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VDK-Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde 2013

Date range:
March 26-28, 2013

March 26, Stage 1: Middelkerke - Zottegem 199.8km

Sagan wins opening stage at Driedaagse De Panne

By:
Jane Aubrey
Published:
March 26, 2013, 16:10 GMT,
Updated:
March 26, 2013, 22:30 GMT

Slovak champion edges Demare in photo finish

Peter Sagan (Cannondale) out sprints Arnaud Demare (FDJ) in a photo finish.

Peter Sagan (Cannondale) out sprints Arnaud Demare (FDJ) in a photo finish.

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Peter Sagan (Cannondale Pro Cycling) gave another demonstration of his dominant spring form, winning the first stage of Driedaagse De Panne after going on the attack in the final 20km.

The Slovakian surged clear several times on the final climbs, dragging a group of 10 riders away but still had the speed and sprinting skills to beat France's Arnaud Demare (FDJ) and Alexander Kristoff (Katusha).

Sagan carefully closed the door on Demare as the road curved left in the final two hundred metres but race officials decided not to intervene. It was Sagan's seventh win of the 2013 season and also gave him the race leader's jersey.

Demare and his directeur sportif Marc Madiot carefully studied the replay of the sprint but accepted defeat.

"Peter moved across slightly but that's part of racing, part of sprinting," Demare admitted.

Sagan waited quietly for the judges decision and then headed onto the podium to collect the flowers and the praise after another victory.

How it unfolded:

Racing got underway from the edge of the North Sea at Middelkerke shortly before midday under clear blue skies, but it was hardly beach weather with the peloton wrapped in as many layers as possible against the harsh wind chill and close to zero temperatures.

Before 10km of racing had been complete, the break of Marco Haller (Katusha), Kiel Reijnen (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team), Koen Barbe (Crelan-Euphony) and Sam Bennett (An Post-Chainreaction) established itself on the outskirts of Leffinge. Andrea Di Corrado (Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox) took off in pursuit but by the 30km mark, the Italian’s chase had faltered and he was back in the peloton. Meantime, the quartet’s lead over the bunch had opened up to 2:25.

Word filtered through that Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol), winner of the first stage of De Panne two years ago in Zottegem, would be without key leadout man Greg Henderson.

Bennett claimed the first points on offer for the day at the first sprint point at 47.7km, ahead of Haller and Barbe, meantime the gap had opened up to just over four minutes before stabilising at six with 135km of racing remaining.

After an earlier attempt by teammate Tim Mertens failed, Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise’s Preben Van Hecke made a brave move off the front earning an advantage of 4:20 after 80km of racing.

The leaders hit the first climb of the day, the Edelare with a gap of 8:46 on the peloton, the largest split of the day, with Van Hecke in limbo three and a half minutes behind. Haller was proving to be the aggressor of the group, taking maximum points on offer. Barbe took the spoils at the second sprint shortly after, with Bennett and Reijen trailing.

The break negotiated the Haaghoek, a two-kilometre sector of cobbles for the first of three times today with little difficulty. However Van Hecke’s time in limbo appeared to be running out as he realised that he would not have the legs to catch the four men out front. With 100km of racing complete, the Belgian was back in the peloton, 4:38 back from the leaders who were on the Berendries ascent.

Boonen on the front

Keen to test his injured knee out, Tom Boonen moved to the front of the peloton over the Haaghoek as the peloton picked up a gear.

Approaching the first of three passes though the finish in Zottegem and with 90km of racing remaining, the peloton was slowly making ground on the four leaders with Lotto Belisol driving the peloton, the gap down to 4:30. The pace lifting considerably resulted in decent splits at the back of the peloton as the team’s gunning for a bunch sprint at the finish, spread out across the width of the road up ahead.

Haller remained the protagonist on the second run over the Haaghoek but as the terrain started to rise, Bennett appeared to trip his front wheel over one of the cobbles, resulting in him losing momentum and then contact with his breakaway companions. As the sector was coming to an end, Haller decided to make a move on the splintering group, going it alone up the road. Barbe was able to gradually make contact with the Katusha rider on the Leberg ascent, meantime the peloton continued to make ground with the gap now under two minutes.

Haller was determined to lose Barbe’s company, attacking again on the Berendries, distancing the Crelan – Euphony rider but he was not about to let Haller go, fighting his way back on to the Katusha rider’s wheel and the pair then exchanging words.

