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American Ian Garrison takes silver in U23 debut at Gent-Wevelgem http://www.velonews.com/2017/03/news/american-ian-garrison-takes-silver-u23-debut-gent-wevelgem_433697 http://www.velonews.com/2017/03/news/american-ian-garrison-takes-silver-u23-debut-gent-wevelgem_433697#respond Sun, 26 Mar 2017 20:14:07 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=433697 Young American Ian Garrison’s star shined brightly with a solid second-place outing in his under-23 debut at Gent-Wevelgem on Sunday.

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Young American Ian Garrison’s star shined brightly with a solid second-place outing in his under-23 debut at Gent-Wevelgem on Sunday.

The 18-year-old Georgia native, who signed on with UCI Continental team Axeon-Hagens Berman for 2017, finished a bike length behind race winner and former JLT Condor rider Jacob Hennesy of Great Britain.

Rasmus Tiller (Norway) was third in the 186-kilometer cobblestoned classic Nations Cup event in Belgium.

“Honestly, it hasn’t quite hit me yet,” said Garrison. “The caliber of it all and this being my first time to race U23. I am just really excited and taking it all in.

Garrison said he was simply hoping to fulfill his assigned duty, which was to look after team leaders (and Axeon teammates) Logan Owen and Neilson Powless. But with 70 kilometers still to race, he suddenly found himself on the front.

“A guy attacked and Logan told me to hop onto his wheel,”Garrison explained. “So I just tagged along and followed him. I didn’t pull through and he kept rolling. Two or three minutes later, a group of five or six guys rolled up to us with [USA Cycling U23 teammate] Zeke Mostov and then another group with [teammate] Sean Bennett in there. That is how the breakaway formed.”

Onto the finishing circuit, which included two trips up the cobblestoned climbs of the Baneberg, the Kemmelberg and the Monteberg, the bronze medalist at last year’s junior world time trial championships became the aggressor.

“Each time up the Kemmelberg, I hit the front and put in an effort there, which got rid of a lot of the smaller country guys who were starting to sit in,” he said. “Unfortunately, Sean double-flatted and we lost Zeke the second time up the Kemmelberg, so there were about seven of us who came to the line together.”

Joining Bennett (Jelly Belly presented by Maxxis), Mostov (Aevolo Cycling), Garrison, Owen and Powless (all of Axeon) was Curtis White (Rally Cycling).

USA Cycling U23 manager Nate Wilson, who rode for Axel Merckx’s development team himself in 2013, said he was most impressed with the teamwork from the mixed, six-member squad.

“This is probably our best result in one of these cobbled classics in a while,” Wilson said. “As a nation, that is exciting. For me, the thing that is most exciting is how it happened as a product of great team execution.

“To start the season off on that foot is terrific,” he continued. “A lot of times we have the guys coming in from the trade teams and they are really strong. But getting them to work cohesively as a team usually takes some time.

“I am really proud of everyone and how they worked together today.”

 

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It’s not, ‘How can I win a race?’ It’s, ‘How can I beat Peter Sagan?’ http://www.velonews.com/2017/03/news/not-can-win-race-can-beat-peter-sagan_433690 http://www.velonews.com/2017/03/news/not-can-win-race-can-beat-peter-sagan_433690#respond Sun, 26 Mar 2017 19:19:22 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=433690 Peter Sagan's Bora-Hansgrohe team says that rivals ride more against its ace than they for victory itself.

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WEVELGEM, Belgium (VN) — Peter Sagan‘s Bora-Hansgrohe team, after Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors) refused to pull today in Gent-Wevelgem, says that rivals ride more against its ace than they for victory itself.

The Dutch Paris-Roubaix winner eased off with 16 kilometers left and let Jens Keukeleire (Orica-Scott) and eventual winner Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) ride clear to victory.

Bora’s directors climbed out of their team cars in Wevelgem’s busy center and, shaking their heads in disbelief, waited for Sagan to arrive.

“And Terpstra! Yeah, maybe it’s like I said before. It’s not, ‘How can I win a race? It’s more, ‘How can I beat Peter Sagan?'” Jens Zemke told Velonews.

“Peter was leading that five-man group, he pulls off and was going to the back, and then they leave a gap in front of him for him to close. That’s something you don’t do normally.”

Sagan pulled off and left Van Avermaet to lead Keukeleire, Terpstra and young Dane Søren Andersen (Sunweb). Sagan looked over to see Terpstra’s legs stop turning and the space between Terpstra’s front wheel and Keukeleire’s rear increasing.

They raced away and Sagan eventually had to chase. After winning E3 Harelbeke on Friday, Olympic champion Van Avermaet added the Gent-Wevelgem trophy to his case by sprinting ahead of Keukeleire.

World Champion Sagan salvaged third place in Belgium’s WorldTour classic that he won last year and in 2013. He pulled back his long hair under a baseball cap and sat in the mixed zone afterwards, where journalists leaned in closely to hear what he had to say.

“I just don’t know what Terpstra wanted to do,” Sagan explained.

“He attacked to go in the breakaway and afterwards he doesn’t want to work. This is just one example of how you can lose the race against me.”

Fans saw a similar story unfold last weekend in Italy, where Julian Alaphilippe (Quick Step) and eventual winner Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky) forced Sagan to work in Milano-Sanremo.

“It’s normal that they watch Peter, he’s super strong and the man to watch. He’s the main to beat,” Zemke continued.

“Maybe Greg should wear the Olympic jersey because everyone is watching the rainbow one and Greg keeps winning.

“You’ll have to ask Quick-Step what they were thinking.”

Quick-Step’s bus sat further down Wevelgem’s main street. Former cyclist and sports director Wilfried Peeters walked around the back while Terpstra spoke at the door.

“It’s like a game, some times you win, sometimes you lose,” Peeters said.

“Just that initial reaction, that reaction cost the victory. To close that gap is hard when it’s opened.”

Quick-Step’s game, however, was to force the pre-race favorite Sagan to tire himself while Terpstra said that he had Fernando Gaviria, Tom Boonen, and Matteo Trentin behind. Andersen played similar tactics, naming Sunweb teammate Michael Matthews.

“The option was not to go full-gas in the break when we had strong riders behind,” Peeters said.

“I like Sagan and he’s there every time there, but we don’t need to pull like an animal in the front when you have the fastest sprinter behind.”

Sagan will try to revenge the “cheap game” in next Sunday’s Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders), a race that he also won in 2016.

“It’s not disappointment, but I’m more motivated,” Sagan said. “If you win always, then maybe you lose motivation.

“Now, I’m motivated to take some victory, but this is not sport, just a very cheap game.”

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Van Avermaet wins Gent-Wevelgem http://www.velonews.com/2017/03/news/van-avermaet-wins-gent-wevelgem_433670 http://www.velonews.com/2017/03/news/van-avermaet-wins-gent-wevelgem_433670#respond Sun, 26 Mar 2017 15:59:17 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=433670 Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet outsprinted fellow escapee Jens Keukeleire to claim Gent-Wevelgem in Belgium on Sunday.

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WEVELGEM, Belgium (AFP) – Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet completed a 48-hour cobbled classic double by winning Gent-Wevelgem in Belgium on Sunday.

The 31-year-old edged out Belgian compatriot Jens Keukeleire in a two-up sprint finish to the 249km 79th edition of the race, just two days removed from winning E3 Harelbeke for the second time on Friday.

Top 10 results

  • 1. Greg VAN AVERMAET, BMC RACING, in 5:39:00
  • 2. Jens KEUKELEIRE, ORICA-SCOTT, at :00
  • 3. Peter SAGAN, BORA-HANSGROHE, at :06
  • 4. Niki TERPSTRA, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at :06
  • 5. John DEGENKOLB, TREK-SEGAFREDO, at :06
  • 6. Tom BOONEN, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at :06
  • 7. Jens DEBUSSCHERE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :06
  • 8. Michael MATTHEWS, TEAM SUNWEB, at :06
  • 9. Fernando GAVIRIA RENDON, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at :06
  • 10. Sacha MODOLO, UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at :06

Van Avermaet’s teammates Stefan Küng, Daniel Oss, Silvan Dillier and Loïc Vliegen put in a huge effort to counter a Quick-Step move and bring the group back for Van Avermaet as the race entered the final 50km.

On the final ascent of the Kemmelberg, Van Avermaet made his own move and a group of 14 riders went clear of the peloton. Approaching 20km to go, Keukeleire attacked and Van Avermaet, Nikki Terpstra (Quickstep-Floors), Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Soren Kragh Andersen (Team Sunweb) joined.

At 15km before the finish, it was just Van Avermaet and Keukeleire left at the front. The duo put in a solid effort to stay clear and eventually, it was Van Avermaet who took the win on the line as the peloton came storming home just six seconds behind the duo.

“The guys, like Stefan Küng and Loïc Vliegen, did a great job to bring Quickstep-Floors back when they went away on the gravel roads,” explained the winner. “Daniel Oss was strong too the whole day. It was a really hard race for sure and you need a strong team in these races.”

It was Van Avermaet’s third win on the cobbles in the last month having also won February’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.

It sets up the BMC rider as clear favourite for next weekend’s Tour of Flanders, the second high-profile ‘Monument’ race of the season where he has already finished second in 2014 and third a year later.

“I can’t hide it any longer, I will without a doubt be the man to beat – the favourite,” admitted Van Avermaet. “I didn’t think I could win this course which is suited to pure sprinters.

“I was audacious and that created an ideal situation for me.”

Van Avermaet has never won a Monument race despite being one of his generation’s best cobbled one-day classics specialists.

But he comes into the two major objectives of his season over the next two weekends – Flanders and then Paris-Roubaix – with brimming confidence and in the form of his life.

Van Avermaet will be eager to make amends for his Flanders disaster last season when he broke his collarbone in a crash with four team-mates, failing to finish the race and then missing Paris-Roubaix.

But since coming back to racing, the former nearly-man has enjoyed the best period of his life, winning Olympic gold in Rio after holding the Tour de France yellow jersey for three days last July.

He will face stiff competition in Flanders from world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), who took third place in Wevelgem, a few seconds back after out-sprinting 2014 Paris-Roubaix winner Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors).

Sagan, who was second to Van Avermaet at Omloop Het Nieuswblad, won both Gent-Wevelgem and Flanders last year.

But he was left angry with Terpstra, whom he felt refused to help chase down the lead duo.

“Terpstra rode more to make me lose the race than to try to win it himself,” complained the Slovakian.

Van Avermaet had opened hostilities with 35km left with an attack on the Mont Kemmel climb that was originally followed only by Sagan.

Several further attacks resulted in a two-man lead group with three chasers – Sagan, Terpstra and Dane Soren Kragh Andersen – but they fail to work together effectively.

