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Nys king of the Koppenbergcross

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Belgian champion Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony) soloed to victory at the Koppenbergcross.

Belgian champion Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony) soloed to victory at the Koppenbergcross.
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Bart Wellens (Telenet-Fidea) leads the chase group

Bart Wellens (Telenet-Fidea) leads the chase group
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New Zealand's Alexander Revell at the Koppenbergcross

New Zealand's Alexander Revell at the Koppenbergcross
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Radomir Simunek (BKCP-Powerplus)

Radomir Simunek (BKCP-Powerplus)
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Bart Aernouts (AA Drink)

Bart Aernouts (AA Drink)
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Sven Vanthourenhout (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony)

Sven Vanthourenhout (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony)
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Some nasty weather rolled in to Oudenaarde, adding rain and wind to the mix in the Elite men's race finale.

Some nasty weather rolled in to Oudenaarde, adding rain and wind to the mix in the Elite men's race finale.
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Simon Zahner (EKZ Racing Team)

Simon Zahner (EKZ Racing Team)
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Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony) pushes the pace on the hilly Koppenbergcross circuit.

Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony) pushes the pace on the hilly Koppenbergcross circuit.
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World champion Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus)

World champion Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus)
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Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Revor)

Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Revor)
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Thijs van Amerongen (AA Drink)

Thijs van Amerongen (AA Drink)
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Bart Aernouts (AA Drink) powers up a climb at the Koppenbergcross

Bart Aernouts (AA Drink) powers up a climb at the Koppenbergcross
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Bart Aernouts leads AA Drink teammate Thijs van Amerongen

Bart Aernouts leads AA Drink teammate Thijs van Amerongen
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Thijs Al (Telenet - Fidea)

Thijs Al (Telenet - Fidea)
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Arnaud Jouffroy (Telenet-Fidea)

Arnaud Jouffroy (Telenet-Fidea)
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Another Koppenbergcross, another Sven Nys victory.

Another Koppenbergcross, another Sven Nys victory.
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Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony) crosses the finish line in first place for the ninth time at Koppenbergcross

Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony) crosses the finish line in first place for the ninth time at Koppenbergcross
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Belgian champion Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony) all alone on the finishing straight.

Belgian champion Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony) all alone on the finishing straight.
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Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony) took a commanding victory.

Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony) took a commanding victory.
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Jonathan Page races on his home turf in Oudenaarde.

Jonathan Page races on his home turf in Oudenaarde.
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Kenneth Van Compernolle (Style & Concept)

Kenneth Van Compernolle (Style & Concept)
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Enrico Franzoi (Selle Italia-Guerciotti-Elite)

Enrico Franzoi (Selle Italia-Guerciotti-Elite)
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Twan van den Brand (Orange Babies Cycling Team)

Twan van den Brand (Orange Babies Cycling Team)
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Alexander Revell tackles the Koppenbergcross parcours.

Alexander Revell tackles the Koppenbergcross parcours.
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Simon Zahner (EKZ Racing Team)

Simon Zahner (EKZ Racing Team)
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Philipp Walsleben (BKCP - Powerplus) ascends on the Koppenbergcross's hilly circuit.

Philipp Walsleben (BKCP - Powerplus) ascends on the Koppenbergcross's hilly circuit.
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Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Revor) would finish on the podium in third place.

Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Revor) would finish on the podium in third place.
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Bart Wellens (Telenet-Fidea)

Bart Wellens (Telenet-Fidea)
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Lubomir Petrus (BKCP - Powerplus)

Lubomir Petrus (BKCP - Powerplus)
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The podium for the fastest lap prime at the Koppenbergcross, won by Klaas Vantornout.

The podium for the fastest lap prime at the Koppenbergcross, won by Klaas Vantornout.
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Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) leads the bpost Bank Trofee series

Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) leads the bpost Bank Trofee series
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Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Revor) had an off day at the Koppenbergcross, finishing 11th and losing the bpost Bank Trofee series lead.

Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Revor) had an off day at the Koppenbergcross, finishing 11th and losing the bpost Bank Trofee series lead.
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Bart Wellens (Telenet-Fidea) dons warm clothing after his Koppenbergcross finish.

