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Nuyens makes his big break through

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Nick Nuyens (Saxo Bank-SunGard) is the happiest man in the world

Nick Nuyens (Saxo Bank-SunGard) is the happiest man in the world
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Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek) with Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) in tow

Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek) with Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) in tow
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Stijn Devolder chases up the Kapelmuur

Stijn Devolder chases up the Kapelmuur
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Simon Clarke (Astana) followed by Chavanel

Simon Clarke (Astana) followed by Chavanel
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George Hincapie (BMC)

George Hincapie (BMC)
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Heinrich Haussler (Garmin-Cervelo) on the Patersberg

Heinrich Haussler (Garmin-Cervelo) on the Patersberg
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The crowds were out en force in Flanders

The crowds were out en force in Flanders
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Juan Antonio Flecha (Sky) pushing the pace on the climb

Juan Antonio Flecha (Sky) pushing the pace on the climb
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Edvald Boasson Hagen trying to get up to Chavanel

Edvald Boasson Hagen trying to get up to Chavanel
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Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) early in his solo move.

Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) early in his solo move.
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Sylvain Chavanel didn't have enough to contend with Nick Nuyens

Sylvain Chavanel didn't have enough to contend with Nick Nuyens
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The Belgian fans go crazy for two non-Belgians battling up the Kapelmuur

The Belgian fans go crazy for two non-Belgians battling up the Kapelmuur
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Nick Nuyens (behind) goes across to Fabian Cancellara and Sylvain Chavanel

Nick Nuyens (behind) goes across to Fabian Cancellara and Sylvain Chavanel
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Geraint Thomas (Sky) leads Nick Nuyens (Saxo Bank)

Geraint Thomas (Sky) leads Nick Nuyens (Saxo Bank)
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Juan Antonio Flecha (Sky) puts in a dig

Juan Antonio Flecha (Sky) puts in a dig
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Greg Van Avermaet (BMC)

Greg Van Avermaet (BMC)
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Thor Hushovd at the front of the race

Thor Hushovd at the front of the race
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Chavanel and Cancellara are propelled up the Kapelmuur by the enthusiastic crowds

Chavanel and Cancellara are propelled up the Kapelmuur by the enthusiastic crowds
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Nick Nuyens (Saxo Bank Sungard) crests the Kapelmuur

Nick Nuyens (Saxo Bank Sungard) crests the Kapelmuur
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Nick Nuyens (Saxo Bank Sungard), winner of the 2011 Tour of Flanders

Nick Nuyens (Saxo Bank Sungard), winner of the 2011 Tour of Flanders
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Nick Nuyens (Saxo Bank Sungard) on the podium at Tour of Flanders

Nick Nuyens (Saxo Bank Sungard) on the podium at Tour of Flanders
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Stijn Devolder suffered an unlucky puncture

Stijn Devolder suffered an unlucky puncture
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Chavanel looks back to see Cancellara coming up on the Valkenberg

Chavanel looks back to see Cancellara coming up on the Valkenberg
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Cancellara didn't panic and rode back to the front of the race.

Cancellara didn't panic and rode back to the front of the race.
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Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) heads over the Paterberg

Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) heads over the Paterberg
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Fabian Cancellara lacked the snap to detonate Sylvain Chavanel on the Kapelmuur

Fabian Cancellara lacked the snap to detonate Sylvain Chavanel on the Kapelmuur
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Simon Clarke of Astana was in the picture for a moment

Simon Clarke of Astana was in the picture for a moment
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Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervelo) wasn't quite on form for Flanders.

Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervelo) wasn't quite on form for Flanders.
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George Hincapie (BMC) had a good ride in Flanders

George Hincapie (BMC) had a good ride in Flanders
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Tom Boonen followed by Geraint Thomas

Tom Boonen followed by Geraint Thomas
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Philippe Gilbert on the Paterberg

Philippe Gilbert on the Paterberg
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Stijn Devolder (Vacansoleil) was never in the thick of the action

Stijn Devolder (Vacansoleil) was never in the thick of the action
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Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) gets a taste of Flanders

Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) gets a taste of Flanders
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Chavanel raced hard but was only second

Chavanel raced hard but was only second
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Cancellara showed his superb form but failed to win

Cancellara showed his superb form but failed to win
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Daniel Oss (Liquigas-Doimo) and Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky) in action

Daniel Oss (Liquigas-Doimo) and Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky) in action
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Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek) on a cobbled climb

Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek) on a cobbled climb
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Nick Nuyens (Saxo Bank-SunGard) on the Muur

Nick Nuyens (Saxo Bank-SunGard) on the Muur
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Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) again failed to deliver

Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) again failed to deliver
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An early moment in the race

An early moment in the race
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Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) goes on the attack

Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) goes on the attack
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Mikhail Ignatiev (Katusha) shows his love for Flanders

Mikhail Ignatiev (Katusha) shows his love for Flanders
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The riders leave the start in Brugge

The riders leave the start in Brugge
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The crowds along the race route were huge

The crowds along the race route were huge
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An alternative view of the race

An alternative view of the race
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Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervelo) grits his teeth and fights to stay in contention

Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervelo) grits his teeth and fights to stay in contention
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Three years after coming second, Nick Nuyens (Saxo Bank) wins the Tour of Flanders

Three years after coming second, Nick Nuyens (Saxo Bank) wins the Tour of Flanders
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Tom Boonen broke free to take fourth.

Tom Boonen broke free to take fourth.
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Nick Nuyens is congratulated by his Saxo Bank Sungard teammate

Nick Nuyens is congratulated by his Saxo Bank Sungard teammate
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Nuyens has a little inspiration on his forearm

Nuyens has a little inspiration on his forearm
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There was much jubliation in the Saxo Bank camp after Nick Nuyens defeated Cancellara and Chavanel to win Tour of Flanders.

There was much jubliation in the Saxo Bank camp after Nick Nuyens defeated Cancellara and Chavanel to win Tour of Flanders.
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Staf Schierlinckx (Veranda's Willems) with Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek) on the Bosberg

Staf Schierlinckx (Veranda's Willems) with Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek) on the Bosberg
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Nick Nuyens (Saxo Bank Sungard) overjoyed after winning the Ronde Van Vlaanderen

Nick Nuyens (Saxo Bank Sungard) overjoyed after winning the Ronde Van Vlaanderen
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Bjorn Leukemans (Vacansoleil) chases on the Bosberg

Bjorn Leukemans (Vacansoleil) chases on the Bosberg
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Philippe Gilbert comes across with Geraint Thomas to round out the top 10 in Flanders.

Philippe Gilbert comes across with Geraint Thomas to round out the top 10 in Flanders.
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BMC's George Hincapie looking a bit dismayed at sixth place

BMC's George Hincapie looking a bit dismayed at sixth place
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Stijn Devolder (Vacansoleil)

Stijn Devolder (Vacansoleil)
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Philippe Gilbert leads the chase group ahead of Bjorn Leukemans

Philippe Gilbert leads the chase group ahead of Bjorn Leukemans
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Nuyens gets the kisses

Nuyens gets the kisses
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Nuyens savours the moment on the podium

Nuyens savours the moment on the podium
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Sylvain Chavanel (Quickstep) struggled to find a smile after his second place

Sylvain Chavanel (Quickstep) struggled to find a smile after his second place
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Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek) was arguably the strongest rider in the race but finished third

Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek) was arguably the strongest rider in the race but finished third
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Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) finished ninth and Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) was tenth

Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) finished ninth and Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) was tenth
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George Hincapie (BMC) finished sixth

George Hincapie (BMC) finished sixth
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Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) on the Koppenberg.

Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) on the Koppenberg.
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Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) on the Koppenberg, biding his time.

Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) on the Koppenberg, biding his time.
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Philippe Gilbert going for broke after the Bosberg.

Philippe Gilbert going for broke after the Bosberg.
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Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) splintered the front group with his attack on the Bosberg, but it came to naught.

Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) splintered the front group with his attack on the Bosberg, but it came to naught.
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Nuyens tops Chavanel and Cancellara in a mad dash for the line.

Nuyens tops Chavanel and Cancellara in a mad dash for the line.
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Nick Nuyens had the fresher legs against Chavanel and Cancellara, who had been off the front together earlier in the race.

Nick Nuyens had the fresher legs against Chavanel and Cancellara, who had been off the front together earlier in the race.
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Nick Nuyens blasts to the win in the Tour of Flanders.

Nick Nuyens blasts to the win in the Tour of Flanders.
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Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) put in a strong move on the Bosberg

Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) put in a strong move on the Bosberg
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Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek) waiting to make his move.

Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek) waiting to make his move.
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As usual there were huge crowds on the Muur

As usual there were huge crowds on the Muur
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Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) got away on the Bosberg

Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) got away on the Bosberg
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Alessandro Ballan (BMC) goes in pursuit of Gilbert of the Bosberg

Alessandro Ballan (BMC) goes in pursuit of Gilbert of the Bosberg
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Nuyens suffers on the Muur of Geraardsbergen

Nuyens suffers on the Muur of Geraardsbergen
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Nick Nuyens (Saxo Bank-SunGard) celebrates and Chavanel despairs

Nick Nuyens (Saxo Bank-SunGard) celebrates and Chavanel despairs
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Tom Boonen (Quick Step) and the pain of finishing fourth

Tom Boonen (Quick Step) and the pain of finishing fourth
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Nick Nuyens (Saxo Bank-SunGard) can hardly comprehend he's won

Nick Nuyens (Saxo Bank-SunGard) can hardly comprehend he's won
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Alessandro Ballan (BMC) fights the gradient of the Muur

Alessandro Ballan (BMC) fights the gradient of the Muur
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Filippo Pozzato needs a drink after a tough finish

Filippo Pozzato needs a drink after a tough finish
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Nuyens gets it on the line

Nuyens gets it on the line
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Ballan gets a pat on the back for his aggressive race

Ballan gets a pat on the back for his aggressive race
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A disappointed Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervelo)

A disappointed Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervelo)
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Nuyens takes the top spot after out smarting Chavanel and Cancellara in the finale

Nuyens takes the top spot after out smarting Chavanel and Cancellara in the finale
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The Tour of Flanders podium: Sylvain Chavanel, Nick Nuyens and Fabian Cancellara

The Tour of Flanders podium: Sylvain Chavanel, Nick Nuyens and Fabian Cancellara
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Nick Nuyens (Saxo Bank-SunGard) collects the winner's trophy

Nick Nuyens (Saxo Bank-SunGard) collects the winner's trophy
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Nick Nuyens (Saxo Bank-SunGard) celebrates

Nick Nuyens (Saxo Bank-SunGard) celebrates
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Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step), Nick Nuyens (Saxo Bank) and Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek) sprint to the line in Ninove.

Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step), Nick Nuyens (Saxo Bank) and Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek) sprint to the line in Ninove.
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Nick Nuyens (Saxo Bank) wins the 2011 Tour of Flanders

Nick Nuyens (Saxo Bank) wins the 2011 Tour of Flanders
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Nick Nuyens (Saxo Bank) wins the 2011 Tour of Flanders

Nick Nuyens (Saxo Bank) wins the 2011 Tour of Flanders
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Nick Nuyens (Saxo Bank-SunGard) pulled off a perfectly executed win at the Tour of Flanders, finally proving to his Belgian supporters that his second here in 2008 was no fluke.

The Belgian got away with Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek) and Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) in the final five kilometres, took advantage of being in a decisive move and then beat them in the sprint to the line. Tom Boonen (Quick-Step) finished fourth at short distance.

Right after finishing Nuyens couldn't realize what he had just accomplished. "I'll need some time before it sinks in. It's special because I didn't have a great day and ran into a lot of bad luck," Nuyens said. "I know that I'm not the best rider of all, but I also know that if I have a good day, they have to take me into account."

In one of the most unpredictable editions of the Tour of Flanders in years, the action changed continuously. Cancellara tried an audacious attack some 60km from the finish and joined Chavanel who was already up the road since the Oude Kwaremont. Cancellara didn't get any help from Chavanel and suddenly he faded when approaching the famous Muur in Geraardsbergen. On the Kapelmuur they were caught by a group of race favourites and the race was wide open again.

"It showed that superman can have weak moments too. I had cramps," Cancellara said. "Probably I didn't drink enough. This was like a summer day in Flanders and everybody expected rain. I asked Sylvain to help me. If he helped me we could go to the finish line, but they played for Boonen."

In hindsight Chavanel regretted he didn't support last year's winner. "I'm sorry that I didn't work with him. I have a good sprint so I had my chances but we have Tom for the sprint," Chavanel said.

A group of twelve riders including previous winners Boonen, Cancellara and Ballan battled for the win on the flat roads towards Meerbeke. The attacks were flying around but when Cancellara went again within the final five kilometres only Chavanel and Nuyens were able to stay with him and the Saxo Bank rider played it perfectly. Cancellara lead out the sprint but Nuyens came through on the line, struggling to believe he had won.