An attack off the front of the peloton from Tomas Vaitkus (Orica GreenEdge) with 70km to go did not appear to worry the pack and he pushed on alone. Approaching the Valkenberg, Oscar Gatto received a wheel from a teammate, losing ground on his sprint rivals while surprisingly Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) led the charge up the climb, with Luke Durbridge (Orica GreenEdge on his back wheel.

An aggressive Greipel made the catch on Vaitkus but the Australian team was determined to put their stamp on the race ahead of the Ten Bossche with Stuart O’Grady directing affairs and setting up another attack from Vaitkus. With 60km to go, the break’s advantage was down to a minute.

Vaitkus caught up with Bennett around 45 seconds ahead of the bunch with the penultimate ascent of the Eikenmolen to come. The pace of the peloton eased somewhat, with the gap yo-yoing between 55 seconds and just over a minute with 56km left to race.

Kess Heytens (Team 3M), Damien Gaudin (Europcar) and Matt Brammeier (Champion System) led the charge up the Eikenmolen with Mattia Pozzo (Vini Fantini – Selle Italia) for company. The Irishman would not be able to hold on, and they soon caught Vaitkus.

The Lituanian had shed Bennett and with 51km to go, he was back in the bunch. The gap had plummeted however, down to 49 seconds with the two lead groups about to merge up ahead.

The race clock ticked over to just over four hours as the breakaway’s last loop from Zottegem began, but again the gap was out to just over a minute with Vaitkus looking strong. As Omega Pharma-QuickStep moved to the front of the peloton, the gap again dropped to below a minute, with Tom Boonen tucked in at fourth wheel. The Belgian super team’s fortunes however were dealt a blow with Iljo Keisse suffering a puncture and waiting for the support car.

Gaudin forged ahead on his own, wrestling with his bike in his trademark style with Vaitkus’ attempts to stick with him in vain.
Omega Pharma-QuickStep finally received a reprieve on the Haaghoek with FDJ dictating the pace and catching Heytens, Vaitkus, and Pozzo. Gaudin’s lead stood at 36 seconds.

Terpstra launched an attack on the Leberg, causing an immediate response from Durbridge once more, along with riders from FDJ and Lotto Belisol. That gave rise to a move from last year’s overall winner Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) and he soon had clean air.

30km remained and Peter Sagan (Cannondale) moved to the front of the bunch, Boonen on his wheel as the peloton passed through Middelbeke. The race was in crescendo and Gaudin was mercilessly reeled-in.

Other attacks followed, in the final 20km, including a testing dig by Sagan over the top of a climb but they were swept up, as Omega Pharma-QuickStep and the other teams seemed determined to set up a sprint finish.

The sprinters began to sense victory but Sagan again took charge and turned the race upside down. He accelerated away and nine other riders went with him. Omega Pharma-Quick Step had Sylvain Chavanel and Niki Terpstra there to protect Mark Cavendish's interests, but Sagan didn't care and kept driving the pace. Oscar Gatto (Vini Fantini-Selle Italia) and the FDJ duo also helped and suddenly the sprint was going to be between these ten.

Sagan seemed out numbered and perhaps tired but he used his skills and his strength to win yet again.