Results

  • 1. Greg VAN AVERMAET, BMC RACING, in 5:39:05
  • 2. Jens KEUKELEIRE, ORICA-SCOTT, at :00
  • 3. Peter SAGAN, BORA-HANSGROHE, at :06
  • 4. Niki TERPSTRA, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at :06
  • 5. John DEGENKOLB, TREK-SEGAFREDO, at :06
  • 6. Tom BOONEN, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at :06
  • 7. Jens DEBUSSCHERE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :06
  • 8. Michael MATTHEWS, TEAM SUNWEB, at :06
  • 9. Fernando GAVIRIA RENDON, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at :06
  • 10. Sacha MODOLO, UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at :06
  • 11. Maxime VANTOMME, WB VERANCLASSIC-AQUA PROTECT, at :06
  • 12. Bert VAN LERBERGHE, SPORTS VLAANDEREN-BALOISE, at :06
  • 13. Sonny COLBRELLI, BAHRAIN-MERIDA, at :06
  • 14. Juraj SAGAN, BORA-HANSGROHE, at :06
  • 15. Christophe LAPORTE, COFIDIS-SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at :06
  • 16. Søren Kragh ANDERSEN, TEAM SUNWEB, at :06
  • 17. Sam BENNETT, BORA-HANSGROHE, at :06
  • 18. Jos VAN EMDEN, LOTTONL-JUMBO, at :06
  • 19. Edward THEUNS, TREK-SEGAFREDO, at :06
  • 20. Guillaume VAN KEIRSBULCK, WANTY-GROUPE GOBERT, at :06
  • 21. Ian STANNARD, TEAM SKY, at :06
  • 22. Oliver NAESEN, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :06
  • 23. Coen VERMELTFOORT, ROOMPOT-NEDERLANSE LOTERIJ, at :06
  • 24. Daniele BENNATI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :06
  • 25. Marco MARCATO, UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at :06
  • 26. Luka MEZGEC, ORICA-SCOTT, at :06
  • 27. Loïc VLIEGEN, BMC RACING, at :06
  • 28. Jasha SÜTTERLIN, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :06
  • 29. Scott THWAITES, DIMENSION DATA, at :06
  • 30. Yoann OFFREDO, WANTY-GROUPE GOBERT, at :06
  • 31. Nikolas MAES, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :06
  • 32. Alberto BETTIOL, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC, at :06
  • 33. MICHAEL VALGREN ANDERSEN, ASTANA PRO, at :06
  • 34. Hugo HOULE, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :06
  • 35. Bram TANKINK, LOTTONL-JUMBO, at :06
  • 36. Hugo Hofstetter, COFIDIS-SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at :06
  • 37. NICCOLO BONIFAZIO, BAHRAIN-MERIDA, at :06
  • 38. Dries VAN GESTEL, SPORTS VLAANDEREN-BALOISE, at :06
  • 39. Daniel OSS, BMC RACING, at :06
  • 40. Andrey GRIVKO, ASTANA PRO, at :06
  • 41. Jurgen ROELANDTS, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :06
  • 42. Silvan DILLIER, BMC RACING, at :06
  • 43. Mitch DOCKER, ORICA-SCOTT, at :13
  • 44. Edvald BOASSON HAGEN, DIMENSION DATA, at :13
  • 45. Koen DE KORT, TREK-SEGAFREDO, at :13
  • 46. Jasper STUYVEN, TREK-SEGAFREDO, at :13
  • 47. Christopher JUUL JENSEN, ORICA-SCOTT, at :13
  • 48. Julien VERMOTE, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at :13
  • 49. Yves LAMPAERT, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at :13
  • 50. Fabio FELLINE, TREK-SEGAFREDO, at :13
  • 51. Matteo TRENTIN, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at :13
  • 52. Zdenek ŠTYBAR, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at :13
  • 53. Dimitri CLAEYS, COFIDIS-SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at :13
  • 54. Luka PIBERNIK, BAHRAIN-MERIDA, at :30
  • 55. Tom VAN ASBROECK, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC, at 1:20
  • 56. Marcel SIEBERG, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 1:32
  • 57. Robert Thomas WAGNER, LOTTONL-JUMBO, at 7:26
  • 58. Pim LIGTHART, ROOMPOT-NEDERLANSE LOTERIJ, at 7:26
  • 59. Julien DUVAL, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 7:26
  • 60. Elmar REINDERS, ROOMPOT-NEDERLANSE LOTERIJ, at 7:26
  • 61. Laurens DE VREESE, ASTANA PRO, at 7:26
  • 62. Moreno HOFLAND, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 7:26
  • 63. Huub DUYN, VERANDAS WILLEMS-CRELAN, at 7:26
  • 64. Iljo KEISSE, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 7:26
  • 65. Francisco Jose VENTOSO ALBERDI, BMC RACING, at 7:26
  • 66. Jay Robert THOMSON, DIMENSION DATA, at 7:26
  • 67. Carlos BARBERO CUESTA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 7:26
  • 68. Rick ZABEL, KATUSHA-ALPECIN, at 7:26
  • 69. Viacheslav KUZNETSOV, KATUSHA-ALPECIN, at 7:26
  • 70. Mark MCNALLY, WANTY-GROUPE GOBERT, at 7:26
  • 71. Simone CONSONNI, UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at 7:26
  • 72. Ryan MULLEN, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC, at 7:26
  • 73. Alexander KRISTOFF, KATUSHA-ALPECIN, at 7:26
  • 74. Andrea PASQUALON, WANTY-GROUPE GOBERT, at 7:26
  • 75. Kenneth VAN ROOY, SPORTS VLAANDEREN-BALOISE, at 7:26
  • 76. Bernhard EISEL, DIMENSION DATA, at 7:26
  • 77. Dennis VAN WINDEN, ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY, at 7:26
  • 78. Arnaud DEMARE, FDJ, at 7:26
  • 79. Mike TEUNISSEN, TEAM SUNWEB, at 7:26
  • 80. Dylan GROENEWEGEN, LOTTONL-JUMBO, at 7:26
  • 81. Amund Grondahl JANSEN, LOTTONL-JUMBO, at 7:26
  • 82. Stefan KÜNG, BMC RACING, at 7:26
  • 83. Borut BOZIC, BAHRAIN-MERIDA, at 7:26
  • 84. Jelle WALLAYS, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 7:26
  • 85. Baptiste PLANCKAERT, KATUSHA-ALPECIN, at 7:26
  • 86. Dmitriy GRUZDEV, ASTANA PRO, at 7:26
  • 87. Preben VAN HECKE, SPORTS VLAANDEREN-BALOISE, at 7:26
  • 88. Raymond KREDER, ROOMPOT-NEDERLANSE LOTERIJ, at 7:26
  • 89. Berden DE VRIES, ROOMPOT-NEDERLANSE LOTERIJ, at 7:26
  • 90. Dylan TEUNS, BMC RACING, at 7:26
  • 91. Gediminas BAGDONAS, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 7:26
  • 92. Héctor CARRETERO, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 7:26
  • 93. Marcus BURGHARDT, BORA-HANSGROHE, at 7:26
  • 94. Maciej BODNAR, BORA-HANSGROHE, at 7:26
  • 95. Lars BOOM, LOTTONL-JUMBO, at 7:26
  • 96. Tyler FARRAR, DIMENSION DATA, at 7:26
  • 97. Dylan VAN BAARLE, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC, at 7:26
  • 98. Mathew HAYMAN, ORICA-SCOTT, at 7:26
  • 99. Sebastian LANGEVELD, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC, at 7:26
  • 100. Florian SENECHAL, COFIDIS-SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 7:26
  • 101. Caleb EWAN, ORICA-SCOTT, at 7:26
  • 102. Wesley KREDER, WANTY-GROUPE GOBERT, at 7:26
  • 103. Michael MORKOV, KATUSHA-ALPECIN, at 13:47
  • 104. Ivan GARCIA CORTINA, BAHRAIN-MERIDA, at 13:47
  • 105. Federico ZURLO, UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at 13:47
  • 106. Olivier LE GAC, FDJ, at 13:47
  • 107. Mickael DELAGE, FDJ at 13:47
  • 108. Loic CHETOUT, COFIDIS-SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 13:47
  • 109. Lukasz WISNIOWSKI, TEAM SKY, at 13:47
  • 110. Christian KNEES, TEAM SKY, at 13:47
  • 111. Christophe MASSON, WB VERANCLASSIC-AQUA PROTECT, at 13:47
  • 112. Gregory RAST, TREK-SEGAFREDO, at 13:47
  • 113. Tony MARTIN, KATUSHA-ALPECIN, at 13:47
  • 114. Edward PLANCKAERT, SPORTS VLAANDEREN-BALOISE, at 13:51
  • 115. Gianni MOSCON, TEAM SKY, at 3:52
  • DNF Stef VAN ZUMMEREN, VERANDAS WILLEMS-CRELAN
  • DNF Manuel QUINZIATO, BMC RACING
  • DNF Otto VERGAERDE, VERANDAS WILLEMS-CRELAN
  • DNF Michaël VAN STAEYEN, COFIDIS-SOLUTIONS CREDITS
  • DNF Cyril LEMOINE, COFIDIS-SOLUTIONS CREDITS
  • DNF Aidis KRUOPIS, VERANDAS WILLEMS-CRELAN
  • DNF Stijn VANDENBERGH, AG2R LA MONDIALE
  • DNF Kenneth VANBILSEN, COFIDIS-SOLUTIONS CREDITS
  • DNF Rudy BARBIER, AG2R LA MONDIALE
  • DNF Alexis GOUGEARD, AG2R LA MONDIALE
  • DNF Timothy DUPONT, VERANDAS WILLEMS-CRELAN
  • DNF Michael GOOLAERTS, VERANDAS WILLEMS-CRELAN
  • DNF Dries DE BONDT, VERANDAS WILLEMS-CRELAN
  • DNF Matti BRESCHEL, ASTANA PRO
  • DNF Pieter VANSPEYBROUCK, WANTY-GROUPE GOBERT
  • DNF Nico DENZ, AG2R LA MONDIALE
  • DNF Benjamin PERRY, ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY
  • DNF Krists NEILANDS, ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY
  • DNF Christophe PRÉMONT, VERANDAS WILLEMS-CRELAN
  • DNF Marco HALLER, KATUSHA-ALPECIN
  • DNF Michal KOLÁR, BORA-HANSGROHE
  • DNF Taco VAN DER HOORN, ROOMPOT-NEDERLANSE LOTERIJ
  • DNF Aleksejs SARAMOTINS, BORA-HANSGROHE
  • DNF Andreas SCHILLINGER, BORA-HANSGROHE
  • DNF Andre LOOIJ, ROOMPOT-NEDERLANSE LOTERIJ
  • DNF Jesper ASSELMAN, ROOMPOT-NEDERLANSE LOTERIJ
  • DNF Daniel TUREK, ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY
  • DNF Roy JANS, WB VERANCLASSIC-AQUA PROTECT
  • DNF Mihkel RÄIM, ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY
  • DNF Jimmy DUQUENNOY, WB VERANCLASSIC-AQUA PROTECT
  • DNF Zakkari DEMPSTER, ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY
  • DNF Guillaume BOIVIN, ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY
  • DNF Ludwig DE WINTER, WB VERANCLASSIC-AQUA PROTECT
  • DNF Julien STASSEN, WB VERANCLASSIC-AQUA PROTECT
  • DNF Frederik FRISON, LOTTO SOUDAL
  • DNF Lawrence NAESEN, WB VERANCLASSIC-AQUA PROTECT
  • DNF Alex KIRSCH, WB VERANCLASSIC-AQUA PROTECT
  • DNF Stijn STEELS, SPORTS VLAANDEREN-BALOISE
  • DNF Lars Ytting BAK, LOTTO SOUDAL
  • DNF Oscar GATTO, ASTANA PRO
  • DNF Guy SAGIV, ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY
  • DNF Roger KLUGE, ORICA-SCOTT
  • DNF Jens WALLAYS, SPORTS VLAANDEREN-BALOISE
  • DNF Nuno MATOS, MOVISTAR TEAM
  • DNF Carlos Alberto BETANCUR GOMEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM
  • DNF Ramon SINKELDAM, TEAM SUNWEB
  • DNF Antonio PEDRERO LOPEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM
  • DNF Roy CURVERS, TEAM SUNWEB
  • DNF Zico WAEYTENS, TEAM SUNWEB
  • DNF Bert DE BACKER, TEAM SUNWEB
  • DNF Jorge ARCAS PEÑA, MOVISTAR TEAM
  • DNF Jonathan DIEBBEN, TEAM SKY
  • DNF Lorrenzo MANZIN, FDJ
  • DNF Magnus Cort NIELSEN, ORICA-SCOTT
  • DNF Nick DOUGALL, DIMENSION DATA
  • DNF Owain DOULL, TEAM SKY
  • DNF Luke ROWE, TEAM SKY
  • DNF Thomas LEEZER, LOTTONL-JUMBO
  • DNF Gijs VAN HOECKE, LOTTONL-JUMBO
  • DNF Youcef REGUIGUI, DIMENSION DATA
  • DNF Mark RENSHAW, DIMENSION DATA
  • DNF Boy VAN POPPEL, TREK-SEGAFREDO
  • DNF Danny VAN POPPEL, TEAM SKY
  • DNF Kristijan KOREN, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC
  • DNF Robin STENUIT, WANTY-GROUPE GOBERT
  • DNF Alexey LUTSENKO, ASTANA PRO
  • DNF Ruslan TLEUBAYEV, ASTANA PRO
  • DNF Sven erik BYSTRØM, KATUSHA-ALPECIN
  • DNF Chun Kai FENG, BAHRAIN-MERIDA
  • DNF Maxime FARAZIJN, SPORTS VLAANDEREN-BALOISE
  • DNF Ion Ander INSAUSTI IRASTORZA, BAHRAIN-MERIDA
  • DNF David PER, BAHRAIN-MERIDA
  • DNF Nikias ARNDT, TEAM SUNWEB
  • DNF Oliviero TROIA, UAE TEAM EMIRATES
  • DNF Simone ANTONINI, WANTY-GROUPE GOBERT
  • DNF Tom SCULLY, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC
  • DNF Vegard Stake LAENGEN, UAE TEAM EMIRATES
  • DNF Filippo GANNA, UAE TEAM EMIRATES
  • DNF Wouter WIPPERT, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC
  • DNF Kiel REIJNEN, TREK-SEGAFREDO
  • DNF Jacopo GUARNIERI, FDJ
  • DNF Ignatas KONOVALOVAS, FDJ
  • DNF Matthieu LADAGNOUS, FDJ
  • DNF Marc SARREAU, FDJ
  • DNF Marko KUMP, UAE TEAM EMIRATES

