Terpstra victorious at Dwars door Vlaanderen

Niki Terpstra produced an astonishing solo performance at Dwars door Vlaanderen this afternoon, riding away from a breakaway to have victory all but sewn up with 20km to go in the famous old Flemish semi-classic.

Terpstra was chased home by his Omega Pharma-QuickStep teammate Sylvain Chavanel and Project 1t4i's Koen De Kort, but neither rider ever threatened the winner, who finished a minute ahead.

“Some will say that winning here is not a big fish but to me it’s a nice greasy fish,” Terpstra said. “Having Sylvain with me in the breakaway was a major benefit. Today I felt great, especially when realizing that the others were suffering big time. After the bad luck from last year I finally feel lucky again and I hope the best is yet to come.”

Dwars door Vlaanderen features as the first in a series of one-day Spring Classics. The winner from last year – Nick Nuyens – went on to win the Tour of Flanders later that month. “That’s a race on another level with stronger teams that include all team leaders, like we will have Tom Boonen,” Terpstra said.

After two hours of racing at nearly 50 km/h the first serious breakaway group was formed when reaching the first hellingen. Thirteen riders gathered a lead of a minute in no time. The Omega Pharma-QuickStep team launched a counter-attack through Chavanel and Terpstra.

They bridged up with the breakaway group at the cobbles of the Haaghoek, with the peloton following on their heels. A rapid acceleration from Chavanel when approaching the fourth hill of the day, the Berendries, resulted in a new formation of the breakaway group - with only seven riders surviving the punch from Chavanel. The group consisted of Chavanel, Terpstra, Michael Morkov (Saxo Bank), Lloyd Mondory (AG2R La Mondiale), Maarten Wynants (Rabobank), Vincent Jerome (Europcar), Jelle Wallays (Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator) and Jan Ghyselinck (Cofidis, le credit en ligne).

Vacansoleil-DCM and then Garmin-Barracuda kept the gap around one and a half minutes to the peloton when tackling a series of climbs. When approaching the Oude Kwaremont the gap dropped down to 1:10 while the co-operation in front got disturbed. “It wasn’t pre-planned. I wanted to ride the Kwaremont in front, and then halfway up it Niki made the acceleration. At that point he was a little bit stronger than me and he took the initiative to attack,” Chavanel said.

Terpstra and Wallays powered away at the top of the iconic climb and the duo quickly gained a lead of 20 seconds at the foot of the Paterberg. Terpstra dropped Wallays in front, while further back Sep Vanmarcke (Garmin-Barracuda) blasted away in the peloton, dropping Filippo Pozzato. “I showed that I was good but on my own it wasn’t possible to get to the front. We didn’t get a lot of information on how far the breakaway was but with Chavanel and Terpstra in there I knew it was going to become difficult for us,” Vanmarcke said.

On the wide roads after the Paterberg Terpstra led the race solo while building a big gap over Wallays. The chasing group with Chavanel didn’t have the punch to get close to the Dutchman. “I just controlled behind in the finale. I was a bit worried that he might have gone too far from the line because there was the Paterberg to come afterwards too. I just controlled Maarten Wynants behind. I think he was the strongest of the group behind. He accelerated on the Paterberg so I went with him,” Chavanel said.

Further back Vanmarcke waited for four new chasers Jens Keukeleire, Koen de Kort, Alexandre Pichot and Filippo Pozzato to catch up. Terpstra headed into the last 20 kilometers with a lead of 45 seconds over Wallays, more than a minute over the Chavanel group and nearly three minutes over the peloton.

