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Terpstra powers to prologue win

Niki Terpstra (Milram) powered to the victory in the prologue of the Ster Elektrotoer with a blistering 51.86 km/h effort over the parcours in the centre of Gement. The Dutchman donned his second yellow jersey in a week after his stage win and stint in the leader's jersey at the Dauphiné.

"Apparently, yellow is my colour," joked the Dutchman. "I will try to defend the jersey - I can, because we have a good team."

Terpstra leads his compatriot Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil) by two seconds in the general classification. Westra had his own success in France before coming to the Tour, having won the Tour de Picardie last month.

In third was Piet Rooijakkers (Skil-Shimano), with Quick Step's Tom Boonen following in fourth.

Results
1Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram0:08:00
2Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:02
3Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano0:00:06
4Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step0:00:10
5Ingnatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervelo Test Team0:00:11
6Michiel Elijzen (Ned) Silence - Lotto
7Sebastiaan Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank
8Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence - Lotto0:00:12
9Hayden Roulston (NZl) Cervelo Test Team
10Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank0:00:13
11Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo Test Team0:00:14
12Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Team Columbia - High Road
13Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Team Columbia - High Road
14Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof
15Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Rabobank0:00:15
16Mauro Facci (Ita) Quick Step0:00:16
17Robert Forster (Ger) Team Milram
18Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
19Greg Henderson (NZl) Team Columbia - High Road
20Edward King (GBr) Cervelo Test Team
21Alex Rasmussen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:00:17
22Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank
23Markus Eichler (Ger) Team Milram
24Servais Knaven (Ned) Team Milram0:00:18
25Andrè Greipel (Ger) Team Columbia - High Road
26Robert Hunter (RSA) Barloworld
27Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano
28Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank0:00:19
29Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank0:00:20
30Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr) Contentpolis-Ampo
31Andrei Kunitski (Blr) Quick Step
32Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha0:00:21
33Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano
34Eloy Teruel (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
35Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team Columbia - High Road
36Gerben Lowik (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
37Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervelo Test Team0:00:22
38Francisco Pacheco (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
39Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervelo Test Team0:00:23
40Dominik Klemme (Ger) Team Saxo Bank
41Stephen Cummings (GBr) Barloworld
42Kristof Goddaert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:00:24
43Bram Schmitz (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof
44Kenny Van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano0:00:25
45Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago
46Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
47Dirk Bellemakers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago
48Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Team Columbia - High Road
49Nikolas Maes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
50Michael Morkov (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:00:26
51Jan Bakelants (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
52Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
53Martin Muller (Ger) Team Milram0:00:27
54Leif Hoste (Bel) Silence - Lotto
55Thomas Fothen (Ger) Team Milram
56Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Cervelo Test Team0:00:28
57Marcel Beima (Ned) Krolstone Continental Team
58Christopher Froome (Ken) Barloworld
59Bobbie Traksel (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
60Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quick Step0:00:29
61Jonas Ljungblad (Swe) Silence - Lotto
62Maarten Den Bakker (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof
63Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Team Katusha
64Claudio Cucinotta (Ita) LPR Brakes Farnese Vini0:00:30
65Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil-Shimano
66Jos Pronk (Ned) Krolstone Continental Team0:00:31
67Ben Hermans (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
68Marcus Ljungqvist (Swe) Team Saxo Bank
69Ronan Van Zandbeek (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof
70Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano
71Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank
72Arjen De Baat (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof0:00:32
73Rikke Dijkxhoorn (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof
74Gorka Izaguirre (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
75Johan Coenen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:00:33
76Gian Paolo Cheula (Ita) Barloworld
77Filip Meirhaeghe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago
78Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
79Gennady Mikhaylov (Rus) Team Katusha0:00:34
80Matthew Goss (Aus) Team Saxo Bank
81Gert Dockx (Bel) Team Columbia - High Road
82Carlo Scognamiglio (Ita) Barloworld0:00:35
83Denis Galimzyanov (Kaz) Team Katusha0:00:34
84Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha0:00:35
85Tom Stubbe (Bel) Silence - Lotto
86Kenny De Haes (Bel) Team Katusha0:00:36
87Wim De Vocht (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
88Wim Stroetinga (Ned) Team Milram0:00:37
89Artur Gajek (Ger) Team Milram
90Allan Davis (Aus) Quick Step0:00:36
91Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago0:00:37
92Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Silence - Lotto
93Koen Barbe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago
94Mikel Gaztañaga (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
95André Steensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank
96Bjorn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
97Maint Berkenbosch (Ned) Cycling Team Jo Piels0:00:38
98Geert Van Der Sanden (Ned) Cycling Team Jo Piels0:00:39
99Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step
100Thomas Vedel Kvist (Den) Quick Step
101Reinier Honig (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
102Robin Chaigneau (Ned) Cycling Team Jo Piels
103Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago
104Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:00:40
105Addy Engels (Ned) Quick Step
106Christophe Brandt (Bel) Silence - Lotto0:00:41
107Jonathan Bellis (GBr) Team Saxo Bank
108Bas Stamsnijder (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof0:00:42
109Rubén Reig (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
110Kasper Klostergaard (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:00:44
111Geert Verheyen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago
112Jeffrey Wiersma (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof
113Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Silence - Lotto
114Ivor Bruin (Ned) Krolstone Continental Team0:00:45
115Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha
116Adriaan Helmantel (Ned) Cycling Team Jo Piels
117Kevin Neirynck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago
118Volodynir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test Team
119Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank0:00:46
120Thom Van Dulmen (Ned) Cycling Team Jo Piels
121Luc Hagenaars (Ned) Krolstone Continental Team
122Roy Curvers (Ned) Skil-Shimano
123Pedro Vera (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:00:47
124Bert Jan Lindeman (Ned) Krolstone Continental Team0:00:48
125Sjoerd Botter (Ned) Krolstone Continental Team
126Gerrit Soepenberg (Ned) Krolstone Continental Team0:00:52
127Cristiano Salerno (Ita) LPR Brakes Farnese Vini0:00:53
128Michele Merlo (Ita) Barloworld
129Fabio Negri (Ita) LPR Brakes Farnese Vini
130Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil-Shimano0:00:54
131Patrick Calcagni (Swi) Barloworld
132Claudio Casas (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:00:55
133Peter Mohlmann (Ned) Cycling Team Jo Piels0:00:57
134Sergio Marinangell (Ita) LPR Brakes Farnese Vini0:00:59
135Rik Kavsek (Ned) Cycling Team Jo Piels0:01:00
136Marco Cattaneo (Ita) LPR Brakes Farnese Vini0:01:02
137Alberto Ongarato (Ita) LPR Brakes Farnese Vini0:01:04
138Marco Corti (Ita) Barloworld0:01:06
139Paul Sneeboer (Ned) Krolstone Continental Team0:01:11
140Cornellus Van Ooijen (Ned) Cycling Team Jo Piels0:01:13
141Roberto Ferrari (Ita) LPR Brakes Farnese Vini0:01:15
142Alexei Markov (Rus) Team Katusha0:06:48