"They say I'm good in that sort of stuff. There was a little bit of time to gamble in the sprint. I knew I could beat Cancellara but I was unsure about Chavanel," Nuyens said. "I was on a too small gear. I saw something blue on my right and for a brief moment a Hoste-scenario [Leif Hoste defeated by Alessandro Ballan in 2007] flashed through my head. When I shifted up I felt I had dash left and I think I rode a professional sprint."

In the sprint Chavanel had to hold his legs still twice but the French rider didn't blame his sprint rivals. "Cancellara started the sprint and I followed. I came back but had to stop once to move right. Then I come back but I have to stop again. That's when I knew it was over. I've never been so good for the Spring Classics. Finishing on the podium isn't bad," Chavanel stated.

The early action

The race was fast and aggressive from the start. Numerous riders tried to get in the early breakaway but the peloton didn't allow anything to get away, thus the average speed during the first hour reached almost 50km/h.

Eventually a group of five riders was allowed some distance: Mitchell Docker (Skil-Shimano), Stefan van Dijk (Veranda Willems-Accent), Roger Hammond (Garmin-Cervélo), Sébastien Turgot (Europcar) and Jeremy Hunt (Sky). They built up a lead of almost eight minutes but the gap came down near Zwalm when several new attacks followed in the peloton.

When a sizable group of about twenty riders escaped the peloton, Cancellara's Leopard Trek teammates were forced to do the work in the peloton. The front group included Maarten Tjallingii, André Greipel, Bernard Eisel and Gert Steegmans but was brought back just before the fourth climb of the day, the Kaperij.

he five leaders only had three minutes left on the peloton at this point and the race was wide open. While heading to the important trio of climbs, the Oude Kwaremont, Paterberg, and Koppenberg, Jurgen Roelandts, Joost Posthuma plus BMC's Marcus Burghardt and Karsten Kroon all crashed, while world champion Thor Hushovd and Sep Vanmarcke punctured.

Chavanel anticipates the attacks

On the Oude Kwaremont Sylvain Chavanel accelerated away and quickly bridged up to Simon Clarke (Astana) who had moved clear of the peloton just before. The duo caught up with the remaining three leaders (Hammond, Van Dijk and Turgot) while heading to the Koppenberg. The peloton trailed by only half a minute on the leaders, thanks to a surge from Philippe Gilbert.

At the second feed zone after 185km, Chavanel and Clarke were the only riders left in front, with the first peloton trailing by just twenty seconds. Before the Taaienberg climb, Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) attacked and his move was marked by Boonen, Langeveld and Flecha, but on the climb Hushovd brought the peloton back to the high-quality group of four.

Two riders then bridged up to the leaders: First Edvald Boasson Hagen sneaked away, then on the Eikenberg it was Lars Boom who then powered away from the peloton. For the second time Leopard Trek was forced to work and Martin Mortensen emptied his tank for Cancellara.

Former Paris-Roubaix winner Fréderic Guesdon (FDJ) accelerated on the pavé section of Mater and he was joined by Greg Van Avermaet and watchdogs Hayman and Leezer. On the Molenberg, where Boonen and Cancellara attacked last year, Chavanel went clear alone, with Boom and Boasson Hagen the closest chasers. Right after the Molenberg there was a tactical move from outsider Bjorn Leukemans who slipped away with Baden Cooke. However this duo caught with Hayman, Van Avermaet and Leezer.

Cancellara makes his move

The race amongst the favourites heated up with 45km to go on the cobbles of Haaghoek. Hushovd led the peloton but then suddenly Boonen blasted past the world champion. Cancellara and Pozzato followed him as the trio quickly passed Van Avermaet, Hayman, Leezer, Leukemans and Cooke.

On the Leberg climb, Cancellara took over and turned on the turbo, causing panic and pain behind. Only Boonen and Pozzato were able to go with him but then he accelerated again and blew them off his wheel. On the steepest part of the Leberg, Cancellara blasted past Boom and Boasson Hagen and was away alone.

Chavanel still had a 40 second gap on Cancellara, but he had already gained twenty seconds on the first chase group that included Boonen, Pozzato, Boasson Hagen, Van Avermaet, Leukemans and Boom. The race seemed over.

On the fifteenth climb of the day, the Valkenberg, Cancellara caught up with Chavanel while the first chasers were at 40 seconds. In between the Valkenberg and the climb of the Tenbosse, Cancellara increased the gap on the chasers to a minute while the BMC team tried to organise an impressive seven-rider chase.

At the top of the Tenbosse, four BMC riders were still in front and the gap was only ten seconds smaller. Cancellara didn't get any help from Chavanel but he managed to keep the peloton at a minute as the Geraardsbergen climb approached.

