Bille wins GP Pino Cerami

Belgium's Gaetan Bille (Lotto Belisol Team) got an early birthday present as he attacked in the final kilometre and rode solo to victory in the GP Pino Cerami. On the uphill drag to the line Bille, who turns 24 tomorrow, held off the charging peloton led in by Romain Feillu (Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team) for second place. To cap things off for Lotto Belisol, Bille's teammate Jonas Vangenechten earned third on the day, followed by a pair of Canadians, Spidertech powered by C10's Guillaume Boivin and Ryan Anderson, for fourth and fifth.

Entering the final kilometre a trio of Italians, Marco Marcato (Vacansoleil-DCM) alone in the lead, followed by Marco Bandiera (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) and Elia Favilli (Farnese Vini-Selle Italia), were still off the front after attacking from 20km out. On the tough finale, however, they came to grief and were caught and passed first by Bille, who had jumped clear of the peloton, and then the charging field.

"Today I surprised the peloton in the final kilometre and to hold off a fast man like Romain Feillu gives me great pleasure," said Bille. "The third place by Jonas Vangenechten, with whom I often share a room, completes our success. It's also nice that this selection, the 'young talents' team with Lotto Belisol, achieved such a result.

"After a good winter I looked with confidence to this season, but this result and this rapid success I had never imagined," continued Bille, who's in only his first season at the ProTeam level. "My tests said I have a good combination of speed and endurance which makes me fit for prologues and hard finishes."

Thirty kilometres into the 200km Belgian race, four riders jumped clear of the peloton to form the early break: Laurens De Vreese (Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator), Egoitz Garcia (Cofidis), Cristiano Benenati (Farnese Vini-Selle Italia) and Brad White (UnitedHealthcare). The quartet pushed out a lead in excess of six minutes, but their escape was neutralised as they approached the 24km finishing circuit, to be negotiated three times, featuring a cobbled ascent of 14 percent.

A large, new break formed on the first lap of the circuit containing Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-Quickstep), Assan Bazayev (Astana), Marco Marcato and Martijn Keizer (Vacansoleil-DCM), Pieter Serry (Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator), Aleksejs Saramotins and Edwig Cammaerts (Cofidis), Yannick Talabardon and Jean-Lou Paiani (Saur-Sojasun), Pier Paolo De Negri and Thomas Bertolini (Farnese Vini-Selle Italia), Bartosz Huzarski (Team NetApp), Boy Van Poppel (UnitedHealthcare), Anthony Colin (Roubaix Lille Metropole), Alex Meenhorst and Johan Coenen (Team Differdange-Magic-Sportfood.de), Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (MTN Qhubeka), Sébastien Delfosse (Landbouwkrediet) and Boris Dron (Wallonie Bruxelles-Credit Agricole).

On the second finishing circuit four more riders joined the lead group, Tosh Van Der Sande (Lotto Belisol), Staf Scheirlinckx (Accent Jobs-Willems Veranda's), Lucas Euser (Spidertech powered by C10) and Dmitry Kozontchuk (RusVelo).

With such a large lead group riders began to attack and with 32km remaining to the finish Serry and De Negri were in the lead, 14 seconds up on their former breakaway companions, while the field was close behind and bearing down.

Early on the final lap all of the escapees were brought back and a new attack was launched by Marco Bandiera (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) with 20km remaining. He was soon joined by compatriots Marco Marcato (Vacansoleil-DCM) and Elia Favilli (Farnese Vini-Selle Italia) and with 16km to go the trio held a 12 second lead. The escapees extended their advantage to 28 seconds with 8km to go, but as their lead began to decrease Marcato struck out on his own. He held an eight second advantage over Bandiera and Favilli entering the final kilometre, with the peloton hot on their heals. Marcato fell just short of victory the previous year, when he was outsprinted by Bert Scheirlinckx in a two-man escape, and once again the Italian would come up short.