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Finland’s Lotta Lepistö backed up her recent Dwars Door Vlaanderen win with an impressive sprint victory at the women’s Gent-Wevelgem in Flanders Fields on Sunday.

The two-time Finnish road race champion claimed her eighth professional win with Belgian Jolie D’Hoore (Wiggle-High5) in second and American Coryn Rivera (Sunweb) in third.

Top 10 results

  • 1. Lotta LEPISTÖ, CERVÉLO-BIGLA, in 3:53:54
  • 2. Jolien D’HOORE, WIGGLE-HIGH5, at :00
  • 3. Coryn RIVERA, TEAM SUNWEB, at :00
  • 4. Marta BASTIANELLI, ALÉ CIPOLLINI, at :00
  • 5. Lisa BRENNAUER, CANYON-SRAM, at :00
  • 6. Maria Giulia CONFALONIERI, LENSWORLD-KUOTA, at :00
  • 7. Alice BARNES, DROPS, at :00
  • 8. Chantal BLAAK, BOELS-DOLMANS, at :00
  • 9. Elena CECCHINI, CANYON-SRAM, at :00
  • 10. Sheyla GUTIERREZ RUIZ, CYLANCE PRO, at :00

Despite numerous attacks, the race eventually came down to a bunch sprint.

The Cervélo Bigla Pro Cycling Team was well represented in the front group of the 146km race, which featured five climbs, with the Kemmelberg and Monteberg navigated twice.

“We had five girls in the front group,” said the 27-year-old Cervélo-Bigla rider after the race. “They did an amazing job. Stephie [Pohl] did the leadouts to the Kemmelberg, Marie [Vilmann] our climber here in Flanders attacked after the climbs to put pressure on the group, Cecilie [Uttrup Ludwig] waited for me in the climbs and brought me to the front because I wanted to ride them at my own pace. She covered a million attacks.

“Lisa [Klein] is my tandem, she is always with me,” she continued. “Ashleigh [Moolman-Pasio] coming back from injury and being in all the attacks and keeping me calm. She always has the right things to say, telling me to relax, it’s not my turn to go into a group. [Team manager Thomas Campana] in the car had a really good tactic and believed in us.

“This is another team victory.”

Lepisto’s win marked her team’s first UCI Women’s WorldTour victory and fourth of the season.

“This race was my goal,” Lepisto. “I was focussed on winning it. It’s a race that suits me and last year I was close but made a mistake and I told myself that won’t happen again. So today I made sure I was in the front. Flanders is Flanders and anything can happen but this was my goal, and we agreed to target today and I got it. I am really satisfied.

“Three weeks ago I told [teammate Christina Pertchold] I want to win this race, she texted me yesterday and said keep your promise.”

The race was the fourth WorldTour event of 2017, with Tour of Flanders up next (April 2).

Results

  • 1. Lotta LEPISTÖ, CERVELO-BIGLA PRO CYCLING, in 3:53:54
  • 2. Jolien D’HOORE, WIGGLE-HIGH5, at :00
  • 3. Coryn RIVERA, TEAM SUNWEB, at :00
  • 4. Marta BASTIANELLI, ALE CIPOLLINI, at :00
  • 5. Lisa BRENNAUER, CANYON-SRAM RACING, at :00
  • 6. Maria Giulia CONFALONIERI, LENSWORLD-KUOTA, at :00
  • 7. Alice BARNES, DROPS, at :00
  • 8. Chantal BLAAK, BOELS-DOLMANS CYCLING TEAM, at :00
  • 9. Elena CECCHINI, CANYON-SRAM RACING, at :00
  • 10. Sheyla GUTIERREZ RUIZ, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING, at :00
  • 11. Gracie ELVIN, ORICA-SCOTT, at :00
  • 12. Tatiana GUDERZO, LENSWORLD-KUOTA, at :00
  • 13. Olga ZABELINSKAYA, BEPINK-COGEAS, at :00
  • 14. Annemiek VAN VLEUTEN, ORICA-SCOTT, at :00
  • 15. Hannah BARNES, CANYON-SRAM RACING, at :00
  • 16. Lotte KOPECKY, LOTTO SOUDAL LADIES, at :00
  • 17. Anouska KOSTER, WM3 ENERGIE, at :00
  • 18. Arlenis SIERRA, ASTANA WOMENS TEAM, at :00
  • 19. Katarzyna NIEWIADOMA, WM3 ENERGIE, at :00
  • 20. Janneke ENSING, ALE CIPOLLINI, at :00
  • 21. Christine MAJERUS, BOELS-DOLMANS CYCLING TEAM, at :00
  • 22. Kelly VAN DEN STEEN, SPORT VLAANDEREN-GUILI D’OR, at :00
  • 23. Lisa KLEIN, CERVELO-BIGLA PRO CYCLING, at :00
  • 24. Eugenia BUJAK, BTC CITY LJUBLJANA, at :00
  • 25. Katrin GARFOOT, ORICA-SCOTT, at :00
  • 26. Amy PIETERS, BOELS-DOLMANS CYCLING TEAM, at :00
  • 27. Alison JACKSON, BEPINK-COGEAS, at :00
  • 28. Polona BATAGELJ, BTC CITY LJUBLJANA, at :04
  • 29. Lucinda BRAND, TEAM SUNWEB, at :04
  • 30. Hanna NILSSON, BTC CITY LJUBLJANA, at :04
  • 31. Ashleigh MOOLMAN-PASIO, CERVELO-BIGLA PRO CYCLING, at :04
  • 32. Roxane KNETEMANN, at :04
  • 33. Ellen VAN DIJK, TEAM SUNWEB, at :04
  • 34. Giorgia BRONZINI, WIGGLE-HIGH5, at :04
  • 35. Audrey CORDON RAGOT, WIGGLE-HIGH5, at :06
  • 36. Anna Zita Maria STRICKER, BTC CITY LJUBLJANA, at :06
  • 37. Floortje MACKAIJ, TEAM SUNWEB, at :12
  • 38. Cecilie Uttrup LUDWIG, CERVELO-BIGLA PRO CYCLING, at :12
  • 39. Marie VILMANN, CERVELO-BIGLA PRO CYCLING, at :12
  • 40. Romy KASPER, ALE CIPOLLINI, at :12
  • 41. Malgorzata JASINSKA, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING, at :12
  • 42. Elisa LONGO BORGHINI, WIGGLE-HIGH5, at :12
  • 43. Anna VAN DER BREGGEN, BOELS-DOLMANS CYCLING TEAM, at :27
  • 44. Daniela GASS, SERVETTO GIUSTA, at 7:08
  • 45. Emilie MOBERG, HITEC PRODUCTS, at 7:08
  • 46. Celine VAN SEVEREN, SPORT VLAANDEREN-GUILI D’OR, at 7:08
  • 47. Roos HOOGEBOOM, BIZKAIA-DURANGO, at 7:08
  • 48. Kaat VAN DER MEULEN, LOTTO SOUDAL LADIES, at 7:08
  • 49. Annelies DOM, LOTTO SOUDAL LADIES, at 7:08
  • 50. Sara MUSTONEN LICHAN, TEAM VELOCONCEPT WOMEN, at 7:08
  • 51. Sara PENTON, TEAM VELOCONCEPT WOMEN, at 7:08
  • 52. Jeanne KOREVAAR, WM3 ENERGIE, at 7:08
  • 53. Arianna FIDANZA, ASTANA WOMENS TEAM, at 7:08
  • 54. Kaat HANNES, LENSWORLD-KUOTA, at 7:08
  • 55. Lourdes OYARBIDE JIMENEZ, BIZKAIA-DURANGO, at 7:08
  • 56. Susanna ZORZI, DROPS, at 7:08
  • 57. Eugénie DUVAL, FDJ-NOUVELLE AQUITAINE-FUTUROSCOPE, at 7:08
  • 58. Natalie VAN GOGH, PARKHOTEL VALKENBERG-DESTIL, at 7:08
  • 59. Daniela REIS, LARES-WAOWDEALS WOMENS CYCLING TEAM, at 7:08
  • 60. Eva BUURMAN, PARKHOTEL VALKENBERG-DESTIL, at 7:08
  • 61. Demi DE JONG, PARKHOTEL VALKENBERG-DESTIL, at 7:08
  • 62. Natalya SAIFUTDINOVA, ASTANA WOMENS TEAM, at 7:08
  • 63. Shara GILLOW, FDJ-NOUVELLE AQUITAINE-FUTUROSCOPE, at 7:08
  • 64. Nathalie VERSCHELDEN, LENSWORLD-KUOTA, at 7:08
  • 65. Leah KIRCHMANN, TEAM SUNWEB, at 7:08
  • 66. Irena OSSOLA, SAS-MACOGEP, at 7:08
  • 67. Julie LETH, WIGGLE-HIGH5, at 7:08
  • 68. Laura Camila LOZANO RAMIREZ, SERVETTO GIUSTA, at 7:08
  • 69. Špela KERN, BIZKAIA-DURANGO, at 7:08
  • 70. Sarah INGHELBRECHT, LARES-WAOWDEALS WOMENS CYCLING TEAM, at 7:08
  • 71. Julia SOEK, TEAM SUNWEB, at 7:08
  • 72. Katia RAGUSA, BEPINK-COGEAS, at 7:08
  • 73. Nina BUYSMAN, PARKHOTEL VALKENBERG-DESTIL, at 7:08
  • 74. Emilia FAHLIN, WIGGLE-HIGH5, at 7:08
  • 75. Abby-Mae PARKINSON, DROPS, at 7:08
  • 76. Wubbigje Regina KNOL, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING, at 7:08
  • 77. Amalie DIDERIKSEN, BOELS-DOLMANS CYCLING TEAM, at 7:08
  • 78. Makhabbat UMUTZHANOVA, ASTANA WOMENS TEAM, at 7:08
  • 79. Rossella RATTO, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING, at 7:08
  • 80. Marta TAGLIAFERRO, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING, at 7:08
  • 81. Roxane FOURNIER, FDJ-NOUVELLE AQUITAINE-FUTUROSCOPE, at 7:08
  • 82. Alice Maria ARZUFFI, LENSWORLD-KUOTA, at 7:08
  • 83. Lorena LLAMAS, BIZKAIA-DURANGO, at 7:08
  • 84. Esra TROMP, PARKHOTEL VALKENBERG-DESTIL, at 7:08
  • 85. Simona FRAPPORTI, HITEC PRODUCTS, at 7:08
  • 86. Sarah RIJKES, LARES-WAOWDEALS WOMENS CYCLING TEAM, at 7:08
  • 87. Ilaria SANGUINETI, BEPINK-COGEAS, at 7:08
  • 88. Chloe HOSKING, ALE CIPOLLINI, at 7:08
  • 89. Anna POTOKINA, SERVETTO GIUSTA, at 7:08
  • 90. Asja PALADIN, TOP GIRLS FASSA BORTOLO, at 7:08
  • 91. Thalita DE JONG, LARES-WAOWDEALS WOMENS CYCLING TEAM, at 7:08
  • 92. Lisa MORZENTI, ASTANA WOMENS TEAM, at 7:08
  • 93. Jip VAN DEN BOS, BOELS-DOLMANS CYCLING TEAM, at 7:08
  • 94. Jessica ALLEN, ORICA-SCOTT, at 7:08
  • 95. Moniek TENNIGLO, WM3 ENERGIE, at 7:08
  • 96. Amanda SPRATT, ORICA-SCOTT, at 7:08
  • 97. Sarah ROY, ORICA-SCOTT, at 7:08
  • 98. Coralie DEMAY, FDJ-NOUVELLE AQUITAINE-FUTUROSCOPE, at 7:08
  • 99. Stephanie POHL, CERVELO-BIGLA PRO CYCLING, at 7:08
  • 100. Trixi WORRACK, CANYON-SRAM RACING, at 7:08
  • 101. Aude BIANNIC, FDJ-NOUVELLE AQUITAINE-FUTUROSCOPE, at 7:08
  • 102. Joelle NUMAINVILLE, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING, at 7:16
  • DNF Trine SCHMIDT, LOTTO SOUDAL LADIES
  • DNF Anisha VEKEMANS, ALE CIPOLLINI
  • DNF Jessy DRUYTS, SPORT VLAANDEREN-GUILI D’OR
  • DNF Anna TREVISI, ALE CIPOLLINI
  • DNF Fien DELBAERE, SPORT VLAANDEREN-GUILI D’OR
  • DNF Elise DELZENNE, LOTTO SOUDAL LADIES
  • DNF Jessie DAAMS, LOTTO SOUDAL LADIES
  • DNF Valerie DEMEY, SPORT VLAANDEREN-GUILI D’OR
  • DNF Pernille MATHIESEN, TEAM VELOCONCEPT WOMEN
  • DNF Christina SIGGAARD, TEAM VELOCONCEPT WOMEN
  • DNF Kelly DRUYTS, SPORT VLAANDEREN-GUILI D’OR
  • DNF Karlijn SWINKELS, PARKHOTEL VALKENBERG-DESTIL
  • DNF Lauren KITCHEN, WM3 ENERGIE
  • DNF Nina KESSLER, HITEC PRODUCTS
  • DNF Thea THORSEN, HITEC PRODUCTS
  • DNF Charlotte BECKER, HITEC PRODUCTS
  • DNF Susanne ANDERSEN, HITEC PRODUCTS
  • DNF Ting Ying HUANG, SERVETTO GIUSTA
  • DNF Alena AMIALIUSIK, CANYON-SRAM RACING
  • DNF Claudia KOSTER, TEAM VELOCONCEPT WOMEN
  • DNF Beatrice ROSSATO, TOP GIRLS FASSA BORTOLO
  • DNF Ann-Sophie DUYCK, DROPS
  • DNF Rebecca DURRELL, DROPS
  • DNF Yessica PÉREZ, BIZKAIA-DURANGO
  • DNF Annabel SIMPSON, DROPS
  • DNF Paola MUNOZ, BIZKAIA-DURANGO
  • DNF Silvia VALSECCHI, BEPINK-COGEAS
  • DNF Maria Vittoria SPEROTTO, BEPINK-COGEAS
  • DNF KSENIIA DOBRYNINA, SERVETTO GIUSTA
  • DNF Iris SACHET, SAS-MACOGEP
  • DNF Emilie ROCHEDY, SAS-MACOGEP
  • DNF Soline LAMBOLEY, SAS-MACOGEP
  • DNF Amelie RIVAT, LARES-WAOWDEALS WOMENS CYCLING TEAM
  • DNF Marjolaine BAZIN, SAS-MACOGEP
  • DNF Maaike POLSPOEL, LENSWORLD-KUOTA
  • DNF Michela PAVIN, TOP GIRLS FASSA BORTOLO
  • DNF Barbara GUARISCHI, CANYON-SRAM RACING
  • DNF Ana Maria COVRIG, TOP GIRLS FASSA BORTOLO
  • DNF Elena LEONARDI, TOP GIRLS FASSA BORTOLO
  • DNF Beatrice BARTELLONI, TOP GIRLS FASSA BORTOLO
  • DNF Jelena ERIC, BTC CITY LJUBLJANA
  • DNF Urša PINTAR, BTC CITY LJUBLJANA
  • DNF Valentina SCANDOLARA, WM3 ENERGIE
  • DNF Kelly MARKUS, LARES-WAOWDEALS WOMENS CYCLING TEAM
  • DNF Lara VIECELI, ASTANA WOMENS TEAM
  • DNF Milagro MENA, SAS-MACOGEP