Bart Wellens (Telenet-Fidea) dons warm clothing after his Koppenbergcross finish.
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Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Revor) after his 11th place finish.

Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Revor) after his 11th place finish.
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Tom Meeusen (Telenet - Fidea) rides in the first chase group.

Tom Meeusen (Telenet - Fidea) rides in the first chase group.
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Eddy van IJzendoorn (36Cycling)

Eddy van IJzendoorn (36Cycling)
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Sven Nys would repeatedly gap Niels Albert on the climb.

Sven Nys would repeatedly gap Niels Albert on the climb.
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Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony) put on a 'cross clinic en route to his ninth Koppenbergcross victory.

Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony) put on a 'cross clinic en route to his ninth Koppenbergcross victory.
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Switzerland's Julien Taramarcaz (BMC Mountainbike Racing Team) at home on the difficult Koppenbergcross circuit.

Switzerland's Julien Taramarcaz (BMC Mountainbike Racing Team) at home on the difficult Koppenbergcross circuit.
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Radomir Simunek (BKCP - Powerplus) ascends the Koppenberg's cobbles.

Radomir Simunek (BKCP - Powerplus) ascends the Koppenberg's cobbles.
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The chase group vying for third place on the day.

The chase group vying for third place on the day.
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Sven Nys in the familiar position of leading the Koppenbergcross.

Sven Nys in the familiar position of leading the Koppenbergcross.
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Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony) asserted his dominance on the taxing Koppenbergcross parcours.

Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony) asserted his dominance on the taxing Koppenbergcross parcours.
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Third place finisher Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Revor)

Third place finisher Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Revor)
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2012 Koppenbergcross podium (L-R): Niels Albert, Sven Nys and Klaas Vantornout

2012 Koppenbergcross podium (L-R): Niels Albert, Sven Nys and Klaas Vantornout
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World champion Niels Albert cracked on the last lap and finished second to Nys.

World champion Niels Albert cracked on the last lap and finished second to Nys.
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Julien Taramarcaz (BMC Mountainbike Racing Team) had a strong showing on the Koppenberg, finishing the day in 8th place.

Julien Taramarcaz (BMC Mountainbike Racing Team) had a strong showing on the Koppenberg, finishing the day in 8th place.
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Belgian champion Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony) in the lead, shadowed by Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus)

Belgian champion Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony) in the lead, shadowed by Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus)
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For the ninth time in his illustrious career, Sven Nys has won the Koppenbergcross.

For the ninth time in his illustrious career, Sven Nys has won the Koppenbergcross.
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Belgian champion Sven Nys puts the pressure on world champion Niels Albert in the Koppenbergcross finale.

Belgian champion Sven Nys puts the pressure on world champion Niels Albert in the Koppenbergcross finale.
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Crowds lined the twisting Koppenbergcross circuit.

Crowds lined the twisting Koppenbergcross circuit.
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Sven Nys powers away from Niels Albert early in the final lap as the world champion dabbed in a section of mud.

Sven Nys powers away from Niels Albert early in the final lap as the world champion dabbed in a section of mud.
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Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Revor) finished a distant 11th on the day and lost his overall series lead.

Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Revor) finished a distant 11th on the day and lost his overall series lead.
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Sven Nys leads Niels Albert on a descent.

Sven Nys leads Niels Albert on a descent.
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2012 Koppenbergcross podium (L-R): Niels Albert, 2nd; Sven Nys, 1st; Klaas Vantornout, 3rd

2012 Koppenbergcross podium (L-R): Niels Albert, 2nd; Sven Nys, 1st; Klaas Vantornout, 3rd
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New Zealand's Alexander Revell has attracted the attention of Belgian 'cross fans, particularly with his mustache.

New Zealand's Alexander Revell has attracted the attention of Belgian 'cross fans, particularly with his mustache.
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Sven Nys and Niels Albert duel for supremacy at the head of the race.

Sven Nys and Niels Albert duel for supremacy at the head of the race.
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Rob Peeters (Telenet-Fidea) en route to a 6th place finish.

Rob Peeters (Telenet-Fidea) en route to a 6th place finish.
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French champion Aurelien Duval had a great day, finishing just shy of the podium in 4th place.

