Hansen wins Ster Elektrotoer

Boeckmans claims final stage

Kris Boeckmans of Topsport Vlaanderen took the final mass sprint victory in the Ster Elektrotoer, as Adam Hansen of HTC-Columbia won the first stage race of his road career. Boeckmans outsprinted Denis Galimzyanov of Katusha and Andre Greipel of HTC-Columbia to win the 174km finale in Helmond.

"Adam said he specifically wanted to ride this race rather than doing the Tour de Suisse, and he certainly made a good choice," said HTC-Columbia's sports director Tristan Hoffman. "After doing so well on Saturday's stage, he became the team leader for the race, and he gave it everything he could to make sure he could win.

"The final stage was totally flat, and we managed to control the early breaks with help from the other sprinters' teams and keep things together. But then Adam had a mechanical problem and the whole team waited for him and made sure he got back to the bunch. It was important to work for a bunch sprint for André [Greipel] , but we wanted to be sure Adam got his first stage race win, too."

A three-rider group, comprised of Niki Terpstra (Milram), Bart van Haaren (Van Vliet EBH Elshof) and Jens Mouris (Vacansoleil), escaped on the final day for much of the stage, but never built up a huge lead.

A crash with 63km to go took down overall leader Adam Hansen, but five teammates gathered to get him back to the peloton. Not so lucky was Eric Berthou (CarmioOro NGC), who left the race in an ambulance.

Van Haaren couldn't keep up the pace of his two companions and fell back with 36km to go. With 10km to, Terpstra and Mouris were caught as well which set up the mass sprint to conclude the stage.

