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Mourey claims victory in Belgium

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Elite men's podium: Dieter Vanthourenhout (BKCP - Powerplus, 3rd); Francis Mourey (Française des Jeux, 1st); Radomir Simunek (BKCP - Powerplus, 2nd).

Elite men's podium: Dieter Vanthourenhout (BKCP - Powerplus, 3rd); Francis Mourey (Française des Jeux, 1st); Radomir Simunek (BKCP - Powerplus, 2nd). (Image credit: www.ispaphoto.com)
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Francis Mourey (Française des Jeux) puts his bike handling skills to the test.

Francis Mourey (Française des Jeux) puts his bike handling skills to the test. (Image credit: www.ispaphoto.com)
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Jonathan Page (Planet Bike) en route to a 6th place finish.

Jonathan Page (Planet Bike) en route to a 6th place finish. (Image credit: www.ispaphoto.com)
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David Boucher (Landbouwkrediet-Colnago)

David Boucher (Landbouwkrediet-Colnago) (Image credit: www.ispaphoto.com)
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Francis Mourey (Française des Jeux) sprints to victory in the Grote Prijs De Ster.

Francis Mourey (Française des Jeux) sprints to victory in the Grote Prijs De Ster. (Image credit: www.ispaphoto.com)
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French champion Francis Mourey (Française des Jeux) outsprints BKCP - Powerplus teammates Radomir Simunek and Dieter Vanthourenhout for the victory.

French champion Francis Mourey (Française des Jeux) outsprints BKCP - Powerplus teammates Radomir Simunek and Dieter Vanthourenhout for the victory. (Image credit: www.ispaphoto.com)
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Francis Mourey (Française des Jeux) celebrates his first-ever victory on Belgian soil.

Francis Mourey (Française des Jeux) celebrates his first-ever victory on Belgian soil. (Image credit: www.ispaphoto.com)
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French champion Francis Mourey (Française des Jeux) wins the Grote Prijs De Ster.

French champion Francis Mourey (Française des Jeux) wins the Grote Prijs De Ster. (Image credit: www.ispaphoto.com)
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Tom Vannoppen finished 21st in the Grote Prijs De Ster.

Tom Vannoppen finished 21st in the Grote Prijs De Ster. (Image credit: www.ispaphoto.com)
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Belgium's Tom Vannoppen

Belgium's Tom Vannoppen (Image credit: www.ispaphoto.com)
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The Godfather?

The Godfather? (Image credit: www.ispaphoto.com)
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Jonathan Page (Planet Bike) had an unlucky day today.

Jonathan Page (Planet Bike) had an unlucky day today. (Image credit: www.ispaphoto.com)
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Eventual race winner Francis Mourey

Eventual race winner Francis Mourey (Image credit: www.ispaphoto.com)
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Martin Zlamalik leads Enrico Franzoi

Martin Zlamalik leads Enrico Franzoi (Image credit: www.ispaphoto.com)
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Jamie Driscoll powers on, on a frosty Belgian day

Jamie Driscoll powers on, on a frosty Belgian day (Image credit: www.ispaphoto.com)
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France's David Derapas

France's David Derapas (Image credit: www.ispaphoto.com)
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Jelle Brackman gets tangled up

Jelle Brackman gets tangled up (Image credit: www.ispaphoto.com)
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Joseph Schmalz rides on the Sint Niklaas course

Joseph Schmalz rides on the Sint Niklaas course (Image credit: www.ispaphoto.com)
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Sizing up a corner at the GP De Ster

Sizing up a corner at the GP De Ster (Image credit: www.ispaphoto.com)
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Justin Lindine

Justin Lindine (Image credit: www.ispaphoto.com)
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Sweden made the trip down to Belgium

Sweden made the trip down to Belgium (Image credit: www.ispaphoto.com)
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Enrico Franzoi lifts the pace.

