan Van Zandbeek (Ned) Project 1t4i    
55 Davy Commeyne (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
56 Stijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen    
57 Jurgen François (Bel) Colba - Superano Ham    
58 Kai Reus (Ned) UnitedHealthcare    
59 Francesco Van Coppernolle (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen    
60 Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Leopard-Trek    
61 Sebastien Delfosse (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
62 Bert De Backer (Bel) Project 1t4i    
63 Jerome Baugnies (Bel) Team NetApp    
64 Rony Martias (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:01:14  
65 Etienne Tortelier (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
66 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis    
67 Alexander Mironov (Rus) Rusvelo    
68 Adam Blythe (GBr) BMC Racing 0:01:21  
69 Kevin Verwaest (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen 0:01:25  
70 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 0:01:33  
71 Nikita Eskov (Rus) Rusvelo    
72 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM 0:01:36  
73 Marcello Pavarin (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM    
74 Kurt Hovelijnck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
75 Koen Barbe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
76 Mark Christian (GBr) An Post Sean Kelly    
77 René Joergensen (Den) Christina Watches    
78 Andy Cappelle (Bel) Accent Jobs-Willems Verandas    
79 Frederic Guesdon (Fra) Fdj - Big Mat    
80 Jimmi Sørensen (Den) Christina Watches    
81 Dominic Klemme (Ger) Project 1t4i    
82 Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 0:01:46  
83 Brian Bulgac (Ned) Lotto - Belisol    
84 Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Rabobank    
85 Laurent Evrard (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles    
86 Mehdi Sohrabi (IRI) Lotto - Belisol    
87 Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis    
88 Egidijus Juodvalkis (Ltu) Landbouwkrediet 0:01:52  
89 Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil-DCM    
90 Justin van Hoecke (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles    
91 Olivier Pardini (Bel) Colba - Superano Ham 0:02:04  
92 Frederic Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
93 Aaron Kemps (Aus) Champion Systems    
94 Benjamin Day (Aus) UnitedHealthcare    
95 Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Accent Jobs-Willems Verandas    
96 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Project 1t4i    
97 Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen    
98 Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis    
99 Joel Zangerle (Lux) Leopard-Trek    
100 Jacek Morajko (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCM    
101 Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Leopard-Trek    
102 Bob Jungels (Lux) Leopard-Trek    
103 Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Project 1t4i    
104 Markus Eichler (Ger) Team NetApp    
105 Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing    
106 Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto - Belisol    
107 Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing    
108 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing    
109 Tom Goovaerts (Bel) Colba - Superano Ham    
110 Henryk Cardoen (Bel) Geofco-Ville d`Alger    
111 Matvey Zubov (Rus) Rusvelo    
112 Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank    
113 Kevin Suarez Martinez (Bel) Colba - Superano Ham    
114 Arnaud Van Den Abeele (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen    
115 Stijn Ennekens (Bel) An Post Sean Kelly    
116 Jay Thomson (RSA) UnitedHealthcare    
117 Bradley White (USA) UnitedHealthcare    
118 Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis    
119 Quentin Bertholet (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles 0:03:02  
120 Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
121 Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM    
122 Thomas Leezer (Ned) Rabobank    
123 Jean-Lou Paiani (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
124 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing 0:03:18  
125 Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Katusha    
126 Alexey Tsatevitch (Rus) Katusha    
127 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Garmin-Barracuda    
128 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin-Barracuda 0:03:33  
129 Evert Verbist (Bel) Accent Jobs-Willems Verandas    
130 Arnoud Van Groen (Ned) Accent Jobs-Willems Verandas    
131 Iljo Keisse (Bel) Omega Pharma- Quickstep    
132 Valery Kaykov (Rus) Rusvelo 0:03:53  
133 Sven Van den Houte (Bel) Colba - Superano Ham    
134 Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Lotto - Belisol    
135 Mark McNally (GBr) An Post Sean Kelly    
136 Niko Eeckhout (Bel) An Post Sean Kelly 0:04:07  
137 Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha 0:04:28  
138 Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Katusha    
139 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Omega Pharma- Quickstep 0:05:14  
140 Timothy Roe (Aus) BMC Racing 0:08:04  
141 Valery Valynin (Rus) Rusvelo    
142 Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Cofidis 0:08:13  
143 William Clarke (Aus) Champion Systems    
144 Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) An Post Sean Kelly 0:08:38  
145 Arnaud Demare (Fra) Fdj - Big Mat 0:09:54  
146 Mickael Delage (Fra) Fdj - Big Mat    
147 Jacobe Keough (USA) UnitedHealthcare 0:10:13  
148 Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare    
149 Tom Dernies (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles    
150 Robin Stenuit (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles    
151 Boris Dron (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles    
152 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Accent Jobs-Willems Verandas    
153 Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Geofco-Ville d`Alger    
154 Thomas Vernaeckt (Bel) Geofco-Ville d`Alger    
155 Mikael Stilitte (Bel) Geofco-Ville d`Alger    
156 Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team NetApp    


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