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Boonen wins Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne

Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma QuickStep) closed out a dominant performance in Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne to hold off Moreno Hofland (Belkin) in a tight sprint in Belgium on Sunday. The Omega Pharma leader made it three wins in the one-day race - a new record - after superb work from his team.

Belkin and Omega Pharma split the race to pieces with over 70 kilometres remaining, positioning strong contingents of their squads in a 10-man move. Despite chase efforts from Sky, Lotto Belisol and Katusha, the break stayed clear.

Boonen was joined by teammates, Stijn Vandenbergh, Matteo Trentin, Guillaume Van Keirsbulck, Nikolas Maes (Omega Pharma-QuickStep), Sep Vanmarcke, Moreno Hofland, Maarten Wynants (Belkin), Johan Vansummeren (Garmin-Sharp), Yves Lampaert (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise), and the 10-man break quickly established a lead of over a minute.

"This first small record is hopefully the start of more records later this season," Boonen said.

"Our plans were completely different to what we did. Once we were up the road I thought the peloton was playing around with us. I figured we should drop back. Then it got serious. Trentin was supposed to lead out the sprint but he reacted on the first attack. Maes took over but he had cramps. It was chaos."

The race started under bright skies and with an electric pace. A group of four eventually sailed clear and animated the first hours of the race, featuring Vladimir Isaichev (Katusha), Silvan Dillier (BMC), Gert Jõeäär (Cofidis) and Michaël Vingerling (Team 3M).

The four had a maximal lead of four minutes, but with Omega and Lotto keen to make up for mediocre showings in Omloop, the break was given little leeway.

After climbing the Cöte de Trieux, the Belkin team increased the speed in the peloton, creating splits. Shortly after that acceleration, the Oude Kwaremont was climbed with Stijn Vandenbergh (Omega Pharma-Quick-Step) setting the pace. On the descent to Berchem, the peloton split further with both Belkin and Omega looking to put Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol) and Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky) under pressure.

The aggression immediately paid of with a select group quickly forming under the guidance of Boonen and Vanmarcke. The rampaging Belkin-Omega axis quickly caught the four leaders after 120km of racing and just as quickly, left them behind. When reaching the Tiegemberg at 65km from the finish, the lead group had a gap of nearly a minute on the first peloton. At Nokereberg the gap was 1:10 on the peloton.

In a scene similar to that from last year's stage 13 of the Tour de France from Tours to Saint-Amand-Montrond, in which Belkin, [Saxo] and Omega Pharma-Quick-Step formed a coalition, the two leading squads pitted their strength against the might of Sky and Lotto.

Slowly, the gap started to come down and after passing through Waregem, the Katusha team added some numbers in front of the peloton. With the gap hovering around a minute, the leaders began the local circuit with two laps of 16km around Kuurne.

Team Sky quickly gave up on the chase. Nevertheless the gap remained at about a minute during the first local lap. Luca Paolini (Katusha) did a lot of work in the peloton but without much more support, the race was lost for the peloton. The gap was still just over a minute when the peloton hit the final lap.

And with that the chances of Greipel and the remaining sprinters winning the race were gone.

Up ahead, the work rate and commitment remained in place. Wynants attempted a solo move in a bid to shake up Omega, but the status quo was reinstated by the Belgian team's might.

