Vantomme wins Le Samyn

Maxime Vantomme (Roubaix Lille Metropole) unleashed a powerful sprint on the slightly uphill finish in Dour to claim victory ahead of Alexey Tsatevich (Katusha) and Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ.fr) at Le Samyn.

When late attacker Vladimir Isaichev (Katusha) was caught inside the final kilometre on the deceptive drag towards the line, the stage seemed set for Bouhanni to land his second win of the new season.

Bouhanni was well-positioned on the wheel of lead-out man Sebastien Chavanel when the bunch swung around the final bend, but Vantomme anticipated the Frenchman by launching his sprint on the opposite side of the road with 200 metres to go.

Vantomme instantly opened a small gap, and though the 2013 Samyn winner Tsatevich and Bouhanni both finished rapidly, they were unable to make up the ground. There was disappointment, too, for Gerald Ciolek (MTN-Qhubeka), who could only manage 8th place, while his teammate Kristian Sbaragli finished 5th.

“I like this race a lot. I’m done it a few times and the uphill finish is perfect for me. I’ve had good results here before now, but never the win,” Vantomme said as he waited to mount the podium.

Vantomme’s victory was his first in over six years, since he won a stage of the Tropicale Amissa Bongo in 2008. In the intervening period, Vantomme spent four seasons in the WorldTour at Katusha, but finds himself with greater responsibility within the Continental Roubaix Lille Metropole squad.

“I have carte blanche with my new team and I could do what I wanted today,” he said. “It was hard to stay near the front in the finale, but I was well-placed with 200 metres to go. I launched my sprint and I managed to win. I could feel my former Katusha teammate Tsatevich coming up behind me, but I said to myself that he wasn’t going to come past.”

Omega Pharma-QuickStep's forcing

The opening stages of Wallonia’s first race of the season were animated by a three-man break featuring Sijmens, Van de Maele and Hubert, who escaped in the first hour of racing and held a lead of three minutes over the bunch shortly after the midway point.

That margin began to tumble soon afterwards, however, as Omega Pharma-QuickStep began to ratchet up the pace in the main peloton. Indeed, after the three leaders were caught, the QuickStep pressing threatened to force the decisive split of the day with 70 kilometres to race.

Certainly, there were shades of Sunday’s Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne when no fewer than six QuickStep riders – Julian Alaphilippe, Andy Fenn, Iljo Keisse, Peter Vakoc, Martin Velits and Guillaume Van Keirsbulck – found themselves in a group of 11 riders that clipped off the front, though the move was pegged back within ten kilometres.

Another QuickStep rider, new arrival Thomas De Gendt, was part of the next major move, slipping away with Alexis Gougeard (Ag2r-La Mondiale) inside the final 50 kilometres. With Lotto-Belisol and Trek Factory Racing among the teams chasing, however, the pair were never allowed a lead greater than 40 seconds, and were pegged back on the finishing circuit with 20 kilometres remaining.

On that finishing circuit, a group of ten riders, including Greg Henderson (Lotto-Belisol), Sergey Lagutin (Rusvelo), Lloyd Mondory, Julian Kern (Ag2r-La Mondiale) and Sébastien Delfosse (Wallonie-Bruxelles) forged their way clear, but they, too, were swept up inside the final ten kilometres.

Jasper Stuyven (Trek Factory Racing) was prominent near the front of the bunch in a finale where a number of moves took off without ever gaining any significant traction, although the Russian champion Isaichev threatened to upset the odds when he powered off the front with two kilometres remaining.

Isaichev’s lead lasted into the final kilometre, but he was caught just as the final, shallow slopes began to bit. Bouhanni seemed well-placed for the win, but Vantomme had other ideas.

“Up to now, I’ve always been missing a little detail,” Vantomme said. “But today, I didn’t wait for Bouhanni or anyone else. I just did my own sprint.”