Full Results
1Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator3:54:18 
2Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Team Katusha  
3André Greipel (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia  
4Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
5Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank  
6Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step  
7Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
8Enrico Peruffo (Ita) CarmioOro NGC  
9Gregory Henderson (NZl) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
10Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
11Bram Schmitz (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof  
12Peter Schulting (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels  
13Davy Commeyne (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
14Baden Cooke (Aus) Team Saxo Bank  
15Iljo Keisse (Bel) Quick Step  
16Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) CarmioOro NGC  
17Roy Sentjens (Ned) Team Milram  
18Markus Eichler (Ger) Team Milram  
19Jelle Posthuma (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels  
20Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
21Nikolas Maes (Bel) Quick Step  
22Dirk Bellemakers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet  
23Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
24Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha  
25Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank  
26Kevin Neirynck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
27Thomas Berkhout (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof  
28Johan Coenen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
29Bart Dockx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
30Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia  
31Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank  
32Arnoud Van Groen (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
33Emanuele Sella (Ita) CarmioOro NGC  
34Leigh Howard (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia  
35Adam Hansen (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia  
36Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Van Vliet EBH Elshof  
37Laurent Beuret (Swi) CarmioOro NGC  
38Servais Knaven (Ned) Team Milram  
39Roy Curvers (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
40Maarten De Jonge (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels  
41Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
42Christophe Brandt (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
43Artem Ovechkin (Rus) Team Katusha  
44Davide Vigano (Ita) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
45Geert Verheyen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
46Evgeni Petrov (Rus) Team Katusha0:00:09 
47Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
48Michael Mørkøv (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
49Pim De Beer (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels  
50Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank0:00:11 
51Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
52Martin Velits (Svk) Team HTC - Columbia  
53Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank  
54Sander Armee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
55Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team HTC - Columbia  
56Russell Downing (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
57Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha  
58Tom Stubbe (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
59Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
60Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank  
61Andrea Tonti (Ita) CarmioOro NGC  
62Sander Oostlander (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof  
63Rune Van Der Meijden (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof  
64Domenik Klemme (Ger) Team Saxo Bank  
65Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
66Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia  
67Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
68Rikke Dijkxhoorn (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof  
69Dominique Cornu (Bel) Skil - Shimano  
70Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet0:00:20 
71Glenn d'Hollander (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
72Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano  
73Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
74Bart Van Haaren (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof0:00:26 
75Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:00:45 
76Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank0:00:47 
77Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank  
78Kasper Klostergaard Larsen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:00:49 
79Stijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:00:51 
80Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step0:00:56 
81Marco Bandiera (Ita) Team Katusha  
82Cornelius Van Ooijen (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels  
83Addy Engels (Ned) Quick Step  
84Thom Van Dulmen (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels  
85Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step  
86Francesco Tizza (Ita) CarmioOro NGC  
87Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:01:18 
88Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram  
89Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
90Kevin Van Impe (Bel) Quick Step0:01:50 
91Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:02:27 
92John-Lee Augustyn (RSA) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
Points
1Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator15pts
2Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Team Katusha12 
3André Greipel (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia10 
4Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto8 
5Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank6 
6Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step5 
7Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil - Shimano4 
8Enrico Peruffo (Ita) CarmioOro NGC3 
9Gregory Henderson (NZl) Sky Professional Cycling Team2 
10Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team1 
Sprint 1
1Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team3pts
2Bart Van Haaren (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof2 
3Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram1 
Sprint 2
1Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team3pts
2Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram2 
3Bart Van Haaren (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof1 
Teams
1Quick Step11:42:54 
2Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
3Team Saxo Bank  
4Carmiooro - NGC  
5Landbouwkrediet  
6Vacansoleil Pro CyclingTeam  
7Team HTC-Columbia  
8Team Katusha  
9Cycling Team Jo Piels  
10Team Milram  
11Van Vliet - EBH  
12Skil-Shimano0:00:11 
13Omega Pharma - Lotto  
14Sky Professional Cycling Team  
15Rabobank0:00:22 
Final general classification
1Adam Hansen (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia16:33:43 
2Johan Coenen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:00:15 
3Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:00:16 
4Bram Schmitz (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof  
5Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank0:00:20 
6Dirk Bellemakers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet0:00:21 
7Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:24 
8Artem Ovechkin (Rus) Team Katusha0:00:35 
9Laurent Beuret (Swi) CarmioOro NGC0:00:43 
10Kevin Neirynck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet0:00:45 
11Iljo Keisse (Bel) Quick Step0:00:48 
12Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank0:00:56 
13Davide Vigano (Ita) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:01:00 
14Emanuele Sella (Ita) CarmioOro NGC0:01:39 
15Maarten De Jonge (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels0:02:28 
16Roy Curvers (Ned) Skil - Shimano0:02:58 
17Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:03:00 
18Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank0:06:35 
