Selig wins Volta Limburg Classic

German prevails from 19-rider lead group

Rüdiger Selig (Katusha) won his first race as a professional today after sprinting to victory at the Volta Limburg Classic. Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox) finished runner-up behind the 24-year-old German, while Paul Martens (Blanco Pro Cycling Team) rounded out the podium for third in the sprint finale of a select 19-rider lead group.

"This is really cool," said Selig. "My teammates did a perfect job today, I am so happy I could finalize their strong effort.

"Timofey first was in the breakaway and everybody gave everything that we could make it into the decisive group. After the successes in De Panne we are all in a pretty good mood and wanted to continue with a victory here in Limburg like Pavel Brutt did for Katusha last year."

After a large escape group was brought back with approximately 70km remaining, five riders counter-attacked and escaped the peloton: Marco Canola (Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox), Timofey Kritskiy (Katusha), Bram Tankink (Blanco Pro Cycling Team), Maurits Lammertink (Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team) and Luc Hagenaars (Metec-TKH Continental Cyclingteam).

With 47km to go the five leaders held a 1:30 gap on two chasers, Lucas Euser (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team) and Steven Van Vooren (An Post-Chainreaction), while the peloton trailed at 3:25.

Sensing that the race was disappearing up the road, more riders attacked from the peloton and caught Euser and Van Vooren to form the first chase group which now contained Euser, Van Vooren, Paul Martens and Steven Kruijswijk (Blanco), Mike Terpstra (Team 3M), Davide Rebellin (CCC Polsat Polkowice), Sander Armee (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise), Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox), Marc De Maar (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team), Rüdiger Selig (Katusha), Pim Ligthart and Martijn Keizer (Vacansoleil-DCM), Tobias Ludvigsson (Team Argos-Shimano), Jan Barta (Team NetApp-Endura), Niels Wytinck (An Post-Chainreaction) and Sébastien Delfosse (Crelan-Euphony).

Tankink and Lammertink would drop their three breakaway companions at the head of the race, who would be swept up by the chase group, and with 9km to go Tankink and Lammertink themselves would be caught to form a front group of approximately 20 riders.

Heading into the race finale Keizer made a solo bid for victory with 4km remaining, but was brought back inside the final kilometre under the impetus of Katusha. As the sprint finish began on a slightly uphill stretch of rough tarmac, Selig came to the fore and powered to victory as the group splintered slightly in the approach to the finish line.