Enrico Franzoi lifts the pace. (Image credit: www.ispaphoto.com)
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Jamie Driscoll (Cyclocrossworld.com)

Jamie Driscoll (Cyclocrossworld.com) (Image credit: www.ispaphoto.com)
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Jeremy Powers

Jeremy Powers (Image credit: www.ispaphoto.com)
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Troy Wells gets stuck into some European competition

Troy Wells gets stuck into some European competition (Image credit: www.ispaphoto.com)
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Jerome Townsend was one of a number of American riders in the field

Jerome Townsend was one of a number of American riders in the field (Image credit: www.ispaphoto.com)
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A number of Swedish riders were part of the field today

A number of Swedish riders were part of the field today (Image credit: www.ispaphoto.com)
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Nothing like a bike race to kick off the new year

Nothing like a bike race to kick off the new year (Image credit: www.ispaphoto.com)
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Riders were wrapped up against a clear but cold day

Riders were wrapped up against a clear but cold day (Image credit: www.ispaphoto.com)
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Justin Lindine gets out of the saddle

Justin Lindine gets out of the saddle (Image credit: www.ispaphoto.com)
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Jonathan Page (Planet Bike) suffered the misfourtune of a flat mid-way through the race

Jonathan Page (Planet Bike) suffered the misfourtune of a flat mid-way through the race (Image credit: www.ispaphoto.com)

Frenchman Francis Mourey claimed his first win on Belgian soil this season with victory in the Grote Prijs De Ster in Sint Niklaas, Belgium on Saturday. The Française des Jeux rider sprinted to victory ahead of BKCP-Powerplus teammates Radomir Simunek and Dieter Vanthourenhout.

Mourey had formed part of an early lead group that also included Belgium's Vanthourenhout, American Jonathan Page and Dutchman Gerben De Knegt. The four were joined by Italy's Enrico Franzoi and Czech rider Peter Dlask.

Despite a fall mid-way through the race, Mourey was able to reconnect with the lead group, as did Simunek.

Simunek was the first rider to attack on the final lap, but his rivals had his measure. Early pace-setter Page suffered a flat on the last lap which prevented him from contesting the final sprint. Mourey proved the strongest in a long sprint finale to take the victory.

"I was at the mercy of the BKCP pair, but that I was still able to get the job done is encouraging," Mourey told Het Nieuwsblad afterwards. "Of course it was different race with the absence of Sven Nys and Niels Albert, but we still had a quality field. Fortunately I still had enough to sprint for the win; my first in Belgium."

Elite men
1Françis Mourey (Fra) Française des Jeux0:59:35
2Radomir Simunek (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus0:00:02
3Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus0:00:06
4Enrico Franzoi (Ita) BKCP - Powerplus0:00:11
5Petr Dlask (Cze)
6Jonathan Page (USA) Planet Bike0:00:25
7Gerben de Knegt (Ned)0:00:44
8Rob Peeters (Bel)0:00:55
9David Derepas (Fra)
10John Gadret (Fra)
11Thijs Al (Ned)0:01:31
12Martin Zlamalik (Cze)0:01:54
13James Driscoll (USA)0:01:56
14Jan Soetens (Bel)0:02:20
15Geert Wellens (Bel)0:02:31
16Mariusz Gil (Pol)0:02:43
17Jeremy Powers (USA)
18Bart Verschueren (Bel)
19Troy Wells (USA)
20Ruben Veestraeten (Bel)0:03:16
21Tom Vannoppen (Bel)0:03:21
22Kay Van den Brande (Bel)0:03:43
23Tim Van Nuffel (Bel)0:03:47
24Steven De Decker (Bel)0:03:53
25Stijn Penne (Bel)
26Brian Matter (USA)0:03:57
27Brecht Lippens (Bel)0:04:16
28Jelle Brackman (Bel)0:04:24
29Jonathan Bervoets (Bel)0:04:50
30Gianni Denolf (Bel)0:04:56
31Justin Lindine (USA)0:05:27
32Ben Roach (GBr)0:05:36
33Jerome Townsend (USA)0:05:50
34Mattias Nillson (Swe)0:05:58
35Joshua Berry (USA)0:06:14
36Osmond Bakker (Can)0:06:20
37Mike Garrigan (Can)0:06:34
38Ken Smets (Bel)0:06:45
39David Boucher (Fra)0:06:48
40Steve Fisher (USA)0:07:00
41Bart Barkhuis (Ned)0:07:29
42Michael Peeters (Bel)0:07:41
43Baasankhuu (Mgl)-1lap
44Robby Cobbaert (Bel)
45Boldbaatar (Mgl)
46Joseph Dombrowski (USA)
47Naran Khangarid (Mgl)-2laps
48Gareth Whittall (GBr)-4laps
49David Quist (USA)
50Ariunbold Naranbat (Mgl)
51Matt Brandon (USA)