Into the final corner, Boonen appeared to pick the wrong line but with a quick adjustment he regained the right wheel and even though Hofland threatened to come around, the Belgian king of Kuurne had enough to hold on.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team4:28:50
2Moreno Hofland (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
3Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
4Yves Lampaert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
5Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
6Maarten Wynants (Bel) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
7Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:00:02
8Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
9Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:00:04
10Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin Sharp
11Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha0:01:24
12Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling
13Baptiste Plackaert (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole
14André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol
15Paul Voss (Ger) Team Netapp - Endura
16Olivier Chevalier (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles
17Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team Giant-Shimano
18Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) AG2R La Mondiale
19Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole
20James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
21Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Continental Team
22Arnaud Demare (Fra) Fdj.fr
23Gert Joeaar (Est) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
24Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
25Tom Dernies (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles
26Yoann Offredo (Fra) Fdj.fr
27Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Team Katusha
28Kenneth Van Bilsen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
29Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Garmin Sharp
30Martin Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
31Jimmy Turgis (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole
32Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Team Katusha
33Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
34Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
35Florent Mottet (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles
36Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team
37Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team
38Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Sky
39Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
40Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team
41Marco Bandiera (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
42Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
43Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
44Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky
45Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Sky
46Luca Paolini (Ita) Team Katusha
47Bram Tankink (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
48Roger Kluge (Ger) IAM Cycling
49Sander Cordeel (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Continental Team
50Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Giant-Shimano0:01:31
51Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol
52Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano
53Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky0:03:45
54Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol
55Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol
56Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Continental Team0:04:15
57Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:05:44
58Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol
59Romain Pillon (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:12:13
60Rudy Barbier (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole
61Edward Theuns (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
62Clément Koretzky (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement
63Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Fdj.fr
64Mickael Delage (Fra) Fdj.fr
65David Boucher (Fra) Fdj.fr
66Rick Zabel (Ger) BMC Racing Team
67Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) Team 3M
68Tom Veelers (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano
69Nicola Testi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
70Sébastien Turgot (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
71Sean Downey (Irl) An Post - Chain Reaction
72Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
73Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale
74Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
75Alphonse Vermote (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Continental Team
76Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
77Laurent Van Den Bak (Bel) An Post - Chain Reaction
78Pierre-Luc Perrichon (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement
79Joeri Stallaert (Bel) Veranclassic - Doltcini
80Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin Sharp
81Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin Sharp
82Steele Von Hoff (Aus) Garmin Sharp
83Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano
84Adrian Kurek (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice
85Tomasz Kiendys (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice
86Tim De Troyer (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
87Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
88Kevin Peeters (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Continental Team
89Jacek Morajko (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice
90Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice
91Mark Mcnally (GBr) An Post - Chain Reaction
92Tim Van Speybroeck (Bel) Team 3M
93Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
94Sebastian Lander (Den) BMC Racing Team
95Sam Lennertz (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Continental Team
96Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Giant-Shimano
97Blaz Jarc (Slo) Team Netapp - Endura
98Julien Stassen (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles
99Barry Markus (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
100Robert Wagner (Ger) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
101Jonas Ahlstrand (Swe) Team Giant-Shimano
102Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement
103Christophe Laborie (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement
104Scott Thwaites (GBr) Team Netapp - Endura
105Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Team Netapp - Endura
106Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Team Netapp - Endura
107Dominic Klemme (Ger) IAM Cycling
108Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling
109Gerry Druyts (Bel) Team 3M
110Michael Vingerling (Ned) Team 3M
111Egidijus Juodvalkis (Ltu) Team 3M
112Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar
113Angelo Tulik (Fra) Team Europcar
114Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement
115Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement
116Egoitz Garcia Echeguibel (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
117Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
118Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Team Sky
119Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky
120Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky
121Robin Stenuit (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles
122Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar
123Boris Dron (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles
124Antoine Demoitie (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles
125Loic Pestiaux (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles
126Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar
127Erwann Corbel (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement
128Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
DNFNiki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
DNFChristopher Sutton (Aus) Team Sky
DNFVegard Breen (Nor) Lotto Belisol
DNFPim Ligthart (Ned) Lotto Belisol
DNFAnton Vorobyev (Rus) Team Katusha
DNFRudiger Selig (Ger) Team Katusha
DNFAliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Team Katusha
DNFAlexey Tsatevitch (Rus) Team Katusha
DNFJetse Bol (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
DNFNick Nuyens (Bel) Garmin Sharp
DNFDavid Millar (GBr) Garmin Sharp
DNFRaymond Kreder (Ned) Garmin Sharp
DNFWilliam Bonnet (Fra) Fdj.fr
DNFPierre-Henri Lecuisinier (Fra) Fdj.fr
DNFJohan Le Bon (Fra) Fdj.fr
DNFBryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar
DNFJimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Team Europcar
DNFYohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar
DNFBjorn Thurau (Ger) Team Europcar
DNFTaylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team
DNFKlaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team
DNFMaxime Daniel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
DNFHugo Houle (Can) AG2R La Mondiale
DNFDamien Gaudin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
DNFMarcel Aregger (Swi) IAM Cycling
DNFKevin Ista (Bel) IAM Cycling
DNFPirmin Lang (Swi) IAM Cycling
DNFAleksejs Saramotins (Lat) IAM Cycling
DNFNikias Arndt (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano
DNFRalf Matzka (Ger) Team Netapp - Endura
DNFAndreas Schillinger (Ger) Team Netapp - Endura
DNFJonathan Mcevoy (GBr) Team Netapp - Endura
DNFDanilo Napolitano (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
DNFRoy Jans (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
DNFMirko Selvaggi (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
DNFPiotr Gawronski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice
DNFNikolay Mihaylov (Bul) CCC Polsat Polkowice
DNFPawel Charucki (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice
DNFJaroslaw Marycz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice
DNFMarco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
DNFAntonio Parrinello (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
DNFAndrea Zordan (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
DNFBenjamin Le Montagner (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement
DNFJelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
DNFStijn Steels (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
DNFCyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
DNFRomain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
DNFAdrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
DNFJulien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
DNFTimothy Dupont (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole
DNFJulien Duval (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole
DNFRudy Kowalski (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole
DNFKurt Geysen (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Continental Team
DNFNick Wynants (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Continental Team
DNFGiorgio Brambilla (Ita) Veranclassic - Doltcini
DNFGorik Gardeyn (Bel) Veranclassic - Doltcini
DNFDarijus Dzervus (Ltu) Veranclassic - Doltcini
DNFTom Goovaerts (Bel) Veranclassic - Doltcini
DNFSébastien Rosseler (Bel) Veranclassic - Doltcini
DNFRick Ottema (Ned) Veranclassic - Doltcini
DNFKevin Verwaest (Bel) Veranclassic - Doltcini
DNFMarcus Christie (Irl) An Post - Chain Reaction
DNFKevin Claeys (Bel) An Post - Chain Reaction
DNFWout Franssen (Bel) An Post - Chain Reaction
DNFRobert-Jon Mccarthy (Aus) An Post - Chain Reaction
DNFJack Wilson (Irl) An Post - Chain Reaction
DNFTimothy Stevens (Bel) Team 3M
DNFJoren Segers (Bel) Team 3M
DNFGregory Franckaert (Bel) Team 3M

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