Full Results
1 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling 5:00:27  
2 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ    
3 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha    
4 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
5 Oscar Gatto (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia    
6 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
7 Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Crelan-Euphony    
8 Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar    
9 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
10 Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ    
11 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol 0:00:09  
12 Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Argos-Shimano    
13 David Boucher (Fra) FDJ    
14 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
15 Marco Coledan (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox    
16 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
17 Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Team Europcar    
18 Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Crelan-Euphony    
19 Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
20 Tom Veelers (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano    
21 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox    
22 Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Crelan-Euphony    
23 Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
24 Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
25 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
26 Rudiger Selig (Ger) Katusha    
27 Elia Favilli (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
28 Alexey Tsatevich (Rus) Katusha    
29 Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia    
30 Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ    
31 Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
32 Jarl Salomein (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
33 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka    
34 Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano    
35 James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty    
36 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano    
37 Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
38 Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge    
39 William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ    
40 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ    
41 Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
42 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
43 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia    
44 Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha    
45 Boy van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
46 Blaz Jarc (Slo) Team NetApp-Endura    
47 Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge    
48 Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
49 Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) FDJ    
50 Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar    
51 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
52 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
53 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
54 Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Lotto Belisol    
55 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team Argos-Shimano    
56 Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
57 Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar    
58 Yves Lampaert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
59 Francesco Failli (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia    
60 Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
61 Damien Gaudin (Fra) Team Europcar    
62 Edward King (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
63 Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
64 Egidijus Juodvalkis (Ltu) Crelan-Euphony    
65 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
66 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge    
67 Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha    
68 Roman Maikin (Rus) RusVelo 0:00:20  
69 Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team Europcar 0:00:42  
70 Kess Heytens (Bel) Team 3M 0:01:26  
71 Kevin Claeys (Bel) Crelan-Euphony 0:01:58  
72 Frederique Robert (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:02:02  
73 Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
74 Davide Vigano (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
75 Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Orica-GreenEdge 0:04:04  
76 Martin Reimer (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka 0:05:13  
77 Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Accent Jobs-Wanty 0:06:49  
78 Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ    
79 Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Katusha    
80 Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
81 Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano    
82 Iljo Keisse (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
83 Mike Terpstra (Ned) Team 3M 0:07:28  
84 Alphonse Vermote (Bel) An Post-Chainreaction    
85 Reinier Honig (Ned) Crelan-Euphony    
86 Massimo Graziato (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:08:26  
87 Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
88 Thomas Vanhaecke (Bel) Team 3M    
89 Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
90 Koen Barbe (Bel) Crelan-Euphony    
91 David Veilleux (Can) Team Europcar    
92 Guillaume Boivin (Can) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
93 Andrea Palini (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
94 Mattia Pozzo (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia    
95 Marco Canola (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox    
96 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox    
97 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Team NetApp-Endura    
98 Wouter Mol (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
99 Russell Downing (GBr) Team NetApp-Endura    
100 Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura    
101 Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha    
102 Andreas Stauff (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka    
103 Vladimir Isaychev (Rus) Katusha    
104 Paul Voss (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura    
105 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
106 Nicolas Vereecken (Bel) An Post-Chainreaction 0:12:40  
107 Steven Van Vooren (Bel) An Post-Chainreaction    
108 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:14:53  
109 Simone Ponzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
110 Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
111 Jonathan Breyne (Bel) Crelan-Euphony    
112 Markus Eichler (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura    
113 Gregor Gazvoda (Slo) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
114 Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
115 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
116 Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge    
117 Timothy Stevens (Bel) Team 3M    
118 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
119 Viktor Manakov (Rus) RusVelo    
120 Glenn O'Shea (Aus) An Post-Chainreaction    
121 Valery Kaykov (Rus) RusVelo    
122 Morgan Lamoisson (Fra) Team Europcar    
123 Jacobe Keough (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
124 Artur Ershov (Rus) RusVelo    
