Chicchi wins Nokere Koerse

Francesco Chicchi (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) continued his fine start to the 2012 season with a commanding sprint victory in the Nokere Koerse ahead of Kris Boeckmans (Vacansoleil-DCM) and Boy Van Poppel (UnitedHealthcare).

The Italian ripped clear of Boeckmans on the slightly uphill finishing straight in Nokere to claim his fourth win of the campaign. Chicchi got off the mark in January with two stage victories at the Tour de San Luis in Argentina, and he gave a further indication of his form by taking the opening road Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen last week.

Chicchi’s Omega Pharma-QuickStep team did much to control affairs in the closing stages, but his own knowledge of the finale proved to be crucial. The former under 23 world champion was well positioned coming through the last right-hand corner, and then timed his finishing kick perfectly to take victory.

“Today I was going very well and I knew the finish too as I'd done it a few times in the past,” Chicchi said afterwards. “My team was fantastic as always and believed in me.

"The team was perfect. They took the lead 4km from the finish when the group was all together and did a great job. Iljo Keisse and Andy Fenn were perfect in the final 3km, and then Trentin gave a great leadout in the final kilometer," Chicchi said.

"We only had six riders, but when the team is strong it is no problem whether we have six riders or eight."

The finale was marred by a serious crash with 700m to go, which took down Rabobank sprinter Theo Bos, among others. Bos was fortunate to escape serious injury, but will miss out on Friday's Handzame Classic.

Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Omega Pharma- Quickstep4:19:42
2Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCMRow 1 - Cell 2
3Boy van Poppel (Ned) UnitedHealthcareRow 2 - Cell 2
4Andre Schulze (Ger) Team NetAppRow 3 - Cell 2
5Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin-BarracudaRow 4 - Cell 2
6Giorgio Brambilla (Ita) Leopard-TrekRow 5 - Cell 2
7Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport VlaanderenRow 6 - Cell 2
8Maxime Vantomme (Bel) KatushaRow 7 - Cell 2
9Alexander Porsev (Rus) KatushaRow 8 - Cell 2
10Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) LandbouwkredietRow 9 - Cell 2
11Robert Förster (Ger) UnitedHealthcareRow 10 - Cell 2
12James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Accent Jobs-Willems VerandasRow 11 - Cell 2
13Christophe Laborie (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 12 - Cell 2
14Matthias Friedemann (Ger) Champion SystemsRow 13 - Cell 2
15Michael Reihs (Den) Christina WatchesRow 14 - Cell 2
16Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin-BarracudaRow 15 - Cell 2
17Benjamin Verraes (Bel) Jong VlaanderenRow 16 - Cell 2
18Raymond Kreder (Ned) Garmin-BarracudaRow 17 - Cell 2
19Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Topsport VlaanderenRow 18 - Cell 2
20Leif Hoste (Bel) Accent Jobs-Willems VerandasRow 19 - Cell 2
21Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma- QuickstepRow 20 - Cell 2
22Kenneth Van Bilsen (Bel) An Post Sean KellyRow 21 - Cell 2
23Steve Schets (Bel) Jong VlaanderenRow 22 - Cell 2
24Philippe Legrand (Bel) Wallonie BruxellesRow 23 - Cell 2
25Barry Markus (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCMRow 24 - Cell 2
26Biaz Jarc (Slo) Team NetAppRow 25 - Cell 2
27Egoitz Garcia Echeguibel (Spa) CofidisRow 26 - Cell 2
28Stefan Schumacher (Den) Christina WatchesRow 27 - Cell 2
29Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha0:00:12
30Cammaerts Edwig (Bel) Cofidis0:00:15
31Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank0:00:18
32Kevin Ista (Bel) Accent Jobs-Willems Verandas0:00:23
33Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport VlaanderenRow 32 - Cell 2
34Nikolay Trusov (Rus) RusveloRow 33 - Cell 2
35Steve Chainel (Fra) Fdj - Big MatRow 34 - Cell 2
36Sander Cordeel (Bel) Lotto - Belisol0:00:26
37Timon Seubert (Ger) Team NetApp0:00:28
38Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Team NetApp0:00:31
39Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Fdj - Big Mat0:00:36
40Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Jong VlaanderenRow 39 - Cell 2
41Wouter Mol (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCMRow 40 - Cell 2
42Frederique Robert (Bel) Lotto - BelisolRow 41 - Cell 2
43Timothy Dupont (Bel) Jong VlaanderenRow 42 - Cell 2
44Jesus Ezquerra (Spa) Leopard-TrekRow 43 - Cell 2
45Dennis Vanendert (Bel) Lotto - BelisolRow 44 - Cell 2
46Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma- QuickstepRow 45 - Cell 2
47Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Champion Systems0:00:47
48Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) RusveloRow 47 - Cell 2
49Rikke Dijkxhoorn (Ned) Geofco-Ville d`AlgerRow 48 - Cell 2
50Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Fdj - Big MatRow 49 - Cell 2
51Julian Kern (Ger) Leopard-TrekRow 50 - Cell 2
52Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma- QuickstepRow 51 - Cell 2
53Niels Wytinck (Bel) An Post Sean Kelly0:01:01
54Ronan Van Zandbeek (Ned) Project 1t4iRow 53 - Cell 2
55Davy Commeyne (Bel) LandbouwkredietRow 54 - Cell 2
56Stijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport VlaanderenRow 55 - Cell 2
57Jurgen François (Bel) Colba - Superano HamRow 56 - Cell 2
58Kai Reus (Ned) UnitedHealthcareRow 57 - Cell 2
59Francesco Van Coppernolle (Bel) Jong VlaanderenRow 58 - Cell 2
60Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Leopard-TrekRow 59 - Cell 2
61Sebastien Delfosse (Bel) LandbouwkredietRow 60 - Cell 2
62Bert De Backer (Bel) Project 1t4iRow 61 - Cell 2
63Jerome Baugnies (Bel) Team NetAppRow 62 - Cell 2
64Rony Martias (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:01:14
65Etienne Tortelier (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 64 - Cell 2
66Leonardo Duque (Col) CofidisRow 65 - Cell 2
67Alexander Mironov (Rus) RusveloRow 66 - Cell 2
68Adam Blythe (GBr) BMC Racing0:01:21
69Kevin Verwaest (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen0:01:25
70Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen0:01:33
71Nikita Eskov (Rus) RusveloRow 70 - Cell 2
72Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM0:01:36
73Marcello Pavarin (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCMRow 72 - Cell 2
74Kurt Hovelijnck (Bel) LandbouwkredietRow 73 - Cell 2
75Koen Barbe (Bel) LandbouwkredietRow 74 - Cell 2
76Mark Christian (GBr) An Post Sean KellyRow 75 - Cell 2
77René Joergensen (Den) Christina WatchesRow 76 - Cell 2
78Andy Cappelle (Bel) Accent Jobs-Willems VerandasRow 77 - Cell 2
79Frederic Guesdon (Fra) Fdj - Big MatRow 78 - Cell 2