Junior men
1Tim Merlier (Bel)0:40:31
2Xandro Meurisse (Bel)0:00:53
3Timo Verschueren (Bel)
4Kenzie Boutté (Bel)0:01:00
5Niels Van den Driessche (Bel)0:01:33
6Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel)0:01:48
7Daniel Peeters (Bel)0:01:53
8Joeri Hofman (Bel)0:02:08
9Michael Dhondt (Bel)
10Skyler Trujillo (USA)
11Jeroen Eyskens (Bel)0:02:47
12Jeffrey Mellemans (Bel)0:02:58
13Tijs Van Aert (Bel)0:03:15
14Robin Van Goethem (Bel)
15Wilco Van Beusekom (Bel)0:03:32
16Matthias Ballet (Bel)0:03:47
17David Kessler (USA)0:04:10
18Nick Wynants (Bel)0:04:33
19Jordy Vermeire (Bel)0:04:54
20Jeffrey Bahnson (USA)
21Rob Leemans (Bel)0:05:45
22Robin Delanghe (Bel)0:06:08
23Stijn Heyse (Bel)0:06:27
24Dries Bombeke (Bel)
25Glenn Thys (Bel)
26Olivier Smet (Bel)0:07:10
27Jago Goedefroy (Bel)
28Veerle Ingels (Bel)0:07:56
29Ilja Peyffers (Bel)-1lap
30Arne Cauchie (Bel)
31Timo Quintelier (Bel)
32Ruben Van der Haeghen (Bel)
33Damiaan Relaes (Bel)-2laps
34Kevin Dhondt (Bel)
35Miel Beatse (Bel)-3laps
36Timo De Cock (Bel)-4laps

Beginners
1Din Van den Driessche (Bel)0:27:52
2Uwe Vandecauter (Bel)0:00:02
3Jens Couckuyt (Bel)0:00:35
4Dieter Jacobs (Bel)0:00:42
5Thubo Notredame (Bel)0:00:47
6Braam Merlier (Bel)0:00:51
7Jan-Bart Opsomer (Bel)0:01:01
8Arno Brocatus (Bel)
9Arne Poelvoorde (Bel)0:01:47
10Jeffrey Jansegers (Bel)
11Stijn Van Hecke (Bel)0:02:12
12Bryan Vispoel (Bel)0:02:16
13Dieter Claus (Bel)
14Onno Verheyen (Bel)
15Stijn Van Tichelen (Bel)0:02:39
16Johan Hemrouille (Bel)0:02:55
17Pepijn Martens (Bel)0:03:02
18Ward Van Laer (Bel)0:03:20
19Yves Coolen (Bel)
20Gianni Quintelier (Bel)
21Nick Van Roy (Bel)0:03:35
22Yenthell Huyghe (Bel)
23Brent Van den Bosch (Bel)0:04:16
24Kurt Michielsen (Bel)0:05:03
25Eloy Van Meirvenne (Bel)0:05:19
26Wesley Van Dyck (Bel)0:05:26
27Niels Boons (Bel)0:05:33
28Dylan Delagrense (Bel)0:06:13
29Arno Verberckmoes (Bel)0:06:26
30Brent Van Roy (Bel)0:06:42
31Steffy Van den Haute (Bel)0:06:52
32Dieter Fleurackers (Bel)0:07:17
33Jeffrey Cools (Bel)0:07:30
34Caren Commissaris (Bel)0:07:37
35Maaike Lanssens (Bel)0:08:00
36Jolien Vleugels (Bel)
37Femke Lanssens (Bel)

