Boonen triumphs in Paris-Bruxelles

Renshaw, Freire complete podium behind Belgian champion

Belgian champion Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) won Paris-Bruxelles for the first time in his career, notching his 13th victory of the 2012 season in the process. The 31-year-old Belgian beat Mark Renshaw (Rabobank) and Oscar Freire (Katusha) with a bike throw, powering up the middle of the field in the final meters.

"I stayed in the safe zone, out of trouble until the last kilometers," Boonen said. "After a week of hard training I didn't know what I could expect from this race, but today we decided to try and go for a win. We worked in the final really hard for the sprint. The guys were great, perfect team work.

"The finish here at Paris-Brussel is not so easy. The team led me perfectly until the last corner. [Nikolas] Maes literally killed everybody during the lead-out. His job permitted me to pass the train of Rabobank and have a good sprint.

"I'm satisfied about my performance," continued Boonen. "This race was missing in my palmares. It's an important Classic and it's nice to have it on my personal list. In the next days I still have some work to do to improve. I will do a few good training days at the beginning of this week and on Wednesday I will race. Then I will focus on the TTT Worlds and then on the Worlds road race. I'm really looking forward to the next two weeks."

Renshaw was denied victory in his final race of the 2012 season, coming up just short in the finale. The 29-year-old Rabobank sprinter returns to his native Australia where his wife is expecting to give birth to their first child at any moment.

"You can see that our sprint train took some big steps this season," said Rabobank directeur sportif Nico Verhoeven. "We went into the final kilometer with four men at the front of the peloton. Everything is right. It was just a pity it wasn't Graeme Brown's day today. He had to pass too early, which caused Theo Bos to lead too early, which on its turn resulted in Mark Renshaw being alone too quickly.

"In the end we're only talking about fifty meters, but it still made a big difference. Especially because you also still have to deal with a super Tom Boonen. It was a pity for Mark, because we would have been happy to give him a victory in his last race."

An early break of five riders was comprised of Lars Bak (Lotto Belisol), Craig Lewis (Champion System Pro Cycling Team), Reto Hollenstein (Team NetApp), Georg Preidler (Team Type 1-Sanofi) and Kevin Thome (Wallonie Bruxelles-Credit Agricole). The quintet's lead at one point extended to eight minutes, but the teams of the sprinters ensured the catch was made in advance of the finale to set up their respective fast men.

