Boonen storms to victory in Al Khor Corniche

Belgian takes stage win and overall jersey

Tom Boonen (Quick Step) got his season off to the best possible start with a resounding sprint victory from an elite group of 18 riders on stage one of the Tour of Qatar. In beating Heinrich Haussler (Garmin-Cervélo) and Mark Renshaw (HTC-Highroad), the Belgian took his 18th stage win in the event and he inherited the gold jersey from Lars Boom (Rabobank).

Boonen’s speed in the finishing sprint was in itself cause for celebration in the Quick Step camp, but the impressive manner of the win is a clear indication that he is fully recovered from the knee injuries that tempered his 2010 season. The former world champion won an 18-man sprint after spending over 140km at the front of the peloton in a very elite echelon that formed in windy conditions.


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It was Boonen’s first victory since Tirreno-Adriatico in March of last year, and he admitted that it was liberation after months of what he called “Rocky-style training.”

“I hadn’t done any sprints in almost a year,” Boonen told Cyclingnews afterwards. “I had the crash at the Tour de Suisse but my last real sprint was from Tirreno-Adriatico. I did a lot of work this winter. For the first year in I think six years I was really working on speed and sprinting. I didn’t know what to expect but I was eager to try.”

Strongmen Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek), Marcus Burghardt (BMC) and Juan Antonio Flecha (Sky) also made the split with Boonen on a day that illustrated just why the Tour of Qatar is the preferred testing ground of so many classics specialists.

Overnight leader Lars Boom (Rabobank) was initially in the lead group too, but was forced to drop back to the chasing group at the feed station with stomach problems. The unfortunate Dutchman ultimately finished in the chasing group, 5 minutes down.

In spite of his crash in Sunday’s prologue, Mark Cavendish (HTC-Highroad) also had the wherewithal to be at the head of affairs early on. However, when the rider in front of him failed to hold his place in the echelon, the Manxman lost his place in the lead group. He rolled in with the main peloton, over 12 minutes in arrears.

“Somebody left a gap open in front and we were left behind,” he said. “It happens.”

A rapid start

Right from the neutralised zone at the beginning of stage 1, the peloton maintained a hyperactive pace. With a tailwind blowing over their left shoulders, the riders were jostling for position even before the flag dropped and within the first kilometre of the stage, the first echelon had formed.

Boonen, Cancellara, Cavendish and Boom were among the 26 riders who made that first split, as the bunch was scattered into five separate groups. The Quick Step and Garmin-Cervélo squads were among those keen to drive the break, but a frantic chase behind saw a bunch of 50 riders form 23km into the race.

There was still no relenting of the pace, however, and one by one riders began to deposited out the back of the lead group, as it covered a leg-stinging 54.8km in the first hour of racing. In the type of battle that could well repeat itself later in the spring, the Garmin-Cervélo, Leopard Trek and Quick Step teams did battle on the front end of the echelon, and the break was soon whittled down to 19 riders. Among those to bid farewell to the head of the race were Cavendish, Danilo Honda (Lampre-ISD) and Alex Dowsett (Sky).

After 50km, the men left in front were Tom Boonen, Gert Steegmans, Nicolas Maes (Quick Step), Mark Renshaw (HTC-Highroad), Fabian Cancellara, Daniele Bennati, Stuart O’Grady (Leopard Trek), Lars Boom, Graeme Brown (Rabobank), Juan Antonio Flecha, Jeremy Hunt (Sky), Heinrich Haussler, Roger Hammond, Andreas Klier, Gabriel Rasch, Johan Van Summeren (Garmin-Cervélo), Marcus Bughardt (BMC) and Dominique Rollin (FDJ).

With a lead of a minute at the first intermediate sprint (56km), won by Renshaw ahead of Boom and O’Grady, there was still the faint possibility that they might be reeled in. But with so many riders willing to collaborate on the front and the strongest teams so well represented in the break, the gap gradually began to stretch out. They barrelled across Qatar’s barren desert interior towards the seaside finish at Al Khor Corniche, and took full advantage of the tailwind at their backs.