Amateurs and Masters A
1Tom Wilmsen (Bel)0:41:02
2Sven Van Eyndt (Bel)
3Edwin Dewit (Bel)0:00:04
4Bart Hofman (Bel)0:00:11
5Thomas Boeckx (Bel)0:01:02
6Jelle Vets (Bel)
7Nico Schroyen (Bel)0:01:07
8Glenn Sluyts (Bel)0:01:16
9Wim Jansen (Bel)0:01:36
10Wim De Witte (Bel)0:01:43
11Richard Lister (GBr)
12Kris Snels (Bel)
13Bart Schollen (Bel)0:01:57
14Christophe Van Rokeghem (Bel)0:02:21
15Michael Lemardelle (Fra)0:02:43
16Marnik Snoeck (Bel)
17Steven Sluyts (Bel)0:02:56
18Davy Depaepe (Bel)0:03:01
19Johan Myngheer (Bel)0:03:12
20Van den Muysenbergh (Bel)
21Matthias Botterman (Bel)0:03:18
22Kevin Van Roey (Bel)0:03:47
23David Segers (Bel)0:03:56
24Dimi Diels (Bel)0:04:33
25Clement Pinget (Fra)0:05:03
26Mike Van de Walle (Bel)0:05:08
27Filip Meulders (Bel)
28Tom Lambrecht (Bel)0:05:17
29Peter Van Bockhaven (Bel)0:05:23
30Pieter Molenberghs (Bel)0:05:33
31Tim Vercauteren (Bel)0:05:35
32Regis Flohimont (Bel)0:06:10
33Thijs Cauweliers (Bel)0:06:31
34Kenneth Geenen (Bel)0:06:57
35Alejandro Olid Tellez (Spa)0:07:21
36Van Craenenbroeck (Bel)-1lap
37Nert De Groote (Bel)
38Carlo Allaert (Bel)
39Jens Van den Bosch (Bel)
40Gregory Lambert (Bel)
41Olivier Vermaut (Bel)
42Sven Volckaerts (Bel)
43Kris De Nys (Bel)
44Bert De Baere (Bel)

Masters B
1Marc Druyts (Bel)0:41:24
2Peter Webber (USA)0:00:14
3Benny Van Staeyen (Bel)0:00:25
4Bert Vervecken (Bel)0:00:27
5Philip Roach (GBr)0:00:30
6Mario Lammens (Bel)0:01:07
7Marc Boudreau (Can)0:01:13
8Nick Vandecauter (Bel)0:01:20
9Ivan Smet (Bel)0:01:39
10Dirk Mertens (Bel)0:01:42
11Ludwig Gladines (Bel)0:02:18
12Marc Coolen (Bel)0:02:36
13Danny Verheestraeten (Bel)0:02:38
14Tom Dhooghe (Bel)0:03:04
15Erik Myngheer (Bel)0:03:59
16Jan Van den Eede (Bel)0:04:36
17Peter Ballet (Bel)0:04:40
18Jos Verdeyen (Bel)0:04:51
19Patrice Hemrouille (Bel)0:05:02
20Daniel Standaert (Bel)0:05:07
21Benny Rogiers (Bel)0:05:12
22Luc Joos (Bel)0:05:16
23Dirk Veldeman (Bel)-1lap
24Kris Van Honste (Bel)
25Eric Laforge (Bel)
26Geert De Boitselier (Bel)
27Pascal Dysserinck (Bel)-2laps
28Theo Van Havermaet (Bel)
29Jean Vanhaeverbeke (Bel)-3laps
30Stephan Cooreman (Bel)-4laps
31Eric De Graef (Bel)
32Luc Van Looveren (Bel)
33Luc Van den Bergh (Bel)

Masters C
1Marc Verloo (Bel)0:42:24
2Wim Van den Bergh (Bel)0:01:17
3Patrick Sluyts (Bel)0:01:37
4Ivan Coopman (Bel)0:02:18
5Daniel Van Oosterwyck (Bel)0:02:36
6Martin Eadeon (GBr)0:02:40
7Walter Marynissen (Bel)0:03:05
8François Mertens (Bel)0:03:12
9Eric Van Steerteghem (Bel)0:03:39
10Alex Spruyt (Bel)0:03:56
11Dirk Van Sinay (Bel)0:04:13
12Jan Guido Geudens (Bel)-1lap
13Rudy Bloemmen (Bel)
14Peter Harris (GBr)
15Franky Van Tongelen (Bel)
16Ronny Goethals (Bel)
17Roger Van Tichelt (Bel)-2laps
18Chris Geerts (Bel)
19Leo De Busser (Bel)
20Laurent De Vos (Bel)-3laps
21Karel Heirbaut (Bel)
22Jean-Paul Van Oudenhove (Bel)
23Etienne Van de Velde (Bel)
24Ludwig De Troyer (Bel)-4laps
25Albert van der Leeuw (Ned)
26Albert Bertels (Bel)
27Roland Hurtecant (Bel)
28Wilfried Maes (Bel)-6laps
29François Geenen (Bel)

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