Points
1Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram15pts
2Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team12
3Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano10
4Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step8
5Ingnatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervelo Test Team6
6Michiel Elijzen (Ned) Silence - Lotto5
7Sebastiaan Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank4
8Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence - Lotto3
9Hayden Roulston (NZl) Cervelo Test Team2
10Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank1

Teams
1Team Milram0:24:31
2Cervélo Test Team0:00:03
3Rabo-bank0:00:07
4Team Columbia-High Road0:00:12
5Skil-Shimano
6Quickstep0:00:13
7Vacansolei ProCyclingTeam0:00:15
8Silence-Lotto0:00:17
9Contentpolis-Ampo0:00:30
10Topsport Vlaanderen0:00:33
11Team Saxo Bank
12Van Vliet - EBH-Elshof0:00:36
13Barloworld0:00:37
14Landbouwkrediet-Colnago0:00:50
15Team Katusha0:00:51
16KrolStonE ContinentalTeam0:01:11
17Cycling Team Jo Piels0:01:24
18LPR Brakes-Farnese Vini0:01:43

General classification after stage 1
1Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram0:07:59
2Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:02
3Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano0:00:07
4Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step0:00:10
5Ingnatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervelo Test Team0:00:11
6Michiel Elijzen (Ned) Silence - Lotto
7Sebastiaan Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank0:00:12
8Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence - Lotto
9Hayden Roulston (NZl) Cervelo Test Team
10Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank0:00:13
11Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo Test Team0:00:14
12Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Team Columbia - High Road
13Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Team Columbia - High Road0:00:15
14Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof
15Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Rabobank0:00:16
16Mauro Facci (Ita) Quick Step
17Robert Forster (Ger) Team Milram
18Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:00:17
19Greg Henderson (NZl) Team Columbia - High Road
20Edward King (GBr) Cervelo Test Team
21Alex Rasmussen (Den) Team Saxo Bank
22Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank0:00:18
23Markus Eichler (Ger) Team Milram
24Servais Knaven (Ned) Team Milram
25Andrè Greipel (Ger) Team Columbia - High Road
26Robert Hunter (RSA) Barloworld
27Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano
28Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank0:00:19
29Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank0:00:20
30Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr) Contentpolis-Ampo
31Andrei Kunitski (Blr) Quick Step0:00:21
32Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha
33Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano
34Eloy Teruel (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:00:22
35Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team Columbia - High Road
36Gerben Lowik (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
37Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervelo Test Team
38Francisco Pacheco (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
39Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervelo Test Team0:00:23
40Dominik Klemme (Ger) Team Saxo Bank0:00:24
41Stephen Cummings (GBr) Barloworld
42Kristof Goddaert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
43Bram Schmitz (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof0:00:25
44Kenny Van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano
45Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago
46Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
47Dirk Bellemakers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago
48Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Team Columbia - High Road0:00:26
49Nikolas Maes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
50Michael Morkov (Den) Team Saxo Bank
51Jan Bakelants (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
52Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:27
53Martin Muller (Ger) Team Milram
54Leif Hoste (Bel) Silence - Lotto0:00:28
55Thomas Fothen (Ger) Team Milram
56Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Cervelo Test Team
57Marcel Beima (Ned) Krolstone Continental Team0:00:29
58Christopher Froome (Ken) Barloworld
59Bobbie Traksel (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
60Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quick Step
61Jonas Ljungblad (Swe) Silence - Lotto
62Maarten Den Bakker (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof0:00:30
63Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Team Katusha
64Claudio Cucinotta (Ita) LPR Brakes Farnese Vini
65Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil-Shimano0:00:31
66Jos Pronk (Ned) Krolstone Continental Team
67Ben Hermans (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
68Marcus Ljungqvist (Swe) Team Saxo Bank
69Ronan Van Zandbeek (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof0:00:32
70Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano
71Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank
72Arjen De Baat (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof0:00:33
73Rikke Dijkxhoorn (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof
74Gorka Izaguirre (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
75Johan Coenen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:00:34
76Gian Paolo Cheula (Ita) Barloworld
77Filip Meirhaeghe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago
78Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
79Gennady Mikhaylov (Rus) Team Katusha
80Matthew Goss (Aus) Team Saxo Bank
81Gert Dockx (Bel) Team Columbia - High Road0:00:35
82Carlo Scognamiglio (Ita) Barloworld
83Denis Galimzyanov (Kaz) Team Katusha
84Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha
85Tom Stubbe (Bel) Silence - Lotto0:00:36
86Kenny De Haes (Bel) Team Katusha
87Wim De Vocht (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:37
88Wim Stroetinga (Ned) Team Milram
89Artur Gajek (Ger) Team Milram
90Allan Davis (Aus) Quick Step
91Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago
92Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Silence - Lotto
93Koen Barbe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago
94Mikel Gaztañaga (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:00:38
95André Steensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank
96Bjorn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
97Maint Berkenbosch (Ned) Cycling Team Jo Piels0:00:39
98Geert Van Der Sanden (Ned) Cycling Team Jo Piels
99Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step
100Thomas Vedel Kvist (Den) Quick Step
101Reinier Honig (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
102Robin Chaigneau (Ned) Cycling Team Jo Piels0:00:40
103Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago
104Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
105Addy Engels (Ned) Quick Step0:00:41
106Christophe Brandt (Bel) Silence - Lotto0:00:42
107Jonathan Bellis (GBr) Team Saxo Bank
108Bas Stamsnijder (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof0:00:43
109Rubén Reig (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
110Kasper Klostergaard (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:00:44
111Geert Verheyen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago
112Jeffrey Wiersma (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof0:00:45
113Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Silence - Lotto
114Ivor Bruin (Ned) Krolstone Continental Team
115Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha
116Adriaan Helmantel (Ned) Cycling Team Jo Piels0:00:46
117Kevin Neirynck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago
118Volodynir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test Team
119Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank0:00:47
120Thom Van Dulmen (Ned) Cycling Team Jo Piels
121Luc Hagenaars (Ned) Krolstone Continental Team
122Roy Curvers (Ned) Skil-Shimano
123Pedro Vera (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:00:48
124Bert Jan Lindeman (Ned) Krolstone Continental Team0:00:49
125Sjoerd Botter (Ned) Krolstone Continental Team
126Gerrit Soepenberg (Ned) Krolstone Continental Team0:00:53
127Cristiano Salerno (Ita) LPR Brakes Farnese Vini
128Michele Merlo (Ita) Barloworld0:00:54
129Fabio Negri (Ita) LPR Brakes Farnese Vini
130Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil-Shimano
131Patrick Calcagni (Swi) Barloworld
132Claudio Casas (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:00:55
133Peter Mohlmann (Ned) Cycling Team Jo Piels0:00:57
134Sergio Marinangell (Ita) LPR Brakes Farnese Vini0:00:59
135Rik Kavsek (Ned) Cycling Team Jo Piels0:01:01
136Marco Cattaneo (Ita) LPR Brakes Farnese Vini0:01:02
137Alberto Ongarato (Ita) LPR Brakes Farnese Vini0:01:05
138Marco Corti (Ita) Barloworld0:01:06
139Paul Sneeboer (Ned) Krolstone Continental Team0:01:11
140Cornellus Van Ooijen (Ned) Cycling Team Jo Piels0:01:14
141Roberto Ferrari (Ita) LPR Brakes Farnese Vini0:01:16
142Alexei Markov (Rus) Team Katusha0:06:49

Points classification
1Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram15pts
2Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team12
3Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano10
4Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step8
5Ingnatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervelo Test Team6
6Michiel Elijzen (Ned) Silence - Lotto5
7Sebastiaan Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank4
8Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence - Lotto3
9Hayden Roulston (NZl) Cervelo Test Team2
10Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank1

Teams classification
1Team Milram0:24:31
2Cervélo Test Team0:00:03
3Rabo-bank0:00:07
4Team Columbia-High Road0:00:12
5Skil-Shimano
6Quickstep0:00:13
7Vacansolei ProCyclingTeam0:00:15
8Silence-Lotto0:00:17
9Contentpolis-Ampo0:00:30
10Topsport Vlaanderen0:00:33
11Team Saxo Bank
12Van Vliet - EBH-Elshof0:00:36
13Barloworld0:00:37
14Landbouwkrediet-Colnago0:00:50
15Team Katusha0:00:51
16KrolStonE ContinentalTeam0:01:11
17Cycling Team Jo Piels0:01:24
18LPR Brakes-Farnese Vini0:01:43

 

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