By the feed zone, the leaders had 2:20 over the chasing group, which was itself splintering in the wind. Gold jersey Lars Boom stopped at the feed zone with stomach problems, and eventually rejoined the race with the chase group, giving Cancellara the virtual overall lead. That would change hands to Steegmans at the second sprint, when he pipped Renshaw and Haussler for the bonus seconds. With 25km to go, the break had three minutes over the chasers, and they would tack on a further two in the finale.

Surprisingly, there were few attempts to slip clear of the lead group in the closing kilometres, although Boonen explained afterwards that it was simply that the riders themselves were running on empty after a long day in front.

In the finishing sprint, Renshaw went early, but Boonen reacted well and opened up the gas 250 metres from the line to take a fine win. Boonen’s shout of joy on crossing the line illustrated just what victory meant after his long battle with injury, while his mastery of the day’s classics-like conditions will no doubt have added an extra lustre to his gold jersey.

Full Results
1Tom Boonen (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team2:59:29 
2Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
3Mark Renshaw (Aus) HTC-Highroad  
4Daniele Bennati (Ita) Leopard Trek  
5Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team  
6Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Procycling  
7Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ  
8Roger Hammond (GBr) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
9Andreas Klier (Ger) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
10Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Leopard Trek  
11Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team  
12Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Sky Procycling  
13Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Leopard Trek  
14Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
15Gert Steegmans (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team0:00:10 
16Bernhard Eisel (Aut) HTC-Highroad0:00:22 
17Nikolas Maes (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team0:00:39 
18Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
19Stijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:05:01 
20Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha Team  
21Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Katusha Team  
22Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Katusha Team  
23Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
24Roger Kluge (Ger) Skil - Shimano  
25Patrick Gretsch (Ger) HTC-Highroad  
26Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
27Lars Ytting Bak (Den) HTC-Highroad  
28Rick Flens (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
29Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Katusha Team  
30Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre - ISD  
31Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling  
32Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ  
33Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling  
34Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Leopard Trek  
35Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha Team  
36Simon Clarke (Aus) Pro Team Astana  
37Maarten Wynants (Bel) Rabobank Cycling Team  
38Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Pro Team Astana  
39Davide Vigano (Ita) Leopard Trek  
40Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
41Andreas Stauff (Ger) Quickstep Cycling Team  
42Francesco Failli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli0:12:30 
43Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli  
44Davide Ricci Bitti (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli  
45Diego Caccia (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli  
46Andrea Guardini (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli  
47Marco Bandiera (Ita) Quickstep Cycling Team  
48Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Quickstep Cycling Team  
49Dmytro Krivtsov (Ukr) Lampre - ISD  
50Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli  
51Oscar Gatto (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli  
52Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Geox-TMC  
53Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Sky Procycling  
54Theo Bos (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
55Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
56Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Geox-TMC  
57Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Sky Procycling  
58Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Katusha Team  
59Maxim De Busschere (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly  
60Gatis Smukulis (Lat) HTC-Highroad  
61Maxim Gourov (Kaz) Pro Team Astana  
62Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
63Frederique Robert (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team  
64Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Leopard Trek  
65Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - ISD  
66Niko Eeckhout (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly  
67Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
68Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
69Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Pro Team Astana  
70Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano  
71Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
72Alexander Kristoff (Nor) BMC Racing Team  
73Leonardo Giordani (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli  
74Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
75Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
76Mark McNally (GBr) An Post - Sean Kelly  
77Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ  
78William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ  
79Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) FDJ  
80Matthew Brammeier (Irl) HTC-Highroad  
81Mark Cavendish (GBr) HTC-Highroad  
82Leif Hoste (Bel) Katusha Team  
83Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Pro Team Astana  
84Andrew Fenn (GBr) An Post - Sean Kelly  
85Russell Downing (GBr) Sky Procycling  
86Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
87John Murphy (USA) BMC Racing Team  
88Karsten Kroon (Ned) BMC Racing Team  
89Alex Dowsett (GBr) Sky Procycling  
90Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
91Jack Bobridge (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
92Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
93Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
94Marko Kump (Slo) Geox-TMC  
95Travis Meyer (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
96Dominic Klemme (Ger) Leopard Trek  
97Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) HTC-Highroad0:14:49 
98Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Pro Team Astana  
99Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha Team  
100Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) An Post - Sean Kelly  
101Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
102Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
103Tanel Kangert (Est) Pro Team Astana  
104Grégory Joseph (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:17:35 
105Pieter Serry (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
106Joost Posthuma (Ned) Leopard Trek  
107Ronan Van Zandbeek (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
108Geert Steurs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
109Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJ  
110Vitaliy Kondrut (Ukr) Lampre - ISD  
111Kevin Claeys (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly  
112Sam Bennett (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly  
113Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
114David Gutierrez Gutierrez (Spa) Geox-TMC  
115Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ  
116Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
117Marco Corti (Ita) Geox-TMC  
118Tomas Alberio (Ita) Geox-TMC  
119Daniele Ratto (Ita) Geox-TMC  
120Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
121Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Geox-TMC  
122Kevin Van Impe (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team  
123Mark Cassidy (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly  
124Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
DNFMartin Reimer (Ger) Skil - Shimano  
DNSWesley Sulzberger (Aus) FDJ  
Sprint 1 - Al Otouriyah, 56.0km
1Mark Renshaw (Aus) HTC-Highroad3pts
2Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team2 
3Daniele Bennati (Ita) Leopard Trek1 
Sprint 2 - Al Ghuwairiya, 96.5km
1Gert Steegmans (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team3pts
2Mark Renshaw (Aus) HTC-Highroad2 
3Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo1 
Points - Al Khor Corniche, 145.5km
1Tom Boonen (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team15pts
2Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo12 
3Mark Renshaw (Aus) HTC-Highroad9 
4Daniele Bennati (Ita) Leopard Trek7 
5Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team6 
6Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Procycling5 
7Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ4 
8Roger Hammond (GBr) Team Garmin-Cervelo3 
9Andreas Klier (Ger) Team Garmin-Cervelo2 
10Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Leopard Trek1 
Young riders
1Nikolas Maes (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team3:00:08 
2Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha Team0:04:22 
3Roger Kluge (Ger) Skil - Shimano  
4Patrick Gretsch (Ger) HTC-Highroad  
5Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ  
6Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling  
7Simon Clarke (Aus) Pro Team Astana  
8Andreas Stauff (Ger) Quickstep Cycling Team  
9Andrea Guardini (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli0:11:51 
10Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
11Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Geox-TMC  
12Maxim De Busschere (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly  
13Gatis Smukulis (Lat) HTC-Highroad  
14Frederique Robert (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team  
15Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano  
16Alexander Kristoff (Nor) BMC Racing Team  
17Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
18Mark McNally (GBr) An Post - Sean Kelly  
19Andrew Fenn (GBr) An Post - Sean Kelly  
20Alex Dowsett (GBr) Sky Procycling  
21Jack Bobridge (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
22Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
23Marko Kump (Slo) Geox-TMC  
24Travis Meyer (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
25Dominic Klemme (Ger) Leopard Trek  
26Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) HTC-Highroad0:14:10 
27Tanel Kangert (Est) Pro Team Astana  
28Grégory Joseph (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:16:56 
29Pieter Serry (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
30Ronan Van Zandbeek (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
31Kevin Claeys (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly  
32Sam Bennett (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly  
33Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
34Marco Corti (Ita) Geox-TMC  
35Tomas Alberio (Ita) Geox-TMC  
36Daniele Ratto (Ita) Geox-TMC  
37Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
38Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
1Team Garmin - Cervelo8:58:27 
2Team Leopard Trek  
3Quick Step Cycling Team0:00:49 
4Sky Procycling0:05:01 
5HTC - Highroad0:05:23 
6Rabobank Cycling Team0:10:02 
7Katusha Team0:15:03 
10Pro Team Astana  
11BMC Racing Team0:25:00 