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole4:36:20
2Alexey Tsatevitch (Rus) Team KatushaRow 1 - Cell 2
3Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Fdj.frRow 2 - Cell 2
4Erwann Corbel (Fra) Bretagne - Seche EnvironnementRow 3 - Cell 2
5Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN - QhubekaRow 4 - Cell 2
6Steve Chainel (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 5 - Cell 2
7Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 6 - Cell 2
8Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN - QhubekaRow 7 - Cell 2
9Zico Waeytens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 8 - Cell 2
10Tom Dernies (Bel) Wallonie - BruxellesRow 9 - Cell 2
11Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) AG2R La MondialeRow 10 - Cell 2
12Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory RacingRow 11 - Cell 2
13Jimmy Turgis (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 12 - Cell 2
14Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 13 - Cell 2
15Edwig Cammaerts (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 14 - Cell 2
16Gaetan Bille (Bel) Verandas WillemsRow 15 - Cell 2
17Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Polsat PolkowiceRow 16 - Cell 2
18Rudy Barbier (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 17 - Cell 2
19Rudiger Selig (Ger) Team KatushaRow 18 - Cell 2
20Jelle Mannaerts (Bel) Verandas WillemsRow 19 - Cell 2
21Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 20 - Cell 2
22Roman Maikin (Rus) RusveloRow 21 - Cell 2
23Julien Stassen (Bel) Wallonie - BruxellesRow 22 - Cell 2
24Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La MondialeRow 23 - Cell 2
25Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 24 - Cell 2
26Niels Vandyck (Bel) Verandas WillemsRow 25 - Cell 2
27Olivier Chevalier (Bel) Wallonie - BruxellesRow 26 - Cell 2
28Sergey Lagutin (Rus) RusveloRow 27 - Cell 2
29Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Continental TeamRow 28 - Cell 2
30Jonathan Dufrasne (Bel) Wallonie - BruxellesRow 29 - Cell 2
31Tomasz Kiendys (Pol) CCC Polsat PolkowiceRow 30 - Cell 2
32Kiryll Pozdnyakov (Rus) RusveloRow 31 - Cell 2
33Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Team KatushaRow 32 - Cell 2
34Sander Cordeel (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Continental TeamRow 33 - Cell 2
35Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 34 - Cell 2
36Kenny De Haes (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 35 - Cell 2
37Julian Kern (Ger) AG2R La MondialeRow 36 - Cell 2
38Joeri Stallaert (Bel) Veranclassic - DoltciniRow 37 - Cell 2
39Pierre-Luc Perrichon (Fra) Bretagne - Seche EnvironnementRow 38 - Cell 2
40Timofey Kritskiy (Rus) RusveloRow 39 - Cell 2
41Cédric Pineau (Fra) Fdj.frRow 40 - Cell 2
42Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 41 - Cell 2
43Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Bretagne - Seche EnvironnementRow 42 - Cell 2
44Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 43 - Cell 2
45Florent Delfosse (Bel) Color Code - BiowanzeRow 44 - Cell 2
46Martin Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 45 - Cell 2
47Piotr Gawronski (Pol) CCC Polsat PolkowiceRow 46 - Cell 2
48Björn Leukemans (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 47 - Cell 2
49Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto BelisolRow 48 - Cell 2
50Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Fdj.frRow 49 - Cell 2
51Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) RusveloRow 50 - Cell 2
52Giorgio Brambilla (Ita) Veranclassic - DoltciniRow 51 - Cell 2
53Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 52 - Cell 2
54Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 53 - Cell 2
55Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Fdj.frRow 54 - Cell 2
56Florent Mottet (Bel) Wallonie - BruxellesRow 55 - Cell 2
57Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek Factory RacingRow 56 - Cell 2
58Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Wallonie - BruxellesRow 57 - Cell 2
59Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 58 - Cell 2
60Christophe Premont (Bel) Wallonie - BruxellesRow 59 - Cell 2
61Jerome Kerf (Bel) Color Code - Biowanze0:00:25
62Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Team Katusha0:00:29
63Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La MondialeRow 62 - Cell 2
64Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) CCC Polsat PolkowiceRow 63 - Cell 2
65Igor Boev (Rus) Rusvelo0:00:31
66Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory RacingRow 65 - Cell 2
67Edward Theuns (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 66 - Cell 2
68Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:00:35
69Dennis Vanendert (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 68 - Cell 2
70Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - Seche EnvironnementRow 69 - Cell 2
71Benjamin Le Montagner (Fra) Bretagne - Seche EnvironnementRow 70 - Cell 2
72Boris Dron (Bel) Wallonie - BruxellesRow 71 - Cell 2
73Petr Vakoc (Cze) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:00:40
74Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 73 - Cell 2
75Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) MTN - QhubekaRow 74 - Cell 2
76Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 75 - Cell 2
77Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) MTN - QhubekaRow 76 - Cell 2
78Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Team KatushaRow 77 - Cell 2
79Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Continental TeamRow 78 - Cell 2
80Gregory Habeaux (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:00:45
81Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 80 - Cell 2
82Stijn Devolder (Bel) Trek Factory RacingRow 81 - Cell 2
83Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Fdj.frRow 82 - Cell 2
84Boris Vallee (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:00:49
85Baptiste Plackaert (Bel) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 84 - Cell 2
86Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 85 - Cell 2
87Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 86 - Cell 2
88Martin Reimer (Ger) MTN - QhubekaRow 87 - Cell 2
89Jean-Albert Carnevali (Bel) Verandas Willems0:00:52
90Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 89 - Cell 2
91Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 90 - Cell 2
92Vegard Breen (Nor) Lotto BelisolRow 91 - Cell 2
93Sam Lennertz (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Continental TeamRow 92 - Cell 2
94Romain Pillon (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 93 - Cell 2
95Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek Factory RacingRow 94 - Cell 2
96Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:01:18
97Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Trek Factory Racing0:01:20
98Iljo Keisse (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 97 - Cell 2
99Sean De Bie (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:01:26
100Franck Vermeulen (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 99 - Cell 2
101Remy Mertz (Bel) Color Code - Biowanze0:01:32
102Maxime Daniel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:37
103Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 102 - Cell 2
104Steve Bekaert (Bel) Veranclassic - DoltciniRow 103 - Cell 2
105Floris Smeyers (Bel) Verandas WillemsRow 104 - Cell 2
106Rudy Kowalski (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:01:48
107Nicolas Vereecken (Bel) Verandas Willems0:01:49
108Jacek Morajko (Pol) CCC Polsat PolkowiceRow 107 - Cell 2
109Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 108 - Cell 2
110Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Team Katusha0:02:04
111Kurt Geysen (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Continental Team0:02:42
112Adrian Kurek (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:02:43
113Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 112 - Cell 2
114Serge De Wortelaer (Bel) Veranclassic - DoltciniRow 113 - Cell 2
115Pawel Charucki (Pol) CCC Polsat PolkowiceRow 114 - Cell 2
116Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek Factory RacingRow 115 - Cell 2
117David Boucher (Fra) Fdj.frRow 116 - Cell 2
118Johann Van Zyl (RSA) MTN - QhubekaRow 117 - Cell 2
119Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Fdj.frRow 118 - Cell 2
120Tim De Troyer (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:02:51
121Jonathan Baratto (Bel) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon0:04:12
DNFGatis Smukulis (Lat) Team KatushaRow 121 - Cell 2
DNFAlexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 122 - Cell 2
DNFGert Joeaar (Est) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 123 - Cell 2
DNFAndreas Stauff (Ger) MTN - QhubekaRow 124 - Cell 2
DNFLeonid Krasnov (Rus) RusveloRow 125 - Cell 2
DNFNikolay Mihaylov (Bul) CCC Polsat PolkowiceRow 126 - Cell 2
DNFRomain Feillu (Fra) Bretagne - Seche EnvironnementRow 127 - Cell 2
DNFClément Koretzky (Fra) Bretagne - Seche EnvironnementRow 128 - Cell 2
DNFTim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 129 - Cell 2
DNFNico Sijmens (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 130 - Cell 2
DNFTitte Van Laer (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Continental TeamRow 131 - Cell 2
DNFKevin Van Staeyen (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Continental TeamRow 132 - Cell 2
DNFAlphonse Vermote (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Continental TeamRow 133 - Cell 2
DNFFrancesco Van Coppernolle (Bel) Veranclassic - DoltciniRow 134 - Cell 2
DNFDarijus Dzervus (Ltu) Veranclassic - DoltciniRow 135 - Cell 2
DNFYu Takenouchi (Jpn) Veranclassic - DoltciniRow 136 - Cell 2
DNFFrederik Vandewiele (Bel) Veranclassic - DoltciniRow 137 - Cell 2
DNFWalt De Winter (Bel) Verandas WillemsRow 138 - Cell 2
DNFOlivier Pardini (Bel) Verandas WillemsRow 139 - Cell 2
DNFTimothy Dupont (Bel) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 140 - Cell 2
DNFAndrew Ydens (Bel) T.Palm - Pôle Continental WallonRow 141 - Cell 2
DNFJulien Deschesne (Bel) T.Palm - Pôle Continental WallonRow 142 - Cell 2
DNFAxel Gremelpont (Bel) T.Palm - Pôle Continental WallonRow 143 - Cell 2
DNFGuillaume Haag (Bel) T.Palm - Pôle Continental WallonRow 144 - Cell 2
DNFToshoni Van Craen (Bel) T.Palm - Pôle Continental WallonRow 145 - Cell 2
DNFGlenn Vandemaele (Bel) T.Palm - Pôle Continental WallonRow 146 - Cell 2
DNFMaxime Vekeman (Bel) T.Palm - Pôle Continental WallonRow 147 - Cell 2
DNFJulien Kaise (Bel) Color Code - BiowanzeRow 148 - Cell 2
DNFAntoine Warnier (Bel) Color Code - BiowanzeRow 149 - Cell 2
DNFThomas Wertz (Bel) Color Code - BiowanzeRow 150 - Cell 2
DNFRomain Hubert (Bel) Color Code - BiowanzeRow 151 - Cell 2
DNFGaëtan Pons (Bel) Color Code - BiowanzeRow 152 - Cell 2

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