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Gilbert dethrones Terpstra with time bonuses

Silence Lotto's Philippe Gilbert needed just one second to steal the overall victory in the Ster Elektrotoer from Milram's Niki Terpstra, but he took one more for good measure through intermediate sprint bonuses to secure the win on the final stage.

Columbia-Highroad's Andre Greipel sprinted to his third stage win of the tour, besting Italian Danilo Napolitano (Katusha) and Roberto Ferrari (LPR Brakes).

"It is the second stage race I've won" said Gilbert, a one-day race specialist who last won a multi-day race in 2004, the Paris - Corrèze, while racing for Francaise des Jeux. 

Gilbert took third in both intermediate sprints to edge out Terpstra in the overall classification. The two were tied on time coming into the final stage.

"The tactic worked perfectly. We wanted to go for the bonus seconds,  and were able to do so at the first intermediate sprint."

"We tried everything to keep Niki Terpstra in the yellow jersey. The team was very strong. Unfortunately it wasn't enough in the end, and everything went against us,“ said Milram directeur sportif Ralf Grabsch. "Gilbert is a well-known rider and simply had the luck to pick up one second each at two intermediate sprints. Our team has nothing to blame iteself for."

Greipel confirmed himself as the dominant sprinter of the race, but Napolitano brought the final stage to a photo finish. The jury decided the win in favour of the German, who has won 10 out of 18 races so far this year after having his early season cut short by a crash in the Tour Down Under.

 “It’s often the way when riders have had a bad injury like Andre, when they come back they’re hungrier for the wins and at a better level than if they’d been racing for longer," said directeur sportif Allan Peiper. "Andre already had the confidence he could do it after winning the Tour Down Under back in 2008. Then as soon as he could after the injury he started training hard again and never gave up. It’s like I always say, something good can come out of something bad.”


The final stage was marked by a large escape of 21 riders which was brought back only in the final 10 kilometres.  

“[Gert] Dockx, Vicente Reynes and [Frantisek] Rabon pulled back the break, and then in the last 800 metres, Mark Renshaw and Greg Henderson took over to bring Andre up to the sprint," explained Peiper. "We didn’t need to do too much work during the stage, just some work in the cross-winds, because after Saturday’s stage in the Ardennes we were out of the main battle for the overall and other teams were fighting it out. But we believe in Andre 100 percent, and when it counted the guys worked hard to ensure that it all stayed together, and that Andre was in the right position to go for the win.”