Cancellara cracks

The race seemed over but then the biggest turnaround in the history of the Tour of Flanders unfolded in just a few kilometres. All of a sudden the gap between Cancellara and Chavanel and the peloton plummeted. Cancellara seemed in trouble and lost his sparkle.

On the famous Muur in Geraardsbergen the pair were caught by an aggressive Gilbert, followed by Leukemans, Ballan and the rest of the peloton. Cancellara accelerated in the second half of the Muur to stay at the front but the race was suddenly wide open again where it is usually decided.

After the Muur, five men were leading the race: Cancellara, Gilbert, Ballan, Leukemans and Chavanel. At the foot of the last climb of the day, the Bosberg, Flecha, Nuyens, Boonen, Langeveld, Thomas, Hincapie and Staf Scheirlinckx bridged up too. On the Bosberg, Gilbert attacked while the group splintered.

Gilbert opened a small lead on the rest on the flat and fast road to the finish. But it was not to be and he was pulled back as Thomas did a lot of work to bring Flecha back to the first chase group. At eight kilometres from the finish, twelve men were battling for the win in the Ronde.

Cancellara decides the race

Attacks from Ballan, Nuyens, Thomas and Flecha were neutralized while Cancellara seemed to have recovered from his efforts. A move from Langeveld at four kilometres from the finish was neutralized by Ballan but then Cancellara managed to pull off one final attack that was only followed by Chavanel and Nuyens.

At two kilometres from the finish the trio had about ten seconds on the nine chasers. It was a breathtaking finish.

Inside the last kilometre, Boonen tried a counter-attack from but it was just a little too late. After the final corner, Cancellara started the sprint early to hold off Boonen. Nuyens took over but struggled to hold on until the line. Both Cancellara and Chavanel came back at him but both fell short and Nuyens hit the line first and began to celebrate.

Chavanel could only wave his arm in disappointment and anger, while Cancellara took a tired and disappointed third. Boonen finished fourth just a few metres behind. The chase group filled the top-ten a few seconds further back, while Farrar won the bunch sprint 1:24 behind Nuyens, the new hero of Flemish cycling.

