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Selig wins Volta Limburg Classic

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German prevails from 19-rider lead group

A stylin' victory from Rudiger Selig in Eijsden

A stylin' victory from Rudiger Selig in Eijsden

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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
1 Rudiger Selig (Ger) Katusha 4:55:46  
2 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox    
3 Paul Martens (Ger) Blanco Pro Cycling Team    
4 Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
5 Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
6 Sander Armee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise 0:00:04  
7 Mike Terpstra (Ned) Team 3M    
8 Marc De Maar (AHo) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
9 Luc Hagenaars (Ned) Metec-TKH Continental Cyclingteam    
10 Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Crelan-Euphony    
11 Martijn Keizer (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
12 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team    
13 Niels Wytinck (Bel) An Post-Chainreaction    
14 Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura    
15 Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano    
16 Peter Schulting (Ned) Netherlands National Team    
17 Bram Tankink (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 0:00:08  
18 Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:00:16  
19 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 0:00:21  
20 Timofey Kritskiy (Rus) Katusha 0:00:47  
21 Lucas Euser (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
22 Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha 0:01:12  
23 Marco Canola (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox 0:03:00  
24 Marius Bernatonis (Ltu) Team 3M 0:03:21  
25 Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:03:36  
26 Kenny Robert van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
27 Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks    
28 Mark McNally (GBr) An Post-Chainreaction    
29 Jonathan McEvoy (GBr) Team NetApp-Endura    
30 Wouter Mol (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
31 Roy Sentjens (Bel) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks    
32 Scott Thwaites (GBr) Team NetApp-Endura    
33 Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) RusVelo    
34 Marco Minnaard (Ned) Netherlands National Team    
35 Kobus Hereijgers (Ned) Netherlands National Team    
36 Merijn Korevaar (Ned) Netherlands National Team    
37 Matt Brammeier (Irl) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
38 Jesper Asselman (Ned) Metec-TKH Continental Cyclingteam    
39 Iker Camano Ortuzar (Spa) Team NetApp-Endura    
40 Alexander Nordhoff (Ger) Team Quantec-Indeland    
41 Jasper Ockeloen (Ned) Netherlands National Team    
42 Bart Van Haaren (Ned) Koga Cycling Team    
43 Elmar Reinders (Ned) Metec-TKH Continental Cyclingteam 0:03:43  
44 Huub Duyn (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks    
45 Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
46 Adrian Honkisz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
47 Andreas Stauff (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka    
48 Gilles Devillers (Bel) Crelan-Euphony    
49 Thierry Hupond (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano    
50 Angelo Tulik (Fra) Team Europcar    
51 Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) To Win-Josan Cycling Team    
52 Alessandro Proni (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia    
53 Jasper Hamelink (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels    
54 Stijn Steels (Bel) Crelan-Euphony    
55 Klaas Sys (Bel) Crelan-Euphony    
56 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar    
57 Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano    
58 Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar    
59 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox    
60 Steven Van Vooren (Bel) An Post-Chainreaction    
61 Francois Parisien (Can) Team Argos-Shimano 0:04:04  
DNF Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Katusha    
DNF Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Katusha    
DNF Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha    
DNF Alexander Porsev (Rus) Katusha    
DNF Theo Bos (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Graeme Brown (Aus) Blanco Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Moreno Hofland (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Ji Cheng (Chn) Team Argos-Shimano    
DNF Boy van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox    
DNF Marco Coledan (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox    
DNF Christian Delle Stelle (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox    
DNF Andrea Di Corrado (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox    
DNF Filippo Fortin (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox    
DNF Pawel Charucki (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
DNF Nikolay Mihaylov (Bul) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
DNF Piotr Gawronski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
DNF Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
DNF Josef Cerny (Cze) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
DNF Tomasz Kiendys (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
DNF Chad Beyer (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Jiao Pengda (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Liu Biao (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Gregor Gazvoda (Slo) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Ryota Nishizono (Jpn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Tang Wang Yip (HKg) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Xu Gang (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Joeri Bueken (Bel) Crelan-Euphony    
