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) TeamResult
1Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Omega Pharma- Quickstep4:19:42 
2Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM  
3Boy van Poppel (Ned) UnitedHealthcare  
4Andre Schulze (Ger) Team NetApp  
5Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Barracuda  
6Giorgio Brambilla (Ita) Leopard-Trek  
7Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen  
8Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Katusha  
9Alexander Porsev (Rus) Katusha  
10Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
11Robert Förster (Ger) UnitedHealthcare  
12James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Accent Jobs-Willems Verandas  
13Christophe Laborie (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
14Matthias Friedemann (Ger) Champion Systems  
15Michael Reihs (Den) Christina Watches  
16Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin-Barracuda  
17Benjamin Verraes (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen  
18Raymond Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Barracuda  
19Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen  
20Leif Hoste (Bel) Accent Jobs-Willems Verandas  
21Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma- Quickstep  
22Kenneth Van Bilsen (Bel) An Post Sean Kelly  
23Steve Schets (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen  
24Philippe Legrand (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles  
25Barry Markus (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM  
26Biaz Jarc (Slo) Team NetApp  
27Egoitz Garcia Echeguibel (Spa) Cofidis  
28Stefan Schumacher (Den) Christina Watches  
29Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha0:00:12 
30Cammaerts Edwig (Bel) Cofidis0:00:15 
31Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank0:00:18 
32Kevin Ista (Bel) Accent Jobs-Willems Verandas0:00:23 
33Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen  
34Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Rusvelo  
35Steve Chainel (Fra) Fdj - Big Mat  
36Sander Cordeel (Bel) Lotto - Belisol0:00:26 
37Timon Seubert (Ger) Team NetApp0:00:28 
38Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Team NetApp0:00:31 
39Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Fdj - Big Mat0:00:36 
40Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen  
41Wouter Mol (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM  
42Frederique Robert (Bel) Lotto - Belisol  
43Timothy Dupont (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen  
44Jesus Ezquerra (Spa) Leopard-Trek  
45Dennis Vanendert (Bel) Lotto - Belisol  
46Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma- Quickstep  
47Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Champion Systems0:00:47 
48Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Rusvelo  
49Rikke Dijkxhoorn (Ned) Geofco-Ville d`Alger  
50Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Fdj - Big Mat  
51Julian Kern (Ger) Leopard-Trek  
52Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma- Quickstep  
53Niels Wytinck (Bel) An Post Sean Kelly0:01:01 
54Ronan Van Zandbeek (Ned) Project 1t4i  
55Davy Commeyne (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
56Stijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen  
57Jurgen François (Bel) Colba - Superano Ham  
58Kai Reus (Ned) UnitedHealthcare  
59Francesco Van Coppernolle (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen  
60Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Leopard-Trek  
61Sebastien Delfosse (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
62Bert De Backer (Bel) Project 1t4i  
63Jerome Baugnies (Bel) Team NetApp  
64Rony Martias (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:01:14 
65Etienne Tortelier (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
66Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis  
67Alexander Mironov (Rus) Rusvelo  
68Adam Blythe (GBr) BMC Racing0:01:21 
69Kevin Verwaest (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen0:01:25 
70Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen0:01:33 
71Nikita Eskov (Rus) Rusvelo  
72Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM0:01:36 
73Marcello Pavarin (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM  
74Kurt Hovelijnck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
75Koen Barbe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
76Mark Christian (GBr) An Post Sean Kelly  
77René Joergensen (Den) Christina Watches  
78Andy Cappelle (Bel) Accent Jobs-Willems Verandas  
79Frederic Guesdon (Fra) Fdj - Big Mat  
80Jimmi Sørensen (Den) Christina Watches  
81Dominic Klemme (Ger) Project 1t4i  
82Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen0:01:46 
83Brian Bulgac (Ned) Lotto - Belisol  
84Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Rabobank  
85Laurent Evrard (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles  
86Mehdi Sohrabi (IRI) Lotto - Belisol  
87Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis  
88Egidijus Juodvalkis (Ltu) Landbouwkrediet0:01:52 
89Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil-DCM  
90Justin van Hoecke (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles  
91Olivier Pardini (Bel) Colba - Superano Ham0:02:04 
92Frederic Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
93Aaron Kemps (Aus) Champion Systems  
94Benjamin Day (Aus) UnitedHealthcare  
95Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Accent Jobs-Willems Verandas  
96Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Project 1t4i  
97Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen  
98Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis  
99Joel Zangerle (Lux) Leopard-Trek  
100Jacek Morajko (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCM  
101Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Leopard-Trek  
102Bob Jungels (Lux) Leopard-Trek  
103Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Project 1t4i  
104Markus Eichler (Ger) Team NetApp  
105Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing  
106Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto - Belisol  
107Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing  
108Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing  
109Tom Goovaerts (Bel) Colba - Superano Ham  
110Henryk Cardoen (Bel) Geofco-Ville d`Alger  
111Matvey Zubov (Rus) Rusvelo  
112Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank  
113Kevin Suarez Martinez (Bel) Colba - Superano Ham  
114Arnaud Van Den Abeele (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen  
115Stijn Ennekens (Bel) An Post Sean Kelly  
116Jay Thomson (RSA) UnitedHealthcare  
117Bradley White (USA) UnitedHealthcare  
118Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis  
119Quentin Bertholet (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles0:03:02 
120Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
121Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM  
122Thomas Leezer (Ned) Rabobank  
123Jean-Lou Paiani (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
124Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing0:03:18 
125Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Katusha  
126Alexey Tsatevitch (Rus) Katusha  
127Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Garmin-Barracuda  
128Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin-Barracuda0:03:33 
129Evert Verbist (Bel) Accent Jobs-Willems Verandas  
130Arnoud Van Groen (Ned) Accent Jobs-Willems Verandas  
131Iljo Keisse (Bel) Omega Pharma- Quickstep  
132Valery Kaykov (Rus) Rusvelo0:03:53 
133Sven Van den Houte (Bel) Colba - Superano Ham  
134Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Lotto - Belisol  
135Mark McNally (GBr) An Post Sean Kelly  
136Niko Eeckhout (Bel) An Post Sean Kelly0:04:07 
137Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha0:04:28 
138Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Katusha  
139Marco Bandiera (Ita) Omega Pharma- Quickstep0:05:14 
140Timothy Roe (Aus) BMC Racing0:08:04 
141Valery Valynin (Rus) Rusvelo  
142Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Cofidis0:08:13 
143William Clarke (Aus) Champion Systems  
144Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) An Post Sean Kelly0:08:38 
145Arnaud Demare (Fra) Fdj - Big Mat0:09:54 
146Mickael Delage (Fra) Fdj - Big Mat  
147Jacobe Keough (USA) UnitedHealthcare0:10:13 
148Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare  
149Tom Dernies (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles  
150Robin Stenuit (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles  
151Boris Dron (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles  
152Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Accent Jobs-Willems Verandas  
153Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Geofco-Ville d`Alger  
154Thomas Vernaeckt (Bel) Geofco-Ville d`Alger  
155Mikael Stilitte (Bel) Geofco-Ville d`Alger  
156Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team NetApp  


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