Wallays struggled to maintain his lead over the chasing pack and just over the penultimate climb, the Holstraat at 16km from the finish in Waregem, he was caught back by the six. At the same time the Vanmarcke group bridged up as well, creating a group of twelve chasers at 1:20 from leader Terpstra. They failed to provide a serious chase on Terpstra and from a long way out it was clear that he would be the winner of the 67th Dwars door Vlaanderen.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quickstep4:29:36
2Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:00:47
3Koen De Kort (Ned) Project 1t4iRow 2 - Cell 2
4Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:00:51
5Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar0:00:53
6Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia0:01:00
7Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Garmin-Cervelo0:01:05
8Maarten Wynants (Bel) Rabobank Cycling Team0:01:16
9Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 8 - Cell 2
10Jens Keukeleire (Bel) GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 9 - Cell 2
11Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 10 - Cell 2
12Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 11 - Cell 2
13Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:01:26
14Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 13 - Cell 2
15Michael Mørkøv (Den) Team Saxo BankRow 14 - Cell 2
16Mark Renshaw (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team0:03:06
17Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 16 - Cell 2
18Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda'sRow 17 - Cell 2
19Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Katusha TeamRow 18 - Cell 2
20Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 19 - Cell 2
21Saïd Haddou (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 20 - Cell 2
22Michael Van Stayen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 21 - Cell 2
23Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Katusha TeamRow 22 - Cell 2
24Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 23 - Cell 2
25Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 24 - Cell 2
26Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) LandbouwkredietRow 25 - Cell 2
27Jonas Aaen Jorgensen (Nor) Team Saxo BankRow 26 - Cell 2
28Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 27 - Cell 2
29Guillaume Boivin (Can) Spidertech p/b C10Row 28 - Cell 2
30Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 29 - Cell 2
31Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 30 - Cell 2
32Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 31 - Cell 2
33Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo BankRow 32 - Cell 2
34Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 33 - Cell 2
35Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky ProcyclingRow 34 - Cell 2
36Davy Commeyne (Bel) LandbouwkredietRow 35 - Cell 2
37Davide Vigano (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 36 - Cell 2
38Nikolai Trusov (Rus) RusVeloRow 37 - Cell 2
39Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team NetAppRow 38 - Cell 2
40Maarten Neyens (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 39 - Cell 2
41Blaz Jarc (Slo) Team NetAppRow 40 - Cell 2
42Iljo Keisse (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 41 - Cell 2
43Kristof Goddaert (Bel) AG2R La MondialeRow 42 - Cell 2
44James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda'sRow 43 - Cell 2
45Romain Lemarchand (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 44 - Cell 2
46Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 45 - Cell 2
47Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 46 - Cell 2
48Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda'sRow 47 - Cell 2
49Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 48 - Cell 2
50Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-CerveloRow 49 - Cell 2
51Tom Veelers (Ned) Project 1t4iRow 50 - Cell 2
52Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha TeamRow 51 - Cell 2
53Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) An Post - Sean KellyRow 52 - Cell 2
54Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 53 - Cell 2
55Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 54 - Cell 2
56Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) Team Saxo BankRow 55 - Cell 2
57Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 56 - Cell 2
58Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 57 - Cell 2
59Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Farnese Vini - Selle ItaliaRow 58 - Cell 2
60Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 59 - Cell 2
61Yohann Gene (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 60 - Cell 2
62Egidijus Juodvalkis (Ltu) LandbouwkredietRow 61 - Cell 2
63Jacob Rathe (USA) Garmin-CerveloRow 62 - Cell 2
64Luke Rowe (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 63 - Cell 2
65Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) LandbouwkredietRow 64 - Cell 2
66Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar TeamRow 65 - Cell 2
67Andy Cappelle (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda'sRow 66 - Cell 2
68Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 67 - Cell 2
69Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin-CerveloRow 68 - Cell 2
70Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 69 - Cell 2
71Brian Vandborg (Den) Spidertech p/b C10Row 70 - Cell 2
72Christian Knees (Ger) Sky ProcyclingRow 71 - Cell 2
73Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 72 - Cell 2
74Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Team NetAppRow 73 - Cell 2
75Troels Ronning Vinther (Den) Team Saxo BankRow 74 - Cell 2
76Gregor Gazvoda (Slo) AG2R La MondialeRow 75 - Cell 2
77Stuart O'grady (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 76 - Cell 2
78Frederik Willems (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 77 - Cell 2
79Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Movistar TeamRow 78 - Cell 2
80Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 79 - Cell 2
81Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky ProcyclingRow 80 - Cell 2
82Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle ItaliaRow 81 - Cell 2
83Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 82 - Cell 2
84Cameron Wurf (Aus) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 83 - Cell 2
85Koen Barbe (Bel) LandbouwkredietRow 84 - Cell 2
86Hugo Houle (Can) Spidertech p/b C10Row 85 - Cell 2
87Timon Seubert (Ger) Team NetAppRow 86 - Cell 2
88Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 87 - Cell 2
89Dmitriy Kozontchuk (Rus) RusVeloRow 88 - Cell 2
90Leif Hoste (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda'sRow 89 - Cell 2
91Frédéric Amorison (Bel) LandbouwkredietRow 90 - Cell 2
92Stijn Devolder (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 91 - Cell 2
93Marcello Pavarin (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 92 - Cell 2
94Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 93 - Cell 2
95Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 94 - Cell 2
96Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 95 - Cell 2
97Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Katusha TeamRow 96 - Cell 2
98Thomas Leezer (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 97 - Cell 2
99David Veilleux (Can) Team EuropcarRow 98 - Cell 2
100Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 99 - Cell 2
101Matthew Goss (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 100 - Cell 2
102Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Garmin-CerveloRow 101 - Cell 2
103Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 102 - Cell 2
104Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin-CerveloRow 103 - Cell 2
105Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:04:13

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