80Jimmi Sørensen (Den) Christina WatchesRow 79 - Cell 2
81Dominic Klemme (Ger) Project 1t4iRow 80 - Cell 2
82Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen0:01:46
83Brian Bulgac (Ned) Lotto - BelisolRow 82 - Cell 2
84Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) RabobankRow 83 - Cell 2
85Laurent Evrard (Bel) Wallonie BruxellesRow 84 - Cell 2
86Mehdi Sohrabi (IRI) Lotto - BelisolRow 85 - Cell 2
87Nico Sijmens (Bel) CofidisRow 86 - Cell 2
88Egidijus Juodvalkis (Ltu) Landbouwkrediet0:01:52
89Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil-DCMRow 88 - Cell 2
90Justin van Hoecke (Bel) Wallonie BruxellesRow 89 - Cell 2
91Olivier Pardini (Bel) Colba - Superano Ham0:02:04
92Frederic Amorison (Bel) LandbouwkredietRow 91 - Cell 2
93Aaron Kemps (Aus) Champion SystemsRow 92 - Cell 2
94Benjamin Day (Aus) UnitedHealthcareRow 93 - Cell 2
95Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Accent Jobs-Willems VerandasRow 94 - Cell 2
96Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Project 1t4iRow 95 - Cell 2
97Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport VlaanderenRow 96 - Cell 2
98Julien Fouchard (Fra) CofidisRow 97 - Cell 2
99Joel Zangerle (Lux) Leopard-TrekRow 98 - Cell 2
100Jacek Morajko (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCMRow 99 - Cell 2
101Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Leopard-TrekRow 100 - Cell 2
102Bob Jungels (Lux) Leopard-TrekRow 101 - Cell 2
103Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Project 1t4iRow 102 - Cell 2
104Markus Eichler (Ger) Team NetAppRow 103 - Cell 2
105Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC RacingRow 104 - Cell 2
106Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto - BelisolRow 105 - Cell 2
107Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC RacingRow 106 - Cell 2
108Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC RacingRow 107 - Cell 2
109Tom Goovaerts (Bel) Colba - Superano HamRow 108 - Cell 2
110Henryk Cardoen (Bel) Geofco-Ville d`AlgerRow 109 - Cell 2
111Matvey Zubov (Rus) RusveloRow 110 - Cell 2
112Stef Clement (Ned) RabobankRow 111 - Cell 2
113Kevin Suarez Martinez (Bel) Colba - Superano HamRow 112 - Cell 2
114Arnaud Van Den Abeele (Bel) Jong VlaanderenRow 113 - Cell 2
115Stijn Ennekens (Bel) An Post Sean KellyRow 114 - Cell 2
116Jay Thomson (RSA) UnitedHealthcareRow 115 - Cell 2
117Bradley White (USA) UnitedHealthcareRow 116 - Cell 2
118Romain Zingle (Bel) CofidisRow 117 - Cell 2
119Quentin Bertholet (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles0:03:02
120Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 119 - Cell 2
121Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCMRow 120 - Cell 2
122Thomas Leezer (Ned) RabobankRow 121 - Cell 2
123Jean-Lou Paiani (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 122 - Cell 2
124Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing0:03:18
125Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) KatushaRow 124 - Cell 2
126Alexey Tsatevitch (Rus) KatushaRow 125 - Cell 2
127Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Garmin-BarracudaRow 126 - Cell 2
128Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin-Barracuda0:03:33
129Evert Verbist (Bel) Accent Jobs-Willems VerandasRow 128 - Cell 2
130Arnoud Van Groen (Ned) Accent Jobs-Willems VerandasRow 129 - Cell 2
131Iljo Keisse (Bel) Omega Pharma- QuickstepRow 130 - Cell 2
132Valery Kaykov (Rus) Rusvelo0:03:53
133Sven Van den Houte (Bel) Colba - Superano HamRow 132 - Cell 2
134Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Lotto - BelisolRow 133 - Cell 2
135Mark McNally (GBr) An Post Sean KellyRow 134 - Cell 2
136Niko Eeckhout (Bel) An Post Sean Kelly0:04:07
137Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha0:04:28
138Rüdiger Selig (Ger) KatushaRow 137 - Cell 2
139Marco Bandiera (Ita) Omega Pharma- Quickstep0:05:14
140Timothy Roe (Aus) BMC Racing0:08:04
141Valery Valynin (Rus) RusveloRow 140 - Cell 2
142Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Cofidis0:08:13
143William Clarke (Aus) Champion SystemsRow 142 - Cell 2
144Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) An Post Sean Kelly0:08:38
145Arnaud Demare (Fra) Fdj - Big Mat0:09:54
146Mickael Delage (Fra) Fdj - Big MatRow 145 - Cell 2
147Jacobe Keough (USA) UnitedHealthcare0:10:13
148Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcareRow 147 - Cell 2
149Tom Dernies (Bel) Wallonie BruxellesRow 148 - Cell 2
150Robin Stenuit (Bel) Wallonie BruxellesRow 149 - Cell 2
151Boris Dron (Bel) Wallonie BruxellesRow 150 - Cell 2
152Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Accent Jobs-Willems VerandasRow 151 - Cell 2
153Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Geofco-Ville d`AlgerRow 152 - Cell 2
154Thomas Vernaeckt (Bel) Geofco-Ville d`AlgerRow 153 - Cell 2
155Mikael Stilitte (Bel) Geofco-Ville d`AlgerRow 154 - Cell 2
156Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team NetAppRow 155 - Cell 2

 

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