French champion Aurelien Duval had a great day, finishing just shy of the podium in 4th place.
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Sven Nys adds a ninth Koppenbergcross trophy to his collection.

Sven Nys adds a ninth Koppenbergcross trophy to his collection.
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With a powerful last lap ascent on the slippery meadows of the Koppenberg, Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony) got rid of Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) and steamed on towards yet another win, his ninth, at the Koppenbergcross. The mythical 'cross race comprises the second round in the bpost Bank Trofee series and this year it was spiced with a stormy finale. World champion Albert ultimately crossed the finish line 14 seconds behind Nys, while Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Revor) emerged from a chase group in the finale to claim third, 1:04 behind the Belgian champion.

Before the race Nys stated that the Koppenbergcross was the most beautiful 'cross race of the season, his world championships race. He dreamed of shaking off his rivals with a blistering last lap acceleration. "That I was able to do it like I said makes this a very special win. I've won my Tour of Flanders this year. I've said these were my world championships," Nys said. The 36-year-old Belgian champion referred to his run of bad fortune in previous races in the post-race press chat. "I put all my frustrations in one acceleration."

Former bpost Bank Trofee series leader Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Revor) had an off-day on Thursday afternoon, finishing eleventh and losing more than two minutes on Albert. The BKCP-Powerplus rider now leads the series which for this season is determined by time rather than points.

"I did a great job in the general classification. The series are now down to only Sven and myself, and that after only two rounds. The only race where I can still lose it is in Baal on New Year's Day," Albert said when checking out the new general classification with Cyclingnews. Albert leads Nys by 54 seconds and Pauwels by 2:17.

Belgian champion vs. world champion

On the third of eight laps, Nys and Albert stamped their authority on the steepest stretches of the Koppenberg climb. With one acceleration they threw back all their adversaries, including Pauwels who seemed to be standing still and lost nearly 15 seconds in approximately 150 metres. Before that, Nys already showed his ambitions by winning the intermediate sprint during the second lap. Nys took 15s while Pauwels grabbed 10s and Albert the remaining five.

Nys and Albert rode head-to-head in a two-man battle for supremacy at the head of the race, but during the second half Nys clearly had something extra on the steepest section of the Koppenberg, though Albert always managed to return in the descent. Adding an additional element to the mix, during the sixth of eight laps the weather turned around dramatically with strong gusts of wind and heavy rain arriving in Oudenaarde. Consequently, a drying course turned into a slippery pool of mud which sent several riders over the handlebars on the now very difficult, twisting descent of the Koppenberg.

At the head of affairs and entering the final lap, Albert made the first mistake when he clicked out of his pedal right after entering the meadows at the bottom of the Koppenberg. Nys put the pressure on and made Albert work hard to come back on his wheel. By the time Albert was nearly on his wheel the duo reached the second part of the climb and Nys gave full gas. Albert didn't stand a chance.

While Nys rocketed up the steepest gradients on his bike Albert struggled and had to put his foot on the ground. "Nys was the best uphill. He has a great cadence in the small gear. Due to the changing circumstances there was no time to communicate a change of tyres to the pit crew at the bottom. I was losing grip uphill," Albert said. "At the top of the climb I was 13 seconds down on Nys and that was about the same at the finish."

Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Revor) overcame some tough moments and he rode two great final laps. He was best of the rest at 1:04 from winner Nys. Young French champion Aurélien Duval rode his best race of the season and finished fourth. "I think I was the best in the chase group but not good enough to battle with the leaders. In the end Vantornout was faster but that's probably experience," Duval told Cyclingnews.