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Catalonia: Valverde claims final stage, clinches overall http://www.velonews.com/2017/03/news/catalonia-valverde-claims-final-stage-clinches-overall_433648 http://www.velonews.com/2017/03/news/catalonia-valverde-claims-final-stage-clinches-overall_433648#respond Sun, 26 Mar 2017 13:45:07 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=433648 Spaniard Alejandro Valverde celebrated the second Volta a Catalonia win of his career by winning the final stage on Sunday in Barcelona.

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BARCELONA (AFP) – Spaniard Alejandro Valverde completed his second Tour of Catalonia win on Sunday with his third stage win of the seven-day race to top an all Spanish podium from Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) and Movistar teammate Albert Soler.

Valverde, 36, added to his victories on stage three and five on the 138.7km stage around Barcelona with an eight-lap circuit to finish in 3 hours 8 minutes 50 seconds.

Colombian Jarlinson Pantano (Trek-Segafredo) was second ahead of Frenchman Arthur Vichot (FDJ) in third.

Valverde extended his winning margin over Contador to 1 minute 3 seconds with Soler 1:16 back.

Stage 7, top 10

  • 1. Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE, MOVISTAR, in 3:08:50
  • 2. Jarlinson PANTANO GOMEZ, TREK-SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 3. Arthur VICHOT, FDJ, at :00
  • 4. Rafal MAJKA, BORA-HANSGROHE, at :00
  • 5. Daniel MARTIN, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at :00
  • 6. ALDEMAR REYES ORTEGA, MANZANA POSTOBON, at :00
  • 7. Romain BARDET, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 8. Davide FORMOLO, CANNONDALE DRAPAC, at :00
  • 9. George BENNETT, LOTTONL-JUMBO, at :00

General classification, top 10

  • 1. Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE, MOVISTAR, in 25:27:15
  • 2. Alberto CONTADOR VELASCO, TREK-SEGAFREDO, at 1:03
  • 3. Marc SOLER GIMENEZ, MOVISTAR, at 1:16
  • 4. Adam YATES, ORICA-SCOTT, at 1:31
  • 5. Tejay VAN GARDEREN, BMC RACING, at 1:34
  • 6. Daniel MARTIN, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 2:29
  • 7. Steven KRUIJSWIJK, LOTTONL-JUMBO, at 2:56
  • 8. Carlos VERONA, ORICA-SCOTT, at 3:00
  • 9. George BENNETT, LOTTONL-JUMBO, at 3:01
  • 10. Romain BARDET, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 3:05

The scale of Valverde’s win is even more impressive given every Movistar rider was handed a one minute penalty for infringements by Jose Joaquin Rojas in Tuesday’s team time trial.

Movistar had won the time trial until they were penalized for Rojas giving his teammates a push.

“Inside the team we knew it was an injustice,” said Valverde. “They deprived us of our great time trial. I wanted to win (before) but I wanted to win even more after what happened.”

Victory continues a stellar start to the season for Valverde after also beating Contador by a second to the Tour of Andalusia and winning the one day Tour of Murcia for a fifth time in February.

“I started well, but every day that went by I felt better,” he said. “Even today in a demanding short stage with a very tough finale I felt even better than in the previous days.”

It is the third time Contador has finished second in four races this season as the two-time Tour de France winner was also runner-up in Paris-Nice earlier this month.

“We weren’t able to win, Alejandro was very strong on all terrains and we have to congratulate him,” said Contador, who is in his first season with Trek-Segafredo.

“But I am happy with my performances at the start of the season.”

With more than three minutes down on the winner, Frenchman Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale), who had declared that “(his) season started in Catalonia”, finished 10th, less than in 2016 (sixth).

Three-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome (Team Sky) ended down in 30th overall, over 28 minutes behind Valverde.

The vast majority of the damage to the Briton competing in his first European race of the season was done on Saturday when he was left behind as the peloton split early on and lost over 26 minutes.

Froome attempted to make amends with an unexpected attack on the final lap around the Catalan capital. But he was quickly reeled in by the leaders with 5km to go and ended up losing another 1:04 on the stage in finishing 48th.

