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Tour de Wallonie 2009

Date range:
July 25-29, 2009

July 27, Stage 3: Ciney - Thuin 205.9km

Goss bests Brutt in two-man sprint

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Cycling News
Published:
July 27, 2009, 17:43 BST,
Updated:
July 27, 2009, 22:12 BST

Bichot takes over as leader

Team Saxo Bank's Matt Goss took a surprise stage win on the third day of the Tour de Wallonie on Monday. Goss was part of an early three-man breakaway that survived to the finish line with just seconds over the charging peloton.  The team never planned on the escape staying clear, but Goss was able to pull off the stage win in style ahead of Pavel Brutt (Katusha).

 "To be honest I wasn't certain whether the break could last since it was a long, hilly day, I figured we would probably get caught with 20 or 30 kilometers left to race," Goss explained.

"But with 10k to go we still had 1:30 and so we really pushed hard together to make it work."

Goss, Brutt and Nicolas Sijmens (Cofidis) escaped the peloton early in the stage, but when crux time came with 20km to go, Sijmens could no longer hold the pace of his two companions.

"Once we got rid of the Cofidis rider, we really threw everything into making the break last," Goss said. "We basically did the same amount of work with an eye to fighting it out at the finish."

The miserable rain which plagues so many of the Belgian spring races descended upon the stage to make for a treacherous day over bergs and cobbles.

 

With one kilometre to go, the racers went up a steep, cobbled climb which had fortunately dried up a bit before the riders came through. "The cobbled climb was pretty steep but luckily it wasn't too wet, though the roads leading up to it had a lot of turns which were very wet and dangerous," Goss said.

"[Brutt] led up the climb while I followed close behind and sprinted around him with 100 meters or so to go, it was definitely a tough little finish."