Meanwhile Pauwels was struggling hard to control damages but at the finish he clocked a loss of more than two minutes on Albert. "I knew right away that it was going to be hard, that I didn't have a good day. I don't know why. Winning these series is no longer possible for me," Pauwels said at the finish line.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony1:00:31
2Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus0:00:14
3Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor0:01:04
4Aurilien Duval (Fra) UV Aube0:01:15
5Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet - Fidea0:01:22
6Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet - Fidea0:01:25
7Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cyclocross Team0:01:29
8Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:01:31
9Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cyclocross Team0:01:49
10Twan van den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team0:02:10
11Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Revor0:02:27
12Simon Zahner (Swi) EKZ Racing Team0:03:21
13Joeri Adams (Bel) Telenet - Fidea0:03:39
14Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus0:03:47
15Marcel Meisen (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus0:03:54
16Thijs Al (Ned) Telenet - Fidea0:03:58
17Jan Denuwelaere (Bel) Style & Concept0:03:59
18Jonathan Page (USA)
19Lubomir Petrus (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus0:04:09
20Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Selle Italia-Guerciotti-Elite0:04:36
21Mariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco0:05:16
22Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus0:05:31
23Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles-Specialized0:05:35
24Jim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb-Revor0:05:52
25Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks0:06:13
26Bart Hofman (Bel) Afdeling Oost-Vlaanderen WBV-VZW0:06:22
27Tom Van Den Bosch (Bel) Hargroves Cycles-Specialized0:06:37
28Kevin Cant (Bel)0:06:53
29Robby Cobbaert (Bel)0:07:34
30Kenneth Van Compernolle (Bel) Style & Concept0:08:37
31Yu Takenouchi (Jpn)
32Vincent Baestaens (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony
33Gianni Denolf (Bel)
34Eddy van IJzendoorn (Ned) 36Cycling
35Alexander Revell (NZl)
DNFTom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet - Fidea
DNFRadomir Simunek (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus
DNFSven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony
DNFArnaud Jouffroy (Fra) Telenet - Fidea
DNFGerben de Knegt (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team

Intermediate Sprint bonus
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony
2Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Revor
3Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus

Fastest lap
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor0:07:20
2Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony0:07:20
3Aurilien Duval (Fra) UV Aube0:07:22

bpost Bank Trofee classification after two rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus1:57:41
2Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony0:00:54
3Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Revor0:02:17
4Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor0:03:11
5Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cyclocross Team0:03:31
6Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cyclocross Team0:03:37
7Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet - Fidea0:03:49
8Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet - Fidea0:04:42
9Twan van den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team0:06:00
10Aurilien Duval (Fra) UV Aube0:06:18
11Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:06:52
12Simon Zahner (Swi) EKZ Racing Team0:06:54
13Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus0:06:59
14Marcel Meisen (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus0:07:22
15Lubomir Petrus (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus0:07:49
16Jonathan Page (USA)0:07:50
17Lars van der Haar (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team0:07:58
18Joeri Adams (Bel) Telenet - Fidea0:08:07
19Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team0:08:38
20Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony0:08:47
21Mariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco0:08:49
22Patrick van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team0:09:12
23Thijs Al (Ned) Telenet - Fidea0:09:19
24Jan Denuwelaere (Bel) Style & Concept0:09:20
25Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Selle Italia-Guerciotti-Elite0:09:57
26Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus0:10:21
27Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles-Specialized
28Jim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb-Revor
29Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks
30Bart Hofman (Bel) Afdeling Oost-Vlaanderen WBV-VZW
31Tom Van Den Bosch (Bel) Hargroves Cycles-Specialized
32Kevin Cant (Bel)
33Robby Cobbaert (Bel)
34Kenneth Van Compernolle (Bel) Style & Concept
35Arnaud Jouffroy (Fra) Telenet - Fidea
36Vincent Baestaens (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony
37Yu Takenachi (Jpn)
38Gerben de Knegt (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team
39Radomir Simunek (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus
40Gianni Denolf (Bel) Cyclingchamps
41Eddy van IJzendoorn (Ned) 36Cycling
42Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet - Fidea
43Alexander Revell (NZl) Revolution Bicycles
44Dave De Cleyn (Bel)
45Egoitz Murgoitio Rekalde (Spa) Grupo Hiremet Taldea
46Kevin Eeckhout (Bel)
47Micky van Empel (Ned) Landbouwkrediet-KDL
48Stijn Huys (Bel) Orange Babies Cycling Team
49Stef Boden (Bel) Sunweb-Revor
50Mathieu Willemyns (Bel)
51Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet - Fidea
52Sven Belen (Bel)
53Kyle F Kiser (USA)

Sprint classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Revor5pts
2Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony4
3Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus3

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