Stage 7 results

  • 1. Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE, MOVISTAR TEAMISTAR, in 3:08:50
  • 2. Jarlinson PANTANO GOMEZ, TREK-SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 3. Arthur VICHOT, FDJ, at :00
  • 4. Rafal MAJKA, BORA-HANSGROHE, at :00
  • 5. Daniel MARTIN, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at :00
  • 6. Aldemar REYES ORTEGA, MANZANA POSTOBON, at :00
  • 7. Romain BARDET, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 8. Davide FORMOLO, CANNONDALE DRAPAC, at :00
  • 9. George BENNETT, LOTTONL-JUMBO, at :00
  • 10. Steven KRUIJSWIJK, LOTTONL-JUMBO, at :00
  • 11. Michael WOODS, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC, at :00
  • 12. Carlos VERONA, ORICA-SCOTT, at :00
  • 13. Tejay VAN GARDEREN, BMC RACING, at :00
  • 14. Adam YATES, ORICA-SCOTT, at :00
  • 15. Alberto CONTADOR VELASCO, TREK-SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 16. Marc SOLER GIMENEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 17. Martijn TUSVELD, ROOMPOT-NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ, at :16
  • 18. Lennard KÄMNA, TEAM SUNWEB, at :16
  • 19. Cyril GAUTIER, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :16
  • 20. Pierre Roger LATOUR, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :16
  • 21. Alexis VUILLERMOZ, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :16
  • 22. Jose ROJAS, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :16
  • 23. Jacques Willem JANSE VAN RENSBURG, DIMENSION DATA, at :16
  • 24. Louis MEINTJES, UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at :16
  • 25. Felix GROSSSCHARTNER, CCC-SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :16
  • 26. Ben O’CONNOR, DIMENSION DATA, at :16
  • 27. JHON DARWIN ATAPUMA HURTADO, UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at :16
  • 28. Robert GESINK, LOTTONL-JUMBO, at :16
  • 29. Tsgabu Gebremaryam GRMAY, BAHRAIN-MERIDA, at :16
  • 30. Laurens TEN DAM, TEAM SUNWEB, at :16
  • 31. Daniel NAVARRO GARCIA, COFIDIS-SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at :16
  • 32. Jesper HANSEN, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :33
  • 33. Thomas DE GENDT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :54
  • 34. Jay MCCARTHY, BORA-HANSGROHE, at 1:04
  • 35. Fabien DOUBEY, WANTY-GROUPE GOBERT, at 1:04
  • 36. Bart DE CLERCQ, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 1:04
  • 37. Thomas DEGAND, WANTY-GROUPE GOBERT, at 1:04
  • 38. Nick VAN DER LIJKE, ROOMPOT-NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ, at 1:04
  • 39. Axel DOMONT, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 1:04
  • 40. Guillaume MARTIN, WANTY-GROUPE GOBERT, at 1:04
  • 41. Sergei CHERNETSKI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 1:04
  • 42. Haimar ZUBELDIA AGIRRE, TREK-SEGAFREDO, at 1:04
  • 43. Laurens DE PLUS, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 1:04
  • 44. Pawel POLJANSKI, BORA-HANSGROHE, at 1:04
  • 45. Ricardo VILELA, MANZANA POSTOBON, at 1:04
  • 46. Jan BÁRTA, BORA-HANSGROHE, at 1:04
  • 47. Robert KIŠERLOVSKI, KATUSHA-ALPECIN, at 1:04
  • 48. Chris FROOME, TEAM SKY, at 1:04
  • 49. Stef CLEMENT, LOTTONL-JUMBO, at 2:23
  • 50. Daryl IMPEY, ORICA-SCOTT, at 2:23
  • 51. Samuel SANCHEZ GONZALEZ, BMC RACING, at 2:39
  • 52. Dion SMITH, WANTY-GROUPE GOBERT, at 3:02
  • 53. Pieter SERRY, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 3:12
  • 54. Pavel KOCHETKOV, KATUSHA-ALPECIN, at 3:12
  • 55. Michael GOGL, TREK-SEGAFREDO, at 3:23
  • 56. Rein TAARAMÄE, KATUSHA-ALPECIN, at 3:47
  • 57. Geraint THOMAS, TEAM SKY, at 3:57
  • 58. Alessandro DE MARCHI, BMC RACING, at 3:57
  • 59. Ángel VICIOSO ARCOS, KATUSHA-ALPECIN, at 3:57
  • 60. José MENDES, BORA-HANSGROHE, at 3:57
  • 61. Ben GASTAUER, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 4:17
  • 62. Xandro MEURISSE, WANTY-GROUPE GOBERT, at 4:36
  • 63. Brent BOOKWALTER, BMC RACING, at 4:36
  • 64. Sergio PARDILLA BELLON, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at 4:36
  • 65. Ruben FERNANDEZ ANDUJAR, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 4:36
  • 66. Sindre SKJOESTAD LUNKE, TEAM SUNWEB, at 4:36
  • 67. Jetse BOL, MANZANA POSTOBON, at 4:36
  • 68. David GAUDU, FDJ, at 4:36
  • 69. Alexey VERMEULEN, LOTTONL-JUMBO, at 4:36
  • 70. Davide VILLELLA, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC, at 4:36
  • 71. Natnael BERHANE, DIMENSION DATA, at 4:36
  • 72. Rafael VALLS FERRI, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 4:36
  • 73. Hernando BOHORQUEZ SANCHEZ, MANZANA POSTOBON, at 4:36
  • 74. Imanol ERVITI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 4:36
  • 75. Mikel NIEVE ITURRALDE, TEAM SKY, at 4:36
  • 76. Julien SIMON, COFIDIS-SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 4:36
  • 77. Kristijan ÐURASEK, UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at 4:36
  • 78. Janez BRAJKOVIC, BAHRAIN-MERIDA, at 4:36
  • 79. Lachlan MORTON, DIMENSION DATA, at 4:36
  • 80. Vasil KIRYIENKA, TEAM SKY, at 4:36
  • 81. Petr VAKOC, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 4:36
  • 82. Jordi SIMON CASULLERAS, Sou, at 5:31
  • 83. Lukasz OWSIAN, CCC-SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 5:31
  • 84. Jeroen MEIJERS, ROOMPOT-NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ, at 5:31
  • 85. Nelson OLIVEIRA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 5:31
  • 86. Valerio CONTI, UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at 5:31
  • 87. Dario CATALDO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 5:31
  • 88. Benoit VAUGRENARD, FDJ, at 5:31
  • 89. Pierre ROLLAND, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC, at 5:31
  • 90. Maciej PATERSKI, CCC-SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 6:45
  • 91. Guillaume BONNAFOND, COFIDIS-SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 6:46
  • 92. Przemyslaw NIEMIEC, UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at 8:26
  • 93. Eduard PRADES REVERTER, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at 8:26
  • 94. Daniel TEKLEHAIMANOT, DIMENSION DATA, at 8:26
  • 95. Jakob FUGLSANG, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 8:26
  • 96. Enric MAS NICOLAU, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 8:26
  • 97. Maximilian SCHACHMANN, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 8:26
  • 98. Jérémy MAISON, FDJ, at 8:26
  • 99. Damien HOWSON, ORICA-SCOTT, at 8:26
  • 100. Philip DEIGNAN, TEAM SKY, at 8:26
  • 101. Ondrej CINK, BAHRAIN-MERIDA, at 8:26
  • 102. Victor CAMPENAERTS, LOTTONL-JUMBO, at 8:26
  • 103. Alex HOWES, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC, at 9:46
  • 104. Johannes FRÖHLINGER, TEAM SUNWEB, at 9:46
  • 105. Hugh CARTHY, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC, at 9:47
  • 106. Sam BEWLEY, ORICA-SCOTT, at 9:47
  • 107. Chris HAMILTON, TEAM SUNWEB, at 11:06
  • DNF Svein TUFT, ORICA-SCOTT
  • DNF Gianluca BRAMBILLA, QUICK-STEP FLOORS
  • DNF Léo VINCENT, FDJ
  • DNF Louis VERVAEKE, LOTTO SOUDAL
  • DNF Matteo BONO, UAE TEAM EMIRATES
  • DNF Oscar RIESEBEEK, ROOMPOT-NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ
  • DNS André GREIPEL, LOTTO SOUDAL

General classification

  • 1. Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE, MOVISTAR TEAM, in 25:27:15
  • 2. Alberto CONTADOR VELASCO, TREK-SEGAFREDO, at 1:03
  • 3. Marc SOLER GIMENEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 1:16
  • 4. Adam YATES, ORICA-SCOTT, at 1:31
  • 5. Tejay VAN GARDEREN, BMC RACING, at 1:34
  • 6. Daniel MARTIN, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 2:29
  • 7. Steven KRUIJSWIJK, LOTTONL-JUMBO, at 2:56
  • 8. Carlos VERONA, ORICA-SCOTT, at 3:00
  • 9. George BENNETT, LOTTONL-JUMBO, at 3:01
  • 10. Romain BARDET, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 3:05
  • 11. Rafal MAJKA, BORA-HANSGROHE, at 3:33
  • 12. Davide FORMOLO, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC, at 5:14
  • 13. John DARWIN ATAPUMA HURTADO, UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at 5:39
  • 14. Daniel NAVARRO GARCIA, COFIDIS-SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 7:57
  • 15. Jakob FUGLSANG, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 12:41
  • 16. Laurens TEN DAM, TEAM SUNWEB, at 13:01
  • 17. Tsgabu Gebremaryam GRMAY, BAHRAIN-MERIDA, at 13:01
  • 18. Felix GROSSSCHARTNER, CCC-SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 13:39
  • 19. Jesper HANSEN, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 14:18
  • 20. Hugh CARTHY, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC, at 18:04
  • 21. Ruben FERNANDEZ ANDUJAR, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 18:43
  • 22. Dario CATALDO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 20:47
  • 23. Sergei CHERNETSKI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 21:09
  • 24. Cyril GAUTIER, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 24:11
  • 25. ALDEMAR REYES ORTEGA, MANZANA POSTOBON, at 24:16
  • 26. Laurens DE PLUS, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 24:58
  • 27. Jose ROJAS, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 25:29
  • 28. Ricardo VILELA, MANZANA POSTOBON, at 26:16
  • 29. Robert GESINK, LOTTONL-JUMBO, at 27:15
  • 30. Chris FROOME, TEAM SKY, at 28:19
  • 31. Jarlinson PANTANO GOMEZ, TREK-SEGAFREDO, at 29:31
  • 32. Pierre Roger LATOUR, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 30:26
  • 33. Samuel SANCHEZ GONZALEZ, BMC RACING, at 31:32
  • 34. Geraint THOMAS, TEAM SKY, at 32:25
  • 35. Louis MEINTJES, UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at 32:48
  • 36. Fabien DOUBEY, WANTY-GROUPE GOBERT, at 32:57
  • 37. Michael WOODS, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC, at 33:36
  • 38. David GAUDU, FDJ, at 35:07
  • 39. Jordi SIMON CASULLERAS, Sou, at 35:44
  • 40. Nick VAN DER LIJKE, ROOMPOT-NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ, at 35:45
  • 41. Arthur VICHOT, FDJ, at 36:24
  • 42. Ben O’CONNOR, DIMENSION DATA, at 37:32
  • 43. Thomas DEGAND, WANTY-GROUPE GOBERT, at 38:05
  • 44. Daryl IMPEY, ORICA-SCOTT, at 38:19
  • 45. Alexis VUILLERMOZ, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 38:32
  • 46. Guillaume MARTIN, WANTY-GROUPE GOBERT, at 38:46
  • 47. Stef CLEMENT, LOTTONL-JUMBO, at 38:59
  • 48. Lennard KÄMNA, TEAM SUNWEB, at 39:03
  • 49. Axel DOMONT, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 39:33
  • 50. Xandro MEURISSE, WANTY-GROUPE GOBERT, at 40:15
  • 51. Natnael BERHANE, DIMENSION DATA, at 40:22
  • 52. Dion SMITH, WANTY-GROUPE GOBERT, at 40:44
  • 53. Mikel NIEVE ITURRALDE, TEAM SKY, at 40:51
  • 54. Martijn TUSVELD, ROOMPOT-NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ, at 40:55
  • 55. Ondrej CINK, BAHRAIN-MERIDA, at 41:48
  • 56. Sindre SKJOESTAD LUNKE, TEAM SUNWEB, at 42:08
  • 57. Petr VAKOC, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 42:24
  • 58. Haimar ZUBELDIA AGIRRE, TREK-SEGAFREDO, at 43:36
  • 59. Rafael VALLS FERRI, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 43:37
  • 60. Pieter SERRY, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 45:16
  • 61. Davide VILLELLA, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC, at 51:20
  • 62. Pawel POLJANSKI, BORA-HANSGROHE, at 51:43
  • 63. Bart DE CLERCQ, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 52:32
  • 64. Valerio CONTI, UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at 53:48
  • 65. Michael GOGL, TREK-SEGAFREDO, at 53:52
  • 66. Imanol ERVITI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 54:04
  • 67. Benoit VAUGRENARD, FDJ, at 54:30
  • 68. Ben GASTAUER, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 54:57
  • 69. Damien HOWSON, ORICA-SCOTT, at 55:30
  • 70. Vasil KIRYIENKA, TEAM SKY, at 55:38
  • 71. Alessandro DE MARCHI, BMC RACING, at 56:16
  • 72. Lukasz OWSIAN, CCC-SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 56:48
  • 73. Lachlan MORTON, DIMENSION DATA, at 56:51
  • 74. Pierre ROLLAND, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC, at 56:53
  • 75. Enric MAS NICOLAU, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 57:57
  • 76. Pavel KOCHETKOV, KATUSHA-ALPECIN, at 58:07
  • 77. Jacques Willem JANSE VAN RENSBURG, DIMENSION DATA, at 59:06
  • 78. Jay MCCARTHY, BORA-HANSGROHE, at 59:32
  • 79. Brent BOOKWALTER, BMC RACING, at 59:59
  • 80. José MENDES, BORA-HANSGROHE, at 1:00:02
  • 81. Robert KIŠERLOVSKI, KATUSHA-ALPECIN, at 1:01:59
  • 82. Jérémy MAISON, FDJ, at 1:02:13
  • 83. Alexey VERMEULEN, LOTTONL-JUMBO, at 1:06:30
  • 84. Nelson OLIVEIRA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 1:07:28
  • 85. Janez BRAJKOVIC, BAHRAIN-MERIDA, at 1:07:30
  • 86. Jan BÁRTA, BORA-HANSGROHE, at 1:07:46
  • 87. Ángel VICIOSO ARCOS, KATUSHA-ALPECIN, at 1:08:57
  • 88. Jetse BOL, MANZANA POSTOBON, at 1:09:16
  • 89. Eduard PRADES REVERTER, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at 1:10:25
  • 90. Chris HAMILTON, TEAM SUNWEB, at 1:10:31
  • 91. Przemyslaw NIEMIEC, UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at 1:11:12
  • 92. Johannes FRÖHLINGER, TEAM SUNWEB, at 1:12:06
  • 93. Hernando BOHORQUEZ SANCHEZ, MANZANA POSTOBON, at 1:12:37
  • 94. Maciej PATERSKI, CCC-SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 1:13:53
  • 95. Philip DEIGNAN, TEAM SKY, at 1:16:04
  • 96. Kristijan ÐURASEK, UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at 1:16:06
  • 97. Guillaume BONNAFOND, COFIDIS-SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 1:16:57
  • 98. Rein TAARAMÄE, KATUSHA-ALPECIN, at 1:17:18
  • 99. Maximilian SCHACHMANN, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 1:17:29
  • 100. Sam BEWLEY, ORICA-SCOTT, at 1:18:37
  • 101. Sergio PARDILLA BELLON, CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA, at 1:18:42
  • 102. Jeroen MEIJERS, ROOMPOT-NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ, at 1:19:09
  • 103. Thomas DE GENDT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 1:19:35
  • 104. Julien SIMON, COFIDIS-SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 1:19:43
  • 105. Daniel TEKLEHAIMANOT, DIMENSION DATA, at 1:25:32
  • 106. Alex HOWES, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC, at 1:28:02
  • 107. Victor CAMPENAERTS, LOTTONL-JUMBO, at 1:29:44