Results
1 Matthew Goss (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 5:05:44  
2 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha    
3 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence - Lotto 0:00:05  
4 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
5 Alexandre Usov (Blr) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
6 Kristof Goddaert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
7 Yoann Offredo (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
8 Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
9 Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
10 Alexander Kolobnev (Rus) Team Saxo Bank    
11 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick Step    
12 Freddy Bichot (Fra) Agritubel    
13 De Waele Bert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago    
14 Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence - Lotto    
15 Alexandre Moos (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
16 Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) Agritubel    
17 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
18 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team Saxo Bank    
19 Ben Hermans (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 0:00:13  
20 Johan Coenen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
21 Remy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
22 Geert Verheyen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago    
23 Michaël Cherel (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
24 Florian Stalder (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
25 John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
26 Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Verandas Willems    
27 André Steensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
28 Julien El Fares (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
29 Vincent Jerome (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom    
30 Renaud Dion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
31 Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Team Katusha    
32 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
33 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom    
34 Jan Bakelants (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
35 Jürgen Van Goolen (Bel) Team Saxo Bank    
36 Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago    
37 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française Des Jeux    
38 Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago    
39 Franck Bouyer (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom    
40 Thomas Frei (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
41 Evgueni Petrov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:00:20  
42 Mickael Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:00:22  
43 Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom    
44 Nikita Eskov (Rus) Team Katusha    
45 Aurélien Duval (Fra) Française Des Jeux 0:00:26  
46 Romain Zingle (Bel) Verandas Willems    
47 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
48 Steven Caethoven (Bel) Agritubel 0:00:28  
49 Francis De Greef (Bel) Silence - Lotto    
50 René Mandri (Est) AG2R La Mondiale    
51 Laszlo Bodrogi (Fra) Team Katusha 0:00:31  
52 Cédric Pineau (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
53 Blaise Sonnery (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
54 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Silence - Lotto 0:00:33  
55 Maryan Hary (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:00:36  
56 Kevin Neirynck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago    
57 Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Silence - Lotto    
58 Cyril Gautier (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom    
59 Rémi Cusin (Fra) Agritubel    
60 Gennady Mikhailov (Rus) Team Katusha    
61 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step 0:00:38  
62 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 0:00:47  
63 James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Verandas Willems    
64 Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
65 Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0:00:49  
66 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Silence - Lotto    
67 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:00:55  
68 Rony Martias (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom 0:01:07  
69 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick Step 0:01:13  
70 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step 0:01:16  
71 Guillaume Le Floch (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom    
72 Thomas Degand (Bel) Verandas Willems    
73 Markus Zberg (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
74 Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
75 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
76 Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago    
77 Ben Swift (GBr) Team Katusha 0:01:26  
78 Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank 0:01:40  
79 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
80 Kevin Ista (Bel) Agritubel 0:01:57  
81 Michaël Morkov (Den) Team Saxo Bank 0:02:02  
82 Grégory Habeaux (Bel) Verandas Willems 0:02:16  
83 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
84 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step 0:02:19  
85 Jan Kuyckx (Bel) Verandas Willems 0:02:29  
86 Anthony Roux (Fra) Française Des Jeux 0:02:49  
87 Branisiau Samoilau (Blr) Quick Step 0:03:09  
88 Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
89 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
90 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0:03:14  
91 Benjamin Gourgue (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago 0:04:29  
92 Anthony Ravard (Fra) Agritubel 0:04:37  
93 Mathieu Criquielion (Bel) Verandas Willems 0:06:44  
94 Nicolas Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
DNF Dominique Cornu (Bel) Quick Step    
DNF Tom Stubbe (Bel) Silence - Lotto    
Sprint 1 - Havelange, km55.4
1 Nicolas Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 5 pts
2 Matthew Goss (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 3  
3 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha 1  
Sprint 2 - Bambo, km. 116.4
1 Nicolas Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 5 pts
2 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha 3  
3 Matthew Goss (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 1  
Sprint 3 - Walcourt, km. 149.8
1 Matthew Goss (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 5 pts
2 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha 3  
3 Nicolas Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 1  
Mountain 1 - Côte de Pessoux, km. 10.9
1 Matthew Goss (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 4 pts
2 Nicolas Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 2  
3 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha 1  
Moutain 2 - Mur de Thuin, km. 205.1
1 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha 10 pts
2 Matthew Goss (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 8  
3 Freddy Bichot (Fra) Agritubel 6  
4 Alexander Kolobnev (Rus) Team Saxo Bank 4  
5 Yoann Offredo (Fra) Française Des Jeux 2  
Most combative riders
1 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha 5 pts
2 Matthew Goss (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 3  
3 Nicolas Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 1  
Young riders
1 André Steensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank 5:05:57  
2 Aurélien Duval (Fra) Française Des Jeux 0:00:13  
3 Romain Zingle (Bel) Verandas Willems    
4 Cyril Gautier (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom 0:00:23  
5 Ben Swift (GBr) Team Katusha 0:01:13  
6 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:02:03  
7 Anthony Roux (Fra) Française Des Jeux 0:02:36  
Teams
1 Team Saxo Bank 15:17:22  
2 Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 0:00:13  
3 BMC Racing Team    
4 Française Des Jeux 0:00:21  
5 Landbouwkrediet - Colnago    
6 Team Katusha 0:00:23  
7 Silence - Lotto 0:00:28  
8 Agritubel    
9 BBox Bouygues Telecom 0:00:29  
10 Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:00:30  
11 AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:42  
12 Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0:00:49  
13 Verandas Willems 0:01:16  
14 Quick Step 0:01:46  
General classification after stage 3
1 Freddy Bichot (Fra) Agritubel 14:45:41  
2 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence - Lotto 0:00:06  
3 Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Verandas Willems 0:00:08  
4 Yoann Offredo (Fra) Française Des Jeux 0:00:10  
5 De Waele Bert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago    
6 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
7 Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) Agritubel    
8 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
9 Alexander Kolobnev (Rus) Team Saxo Bank    
10 Alexandre Moos (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
11 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick Step    
12 Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
13 Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
14 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team Saxo Bank    
15 Vincent Jerome (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom 0:00:12  
16 Ben Hermans (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 0:00:14  
17 Florian Stalder (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:00:18  
18 Geert Verheyen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago    
19 Michaël Cherel (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
20 Jürgen Van Goolen (Bel) Team Saxo Bank    
21 Jan Bakelants (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
22 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
23 Johan Coenen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
24 Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago    