12Lampre - ISD0:30:01 
13Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator0:35:06 
14Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli0:37:30 
15An Post-Sean Kelly  
16Geox - TMC  
General classification after stage 1
1Tom Boonen (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team3:02:32 
2Mark Renshaw (Aus) HTC-Highroad0:00:04 
3Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Leopard Trek0:00:08 
4Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Procycling0:00:09 
5Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:00:11 
6Daniele Bennati (Ita) Leopard Trek0:00:16 
7Andreas Klier (Ger) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
8Gert Steegmans (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team0:00:17 
9Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Sky Procycling0:00:19 
10Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ  
11Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:00:20 
12Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Leopard Trek  
13Roger Hammond (GBr) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:00:21 
14Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team0:00:28 
15Bernhard Eisel (Aut) HTC-Highroad0:00:40 
16Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:46 
17Nikolas Maes (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team0:00:53 
18Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:00:58 
19Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:05:03 
20Maarten Wynants (Bel) Rabobank Cycling Team0:05:13 
21Roger Kluge (Ger) Skil - Shimano0:05:14 
22Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Leopard Trek0:05:15 
23Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:05:17 
24Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling0:05:18 
25Patrick Gretsch (Ger) HTC-Highroad0:05:19 
26Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Katusha Team0:05:20 
27Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling  
28Andreas Stauff (Ger) Quickstep Cycling Team0:05:21 
29Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre - ISD  
30Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Katusha Team0:05:22 
31Stijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
32Simon Clarke (Aus) Pro Team Astana  
33Davide Vigano (Ita) Leopard Trek0:05:23 
34Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Pro Team Astana  
35Rick Flens (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
36Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Katusha Team0:05:25 
37Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ  
38Lars Ytting Bak (Den) HTC-Highroad0:05:27 
39Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
40Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha Team  
41Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha Team0:05:29 
42Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil - Shimano0:12:39 
43Alex Dowsett (GBr) Sky Procycling0:12:40 
44Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Pro Team Astana0:12:42 
45Matthew Brammeier (Irl) HTC-Highroad0:12:43 
46Jack Bobridge (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:12:44 
47Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - ISD0:12:46 
48Russell Downing (GBr) Sky Procycling  
49John Murphy (USA) BMC Racing Team0:12:47 
50Theo Bos (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
51Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
52William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ0:12:48 
53Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
54Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
55Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano  
56Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ0:12:49 
57Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
58Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli  
59Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli  
60Leif Hoste (Bel) Katusha Team0:12:50 
61Gatis Smukulis (Lat) HTC-Highroad  
62Andrew Fenn (GBr) An Post - Sean Kelly  
63Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Sky Procycling  
64Oscar Gatto (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli  
65Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
66Maxim De Busschere (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly  
67Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Leopard Trek0:12:51 
68Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
69Travis Meyer (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
70Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Sky Procycling  
71Davide Ricci Bitti (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli  
72Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:12:52 
73Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Pro Team Astana0:12:53 
74Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
75Francesco Failli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli  
76Niko Eeckhout (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly0:12:54 
77Alexander Kristoff (Nor) BMC Racing Team  
78Maxim Gourov (Kaz) Pro Team Astana0:12:55 
79Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
80Mark McNally (GBr) An Post - Sean Kelly  
81Karsten Kroon (Ned) BMC Racing Team  
82Marko Kump (Slo) Geox-TMC  
83Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:12:56 
84Dominic Klemme (Ger) Leopard Trek  
85Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Geox-TMC  
86Frederique Robert (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team  
87Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Quickstep Cycling Team0:12:57 
88Marco Bandiera (Ita) Quickstep Cycling Team  
89Andrea Guardini (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli  
90Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) FDJ  
91Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Katusha Team0:12:58 
92Diego Caccia (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli0:12:59 