125 Baden Cooke (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge    
126 Artem Ovechkin (Rus) RusVelo    
127 Kenny Robert van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
128 Youcef Reguigui (Alg) MTN-Qhubeka    
129 Marius Bernatonis (Ltu) Team 3M    
130 Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Orica-GreenEdge    
131 Martin Wesemann (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka    
132 Igor Boev (Rus) RusVelo    
133 Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) RusVelo    
134 Barry Markus (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
135 Wouter Wippert (Ned) Team 3M    
136 Tim Mertens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
137 Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
138 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
139 Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team NetApp-Endura    
140 Wu Kin San (HKg) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
141 Clinton Robert Avery (NZl) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
142 Matt Brammeier (Irl) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
143 Mark McNally (GBr) An Post-Chainreaction    
144 Christian Delle Stelle (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox    
145 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
146 Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox    
147 Filippo Fortin (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox    
148 Bradley Potgieter (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka    
149 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia    
150 Mauro Finetto (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia    
151 Rafael Andriato (Bra) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia    
152 Roy Jans (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty    
153 Sam Bennett (Irl) An Post-Chainreaction    
154 Tim De Troyer (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty    
155 Lucas Euser (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
156 Maarten Neyens (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
157 John Murphy (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
158 Jeffry Louder (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
159 Roger Kluge (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura    
160 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano    
161 Ryan Roth (Can) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
162 Luca Wackermann (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
163 Chad Beyer (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
164 Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
165 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
166 Jens Mouris (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge    
167 Niko Eeckhout (Bel) An Post-Chainreaction 0:22:10  
168 Jang Chan Jae (Kor) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
169 Joren Segers (Bel) Team 3M    
170 Michael Vingerling (Ned) Team 3M    
171 Benjamin Verraes (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty    
172 Jiao Pengda (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
173 Shane Archbold (NZl) An Post-Chainreaction    
174 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Accent Jobs-Wanty    
DNF Andrea Di Corrado (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox    
DNF Aldo Ino Ilesic (Slo) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Ivan Savitskiy (Rus) RusVelo    
DNF Jani Tewelde Weldegabir (Eri) MTN-Qhubeka    
DNF Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty    
DNF Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team    
DNF Davy Commeyne (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty    
DNS Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Argos-Shimano    
DNS Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol    
Sprint 1 - 47.7km
1 Sam Bennett (Irl) An Post-Chainreaction 3 pts
2 Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha 2  
3 Koen Barbe (Bel) Crelan-Euphony 1  
Sprint 2 - 92.3km
1 Koen Barbe (Bel) Crelan-Euphony 3 pts
2 Sam Bennett (Irl) An Post-Chainreaction 2  
3 Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 1  
Sprint 3 - 154.7km
1 Koen Barbe (Bel) Crelan-Euphony 3 pts
2 Mattia Pozzo (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia 2  
3 Damien Gaudin (Fra) Team Europcar 1  
Points - Zottegem, 199.8km
1 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling 20 pts
2 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ 18  
3 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha 16  
4 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 14  
5 Oscar Gatto (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia 12  
6 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 10  
7 Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Crelan-Euphony 9  
8 Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar 8  
9 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida 7  
10 Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ 6  
11 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol 5  
12 Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Argos-Shimano 4  
13 David Boucher (Fra) FDJ 3  
14 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro Team 2  
15 Marco Coledan (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox 1  
Mountain 1 - Edelare, 89.1km
1 Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha 5 pts
2 Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 3  
3 Koen Barbe (Bel) Crelan-Euphony 1  
Mountain 2 - Leberg, 97km
1 Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha 5 pts
2 Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 3  
3 Koen Barbe (Bel) Crelan-Euphony 1  
Mountain 3 - Berendries, 101.5km
1 Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha 5 pts
2 Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 3  
3 Koen Barbe (Bel) Crelan-Euphony 1  
Mountain 4 - Leberg, 124.2km
1 Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha 5 pts
2 Koen Barbe (Bel) Crelan-Euphony 3  
3 Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 1  
Mountain 5 - Berandries, 128.6km
1 Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha 5 pts
2 Koen Barbe (Bel) Crelan-Euphony 3  
3 Sam Bennett (Irl) An Post-Chainreaction 1  
Mountain 6 - Valkenberg, 133.7km
1 Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha 5 pts
2 Koen Barbe (Bel) Crelan-Euphony 3  
3 Sam Bennett (Irl) An Post-Chainreaction 1  
Mountain 7 - Ten Bosse, 140.2km
1 Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha 5 pts
2 Koen Barbe (Bel) Crelan-Euphony 3  
3 Sam Bennett (Irl) An Post-Chainreaction 1  
Mountain 8 - Eikenmolen, 143.8km
1 Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha 5 pts
2 Koen Barbe (Bel) Crelan-Euphony 3  
3 Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Orica-GreenEdge 1  
Mountain 9 - Leberg, 169.4km
1 Damien Gaudin (Fra) Team Europcar 5 pts
2 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 3  
3 Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar 1  
Mountain 10 - Berendries, 173.8km
1 Damien Gaudin (Fra) Team Europcar 5 pts
2 Oscar Gatto (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia 3  
3 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling 1  
Mountain 11 - Valkenberg, 178.8km
1 Damien Gaudin (Fra) Team Europcar 5 pts
2 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol 3  
3 Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 1  
Mountain 12 - Ten Bosse, 185.3km
1 Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 5 pts