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Has the peloton discovered Sky’s soft underbelly? http://www.velonews.com/2017/03/news/has-the-peloton-discovered-skys-soft-underbelly_433637 http://www.velonews.com/2017/03/news/has-the-peloton-discovered-skys-soft-underbelly_433637#respond Sat, 25 Mar 2017 19:36:41 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=433637 For the second time in six months, Sky and Chris Froome have been caught out in an early stage ambush, costing Froome a chance to win

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For the second time in six months, Team Sky and Chris Froome have been caught out in an early stage ambush, costing Froome a chance to win the race.

The first time was late last summer in the 2016 Vuelta a España, when Alberto Contador and Movistar ganged up on Froome on the road to Formigal in what was one of the wildest stages of the entire season. The time losses proved decisive, and after Froome was unable to make up the differences in a subsequent time trial against Nairo Quintana, the mishap cost him an all but assured victory in the Vuelta.

Evidently, Sky didn’t learn its lesson.

Something similar happened in Saturday’s lumpy transition stage at the Volta a Catalunya. Just a day after Froome pedaled into second place at 21 seconds behind Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) in the race-making summit finale, Froome was ambushed early on a first-category climb in the opening 25km of the 189.7km stage from Tortosa to Reus, and sunk out of contention.

“We made a big mistake,” admitted Team Sky sport director Nico Portal. “I’m not going to try to make an excuse; there is no excuse.”

And who was shooting for Sky? Just like last summer’s raid at Formigal, Movistar and Contador’s Trek-Segafredo were on the front line. They also got help from Orica-Scott and Quick-Step Floors.

“We went down very fast, and when we got down, the peloton was broken into a thousand pieces,” Contador said. “There were many teams interested in driving the split, and that benefitted us.”

Riders attacked early, stringing out the weary pack on the climb to open the stage. Froome and his Team Sky cohorts were caught out on the wrong side of the split, and never managed to come back following a harrowing, high-speed charge down the descent of the Alt de Bot. The cut was made, and the chasing group never made it back.

Daryl Impey (Orica-Scott) caught two breakaway riders at the line to win the stage, while Froome eventually finished 74th at 26:38 back, sinking from second to 31st. Another 40+ riders were eliminated after finishing beyond the time limit. Sky’s Mikel Landa abandoned, and Peter Kennaugh was among those riders outside the time limit.

“These guys have been brilliant until today,” Portal said. “It looks like it was a positioning issue. The guys weren’t in the top positions in the first descent, and this is what can happen.”

Although it is unlikely that race leader Valverde would be dislodged in Sunday’s circuit race around the Montjuic hill in downtown Barcelona, Froome lost the podium. It’s another reminder of what happened last year at the Vuelta, which cost Froome a chance to win the Spanish ground tour.

“The day started off very hard, and everything split up, not only on the first climb, but also on the descent,” said Valverde, who dashed to second in the stage. “We caught out Froome in the back, and there were other teams interested in maintaining the gap, and those left behind didn’t have the form to regain contact.”

Is Sky worried that it could be left open to other similar ambushes, especially with such an atypical Tour de France on tap this July?

Catalunya is one of the few European stage races that Froome’s started and not won, and this marked his European debut for 2017. After riding strong up Friday’s summit finale, finishing second to Valverde, Team Sky cannot be too worried about his form so early in the season. Up next is a possible start at Liège-Bastogne-Liège, and returns to the Tour de Romandie and Critérium du Dauphiné, two races he’s won emphatically.

Still, Saturday’s misfire reminds Team Sky just how important it is to remain on guard in every moment of each race, and proved more costly than Movistar’s one-minute penalty in the controversial team time trial in stage 2.

“It’s a good reminder for us that it can happen to anyone,” Portal said. “It’s always bad when it happens, but maybe it’s better to happen here, and we can learn from it, than in some of the bigger races later this season.”

While March is still a long way from July, Froome and Team Sky know they cannot afford a similar moment’s lapse of concentration. With Froome being all but untouchable in the climbs and the time trials, teams will be ready to Sky’s weak spots. Perhaps they’ve finally found one.

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Spotted at E3: Degenkolb’s new Trek Domane http://www.velonews.com/2017/03/news/spotted-at-e3-degenkolbs-new-trek-domane_433621 http://www.velonews.com/2017/03/news/spotted-at-e3-degenkolbs-new-trek-domane_433621#respond Sat, 25 Mar 2017 18:15:50 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=433621 We got word that John Degenkolb was set to ride a new custom Trek Domane H1 version this Sunday at Gent-Wevelgem. On Friday, Degenkolb

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We got word that John Degenkolb was set to ride a new custom Trek Domane H1 version this Sunday at Gent-Wevelgem. On Friday, Degenkolb took the new whip for a test ride during E3 Harelbeke. We caught up with Trek-Segafredo team liaison Matt Shriver to check out the new bike, which features rim brakes (the bike is also available in a disc version), as well as a new metallic paint job inspired by Degenkolb’s love of motorcycles.

Degenkolb finished in 13th place behind Greg Van Avermaet during E3 Harelbeke. He plans to ride the new bike on Sunday.

 

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Valverde nears Catalonia win on disastrous day for Froome http://www.velonews.com/2017/03/race-report/valverde-nears-catalonia-win-disastrous-day-froome_433630 http://www.velonews.com/2017/03/race-report/valverde-nears-catalonia-win-disastrous-day-froome_433630#respond Sat, 25 Mar 2017 17:50:19 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=433630 Daryl Impey (Orica-Scott) claimed stage 6 of the Volta a Catalonia on Saturday as Alejandro Valverde extended his overall lead.

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REUS, Spain (AFP) — South African Daryl Impey (Orica-Scott) claimed stage 6 of the Volta a Catalonia on Saturday as Alejandro Valverde extended his overall lead to 53 seconds over Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo).

However, three-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome (Sky) plunged from second place to well outside the top 10 after losing over 20 minutes on the 189.7km stage from Tortosa to Reus.

Impey edged out Movistar’s Valverde in a sprint finish to the line to deny the Spaniard his third stage win of the tour with Frenchman Arthur Vichot (FDJ) in third.

“I was just happy to have the legs for the sprint because I rode quite hard early on,” said Impey. “We moved [Adam] Yates up overall so to get the win on top of that is fantastic.”

Yates moved up to fourth in the general classification behind Valverde’s Movistar teammate Marc Soler, thanks to Froome’s implosion. The damage for Froome in the general classification was done early in the day as he missed out as a lead group of around 50 riders including Valverde and Contador formed on the first descent on an undulating stage after just 25 kilometers.

Froome, accompanied by his entire team, was unable to bridge a gap which grew throughout the stage leaving him out of contention.

“We managed to catch out the Sky riders at the back,” Valverde told Spanish TV station Teledeporte. “There was a lot of collaboration between the teams.”

“We made a big mistake. I’m not going to try and make an excuse, there is no excuse,” said Team Sky sport director Nico Portal. “It’s a good reminder for us that it can happen to anyone. It’s always bad when it happens, but maybe it’s better to happen here, and we learn from it, than in some of the bigger races we will have this season.”

In the lead group, Valverde was well-protected by his Movistar teammates from any attacks by Contador as he edged toward a second overall win in Catalonia.

And he gained an extra six second on Contador thanks to the bonus time on offer from finishing second in the stage.

All Movistar riders were handed a minute’s penalty for infringements by JJ Rojas in Tuesday’s team time trial.

However, despite that setback Valverde’s victories on stage three and five mean he just has to negotiate the 138.7km stage around Barcelona on Sunday to add to his 2009 win in Catalonia.

“In theory there shouldn’t be any problems, but there will be attacks for sure” added Valverde.

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Preview: Sprint or attack? No guarantees at Gent-Wevelgem http://www.velonews.com/2017/03/news/preview-sprint-attack-no-guarantees-gent-wevelgem_433617 http://www.velonews.com/2017/03/news/preview-sprint-attack-no-guarantees-gent-wevelgem_433617#respond Fri, 24 Mar 2017 21:06:58 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=433617 Gent-Wevelgem offers up a unique tug-of-war between sprint stars and breakaway artists in one of Belgium's biggest WorldTour races.