93Dmytro Krivtsov (Ukr) Lampre - ISD  
94Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Geox-TMC0:13:01 
95Leonardo Giordani (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli0:13:03 
96Mark Cavendish (GBr) HTC-Highroad0:13:47 
97Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:15:04 
98Tanel Kangert (Est) Pro Team Astana  
99Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) An Post - Sean Kelly0:15:05 
100Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) HTC-Highroad0:15:07 
101Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha Team0:15:19 
102Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:15:21 
103Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Pro Team Astana0:15:22 
104Joost Posthuma (Ned) Leopard Trek0:17:50 
105Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:17:51 
106Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ0:17:53 
107Pieter Serry (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:17:54 
108Tomas Alberio (Ita) Geox-TMC0:17:55 
109Sam Bennett (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly0:17:56 
110Kevin Van Impe (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team  
111Grégory Joseph (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
112Kevin Claeys (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly0:17:57 
113Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
114Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJ0:17:58 
115Ronan Van Zandbeek (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
116Mark Cassidy (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly0:18:00 
117Daniele Ratto (Ita) Geox-TMC  
118Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:18:01 
119Vitaliy Kondrut (Ukr) Lampre - ISD0:18:03 
120Geert Steurs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
121Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:18:04 
122Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Geox-TMC0:18:10 
123David Gutierrez Gutierrez (Spa) Geox-TMC0:18:14 
124Marco Corti (Ita) Geox-TMC0:18:18 
Points classification
1Tom Boonen (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team19pts
2Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team17 
3Mark Renshaw (Aus) HTC-Highroad14 
4Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo13 
5Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Leopard Trek12 
6Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Procycling12 
7Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil - Shimano9 
8Gert Steegmans (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team8 
9Daniele Bennati (Ita) Leopard Trek8 
10Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team6 
11Alex Dowsett (GBr) Sky Procycling6 
12Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ4 
13Roger Hammond (GBr) Team Garmin-Cervelo3 
14Maarten Wynants (Bel) Rabobank Cycling Team3 
15Andreas Klier (Ger) Team Garmin-Cervelo2 
16Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Pro Team Astana2 
17Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Leopard Trek1 
18Matthew Brammeier (Irl) HTC-Highroad1 
Young riders classification
1Nikolas Maes (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team3:03:25 
2Roger Kluge (Ger) Skil - Shimano0:04:21 
3Patrick Gretsch (Ger) HTC-Highroad0:04:26 
4Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling0:04:27 
5Andreas Stauff (Ger) Quickstep Cycling Team0:04:28 
6Simon Clarke (Aus) Pro Team Astana0:04:29 
7Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ0:04:32 
8Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha Team0:04:34 
9Alex Dowsett (GBr) Sky Procycling0:11:47 
10Jack Bobridge (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:11:51 
11Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:11:55 
12Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano  
13Gatis Smukulis (Lat) HTC-Highroad0:11:57 
14Andrew Fenn (GBr) An Post - Sean Kelly  
15Maxim De Busschere (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly  
16Travis Meyer (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:11:58 
17Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:11:59 
18Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:12:00 
19Alexander Kristoff (Nor) BMC Racing Team0:12:01 
20Mark McNally (GBr) An Post - Sean Kelly0:12:02 
21Marko Kump (Slo) Geox-TMC  
22Dominic Klemme (Ger) Leopard Trek0:12:03 
23Frederique Robert (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team  
24Andrea Guardini (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli0:12:04 
25Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Geox-TMC0:12:08 
26Tanel Kangert (Est) Pro Team Astana0:14:11 
27Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) HTC-Highroad0:14:14 
28Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:16:58 
29Pieter Serry (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:17:01 
30Tomas Alberio (Ita) Geox-TMC0:17:02 
31Sam Bennett (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly0:17:03 
32Grégory Joseph (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
33Kevin Claeys (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly0:17:04 
34Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
35Ronan Van Zandbeek (Ned) Skil - Shimano0:17:05 
36Daniele Ratto (Ita) Geox-TMC0:17:07 
37Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:17:08 
38Marco Corti (Ita) Geox-TMC0:17:25 
Teams classification
1Team Leopard Trek9:08:13 
2Team Garmin - Cervelo0:00:10 
3Quick Step Cycling Team0:00:46 
4Sky Procycling0:04:59 
5HTC - Highroad0:05:30 
6Rabobank Cycling Team0:09:57 
7Katusha Team0:15:26 
10Pro Team Astana0:22:43 
11BMC Racing Team0:25:14 
12Lampre - ISD0:30:21 
13Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator0:35:25 
14An Post-Sean Kelly0:37:49 
15Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli0:37:51 
16Geox - TMC0:38:03 


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