25 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom    
26 André Steensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
27 Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago    
28 Julien El Fares (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
29 John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
30 Remy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
31 Thomas Frei (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
32 Franck Bouyer (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom    
33 Evgueni Petrov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:00:25  
34 Romain Zingle (Bel) Verandas Willems 0:00:31  
35 Aurélien Duval (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
36 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
37 René Mandri (Est) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:33  
38 Blaise Sonnery (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:36  
39 Cyril Gautier (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom 0:00:41  
40 Rémi Cusin (Fra) Agritubel    
41 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha 0:00:51  
42 Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:00:52  
43 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Silence - Lotto 0:00:54  
44 Kristof Goddaert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 0:01:07  
45 Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Team Katusha 0:01:15  
46 Renaud Dion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
47 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française Des Jeux    
48 Thomas Degand (Bel) Verandas Willems 0:01:21  
49 Nikita Eskov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:01:24  
50 Francis De Greef (Bel) Silence - Lotto 0:01:30  
51 Cédric Pineau (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:33  
52 Laszlo Bodrogi (Fra) Team Katusha    
53 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step 0:01:34  
54 Gennady Mikhailov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:01:38  
55 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 0:01:49  
56 James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Verandas Willems    
57 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:01:57  
58 Rony Martias (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom 0:02:09  
59 Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0:02:18  
60 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step    
61 Matthew Goss (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 0:02:35  
62 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick Step 0:02:36  
63 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Silence - Lotto 0:02:48  
64 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0:02:53  
65 Alexandre Usov (Blr) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:02:56  
66 Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence - Lotto    
67 Michaël Morkov (Den) Team Saxo Bank 0:03:04  
68 Kevin Neirynck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago 0:03:06  
69 Mickael Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:03:08  
70 Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom 0:03:13  
71 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0:03:24  
72 Maryan Hary (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:03:30  
73 Jan Kuyckx (Bel) Verandas Willems 0:03:31  
74 Grégory Habeaux (Bel) Verandas Willems 0:03:32  
75 Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0:03:40  
76 Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 0:04:09  
77 Branisiau Samoilau (Blr) Quick Step 0:04:11  
78 Ben Swift (GBr) Team Katusha 0:04:17  
79 Steven Caethoven (Bel) Agritubel 0:04:23  
80 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step 0:05:10  
81 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:05:28  
82 Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Silence - Lotto 0:05:41  
83 Guillaume Le Floch (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom 0:06:21  
84 Nicolas Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:06:42  
85 Anthony Ravard (Fra) Agritubel 0:06:48  
86 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:08:15  
87 Anthony Roux (Fra) Française Des Jeux 0:08:22  
88 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0:09:51  
89 Markus Zberg (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:10:09  
90 Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank 0:10:23  
91 Benjamin Gourgue (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago 0:11:50  
92 Mathieu Criquielion (Bel) Verandas Willems 0:13:00  
93 Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago 0:14:13  
94 Kevin Ista (Bel) Agritubel 0:27:45  
Points classification
1 Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Verandas Willems 36 pts
2 Yoann Offredo (Fra) Française Des Jeux 30  
3 Freddy Bichot (Fra) Agritubel 29  
4 Matthew Goss (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 25  
5 Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank 25  
6 Kristof Goddaert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 24  
7 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 23  
8 Alexander Kolobnev (Rus) Team Saxo Bank 20  
9 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha 20  
10 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step 20  
11 Alexandre Usov (Blr) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 20  
12 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence - Lotto 19  
13 Ben Hermans (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 16  
14 Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence - Lotto 14  
15 De Waele Bert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago 13  
16 Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 10  
17 Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team 8  
18 André Steensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank 8  
19 Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) Agritubel 7  
20 Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 7  
21 René Mandri (Est) AG2R La Mondiale 7  
22 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick Step 6  
23 Florian Stalder (Swi) BMC Racing Team 6  
24 Guillaume Le Floch (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom 6  
25 Romain Zingle (Bel) Verandas Willems 5  
26 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team 5  
27 Michaël Cherel (Fra) Française Des Jeux 4  
28 Ben Swift (GBr) Team Katusha 4  
29 Geert Verheyen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago 3  
30 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 2  
31 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française Des Jeux 2  
32 Alexandre Moos (Swi) BMC Racing Team 1  
33 Rony Martias (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom 1  
Sprint classification
1 Benjamin Gourgue (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago 15 pts
2 Nicolas Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 11  
3 Kevin Neirynck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago 11  
4 Vincent Jerome (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom 10  
5 Matthew Goss (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 9  
6 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha 7  
7 Mickael Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 7  
8 Anthony Roux (Fra) Française Des Jeux 5  
9 Maryan Hary (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 4  
10 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team 2  
Mountains classification
1 Anthony Roux (Fra) Française Des Jeux 32 pts
2 Mickael Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 26  
3 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 16  
4 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 16  
5 Maryan Hary (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 14  
6 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence - Lotto 12  
7 Matthew Goss (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 12  
8 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha 11  
9 Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 10  
10 Kevin Neirynck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago 10  
11 De Waele Bert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago 8  
12 Remy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française Des Jeux 8  
13 Ben Swift (GBr) Team Katusha 8  
14 Nicolas Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 8  
15 Benjamin Gourgue (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago 8  
16 Freddy Bichot (Fra) Agritubel 6  
17 Alexander Kolobnev (Rus) Team Saxo Bank 6  
18 Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 6  
19 Alexandre Usov (Blr) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 6  
20 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team 6  
21 Vincent Jerome (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom 5  
22 Yoann Offredo (Fra) Française Des Jeux 2  
23 Johan Coenen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 2  
24 André Steensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank 2  
25 Francis De Greef (Bel) Silence - Lotto 2  
Young rider classification
1 André Steensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank 14:45:59  
2 Romain Zingle (Bel) Verandas Willems 0:00:13  
3 Aurélien Duval (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
4 Cyril Gautier (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom 0:00:23  
5 Ben Swift (GBr) Team Katusha 0:03:59  
6 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:05:10  
7 Anthony Roux (Fra) Française Des Jeux 0:08:04  
Teams classification
1 Team Saxo Bank 44:17:28  
2 Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 0:00:13  
3 BMC Racing Team    
4 Française Des Jeux 0:00:21  
5 Landbouwkrediet - Colnago    
6 Agritubel 0:00:28  
7 BBox Bouygues Telecom 0:00:29  
8 Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:00:30  
9 AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:42  
10 Verandas Willems 0:01:16  
11 Silence - Lotto 0:01:25  
12 Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0:01:39  
13 Team Katusha 0:02:17  
14 Quick Step 0:03:40