Full Results
1Nick Nuyens (Bel) Saxo Bank Sungard6:01:20
2Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quickstep Cycling Team
3Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Leopard Trek
4Tom Boonen (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team0:00:02
5Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:05
6George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team
7Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
8Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent
9Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
10Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling
11Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Procycling
12Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:00:09
13Tyler Farrar (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:01:24
14Bernhard Eisel (Aut) HTC-Highroad
15Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ
16Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre - ISD
17Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
18Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team
19Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
20Maarten Wynants (Bel) Rabobank Cycling Team
21Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling
22Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
23William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ
24Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
25Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team
26Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
27Jonas Aaen Jörgensen (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard
28Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar
29Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar
30Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Saxo Bank Sungard
31Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet
32Gert Steegmans (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team
33Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
34Lars Ytting Bak (Den) HTC-Highroad
35Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Pro Team Astana
36Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) FDJ
37Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
38Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Katusha Team
39Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Katusha Team
40Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling
41Arnoud Van Groen (Ned) Veranda's Willems - Accent
42Grégory Rast (Swi) Team RadioShack
43Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha Team
44Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Team RadioShack
45Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
46Thomas Leezer (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:02:37
47Kristof Goddaert (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale0:04:29
48Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
49Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team
50Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling
51Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar
52Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team
53Thor Hushovd (Nor) Team Garmin-Cervelo
54Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
55Stijn Devolder (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
56Leif Hoste (Bel) Katusha Team
57Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha Team0:08:02
58Gustav Larsson (Swe) Saxo Bank Sungard
59Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team
60Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team
61Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo
62Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:09:14
63Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team RadioShack0:12:37
64Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Pro Team Astana
65Martin Velits (Svk) HTC-Highroad
66Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team
67Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team
68Kevin Van Impe (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team
69Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Leopard Trek
70Simon Clarke (Aus) Pro Team Astana
71Kevin Ista (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:13:30
72James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent0:15:28
73Geert Steurs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
74Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
75Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto
76André Greipel (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto
77Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto
78Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar
79Davy Commeyne (Bel) Landbouwkrediet
80Maxim Gourov (Kaz) Pro Team Astana
81Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Team Europcar
82Geert Verheyen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet
83Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) HTC-Highroad
84Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
85Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) Saxo Bank Sungard
86Steve Chainel (Fra) FDJ
87Baden Cooke (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard
88Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
89Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
90Michael Mørkøv (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard
91Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
92Bert De Backer (Bel) Skil - Shimano
93Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Team RadioShack
94John Degenkolb (Ger) HTC-Highroad
95Kristijan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Cannondale
96Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet
97Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
98Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team
99Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
100Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil - Shimano
101Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Leopard Trek
102Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Veranda's Willems - Accent
103Steve Houanard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
104Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team
105Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Movistar Team
106Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
107Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
108Roger Hammond (GBr) Team Garmin-Cervelo
109Dominic Klemme (Ger) Leopard Trek
110Mark Cavendish (GBr) HTC-Highroad
111Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Procycling
112Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil - Shimano
113Andreas Klier (Ger) Team Garmin-Cervelo
114David Boucher (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:17:51
115Javier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
116Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
117Carlos Oyarzun (Chi) Movistar Team
118Yuriy Krivtsov (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
119Bram Schmitz (Ned) Veranda's Willems - Accent
120Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Team RadioShack
121Dominique Cornu (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
122Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
123Dmytro Krivtsov (Ukr) Lampre - ISD
124Steven Van Vooren (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
125Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
126Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar
127Kasper Klostergaard Larsen (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard
128Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Pro Team Astana
129David Veilleux (Can) Team Europcar
130Romain Lemarchand (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
131Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Pro Team Astana
132Martin Reimer (Ger) Skil - Shimano
133Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
134Andreas Stauff (Ger) Quickstep Cycling Team
135Ronan Van Zandbeek (Ned) Skil - Shimano
DNFJoost Posthuma (Ned) Leopard Trek
DNFGiacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Leopard Trek
DNFMartin Mortensen (Den) Leopard Trek
DNFWouter Weylandt (Bel) Leopard Trek
DNFDaniel Lloyd (GBr) Team Garmin-Cervelo
DNFSep Vanmarcke (Bel) Team Garmin-Cervelo
DNFMatthew Wilson (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo
DNFJens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
DNFMirko Selvaggi (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
DNFFrederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
DNFDavide Malacarne (Ita) Quickstep Cycling Team
DNFAdam Blyth (GBr) Omega Pharma-Lotto
DNFRick Flens (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
DNFCoen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
DNFMatthew Harley Goss (Aus) HTC-Highroad
DNFGatis Smukulis (Lat) HTC-Highroad
DNFKarsten Kroon (Ned) BMC Racing Team
DNFKurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Sky Procycling
DNFJeremy Hunt (GBr) Sky Procycling
DNFElia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
DNFTiziano Dall'antonia (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
DNFJacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
DNFEdward King (USA) Liquigas-Cannondale
DNFAlan Marangoni (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
DNFPeter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale
DNFSébastien Rosseler (Bel) Team RadioShack
DNFManuel Antonio Leal Cardoso (Por) Team RadioShack
DNFMichal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team RadioShack
DNFAnthony Ravard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
DNFAllan Davis (Aus) Pro Team Astana
DNFMaxim Iglinsky (Kaz) Pro Team Astana
DNFVladimir Isaichev (Rus) Katusha Team
DNFAliaksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Katusha Team
DNFMikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha Team
DNFGrega Bole (Slo) Lampre - ISD
DNFVitaliy Buts (Ukr) Lampre - ISD
DNFVitaliy Kondrut (Ukr) Lampre - ISD
DNFSimon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - ISD
DNFBalint Szeghalmi (Hun) Lampre - ISD
DNFJesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team
DNFLuis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Spa) Movistar Team
DNFJonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
DNFPierre Cazaux (Fra) Euskaltel-Euskadi
DNFMiguel Minguez Ayala (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
DNFAlan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
DNFDaniel Sesma (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
DNFKoen Barbe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet
DNFBart Dockx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet
DNFEgidijus Juodvalkis (Ltu) Landbouwkrediet
DNFBobbie Traksel (Ned) Landbouwkrediet
DNFStijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
DNFPieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
DNFSteven Caethoven (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent
DNFRob Goris (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent
DNFStefan Van Dijk (Ned) Veranda's Willems - Accent
DNFTristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
DNFOlivier Bonnaire (Fra) FDJ
DNFMickael Delage (Fra) FDJ
DNFAnthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ
DNFMatthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ
DNFRoy Curvers (Ned) Skil - Shimano
DNFMitchell Docker (Aus) Skil - Shimano
DNFRoger Kluge (Ger) Skil - Shimano
DNFSébastien Chavanel (Fra) Team Europcar

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