Full Results
1 Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 4:55:59  
2 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team    
3 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Katusha Team    
4 Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
5 Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale    
6 Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's    
7 Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) Team Type 1 - Sanofi    
8 André Schulze (Ger) Team NetApp    
9 Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
10 Rafael Andriato (Bra) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia    
11 Francesco Lasca (Ita) Caja Rural    
12 Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team Type 1 - Sanofi    
13 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) FDJ-Big Mat    
14 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha Team    
15 Jeffry Johan Romero Corredor (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes    
16 Joeri Stallaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony    
17 Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
18 Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank    
19 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
20 Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team    
21 Saïd Haddou (Fra) Team Europcar    
22 Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Argos - Shimano    
23 Wouter Wippert (Ned) Lotto Belisol Team    
24 Gregor Gazvoda (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale    
25 Stijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
26 Kenny De Haes (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team    
27 Frederique Robert (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team    
28 Timothy Dupont (Bel) Bofrost - Steria    
29 Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
30 Omar Bertazzo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
31 Kristof Goddaert (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale    
32 Robin Stenuit (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole    
33 Karol Domagalski (Pol) Caja Rural    
34 Matthias Friedemann (Ger) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
35 James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's    
36 Theo Bos (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
37 Renaud Dion (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
38 Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
39 Mathieu Teychenne (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
40 Rafaa Chtioui (Tun) Team Europcar    
41 Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank    
42 Miguel Ubeto Aponte (Ven) Androni Giocattoli    
43 Johan Le Bon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
44 Gael Malacarne (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
45 Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
46 Tom Dernies (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole    
47 Alexander Riabkin (Rus) Caja Rural    
48 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank    
49 Egidijus Juodvalkis (Ltu) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony    
50 Alexander Porsev (Rus) Katusha Team    
51 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Argos - Shimano    
52 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
53 Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony    
54 Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 0:00:15  
55 Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Team Europcar 0:00:20  
56 Kevin Ista (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's 0:00:23  
57 Matthias Brandle (Aut) Team NetApp 0:00:28  
58 Albert Torres Barcelo (Spa) Androni Giocattoli    
59 Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
60 Jarl Salomein (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
61 Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Type 1 - Sanofi    
62 Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Bofrost - Steria    
63 Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team Europcar    
64 Niels Vandyck (Bel) Bofrost - Steria    
65 Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
66 Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
67 Laurent Evrard (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole    
68 Markus Eichler (Ger) Team NetApp    
69 Laszlo Bodrogi (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi    
70 Alexey Tsatevitch (Rus) Katusha Team    
71 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's    
72 Steven Van Vooren (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
73 Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) Team Type 1 - Sanofi    
74 Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
75 Enzo Moyano (Arg) Caja Rural    
76 Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's    
77 Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
78 Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bofrost - Steria    
79 Juan Pablo Forero Carreno (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes    
80 Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
81 Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank    
82 Jetse Bol (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
83 Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony    
84 Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony    
85 Kevin Verwaest (Bel) Bofrost - Steria    
86 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
87 Julien El Fares (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi    
88 Igor Romero Etxebarria (Spa) Caja Rural    
89 Francesco Van Coppernolle (Bel) Bofrost - Steria    
90 Fabricio Ferrari (Uru) Caja Rural    
91 Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Katusha Team    
92 Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony    
93 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
94 Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony    
95 Jonathon Perdiguero (Spa) Androni Giocattoli    
96 Koen Barbe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony    
97 Brian Bulgac (Ned) Lotto Belisol Team    
98 Michael Rodriguez Galindo (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes    
99 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
100 Antonio Parrinello (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
101 David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) Caja Rural    
102 Gustav Larsson (Swe) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
103 Jonas Ahlstrand (Swe) Team Argos - Shimano    
104 Edwig Cammaerts (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
105 Salvatore Mancuso (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
106 Mehdi Sohrabi (IRI) Lotto Belisol Team    
107 Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
108 Jonas Aaen Jörgensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank    
109 Steve Chainel (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
110 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar    
111 Jérémy Bescond (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
112 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
113 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
114 Victor Hugo Pena Grisales (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes    
115 Duber Armando Quintero Artunduaga (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes    
116 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Argos - Shimano    
117 Tim De Troyer (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's    
118 Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar    
119 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Team Argos - Shimano    
120 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
121 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
122 Rick Flens (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
123 Leonardo Giordani (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia    
124 Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Type 1 - Sanofi    
125 Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Team Type 1 - Sanofi    
126 Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team NetApp    
127 Justin Van Hoecke (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole    
128 Kasper Klostergaard Larsen (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank    
129 Rutger Roelants (Bel) Bofrost - Steria    
130 Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
131 Julien Simon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
132 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
133 Christophe Laborie (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
134 Jean-Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:00:43  
135 Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha Team 0:00:55  
136 Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
137 Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 0:01:02  
138 Benjamin Verraes (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's 0:01:20  
139 Eric Berthou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
140 Carlos Julian Quintero (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes    
141 Robinson Eduardo Chalapud Gomez (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes    
142 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar    
143 Yann Huguet (Fra) Team Argos - Shimano    
144 Ian Boswell (USA) Team Argos - Shimano    
145 Yelko Gomez (Pan) Caja Rural    
146 Diego Caccia (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia    
147 Antonio Santoro (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
148 Giairo Ermeti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
149 Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Team NetApp    
150 Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team 0:01:38  
151 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team    
152 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol Team 0:01:57  
153 Damien Gaudin (Fra) Team Europcar 0:02:08  
154 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia 0:02:23  
155 Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:02:52  
156 Tom Veelers (Ned) Team Argos - Shimano 0:03:02  
157 Clinton Robert Avery (NZl) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
158 Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:03:38  
159 Jean-Lou Paiani (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
160 Kin San Wu (HKg) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
161 William Clarke (Aus) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
162 Dimitri Champion (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller 0:04:02  
163 Gabriel Chavanne (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale    
164 Jeroem Lepla (Bel) Bofrost - Steria    
165 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 0:04:14  
166 Oscar Gatto (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia    
167 Olivier Chevalier (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole 0:04:25  
168 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 0:05:58  
169 Cristian Benenati (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia    
170 Andy Cappelle (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's    
171 Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Katusha Team    
172 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
173 Iljo Keisse (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
174 Mart Ojavee (Est) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
175 Jonathan Dufrasne (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole    
176 Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank    
177 Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Team NetApp    
178 Craig Lewis (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
179 Etienne Tortelier (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
180 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
181 Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha Team 0:08:13  
182 Nikita Novikov (Rus) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
183 Sven Vandousselaere (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
184 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    

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