2 Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Lotto Belisol 3  
3 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 1  
Mountain 13 - Eikenmolen, 188.9km
1 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling 5 pts
2 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 3  
3 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 1  
Teams
1 FDJ 15:01:30  
2 Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
3 Crelan-Euphony 0:00:09  
4 Katusha    
5 Team Europcar    
6 Vini Fantini-Selle Italia    
7 Cannondale Pro Cycling    
8 Lampre-Merida    
9 Team Argos-Shimano 0:00:18  
10 Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
11 Lotto Belisol    
12 Astana Pro Team    
13 Orica-GreenEdge    
14 Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
15 Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox 0:08:35  
16 MTN-Qhubeka 0:13:39  
17 UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 0:15:02  
18 Team NetApp-Endura 0:16:52  
19 Team 3M 0:17:11  
20 Accent Jobs-Wanty 0:21:42  
21 RusVelo 0:29:57  
22 An Post-Chainreaction 0:32:39  
23 Champion System Pro Cycling Team 0:44:30  
General classification after stage 1
1 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling 5:00:17  
2 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ 0:00:04  
3 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha 0:00:06  
4 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:00:10  
5 Oscar Gatto (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia    
6 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
7 Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Crelan-Euphony    
8 Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar    
9 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
10 Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ    
11 Damien Gaudin (Fra) Team Europcar 0:00:18  
12 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol 0:00:19  
13 Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Argos-Shimano    
14 David Boucher (Fra) FDJ    
15 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
16 Marco Coledan (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox    
17 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
18 Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Team Europcar    
19 Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Crelan-Euphony    
20 Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
21 Tom Veelers (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano    
22 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox    
23 Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Crelan-Euphony    
24 Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
25 Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
26 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
27 Rudiger Selig (Ger) Katusha    
28 Elia Favilli (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
29 Alexey Tsatevich (Rus) Katusha    
30 Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia    
31 Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ    
32 Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
33 Jarl Salomein (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
34 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka    
35 Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano    
36 James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty    
37 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano    
38 Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
39 Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge    
40 William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ    
41 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ    
42 Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
43 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
44 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia    
45 Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha    
46 Boy van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
47 Blaz Jarc (Slo) Team NetApp-Endura    
48 Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge    
49 Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
50 Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) FDJ    
51 Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar    
52 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
53 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
54 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
55 Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Lotto Belisol    
56 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team Argos-Shimano    
57 Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
58 Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar    
59 Yves Lampaert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
60 Francesco Failli (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia    
61 Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
62 Edward King (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
63 Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
64 Egidijus Juodvalkis (Ltu) Crelan-Euphony    
65 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
66 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge    
67 Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha    
68 Roman Maikin (Rus) RusVelo 0:00:30  
69 Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team Europcar 0:00:52  
70 Kess Heytens (Bel) Team 3M 0:01:36  
71 Kevin Claeys (Bel) Crelan-Euphony 0:02:08  
72 Frederique Robert (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:02:12  
73 Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
74 Davide Vigano (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
75 Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Orica-GreenEdge 0:04:14  
76 Martin Reimer (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka 0:05:23  
77 Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Accent Jobs-Wanty 0:06:59  
78 Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ    
79 Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Katusha    
80 Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
81 Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano    
82 Iljo Keisse (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
83 Mike Terpstra (Ned) Team 3M 0:07:38  
84 Alphonse Vermote (Bel) An Post-Chainreaction    
85 Reinier Honig (Ned) Crelan-Euphony    
86 Koen Barbe (Bel) Crelan-Euphony 0:08:29  
87 Mattia Pozzo (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia 0:08:34  
88 Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha    
89 Massimo Graziato (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:08:36  
90 Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
91 Thomas Vanhaecke (Bel) Team 3M    
92 Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
93 David Veilleux (Can) Team Europcar    
94 Guillaume Boivin (Can) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
95 Andrea Palini (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
96 Marco Canola (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox    
97 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox    
98 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Team NetApp-Endura    
99 Wouter Mol (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
100 Russell Downing (GBr) Team NetApp-Endura    
101 Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura    
102 Andreas Stauff (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka    
103 Vladimir Isaychev (Rus) Katusha    