DNF Reinier Honig (Ned) Crelan-Euphony    
DNF Pieter Van Herck (Bel) Crelan-Euphony    
DNF Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka    
DNF Bradley Potgieter (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka    
DNF Youcef Reguigui (Alg) MTN-Qhubeka    
DNF Martin Reimer (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka    
DNF Martin Wesemann (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka    
DNF Artur Ershov (Rus) RusVelo    
DNF Viktor Manakov (Rus) RusVelo    
DNF Ivan Savitskiy (Rus) RusVelo    
DNF Roman Maikin (Rus) RusVelo    
DNF Igor Boev (Rus) RusVelo    
DNF Artem Ovechkin (Rus) RusVelo    
DNF Valery Kaykov (Rus) RusVelo    
DNF Dominique Cornu (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
DNF Yves Lampaert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
DNF Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
DNF Tim Mertens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
DNF Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
DNF Morgan Lamoisson (Fra) Team Europcar    
DNF Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar    
DNF Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team NetApp-Endura    
DNF Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetApp-Endura    
DNF Leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura    
DNF Erick Rowsell (GBr) Team NetApp-Endura    
DNF Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Benjamin Day (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Aldo Ino Ilesic (Slo) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Jeffry Louder (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Rafael Andriato (Bra) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia    
DNF Stefano Borchi (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia    
DNF Roberto De Patre (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia    
DNF Michele Merlo (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia    
DNF Luigi Miletta (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia    
DNF Fabio Taborre (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia    
DNF Laurent Van Den Bak (Bel) An Post-Chainreaction    
DNF Sean Downey (Irl) An Post-Chainreaction    
DNF Nicolas Vereecken (Bel) An Post-Chainreaction    
DNF Jack Wilson (Irl) An Post-Chainreaction    
DNF Ronan McLaughlin (Irl) An Post-Chainreaction    
DNF Mats Boeve (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks    
DNF Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks    
DNF Bas Stamsnijder (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks    
DNF Rick Ottema (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks    
DNF Yoeri Havik (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks    
DNF Stefan Poutsma (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels    
DNF Robbert De Greef (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels    
DNF Johim Ariesen (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels    
DNF Jochem Hoekstra (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels    
DNF Rens Te Stroet (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels    
DNF Daan Meijers (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels    
DNF Tom Vermeer (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels    
DNF Umberto Atzori (Ned) Koga Cycling Team    
DNF Wouter Haan (Ned) Koga Cycling Team    
DNF Bouke Kuiper (Ned) Koga Cycling Team    
DNF Arno van der Zwet (Ned) Koga Cycling Team    
DNF Stefan Vreugdenhil (Ned) Koga Cycling Team    
DNF Jim van den Berg (Ned) Koga Cycling Team    
DNF Lars Vierbergen (Ned) Koga Cycling Team    
DNF Melvin Boskamp (Ned) Metec-TKH Continental Cyclingteam    
DNF Jurrien Bosters (Ned) Metec-TKH Continental Cyclingteam    
DNF Dries Hollanders (Bel) Metec-TKH Continental Cyclingteam    
DNF Peter Koning (Ned) Metec-TKH Continental Cyclingteam    
DNF Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Metec-TKH Continental Cyclingteam    
DNF Rick Ampler (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus    
DNF Tobias Dohlus (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus    
DNF Alexander Gottfried (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus    
DNF Grischa Janorschke (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus    
DNF Sebastian Körber (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus    
DNF Benjamin Sydlik (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus    
DNF Max Walsleben (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus    
DNF Joop De Gans (Ned) Team 3M    
DNF Kess Heytens (Bel) Team 3M    
DNF Jens Schuermans (Bel) Team 3M    
DNF Thomas Vanhaecke (Bel) Team 3M    
DNF Michael Vingerling (Ned) Team 3M    
DNF Timothy Vangheel (Bel) Team 3M    
DNF Matthias Bertling (Ger) Team Quantec-Indeland    
DNF André Benoit (Ger) Team Quantec-Indeland    
DNF Kim-Simon Nottebohm (Ger) Team Quantec-Indeland    
DNF Luc Loozen (Ned) Team Quantec-Indeland    
DNF Andreas Miessen (Ger) Team Quantec-Indeland    
DNF Robert Retschke (Ger) Team Quantec-Indeland    
DNF Raymond Werst (Ned) Team Quantec-Indeland    
DNF Garrit Broeders (Bel) To Win-Josan Cycling Team    
DNF Steven Doms (Bel) To Win-Josan Cycling Team    
DNF Dirk Finders (Ger) To Win-Josan Cycling Team    
DNF Thomas Op T Eynde (Bel) To Win-Josan Cycling Team    
DNF Dominic Schils (GBr) To Win-Josan Cycling Team    
DNF Matti Stiens (Bel) To Win-Josan Cycling Team    
DNF Sean Van De Waeter (Bel) To Win-Josan Cycling Team    
DNF Jaap Kooijman (Ned) Netherlands National Team    
DNF Etienne Van Empel (Ned) Netherlands National Team    
DNF Martijn Tusveld (Ned) Netherlands National Team