1Andrè Greipel (Ger) Team Columbia - High Road3:58:43
2Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha
3Roberto Ferrari (Ita) LPR Brakes Farnese Vini
4Greg Henderson (NZl) Team Columbia - High Road
5Kenny Van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano
6Alberto Ongarato (Ita) LPR Brakes Farnese Vini
7Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
8Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank
9Matthew Goss (Aus) Team Saxo Bank
10Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team Columbia - High Road
11Allan Davis (Aus) Quick Step
12Robert Hunter (RSA) Barloworld
13Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step
14Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano
15Sergio Marinangell (Ita) LPR Brakes Farnese Vini
16Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo Test Team
17Kristof Goddaert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
18Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence - Lotto
19Kenny De Haes (Bel) Team Katusha
20Denis Galimzyanov (Kaz) Team Katusha
21Robert Forster (Ger) Team Milram
22Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Cervelo Test Team
23Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank
24Bram Schmitz (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof
25Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervelo Test Team
26Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram
27Dominik Klemme (Ger) Team Saxo Bank
28Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank
29Sebastiaan Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank
30Jan Bakelants (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
31Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano
32Bjorn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
33Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof
34Edward King (GBr) Cervelo Test Team
35Hayden Roulston (NZl) Cervelo Test Team
36Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank
37Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank
38Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Silence - Lotto
39Nikolas Maes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:00:11
40Geert Verheyen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago
41Kevin Neirynck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago
42Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago
43Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr) Contentpolis-Ampo
44Bobbie Traksel (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
45Gerrit Soepenberg (Ned) Krolstone Continental Team
46Gennady Mikhaylov (Rus) Team Katusha
47Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank
48Filip Meirhaeghe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago
49Marcus Ljungqvist (Swe) Team Saxo Bank
50Mikel Gaztañaga (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
51Geert Van Der Sanden (Ned) Cycling Team Jo Piels
52Jos Pronk (Ned) Krolstone Continental Team
53Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
54Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago
55Roy Curvers (Ned) Skil-Shimano
56Kasper Klostergaard (Den) Team Saxo Bank
57Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Team Columbia - High Road
58Gert Dockx (Bel) Team Columbia - High Road
59Bert Jan Lindeman (Ned) Krolstone Continental Team
60Alex Rasmussen (Den) Team Saxo Bank
61Markus Eichler (Ger) Team Milram0:00:17
62Claudio Casas (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:00:19
63Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quick Step0:00:21
64Marco Cattaneo (Ita) LPR Brakes Farnese Vini
65Cristiano Salerno (Ita) LPR Brakes Farnese Vini
66Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha
67Robin Chaigneau (Ned) Cycling Team Jo Piels
68Christophe Brandt (Bel) Silence - Lotto
69Jonas Ljungblad (Swe) Silence - Lotto
70Rubén Reig (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
71Dirk Bellemakers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago
72Stephen Cummings (GBr) Barloworld
73Addy Engels (Ned) Quick Step
74Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervelo Test Team
75Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano
76Gerben Lowik (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
77Marcel Beima (Ned) Krolstone Continental Team
78Thomas Fothen (Ger) Team Milram
79Jonathan Bellis (GBr) Team Saxo Bank
80Servais Knaven (Ned) Team Milram
81Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Team Columbia - High Road
82Claudio Cucinotta (Ita) LPR Brakes Farnese Vini
83Rikke Dijkxhoorn (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof
84Christopher Froome (Ken) Barloworld
85Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago
86Johan Coenen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
87Michiel Elijzen (Ned) Silence - Lotto
88Patrick Calcagni (Swi) Barloworld
89Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Rabobank
90Ivor Bruin (Ned) Krolstone Continental Team
91Gian Paolo Cheula (Ita) Barloworld0:00:43
92Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Team Columbia - High Road0:00:49
93Mauro Facci (Ita) Quick Step0:00:50
94Luc Hagenaars (Ned) Krolstone Continental Team
95Volodynir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test Team
96Michael Morkov (Den) Team Saxo Bank
97Thomas Vedel Kvist (Den) Quick Step0:00:56
98Maarten Den Bakker (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof
99Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step
100Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Silence - Lotto
101Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:00:58
102Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
103André Steensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank
104Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil-Shimano0:01:01
105Artur Gajek (Ger) Team Milram
106Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano0:01:12
107Wim De Vocht (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:01:14
108Leif Hoste (Bel) Silence - Lotto
109Carlo Scognamiglio (Ita) Barloworld
110Bas Stamsnijder (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof0:01:17
111Ronan Van Zandbeek (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof
112Adriaan Helmantel (Ned) Cycling Team Jo Piels0:01:30
113Cornellus Van Ooijen (Ned) Cycling Team Jo Piels
114Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
115Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:01:36
116Reinier Honig (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:01:49
117Marco Corti (Ita) Barloworld0:02:53
118Eloy Teruel (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
DNFIngnatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervelo Test Team
DNFGorka Izaguirre (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
DNSAndrei Kunitski (Blr) Quick Step

Sprint 1
1Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team3pts
2Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step2
3Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence - Lotto1

Sprint 2
1Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team3pts
2Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step2
3Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence - Lotto1

1Andrè Greipel (Ger) Team Columbia - High Road15pts
2Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha12
3Roberto Ferrari (Ita) LPR Brakes Farnese Vini10
4Greg Henderson (NZl) Team Columbia - High Road8
5Kenny Van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano6
6Alberto Ongarato (Ita) LPR Brakes Farnese Vini5
7Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team4
8Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank3
9Matthew Goss (Aus) Team Saxo Bank2
10Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team Columbia - High Road1

1Team Columbia-High Road11:56:09
2LPR Brakes-Farnese Vini
3Team Katusha
6Cervélo Test Team
7Vacansolei ProCyclingTeam0:00:11
8Team Saxo Bank
9Topsport Vlaanderen
10Team Milram0:00:17
13Van Vliet - EBH-Elshof
15KrolStonE ContinentalTeam
18Cycling Team Jo Piels0:02:02