Just as the escapees were about to be swept up by the hard-charging peloton, Bille launched a solo attack catching everyone off guard and the momentary hesitation in reaction by the field was all the time the young Belgian needed to score his first victory of the season.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Gaetan Bille (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team4:52:11
2Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling TeamRow 1 - Cell 2
3Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 2 - Cell 2
4Guillaume Boivin (Can) Spidertech Powered By C10Row 3 - Cell 2
5Ryan Anderson (Can) Spidertech Powered By C10Row 4 - Cell 2
6Christophe Laborie (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 5 - Cell 2
7Moreno Hofland (Ned) Rabobank Continental TeamRow 6 - Cell 2
8Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro TeamRow 7 - Cell 2
9Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda'sRow 8 - Cell 2
10Marco Minnaard (Ned) Rabobank Continental TeamRow 9 - Cell 2
11Reinier Honig (Ned) LandbouwkredietRow 10 - Cell 2
12Jérémie Galland (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 11 - Cell 2
13Davy Commeyne (Bel) LandbouwkredietRow 12 - Cell 2
14Bert De Waele (Bel) LandbouwkredietRow 13 - Cell 2
15Wesley Kreder (Ned) Rabobank Continental TeamRow 14 - Cell 2
16Philip Deignan (Irl) Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling TeamRow 15 - Cell 2
17Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 16 - Cell 2
18Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) RusveloRow 17 - Cell 2
19Gilles Devillers (Bel) LandbouwkredietRow 18 - Cell 2
20César Bihel (Fra) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.DeRow 19 - Cell 2
21Rony Martias (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 20 - Cell 2
22Olivier Pardini (Bel) Colba - Superano HamRow 21 - Cell 2
23Justin Van Hoecke (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit AgricoleRow 22 - Cell 2
24Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Team NetappRow 23 - Cell 2
25Egidijus Juodvalkis (Ltu) LandbouwkredietRow 24 - Cell 2
26Kevin Ista (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda'sRow 25 - Cell 2
27Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Geofco - Ville D'algerRow 26 - Cell 2
28Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetappRow 27 - Cell 2
29Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 28 - Cell 2
30Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling TeamRow 29 - Cell 2
31Maarten Neyens (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 30 - Cell 2
32Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 31 - Cell 2
33Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 32 - Cell 2
34Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) An Post - Sean KellyRow 33 - Cell 2
35Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 34 - Cell 2
36Clément Lhotellerie (Fra) Colba - Superano HamRow 35 - Cell 2
37Andy Cappelle (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda'sRow 36 - Cell 2
38Ivar Slik (Ned) Rabobank Continental TeamRow 37 - Cell 2
39Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) LandbouwkredietRow 38 - Cell 2
40Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 39 - Cell 2
41Nikita Eskov (Rus) RusveloRow 40 - Cell 2
42Dirk Bellemakers (Ned) LandbouwkredietRow 41 - Cell 2
43Niels Wytinck (Bel) An Post - Sean KellyRow 42 - Cell 2
44Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 43 - Cell 2
45Anthony Colin (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 44 - Cell 2
46Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 45 - Cell 2
47Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 46 - Cell 2
48Brian Vandborg (Den) Spidertech Powered By C10Row 47 - Cell 2
49Mart Ojavee (Est) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 48 - Cell 2
50Sam Bennett (Irl) An Post - Sean KellyRow 49 - Cell 2
51Arthur Van Overberghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 50 - Cell 2
52Arkimedes Arguelyes Rodriges (Rus) RusveloRow 51 - Cell 2
53Johan Coenen (Bel) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.DeRow 52 - Cell 2
54Florent Serry (Bel) Lotto - Pôle Continental WallonRow 53 - Cell 2
55Jean-Lou Paiani (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 54 - Cell 2
56Melvin Boskamp (Ned) Rabobank Continental TeamRow 55 - Cell 2
57Bertjan Lindeman (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling TeamRow 56 - Cell 2
58Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 57 - Cell 2
59Vytautas Kaupas (Ltu) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.DeRow 58 - Cell 2
60Olivier Chevalier (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit AgricoleRow 59 - Cell 2
61Sergey Klimov (Rus) RusveloRow 60 - Cell 2
62Timothy Vangheel (Bel) Colba - Superano HamRow 61 - Cell 2
63Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetappRow 62 - Cell 2
64Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 63 - Cell 2
65Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling TeamRow 64 - Cell 2
66Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle ItaliaRow 65 - Cell 2
67Maxim Iglinsky (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 66 - Cell 2
68Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 67 - Cell 2
69Jenning Huizenga (Ned) Rabobank Continental TeamRow 68 - Cell 2
70Ivan Rovny (Rus) RusveloRow 69 - Cell 2
71Will Routley (Can) Spidertech Powered By C10Row 70 - Cell 2
72Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 71 - Cell 2
73Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 72 - Cell 2
74Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 73 - Cell 2
75Meran Russan (Eri) MTN Qhubeka0:00:31
76Olivier Poppe (Bel) Lotto - Pôle Continental WallonRow 75 - Cell 2
77Martijn Keizer (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team0:00:35
78Mehdi Sohrabi (IRI) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 77 - Cell 2
79Alex Meenhorst (NZl) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.DeRow 78 - Cell 2
80Christopher Macic (NZl) Marco Polo Cycling TeamRow 79 - Cell 2
81Rikke Dijkxhoorn (Ned) Geofco - Ville D'algerRow 80 - Cell 2
82Jacobe Keough (USA) Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling TeamRow 81 - Cell 2
83Sander Armee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 82 - Cell 2
84Connor Mcconvey (Irl) An Post - Sean KellyRow 83 - Cell 2
85Alexander Mironov (Rus) RusveloRow 84 - Cell 2
86Loïc Desriac (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 85 - Cell 2
87Pengda Jiao (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 86 - Cell 2
88Frédéric Amorison (Bel) LandbouwkredietRow 87 - Cell 2
89Boris Zimine (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 88 - Cell 2
90Leonardo Giordani (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle ItaliaRow 89 - Cell 2
91Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 90 - Cell 2
92Roberto De Patre (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle ItaliaRow 91 - Cell 2
93Boris Dron (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit AgricoleRow 92 - Cell 2
94Kevin Lalouette (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 93 - Cell 2
95Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN QhubekaRow 94 - Cell 2
96Mark Mcnally (GBr) An Post - Sean KellyRow 95 - Cell 2
97Ruben Zepuntke (Ger) Rabobank Continental TeamRow 96 - Cell 2
98Benjamin Gourgue (Bel) Lotto - Pôle Continental WallonRow 97 - Cell 2
99Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 98 - Cell 2
100Jonathan Clarke (Aus) Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling TeamRow 99 - Cell 2
101Arnoud Van Groen (Ned) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda'sRow 100 - Cell 2
102Pieter Serry (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 101 - Cell 2
103Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 102 - Cell 2
104Fabio Polazzi (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit AgricoleRow 103 - Cell 2
105Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling TeamRow 104 - Cell 2
106Elia Favilli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia0:01:09
107Denis Flahaut (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:01:23
108Matt Brammeier (Irl) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 107 - Cell 2
109Etienne Tortelier (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 108 - Cell 2
110Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 109 - Cell 2
111Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's0:01:32
112Thomas Bertolini (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia0:01:54
113Marco Bandiera (Ita) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 112 - Cell 2
114Sven Van Den Houte (Bel) Colba - Superano HamRow 113 - Cell 2
115Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling TeamRow 114 - Cell 2
116Caleb Fairly (USA) Spidertech Powered By C10Row 115 - Cell 2
117Lucas Euser (USA) Spidertech Powered By C10Row 116 - Cell 2
118David Boily (Can) Spidertech Powered By C10Row 117 - Cell 2
119Jacobus Venter (RSA) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.DeRow 118 - Cell 2
120Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 119 - Cell 2
121Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) An Post - Sean KellyRow 120 - Cell 2
122Edwig Cammaerts (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 121 - Cell 2
123Jan Kuyckx (Bel) Marco Polo Cycling TeamRow 122 - Cell 2
124Gediminas Kaupas (Ltu) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.DeRow 123 - Cell 2
125Axel Gremelpont (Bel) Lotto - Pôle Continental WallonRow 124 - Cell 2
126Alfredo Balloni (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle ItaliaRow 125 - Cell 2
127Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling TeamRow 126 - Cell 2

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