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The northern classics continue Sunday at the 80th Gent-Wevelgem. With the fearsome Kemmelberg as its centerpiece, the race is always a tug-of-war between attackers and sprinters.

Fair weather is forecasted, and organizers have made the descent off the Kemmelberg much safer than it was a few years ago, but it’s the wind that is usually the main protagonist of Gent-Wevelgem.

Bunch sprint or attackers? That is the question for Gent-Wevelgem.

Despite its reputation as a sprinter’s course, the bunch has come in for a mass gallop only four times over the past decade. John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) won a sprint in 2014 and Tom Boonen (Quick-Step) won back-to-back sprints in 2011-2012. Oscar Freire won a sprint in 2007, but the other editions over the past 10 years have been won by attacking riders.

The bunch is usually thinned-down to about 60-70 riders, pummeled by crosswinds (remember Luca Paolini’s win in 2015?) in western Flanders and the cumulative effects of the mid-race climbs. The Kemmelberg, tackled two times in the 2017 edition, is usually the straw that breaks the camel’s back. Attacking riders pull clear, and it’s a drag race to the line.

New for 2017 are the so-called “plugstreets,” a kind of eco-friendly, grass farm road added to the route. The course also pays homage to World War I battlefields, and officially changed its name to Gent-Wevelgem — In Flanders Fields.

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Who’s got the speed?

Gent-Wevelgem is drawing some top sprinters who parachute in, often straight from Milano-Sanremo to Belgium. Some will only race here and at Scheldeprijs, skipping the harsher, more challenging races at Ronde van Vlaanderen and Paris-Roubaix.

A few stand out: Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step), sixth in his debut last year, was second in the Sanremo bunch sprint to Arnaud Démare (FDJ), who led the bunch in behind Peter Sagan and three others. Both Démare and Gaviria will be working for a mass gallop, and shoot to the top of the favorites.

Other speedsters include Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida), Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott), Dylan Groenwegen (LottoNL-Jumbo), Michael Matthews (Sunweb), Degenkolb and Eduard Theuns (Trek-Segafredo), and Danny Van Poppel (Sky). Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data), who’s never won Gent-Wevelgem, was not on preliminary start lists.

So far, it’s been hard to measure Degenkolb’s form, and the German typically prefers harder, more selective races.

And so far through the first few classics, Quick-Step has proven a powerhouse. Once again, some of the bigger wins have escaped them, but victory at Dwars door Vlaanderen and second with Philippe Gilbert at E3 Harelbeke mean that the Belgian outfit will be present in the breaks and with Gaviria and Boonen for the sprint.

Who can stay away?

All eyes will now be on Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing), who’s been on a tear this spring, winning Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and E3 Harelbeke, with second at Strade Bianche. The Olympic champion is clearly on winning form, and has the legs to go the distance if the race tilts toward an escape.

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) will be looking to make up for just missing victory at Milano-Sanremo. And after crashing in Harelbeke, the defending champion will be all-in for Gent-Wevelgem. Having Sam Bennett as a man for the sprint might help Sagan’s chances to save his legs if he’s part of a leading breakaway, meaning he won’t be the only one who will have to pull.

Sep Vanmarcke, second last year, will be leading a motivated Cannondale-Drapac crew, while defending Roubaix champion Mat Hayman (Orica-Scott) might want to stretch his legs before next week’s big races.

A few big names look to be skipping Gent-Wevelgem, including Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin) and Gilbert, perhaps looking to save their matches for next week’s Ronde. Luke Rowe and Ian Stannard (Sky), Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) and Tony Martin (Katusha-Alpecin) will try their luck in late-race moves.

And then there’s Boonen. Quietly eighth at Harelbeke, he’s shown glimpses of winning strength as he approaches his final shots at Flanders and Roubaix. He shares the record of three wins (with four others), and has indicated he’ll be riding for Gaviria if it comes down to a sprint.

But at 249km, that means Gent-Wevelgem is near “monument” distance, and it’s in that extra hour of racing that Boonen thrives in. Perhaps Tommeke has a surprise up his sleeve.

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Van Avermaet’s E3 win boosts BMC’s morale http://www.velonews.com/2017/03/news/van-avermaets-e3-win-boosts-bmcs-morale_433614 http://www.velonews.com/2017/03/news/van-avermaets-e3-win-boosts-bmcs-morale_433614#respond Fri, 24 Mar 2017 20:30:39 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=433614 After a forgettable day at Milano-Sanremo, Greg Van Avermaet's E3 Harelbeke win gives him and his BMC team renewed confidence.

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HARELBEKE, Belgium (VN) — The E3 Harelbeke victory was not needed, but gladly welcomed. Greg Van Avermaet says that this Belgian trophy will boost BMC Racing’s morale heading toward the one-day monuments.

The Belgian astutely marked attacks by Quick Step’s Tom Boonen and Philippe Gilbert over the Taaienberg and beyond, and rode away with the latter. The two ditched their other rivals on the Oude Kwaremont and rode into the final 35 kilometers with only fellow Belgian Oliver Naesen (Ag2r La Mondiale) for company.

“It’s not a monument, but it’s a nice win,” Van Avermaet said. “I was only on the podium once in 2008; that says enough. Every year, I come back with high expectations, and I wanted to win here.”

“Golden Greg” as the Belgians call him after his Olympics win in Rio de Janeiro last August, rode to the pressroom on a silver BMC bicycle. He leaned it on a nearby wall and climbed on a small podium to speak with journalists.

He smiled under his dark eyebrows. The mood easily eclipsed that along the Italian coast in Milano-Sanremo last weekend, when BMC lacked options while rival teams moved their various chess pieces.

“It was much better than Milano-Sanremo. That was bit of disappointing. Only two guys after the Cipressa, and I made a mistake not to be there at the bottom of the Poggio,” Van Avermaet said.

“Daniel Oss was there today, he’s a strong guy. I believe in him, he’s just has to show it.”

Van Averment already had a strong showing this year. He won the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad cobbled classic in late February in Belgium and placed second to Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky) in Strade Bianche in Italy before Tirreno-Adriatico and Milano-Sanremo.

“The win helps today, but the guys know that I’m good. It’s not that they have to say it 10 times,” Van Avermaet said.

“When you win, the team gets stronger and more confident. It’s good to start [the monuments] with confidence. They known I’m ready, when the team leader is strong, the helpers are strong.”

BMC Racing rode a similar big wave toward the Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders) and Paris-Roubaix in 2016, but that crashed when five of them fell in Ronde. Van Avermaet broke his collarbone and, there on the driveway of a Belgian’s home, pulled the plug on his classics campaign.

This year, the wave appears stronger and able to carry through the following two weeks. The classics men race Gent-Wevelgem on Sunday, and then on the two following Sundays, the monuments, Ronde van Vlaanderen and Paris-Roubaix.

Young teammates like Silvan Dillier, 26, and Loïc Vliegen, 23, will truly sense the team’s power after Friday’s ride to Harelbeke, just about 50 miles west of Brussels.

In the race’s final kilometers, Van Averment rode toward the town with former teammate Gilbert and his training partner Naesen. Naesen began the sprint, Van Avermaet reacted and held off Gilbert.

“It was nice to be riding with Phil. We are the same type of rider. It wasn’t easy to make the right decision in the team [together] sometimes, but you see today Phil is a big champion. He gives it all when he rides with you, 100 percent. If he was riding in my team, I couldn’t jump after him, but I could today,” said Van Avermaet.

“It wasn’t that fun when Gilbert attacked on the Tiegemberg [at 20 kilometers to race]. I really had to fight to stay with him there.

“But it was special to be in that three-man group with a former teammate and a friend, plus I train with Oliver [Naesen] everyday — we do sprints together every day.”

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Harelbeke Gallery: Van Avermaet out-kicks breakaway trio http://www.velonews.com/2017/03/gallery/harelbeke-gallery-van-avermaet-out-kicks-breakaway-trio_433577 http://www.velonews.com/2017/03/gallery/harelbeke-gallery-van-avermaet-out-kicks-breakaway-trio_433577#respond Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:54:16 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=433577 A strong three-man breakaway escapes the peloton late in E3 Harelbeke, and Greg Van Avermaet proves to have the strongest sprint.

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E3 Harelbeke: Van Avermaet wins from long-range breakaway http://www.velonews.com/2017/03/race-report/e3-harelbeke-van-avermaet-wins-from-long-range-breakaway_433568 http://www.velonews.com/2017/03/race-report/e3-harelbeke-van-avermaet-wins-from-long-range-breakaway_433568#respond Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:19:08 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=433568 Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet sprinted to his first E3 Harelbeke classic victory Friday in Belgium out of a three-man breakaway.

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Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet won his first E3 Harelbeke classic Friday in Belgium. The BMC Racing team leader won a three-man sprint, just ahead of Quick-Step’s Philippe Gilbert and Ag2r La Mondiale’s Oliver Naesen. The trio had been off the front for about 70 kilometers, while pre-race favorite and world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) missed the move and was tangled up in a late-race crash.

“We were three friends up front but you have to shut it out of your mind,” said Van Avermaet. “It was a poker game. I’m delighted with this success, all the more because my breathing problems from the start of the week are forgotten.”

Top-10 results

  • 1. Greg VAN AVERMAET, BMC RACING TEAM, in 4:48:22
  • 2. Philippe GILBERT, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :00
  • 3. Oliver NAESEN, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 4. Luke DURBRIDGE, ORICA – SCOTT, at :38
  • 5. Lukas PÖSTLBERGER, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :40
  • 6. MICHAEL VALGREN ANDERSEN, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :51
  • 7. Sonny COLBRELLI, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :53
  • 8. Tom BOONEN, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :53
  • 9. Dylan VAN BAARLE, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :53
  • 10. Alberto BETTIOL, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :53

The day’s early breakaway included six men: Alexis Gougeard (Ag2r La Mondiale), Laurens De Vreese (Astana), David Per (Bahrain-Merida), Giles Van Hoecke (LottoNL-Jumbo), Taco van der Hoorn (Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij), and Christophe Masson (WB Veranclassic).

Quick-Step’s Tom Boonen initiated the first split on the Taaienberg — affectionately known as the “Boonenberg” — accelerating up the smooth gutter next to the cobbles. With 71km to go, the group had a gap and included many top favorites, such as Sagan, and Van Avermaet.

Impatient with the lack of cooperation, Boonen tried another acceleration, and then his teammate Gilbert delivered a counterattack. Joined by three others, including Van Avermaet and Sep Vanmarcke (Cannondale-Drapac), Gilbert’s group made short work of the gap to three chasers, who were behind the six-man break at the head of the race. By that point, with about 66km to go, Gilbert’s group was 1:30 behind the leaders, at the start of the Boigneberg climb.

The cobbled Eikenberg climb was next on the menu, 1,200 meters long at 5.5 percent. After this challenge, Gilbert’s group caught the dregs of the early attack, 59km from the finish.

By the final 50 kilometers, the gap to the disorganized peloton, which included Sagan, was at about one minute. About 10 kilometers later, the peloton was disrupted by a crash. Sagan went down and was dropped.

“It was a tough race. I didn’t jump on the front group when they attacked and made the decisive move and then the crash wiped out all the chances I had to bridge the gap,” Sagan said.

Another favorite who was stuck in the bunch, Trek-Segafredo’s John Degenkolb, was stymied by a touch of wheels on the Paterberg, forced to put a foot down.

At the front, the day’s podium was decided on the Oude Kwaremont climb when Naesen, Gilbert, and Van Avermaet rode clear. Vanmarcke teamed up with De Vreese in a bid to bring back the leaders, but the two were soon caught by the peloton.