Final general classification
1Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence - Lotto17:23:33
2Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram0:00:02
3Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:09
4Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step0:00:12
5Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano0:00:14
6Sebastiaan Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank0:00:19
7Hayden Roulston (NZl) Cervelo Test Team
8Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank0:00:27
9Allan Davis (Aus) Quick Step0:00:29
10Jan Bakelants (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:00:33
11Bjorn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:40
12Matthew Goss (Aus) Team Saxo Bank0:00:44
13Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago0:01:02
14Stephen Cummings (GBr) Barloworld0:01:09
15Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago0:01:11
16Cristiano Salerno (Ita) LPR Brakes Farnese Vini0:01:28
17Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quick Step0:01:50
18Marco Cattaneo (Ita) LPR Brakes Farnese Vini0:02:05
19Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank0:02:32
20Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano0:02:36
21Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof0:02:47
22Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:02:51
23Nikolas Maes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:02:56
24Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago0:03:05
25Marcus Ljungqvist (Swe) Team Saxo Bank0:03:08
26Johan Coenen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:03:21
27Geert Verheyen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago
28Christophe Brandt (Bel) Silence - Lotto0:03:47
29Andrè Greipel (Ger) Team Columbia - High Road0:04:41
30Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo Test Team0:05:11
31Edward King (GBr) Cervelo Test Team0:05:14
32Greg Henderson (NZl) Team Columbia - High Road0:05:17
33Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervelo Test Team0:05:20
34Michiel Elijzen (Ned) Silence - Lotto0:05:29
35Gerben Lowik (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:05:40
36Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervelo Test Team0:05:43
37Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank0:05:47
38Gennady Mikhaylov (Rus) Team Katusha0:05:49
39Roy Curvers (Ned) Skil-Shimano0:05:55
40Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano0:05:57
41Kasper Klostergaard (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:05:59
42Kevin Neirynck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago0:06:01
43Alberto Ongarato (Ita) LPR Brakes Farnese Vini0:06:02
44Patrick Calcagni (Swi) Barloworld0:06:19
45Gian Paolo Cheula (Ita) Barloworld0:06:21
46Roberto Ferrari (Ita) LPR Brakes Farnese Vini0:06:34
47Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:06:35
48Volodynir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test Team0:06:40
49Leif Hoste (Bel) Silence - Lotto0:06:46
50Alex Rasmussen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:07:01
51Addy Engels (Ned) Quick Step0:08:34
52Servais Knaven (Ned) Team Milram0:08:43
53Jonas Ljungblad (Swe) Silence - Lotto0:08:47
54Luc Hagenaars (Ned) Krolstone Continental Team0:09:09
55Wim De Vocht (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:09:23
56Thomas Vedel Kvist (Den) Quick Step0:12:07
57Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank0:13:17
58Dominik Klemme (Ger) Team Saxo Bank0:13:22
59Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Cervelo Test Team0:13:26
60Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Rabobank0:13:35
61Markus Eichler (Ger) Team Milram0:13:40
62Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha
63Rikke Dijkxhoorn (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof0:13:59
64Maarten Den Bakker (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof0:14:31
65Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano0:14:35
66Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Silence - Lotto0:14:38
67Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:14:41
68Reinier Honig (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:15:26
69Bert Jan Lindeman (Ned) Krolstone Continental Team0:15:34
70Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step0:15:48
71Christopher Froome (Ken) Barloworld0:16:09
72Gert Dockx (Bel) Team Columbia - High Road0:16:47
73Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:16:51
74Robert Forster (Ger) Team Milram0:18:18
75Marcel Beima (Ned) Krolstone Continental Team0:18:47
76Thomas Fothen (Ger) Team Milram0:18:52
77Kristof Goddaert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:19:06
78Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha0:19:11
79Bram Schmitz (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof0:19:14
80Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Team Columbia - High Road
81Jos Pronk (Ned) Krolstone Continental Team0:19:24
82Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank0:19:29
83Claudio Cucinotta (Ita) LPR Brakes Farnese Vini0:19:33
84Filip Meirhaeghe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago0:19:34
85Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Team Columbia - High Road0:19:36
86Dirk Bellemakers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago0:19:45
87Robin Chaigneau (Ned) Cycling Team Jo Piels0:19:50
88Michael Morkov (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:20:05
89Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil-Shimano0:20:14
90André Steensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:20:24
91Carlo Scognamiglio (Ita) Barloworld0:20:31
92Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank0:20:36
93Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team Columbia - High Road0:20:48
94Kenny Van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano0:21:02
95Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr) Contentpolis-Ampo0:21:07
96Geert Van Der Sanden (Ned) Cycling Team Jo Piels0:21:08
97Denis Galimzyanov (Kaz) Team Katusha0:21:12
98Jonathan Bellis (GBr) Team Saxo Bank0:21:21
99Sergio Marinangell (Ita) LPR Brakes Farnese Vini0:21:29
100Bobbie Traksel (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:21:57
101Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Silence - Lotto0:22:02
102Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Team Columbia - High Road0:22:41
103Ronan Van Zandbeek (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof0:23:27
104Robert Hunter (RSA) Barloworld0:23:34
105Mauro Facci (Ita) Quick Step0:24:26
106Eloy Teruel (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:26:35
107Mikel Gaztañaga (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:27:11
108Rubén Reig (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:27:26
109Ivor Bruin (Ned) Krolstone Continental Team0:30:18
110Gerrit Soepenberg (Ned) Krolstone Continental Team0:31:00
111Kenny De Haes (Bel) Team Katusha0:31:22
112Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:31:27
113Claudio Casas (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:32:06
114Bas Stamsnijder (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof0:32:52
115Adriaan Helmantel (Ned) Cycling Team Jo Piels0:33:01
116Cornellus Van Ooijen (Ned) Cycling Team Jo Piels0:33:26
117Artur Gajek (Ger) Team Milram0:34:16
118Marco Corti (Ita) Barloworld0:39:36