19Tom Stubbe (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:08:14 
20Rikke Dijkxhoorn (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof0:09:01 
21Andrea Tonti (Ita) CarmioOro NGC0:15:56 
22Gregory Henderson (NZl) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:16:09 
23Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank0:16:10 
24André Greipel (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia0:16:13 
25Markus Eichler (Ger) Team Milram0:16:19 
26Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:16:21 
27Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team HTC - Columbia0:16:24 
28Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) CarmioOro NGC  
29Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Van Vliet EBH Elshof  
30Baden Cooke (Aus) Team Saxo Bank0:16:26 
31Sander Oostlander (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof0:16:29 
32Dominique Cornu (Bel) Skil - Shimano0:16:30 
33Peter Schulting (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels  
34Michael Mørkøv (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:16:31 
35Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
36Servais Knaven (Ned) Team Milram0:16:33 
37Davy Commeyne (Bel) Landbouwkrediet0:16:35 
38Roy Sentjens (Ned) Team Milram0:16:36 
39Arnoud Van Groen (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
40Nikolas Maes (Bel) Quick Step0:16:37 
41Thomas Berkhout (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof0:16:38 
42Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia0:16:40 
43Evgeni Petrov (Rus) Team Katusha  
44Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step0:16:41 
45Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:16:42 
46Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Team Katusha  
47Martin Velits (Svk) Team HTC - Columbia  
48Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:16:46 
49Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
50Leigh Howard (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia  
51Bart Dockx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
52Christophe Brandt (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:16:47 
53Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
54Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano0:16:49 
55Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha  
56Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank  
57Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:16:50 
58Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank0:16:52 
59Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:16:54 
60Geert Verheyen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
61Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank0:16:56 
62Pim De Beer (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels0:17:01 
63Bart Van Haaren (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof0:17:03 
64Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet0:17:05 
65Sander Armee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:17:08 
66Russell Downing (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:17:15 
67Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia0:17:18 
68Domenik Klemme (Ger) Team Saxo Bank  
69Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step0:17:24 
70Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:17:29 
71Kasper Klostergaard Larsen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:17:30 
72Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram  
73Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil - Shimano0:17:46 
74Stijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:18:00 
75Kevin Van Impe (Bel) Quick Step0:18:22 
76Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:18:33 
77Rune Van Der Meijden (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof0:18:40 
78Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:19:43 
79Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:20:50 
80Marco Bandiera (Ita) Team Katusha0:24:30 
81Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha0:24:42 
82Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank0:26:59 
83Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:27:22 
84Addy Engels (Ned) Quick Step0:27:29 
85Glenn d'Hollander (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:28:34 
86John-Lee Augustyn (RSA) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:29:04 
87Enrico Peruffo (Ita) CarmioOro NGC0:29:39 
88Francesco Tizza (Ita) CarmioOro NGC0:29:43 
89Jelle Posthuma (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels0:30:06 
90Thom Van Dulmen (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels0:32:19 
91Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step0:32:22 
92Cornelius Van Ooijen (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels0:42:24 
Points classification
1André Greipel (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia24pts
2Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator21 
3Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Team Katusha20 
4Gregory Henderson (NZl) Sky Professional Cycling Team17 
5Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) CarmioOro NGC15 
6Adam Hansen (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia15 
7Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank15 
8Laurent Beuret (Swi) CarmioOro NGC12 
9Russell Downing (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team12 
10Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank12 
11Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team11 
12Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank11 
13Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto10 
14Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step10 
15Johan Coenen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator10 
16Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank10 
17Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator8 
18Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank6 
19Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team6 
20Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank6 
21Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil - Shimano5 
22Bram Schmitz (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof5 
23Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team HTC - Columbia5 
24Dirk Bellemakers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet4 
25Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram4 
26Enrico Peruffo (Ita) CarmioOro NGC3 
27Leigh Howard (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia3 
28Davide Vigano (Ita) Sky Professional Cycling Team3 
29Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha2 
30Artem Ovechkin (Rus) Team Katusha2 
31Roy Sentjens (Ned) Team Milram1 
32Kevin Neirynck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet1 
33Sander Oostlander (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof1 
Sprint classification
1Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team6pts
2Cornelius Van Ooijen (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels6 
3Iljo Keisse (Bel) Quick Step5 
4Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram4 
5Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator4 
6Bart Van Haaren (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof3 
7Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank3 
8Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank3 
9Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank2 
10Stijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator2 
11Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team1 
12Arnoud Van Groen (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team1 
13Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator1 
Teams classification
1Carmiooro - NGC49:51:56 
2Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:06:23 
3Landbouwkrediet0:06:54 
4Vacansoleil Pro CyclingTeam0:08:49 
5Rabobank0:12:06 
6Van Vliet - EBH0:14:26 
7Team HTC-Columbia0:21:48 
8Team Saxo Bank0:22:28 
9Team Katusha0:22:47 
10Sky Professional Cycling Team0:22:56 
11Quick Step0:23:05 
12Cycling Team Jo Piels0:24:39 
13Skil-Shimano0:24:44 
14Omega Pharma - Lotto0:25:26 
15Team Milram0:38:12 

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