104 Paul Voss (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura    
105 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
106 Nicolas Vereecken (Bel) An Post-Chainreaction 0:12:50  
107 Steven Van Vooren (Bel) An Post-Chainreaction    
108 Sam Bennett (Irl) An Post-Chainreaction 0:14:58  
109 Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 0:15:02  
110 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:15:03  
111 Simone Ponzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
112 Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
113 Jonathan Breyne (Bel) Crelan-Euphony    
114 Markus Eichler (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura    
115 Gregor Gazvoda (Slo) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
116 Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
117 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
118 Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge    
119 Timothy Stevens (Bel) Team 3M    
120 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
121 Viktor Manakov (Rus) RusVelo    
122 Glenn O'Shea (Aus) An Post-Chainreaction    
123 Valery Kaykov (Rus) RusVelo    
124 Morgan Lamoisson (Fra) Team Europcar    
125 Jacobe Keough (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
126 Artur Ershov (Rus) RusVelo    
127 Baden Cooke (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge    
128 Artem Ovechkin (Rus) RusVelo    
129 Kenny Robert van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
130 Youcef Reguigui (Alg) MTN-Qhubeka    
131 Marius Bernatonis (Ltu) Team 3M    
132 Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Orica-GreenEdge    
133 Martin Wesemann (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka    
134 Igor Boev (Rus) RusVelo    
135 Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) RusVelo    
136 Barry Markus (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
137 Wouter Wippert (Ned) Team 3M    
138 Tim Mertens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
139 Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
140 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
141 Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team NetApp-Endura    
142 Wu Kin San (HKg) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
143 Clinton Robert Avery (NZl) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
144 Matt Brammeier (Irl) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
145 Mark McNally (GBr) An Post-Chainreaction    
146 Christian Delle Stelle (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox    
147 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
148 Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox    
149 Filippo Fortin (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox    
150 Bradley Potgieter (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka    
151 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia    
152 Mauro Finetto (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia    
153 Rafael Andriato (Bra) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia    
154 Roy Jans (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty    
155 Tim De Troyer (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty    
156 Lucas Euser (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
157 Maarten Neyens (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
158 John Murphy (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
159 Jeffry Louder (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
160 Roger Kluge (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura    
161 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano    
162 Ryan Roth (Can) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
163 Luca Wackermann (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
164 Chad Beyer (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
165 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
166 Jens Mouris (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge    
167 Niko Eeckhout (Bel) An Post-Chainreaction 0:22:20  
168 Jang Chan Jae (Kor) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
169 Joren Segers (Bel) Team 3M    
170 Michael Vingerling (Ned) Team 3M    
171 Benjamin Verraes (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty    
172 Jiao Pengda (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
173 Shane Archbold (NZl) An Post-Chainreaction    
174 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Accent Jobs-Wanty    
Points classification
1 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling 20 pts
2 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ 18  
3 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha 16  
4 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 14  
5 Oscar Gatto (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia 12  
6 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 10  
7 Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Crelan-Euphony 9  
8 Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar 8  
9 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida 7  
10 Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ 6  
11 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol 5  
12 Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Argos-Shimano 4  
13 David Boucher (Fra) FDJ 3  
14 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro Team 2  
15 Marco Coledan (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox 1  
Sprint classification
1 Koen Barbe (Bel) Crelan-Euphony 7 pts
2 Sam Bennett (Irl) An Post-Chainreaction 5  
3 Mattia Pozzo (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia 2  
4 Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha 2  
5 Damien Gaudin (Fra) Team Europcar 1  
6 Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 1  
Mountains classification
1 Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha 40 pts
2 Koen Barbe (Bel) Crelan-Euphony 18  
3 Damien Gaudin (Fra) Team Europcar 15  
4 Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 10  
5 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling 6  
6 Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 6  
7 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 4  
8 Oscar Gatto (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia 3  
9 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 3  
10 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol 3  
11 Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Lotto Belisol 3  
12 Sam Bennett (Irl) An Post-Chainreaction 3  
13 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 1  
14 Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar 1  
15 Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Orica-GreenEdge 1  
Teams classification
1 FDJ 15:01:30  
2 Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
3 Crelan-Euphony 0:00:09  
4 Katusha    
5 Team Europcar    
6 Vini Fantini-Selle Italia    
7 Cannondale Pro Cycling    
8 Lampre-Merida    
9 Team Argos-Shimano 0:00:18  
10 Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
11 Lotto Belisol    
12 Astana Pro Team    
13 Orica-GreenEdge    
14 Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
15 Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox 0:08:35  
16 MTN-Qhubeka 0:13:39  
17 UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 0:15:02  
18 Team NetApp-Endura 0:16:52  
19 Team 3M 0:17:11  
20 Accent Jobs-Wanty 0:21:42  
21 RusVelo 0:29:57  
22 An Post-Chainreaction 0:32:39  
23 Champion System Pro Cycling Team 0:44:30