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
1Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep4:55:59 
2Mark Renshaw (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team  
3Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Katusha Team  
4Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
5Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
6Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
7Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
8André Schulze (Ger) Team NetApp  
9Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
10Rafael Andriato (Bra) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia  
11Francesco Lasca (Ita) Caja Rural  
12Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
13Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) FDJ-Big Mat  
14Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha Team  
15Jeffry Johan Romero Corredor (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes  
16Joeri Stallaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony  
17Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
18Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank  
19Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
20Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
21Saïd Haddou (Fra) Team Europcar  
22Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Argos - Shimano  
23Wouter Wippert (Ned) Lotto Belisol Team  
24Gregor Gazvoda (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale  
25Stijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
26Kenny De Haes (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
27Frederique Robert (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
28Timothy Dupont (Bel) Bofrost - Steria  
29Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
30Omar Bertazzo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
31Kristof Goddaert (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale  
32Robin Stenuit (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole  
33Karol Domagalski (Pol) Caja Rural  
34Matthias Friedemann (Ger) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
35James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
36Theo Bos (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
37Renaud Dion (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
38Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
39Mathieu Teychenne (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
40Rafaa Chtioui (Tun) Team Europcar  
41Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank  
42Miguel Ubeto Aponte (Ven) Androni Giocattoli  
43Johan Le Bon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
44Gael Malacarne (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
45Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
46Tom Dernies (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole  
47Alexander Riabkin (Rus) Caja Rural  
48Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank  
49Egidijus Juodvalkis (Ltu) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony  
50Alexander Porsev (Rus) Katusha Team  
51Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Argos - Shimano  
52Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
53Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony  
54Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:00:15 
55Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Team Europcar0:00:20 
56Kevin Ista (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's0:00:23 
57Matthias Brandle (Aut) Team NetApp0:00:28 
58Albert Torres Barcelo (Spa) Androni Giocattoli  
59Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
60Jarl Salomein (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
61Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
62Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Bofrost - Steria  
63Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team Europcar  
64Niels Vandyck (Bel) Bofrost - Steria  
65Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
66Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
67Laurent Evrard (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole  
68Markus Eichler (Ger) Team NetApp  
69Laszlo Bodrogi (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
70Alexey Tsatevitch (Rus) Katusha Team  
71Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
72Steven Van Vooren (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
73Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
74Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
75Enzo Moyano (Arg) Caja Rural  
76Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
77Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
78Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bofrost - Steria  
79Juan Pablo Forero Carreno (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes  
80Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
81Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank  
82Jetse Bol (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
83Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony  
84Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony  
85Kevin Verwaest (Bel) Bofrost - Steria  
86Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
87Julien El Fares (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
88Igor Romero Etxebarria (Spa) Caja Rural  
89Francesco Van Coppernolle (Bel) Bofrost - Steria  
90Fabricio Ferrari (Uru) Caja Rural  
91Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Katusha Team  
92Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony  
93Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
94Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony  
95Jonathon Perdiguero (Spa) Androni Giocattoli  
96Koen Barbe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony  
97Brian Bulgac (Ned) Lotto Belisol Team  
98Michael Rodriguez Galindo (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes  
99Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
100Antonio Parrinello (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
101David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) Caja Rural  
102Gustav Larsson (Swe) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
103Jonas Ahlstrand (Swe) Team Argos - Shimano  
104Edwig Cammaerts (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
105Salvatore Mancuso (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
106Mehdi Sohrabi (IRI) Lotto Belisol Team  
107Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
108Jonas Aaen Jörgensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank  
109Steve Chainel (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
110Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar  
111Jérémy Bescond (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
112Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
113Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
114Victor Hugo Pena Grisales (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes  
115Duber Armando Quintero Artunduaga (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes  
116Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Argos - Shimano  
117Tim De Troyer (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
118Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar  
119Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Team Argos - Shimano  
120Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
121Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
122Rick Flens (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
123Leonardo Giordani (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia  
124Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
125Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
126Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team NetApp  
127Justin Van Hoecke (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole  
128Kasper Klostergaard Larsen (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank  
129Rutger Roelants (Bel) Bofrost - Steria  
130Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
131Julien Simon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
132Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
133Christophe Laborie (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
134Jean-Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:00:43 
135Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha Team0:00:55 
136Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
137Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:01:02 
138Benjamin Verraes (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's0:01:20 
139Eric Berthou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
140Carlos Julian Quintero (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes  
141Robinson Eduardo Chalapud Gomez (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes  
142Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar  
143Yann Huguet (Fra) Team Argos - Shimano  
144Ian Boswell (USA) Team Argos - Shimano  
145Yelko Gomez (Pan) Caja Rural  
146Diego Caccia (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia  
147Antonio Santoro (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
148Giairo Ermeti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
149Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Team NetApp  
150Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:01:38 
151Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team  
152Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol Team0:01:57 
153Damien Gaudin (Fra) Team Europcar0:02:08 
154Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia0:02:23 
155Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:02:52 
156Tom Veelers (Ned) Team Argos - Shimano0:03:02 
157Clinton Robert Avery (NZl) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
158Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:03:38 
159Jean-Lou Paiani (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
160Kin San Wu (HKg) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
161William Clarke (Aus) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
162Dimitri Champion (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:04:02 
163Gabriel Chavanne (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale  
164Jeroem Lepla (Bel) Bofrost - Steria  
165Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:04:14 
166Oscar Gatto (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia  
167Olivier Chevalier (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole0:04:25 
168Marco Bandiera (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:05:58 
169Cristian Benenati (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia  
170Andy Cappelle (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
171Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Katusha Team  
172Stijn Devolder (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
173Iljo Keisse (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
174Mart Ojavee (Est) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
175Jonathan Dufrasne (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole  
176Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank  
177Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Team NetApp  
178Craig Lewis (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
179Etienne Tortelier (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
180Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
181Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha Team0:08:13 
182Nikita Novikov (Rus) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
183Sven Vandousselaere (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
184Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  

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