Points classification
1Andrè Greipel (Ger) Team Columbia - High Road45pts
2Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha30
3Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team29
4Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step26
5Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram23
6Allan Davis (Aus) Quick Step22
7Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence - Lotto18
8Greg Henderson (NZl) Team Columbia - High Road16
9Roberto Ferrari (Ita) LPR Brakes Farnese Vini14
10Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team12
11Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano10
12Matthew Goss (Aus) Team Saxo Bank9
13Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank8
14Sebastiaan Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank7
15Kenny Van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano6
16Kenny De Haes (Bel) Team Katusha6
17Bjorn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team6
18Michiel Elijzen (Ned) Silence - Lotto5
19Alberto Ongarato (Ita) LPR Brakes Farnese Vini5
20Robert Hunter (RSA) Barloworld4
21Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago4
22Hayden Roulston (NZl) Cervelo Test Team4
23Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo Test Team3
24Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil-Shimano2
25Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team Columbia - High Road2
26Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank1
27Jan Bakelants (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator1

Mountains classification
1André Steensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank27pts
2Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr) Contentpolis-Ampo15
3Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step10
4Stephen Cummings (GBr) Barloworld8
5Dirk Bellemakers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago7
6Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence - Lotto6
7Claudio Casas (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo6
8Bram Schmitz (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof6
9Marcel Beima (Ned) Krolstone Continental Team6
10Allan Davis (Aus) Quick Step4
11Gian Paolo Cheula (Ita) Barloworld4
12Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano3
13Jan Bakelants (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator2
14Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator2
15Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Rabobank2
16Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank2
17Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank1
18Bert Jan Lindeman (Ned) Krolstone Continental Team1

Sprint classification
1Ronan Van Zandbeek (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof10pts
2Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team6
3Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step4
4Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano4
5Stephen Cummings (GBr) Barloworld3
6Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator3
7Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence - Lotto2
8Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator2
9Kenny De Haes (Bel) Team Katusha2
10Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof2
11Dirk Bellemakers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago2
12André Steensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank1
13Robert Forster (Ger) Team Milram1
14Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr) Contentpolis-Ampo1
15Marcel Beima (Ned) Krolstone Continental Team1

Teams classification
4Vacansolei ProCyclingTeam0:03:37
5Topsport Vlaanderen0:03:43
6LPR Brakes-Farnese Vini0:05:43
9Team Saxo Bank0:06:31
10Cervélo Test Team0:08:14
12Team Milram0:19:42
13Team Columbia-High Road0:21:13
14Van Vliet - EBH-Elshof0:27:55
15KrolStonE ContinentalTeam0:35:02
16Team Katusha0:35:41
18Cycling Team Jo Piels1:01:24


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