Full Results
1Rudiger Selig (Ger) Katusha4:55:46 
2Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
3Paul Martens (Ger) Blanco Pro Cycling Team  
4Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
5Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
6Sander Armee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:00:04 
7Mike Terpstra (Ned) Team 3M  
8Marc De Maar (AHo) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
9Luc Hagenaars (Ned) Metec-TKH Continental Cyclingteam  
10Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Crelan-Euphony  
11Martijn Keizer (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
12Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team  
13Niels Wytinck (Bel) An Post-Chainreaction  
14Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura  
15Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano  
16Peter Schulting (Ned) Netherlands National Team  
17Bram Tankink (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team0:00:08 
18Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:00:16 
19Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team0:00:21 
20Timofey Kritskiy (Rus) Katusha0:00:47 
21Lucas Euser (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
22Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha0:01:12 
23Marco Canola (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:03:00 
24Marius Bernatonis (Ltu) Team 3M0:03:21 
25Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:03:36 
26Kenny Robert van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
27Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks  
28Mark McNally (GBr) An Post-Chainreaction  
29Jonathan McEvoy (GBr) Team NetApp-Endura  
30Wouter Mol (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
31Roy Sentjens (Bel) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks  
32Scott Thwaites (GBr) Team NetApp-Endura  
33Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) RusVelo  
34Marco Minnaard (Ned) Netherlands National Team  
35Kobus Hereijgers (Ned) Netherlands National Team  
36Merijn Korevaar (Ned) Netherlands National Team  
37Matt Brammeier (Irl) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
38Jesper Asselman (Ned) Metec-TKH Continental Cyclingteam  
39Iker Camano Ortuzar (Spa) Team NetApp-Endura  
40Alexander Nordhoff (Ger) Team Quantec-Indeland  
41Jasper Ockeloen (Ned) Netherlands National Team  
42Bart Van Haaren (Ned) Koga Cycling Team  
43Elmar Reinders (Ned) Metec-TKH Continental Cyclingteam0:03:43 
44Huub Duyn (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks  
45Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
46Adrian Honkisz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
47Andreas Stauff (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka  
48Gilles Devillers (Bel) Crelan-Euphony  
49Thierry Hupond (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano  
50Angelo Tulik (Fra) Team Europcar  
51Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) To Win-Josan Cycling Team  
52Alessandro Proni (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia  
53Jasper Hamelink (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels  
54Stijn Steels (Bel) Crelan-Euphony  
55Klaas Sys (Bel) Crelan-Euphony  
56Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar  
57Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano  
58Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar  
59Sacha Modolo (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
60Steven Van Vooren (Bel) An Post-Chainreaction  
61Francois Parisien (Can) Team Argos-Shimano0:04:04 
DNFGatis Smukulis (Lat) Katusha  
DNFAnton Vorobyev (Rus) Katusha  
DNFMikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha  
DNFAlexander Porsev (Rus) Katusha  
DNFTheo Bos (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team  
DNFGraeme Brown (Aus) Blanco Pro Cycling Team  
DNFMoreno Hofland (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team  
DNFJi Cheng (Chn) Team Argos-Shimano  
DNFBoy van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
DNFNicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
DNFMarco Coledan (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
DNFChristian Delle Stelle (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
DNFAndrea Di Corrado (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
DNFFilippo Fortin (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
DNFPawel Charucki (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
DNFNikolay Mihaylov (Bul) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
DNFPiotr Gawronski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
DNFLukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
DNFJosef Cerny (Cze) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
DNFTomasz Kiendys (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
DNFChad Beyer (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
DNFJiao Pengda (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
DNFLiu Biao (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
DNFGregor Gazvoda (Slo) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
DNFRyota Nishizono (Jpn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
DNFTang Wang Yip (HKg) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
DNFXu Gang (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
DNFJoeri Bueken (Bel) Crelan-Euphony  
DNFReinier Honig (Ned) Crelan-Euphony  
DNFPieter Van Herck (Bel) Crelan-Euphony  
DNFGerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka  
DNFBradley Potgieter (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka  
DNFYoucef Reguigui (Alg) MTN-Qhubeka  
DNFMartin Reimer (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka  
DNFMartin Wesemann (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka  
DNFArtur Ershov (Rus) RusVelo  
DNFViktor Manakov (Rus) RusVelo  
DNFIvan Savitskiy (Rus) RusVelo  
DNFRoman Maikin (Rus) RusVelo  
DNFIgor Boev (Rus) RusVelo  
DNFArtem Ovechkin (Rus) RusVelo  
DNFValery Kaykov (Rus) RusVelo  
DNFDominique Cornu (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
DNFYves Lampaert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
DNFPreben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
DNFTim Mertens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
DNFMichael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
DNFMorgan Lamoisson (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFDavide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar  
DNFCesare Benedetti (Ita) Team NetApp-Endura  
DNFBartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetApp-Endura  
DNFLeopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura  
DNFErick Rowsell (GBr) Team NetApp-Endura  
DNFAlessandro Bazzana (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
DNFBenjamin Day (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
DNFAldo Ino Ilesic (Slo) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
DNFChristopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
DNFJeffry Louder (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
DNFKiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
DNFRafael Andriato (Bra) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia  
DNFStefano Borchi (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia  
DNFRoberto De Patre (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia  
DNFMichele Merlo (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia  
DNFLuigi Miletta (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia  
DNFFabio Taborre (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia  
DNFLaurent Van Den Bak (Bel) An Post-Chainreaction  
DNFSean Downey (Irl) An Post-Chainreaction  
DNFNicolas Vereecken (Bel) An Post-Chainreaction  
DNFJack Wilson (Irl) An Post-Chainreaction  
DNFRonan McLaughlin (Irl) An Post-Chainreaction  
DNFMats Boeve (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks  
DNFChristoph Pfingsten (Ger) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks  
DNFBas Stamsnijder (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks  
DNFRick Ottema (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks  
DNFYoeri Havik (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks  
DNFStefan Poutsma (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels  
DNFRobbert De Greef (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels  
DNFJohim Ariesen (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels  
DNFJochem Hoekstra (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels  
DNFRens Te Stroet (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels  
DNFDaan Meijers (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels  
DNFTom Vermeer (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels  
DNFUmberto Atzori (Ned) Koga Cycling Team  
DNFWouter Haan (Ned) Koga Cycling Team  
DNFBouke Kuiper (Ned) Koga Cycling Team  
DNFArno van der Zwet (Ned) Koga Cycling Team  
DNFStefan Vreugdenhil (Ned) Koga Cycling Team  
DNFJim van den Berg (Ned) Koga Cycling Team  
DNFLars Vierbergen (Ned) Koga Cycling Team  
DNFMelvin Boskamp (Ned) Metec-TKH Continental Cyclingteam  
DNFJurrien Bosters (Ned) Metec-TKH Continental Cyclingteam  
DNFDries Hollanders (Bel) Metec-TKH Continental Cyclingteam  
DNFPeter Koning (Ned) Metec-TKH Continental Cyclingteam  
DNFOscar Riesebeek (Ned) Metec-TKH Continental Cyclingteam  
DNFRick Ampler (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus  
DNFTobias Dohlus (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus  
DNFAlexander Gottfried (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus  
DNFGrischa Janorschke (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus  
DNFSebastian Körber (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus  
DNFBenjamin Sydlik (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus  
DNFMax Walsleben (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus  
DNFJoop De Gans (Ned) Team 3M  
DNFKess Heytens (Bel) Team 3M  
DNFJens Schuermans (Bel) Team 3M  
DNFThomas Vanhaecke (Bel) Team 3M  
DNFMichael Vingerling (Ned) Team 3M  
DNFTimothy Vangheel (Bel) Team 3M  
DNFMatthias Bertling (Ger) Team Quantec-Indeland  
DNFAndré Benoit (Ger) Team Quantec-Indeland  
DNFKim-Simon Nottebohm (Ger) Team Quantec-Indeland  
DNFLuc Loozen (Ned) Team Quantec-Indeland  
DNFAndreas Miessen (Ger) Team Quantec-Indeland  
DNFRobert Retschke (Ger) Team Quantec-Indeland  
DNFRaymond Werst (Ned) Team Quantec-Indeland  
DNFGarrit Broeders (Bel) To Win-Josan Cycling Team  
DNFSteven Doms (Bel) To Win-Josan Cycling Team  
DNFDirk Finders (Ger) To Win-Josan Cycling Team  
DNFThomas Op T Eynde (Bel) To Win-Josan Cycling Team  
DNFDominic Schils (GBr) To Win-Josan Cycling Team  
DNFMatti Stiens (Bel) To Win-Josan Cycling Team  
DNFSean Van De Waeter (Bel) To Win-Josan Cycling Team  
DNFJaap Kooijman (Ned) Netherlands National Team  
DNFEtienne Van Empel (Ned) Netherlands National Team  
DNFMartijn Tusveld (Ned) Netherlands National Team  
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