Despite Trek-Segafredo’s efforts to chase for John Degenkolb, the breakaway trio had a two-minute gap by the final 20 kilometers.

Gilbert tested the waters on E3 Harelbeke’s final climb, the Tiegemberg. Although Van Avermaet could follow, Naesen was dropped. However, the Ag2r rider wasn’t finished, and with a bold chase on the downhill, he regained contact with his two fellow Belgians.

Under the red kite, Gilbert was at the front of the group for the final kilometer of racing. The sprint set up to be very slow and tactical, as the Quick-Step rider coasted on the front of the trio. Naesen hit out first. Van Avermaet found his slipstream and came around at the very last moment to win the day.

“In the sprint, Naesen surprised me when he opened his sprint and I hesitated for a second. That, and the headwind, made it really hard to get back in the front. It’s a pity, because I was there and could have won, but that’s racing,” said Gilbert.

Classics racing continues Sunday at Gent-Wevelgem, where Sagan, the 2016 winner, will hope for better luck.

Full results

  • 1. Greg VAN AVERMAET, BMC RACING TEAM, in 4:48:17
  • 2. Philippe GILBERT, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :00
  • 3. Oliver NAESEN, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 4. Luke DURBRIDGE, ORICA – SCOTT, at :40
  • 5. Lukas PÖSTLBERGER, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :41
  • 6. MICHAEL VALGREN ANDERSEN, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :52
  • 7. Sonny COLBRELLI, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :52
  • 8. Tom BOONEN, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :52
  • 9. Dylan VAN BAARLE, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :52
  • 10. Alberto BETTIOL, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :52
  • 11. Fabio FELLINE, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :52
  • 12. Jens KEUKELEIRE, ORICA – SCOTT, at :52
  • 13. John DEGENKOLB, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :52
  • 14. Tiesj BENOOT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :52
  • 15. Luke ROWE, TEAM SKY, at :52
  • 16. Sebastian LANGEVELD, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :52
  • 17. Laurens DE VREESE, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :52
  • 18. Ignatas KONOVALOVAS, FDJ, at :52
  • 19. Niki TERPSTRA, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :52
  • 20. Daniel OSS, BMC RACING TEAM, at :52
  • 21. Tony MARTIN, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :52
  • 22. Matteo TRENTIN, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :57
  • 23. Sep VANMARCKE, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 1:53
  • 24. Magnus Cort NIELSEN, ORICA – SCOTT, at 2:12
  • 25. Borut BOZIC, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 2:12
  • 26. Sacha MODOLO, UAE ABU DHABI, at 2:12
  • 27. Alexander KRISTOFF, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 2:12
  • 28. Ramon SINKELDAM, TEAM SUNWEB, at 2:12
  • 29. Olivier LE GAC, FDJ, at 2:12
  • 30. Scott THWAITES, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 2:12
  • 31. Jasper DE BUYST, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 2:12
  • 32. Iljo KEISSE, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 2:12
  • 33. Luka PIBERNIK, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 2:12
  • 34. Frederik BACKAERT, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 2:12
  • 35. Koen DE KORT, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 2:12
  • 36. Guillaume VAN KEIRSBULCK, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 2:12
  • 37. Mathew HAYMAN, ORICA – SCOTT, at 2:12
  • 38. Taco VAN DER HOORN, ROOMPOT – NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ, at 2:12
  • 39. Carlos BARBERO CUESTA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 2:12
  • 40. Loïc VLIEGEN, BMC RACING TEAM, at 2:12
  • 41. Jasha SÜTTERLIN, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 2:12
  • 42. Bryan COQUARD, DIRECT ENERGIE, at 2:12
  • 43. Gijs VAN HOECKE, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 2:12
  • 44. Stijn DEVOLDER, VERANDA’S WILLEMS – CRELAN, at 2:12
  • 45. Bram TANKINK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 2:12
  • 46. Jos VAN EMDEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 2:12
  • 47. Jean-Pierre DRUCKER, BMC RACING TEAM, at 2:12
  • 48. Jelle WALLAYS, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 2:12
  • 49. Huub DUYN, VERANDA’S WILLEMS – CRELAN, at 2:12
  • 50. Thomas SPRENGERS, SPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 2:12
  • 51. Alexey LUTSENKO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 2:12
  • 52. Kevin ISTA, WB VERANCLASSIC AQUALITY PROTECT, at 2:12
  • 53. Zdenek ŠTYBAR, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 2:16
  • 54. Lukasz WISNIOWSKI, TEAM SKY, at 2:16
  • 55. Silvan DILLIER, BMC RACING TEAM, at 2:16
  • 56. Ian STANNARD, TEAM SKY, at 2:16
  • 57. Ivan GARCIA CORTINA, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 2:16
  • 58. Christopher JUUL JENSEN, ORICA – SCOTT, at 2:16
  • 59. Tom SCULLY, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 2:16
  • 60. Antoine DUCHESNE, DIRECT ENERGIE, at 2:16
  • 61. Sylvain CHAVANEL, DIRECT ENERGIE, at 2:16
  • 62. Gianni MOSCON, TEAM SKY, at 2:20
  • 63. Vegard Stake LAENGEN, UAE ABU DHABI, at 2:20
  • 64. Marco MARCATO, UAE ABU DHABI, at 2:29
  • 65. Tyler FARRAR, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 2:43
  • 66. Hugo HOULE, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 6:15
  • 67. Aleksei TCATEVICH, GAZPROM – RUSVELO, at 6:15
  • 68. Dmitriy GRUZDEV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 6:15
  • 69. Reto HOLLENSTEIN, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 6:15
  • 70. Nils POLITT, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 6:15
  • 71. Stijn VANDENBERGH, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 6:15
  • 72. Michael MORKOV, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 6:15
  • 73. Martin ELMIGER, BMC RACING TEAM, at 6:15
  • 74. Eliot LIETAER, SPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 6:15
  • 75. Søren Kragh ANDERSEN, TEAM SUNWEB, at 6:15
  • 76. Tom VAN ASBROECK, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 6:15
  • 77. Mickael DELAGE, FDJ, at 6:15
  • 78. Alexis GOUGEARD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 6:15
  • 79. Kristijan KOREN, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 6:15
  • 80. Marcus BURGHARDT, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 6:15
  • 81. Bert DE BACKER, TEAM SUNWEB, at 8:36
  • 82. Elmar REINDERS, ROOMPOT – NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ, at 8:36
  • 83. Twan CASTELIJNS, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 8:36
  • 84. Floris GERFS, BMC RACING TEAM, at 8:36
  • 85. Matthieu LADAGNOUS, FDJ, at 8:36
  • 86. Jorge ARCAS PEÑA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 8:36
  • 87. Kenneth VAN ROOY, SPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 8:36
  • 88. Moreno HOFLAND, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 8:36
  • 89. Romain CARDIS, DIRECT ENERGIE, at 8:36
  • 90. Mads PEDERSEN, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 8:36
  • 91. Sjoerd VAN GINNEKEN, ROOMPOT – NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ, at 8:36
  • 92. Julien VERMOTE, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 8:36
  • 93. Julien DUVAL, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 8:36
  • 94. Nuno MATOS, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 8:36
  • 95. Manuel QUINZIATO, BMC RACING TEAM, at 8:36
  • 96. Lars BOOM, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 8:36
  • 97. Simone CONSONNI, UAE ABU DHABI, at 8:36
  • 98. Kris BOECKMANS, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 8:39
  • 99. Edvald BOASSON HAGEN, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 10:45
  • 100. Sven erik BYSTRØM, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 10:45
  • 101. Erik BASKA, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 10:45
  • 102. Maciej BODNAR, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 10:45
  • 103. Sander CORDEEL, VERANDA’S WILLEMS – CRELAN, at 10:45
  • 104. Alexander PORSEV, GAZPROM – RUSVELO, at 10:45
  • 105. Igor BOEV, GAZPROM – RUSVELO, at 10:45
  • 106. Julien MORICE, DIRECT ENERGIE, at 10:45
  • 107. Nans PETERS, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 10:45
  • 108. Peter SAGAN, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 10:45
  • 109. Alexandre PICHOT, DIRECT ENERGIE, at 10:45
  • 110. Remy MERTZ, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 10:45
  • 111. Pavel BRUTT, GAZPROM – RUSVELO, at 10:45
  • 112. Aime DE GENDT, SPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 10:45
  • DNF Juraj SAGAN, BORA – HANSGROHE
  • DNF Christian KNEES, TEAM SKY
  • DNF Owain DOULL, TEAM SKY
  • DNF Nico DENZ, AG2R LA MONDIALE
  • DNF Salvatore PUCCIO, TEAM SKY
  • DNF Gediminas BAGDONAS, AG2R LA MONDIALE
  • DNF Matti BRESCHEL, ASTANA PRO TEAM
  • DNF Oscar GATTO, ASTANA PRO TEAM
  • DNF ANDREY GRIVKO, ASTANA PRO TEAM
  • DNF Christoph PFINGSTEN, BORA – HANSGROHE
  • DNF Truls KORSÆTH, ASTANA PRO TEAM
  • DNF Tony GALLOPIN, LOTTO SOUDAL
  • DNF NICCOLO’ BONIFAZIO, BAHRAIN – MERIDA
  • DNF Nikolas MAES, LOTTO SOUDAL
  • DNF David PER, BAHRAIN – MERIDA
  • DNF Ion Ander INSAUSTI IRASTORZA, BAHRAIN – MERIDA
  • DNF Aleksejs SARAMOTINS, BORA – HANSGROHE
  • DNF Danny VAN POPPEL, TEAM SKY
  • DNF Jack BAUER, QUICK – STEP FLOORS
  • DNF Chun Kai FENG, BAHRAIN – MERIDA
  • DNF Benjamin DECLERCQ, SPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE
  • DNF Pieter VANSPEYBROUCK, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT
  • DNF Elias VAN BREUSSEGEM, VERANDA’S WILLEMS – CRELAN
  • DNF Otto VERGAERDE, VERANDA’S WILLEMS – CRELAN
  • DNF Stef VAN ZUMMEREN, VERANDA’S WILLEMS – CRELAN
  • DNF Gaetan BILLE, VERANDA’S WILLEMS – CRELAN
  • DNF Dries DE BONDT, VERANDA’S WILLEMS – CRELAN
  • DNF Alex KIRSCH, WB VERANCLASSIC AQUALITY PROTECT
  • DNF Dries VAN GESTEL, SPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE
  • DNF Christophe MASSON, WB VERANCLASSIC AQUALITY PROTECT
  • DNF Piet ALLEGAERT, SPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE
  • DNF Andrea GUARDINI, UAE ABU DHABI
  • DNF Federico ZURLO, UAE ABU DHABI
  • DNF Oliviero TROIA, UAE ABU DHABI
  • DNF Marko KUMP, UAE ABU DHABI
  • DNF Bernhard EISEL, TEAM DIMENSION DATA
  • DNF Preben VAN HECKE, SPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE
  • DNF Ivan SAVITSKIY, GAZPROM – RUSVELO
  • DNF Pim LIGTHART, ROOMPOT – NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ
  • DNF Coen VERMELTFOORT, ROOMPOT – NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ
  • DNF Brian VAN GOETHEM, ROOMPOT – NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ
  • DNF Berden DE VRIES, ROOMPOT – NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ
  • DNF Jesper ASSELMAN, ROOMPOT – NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ
  • DNF Roman MAIKIN, GAZPROM – RUSVELO
  • DNF Ludwig DE WINTER, WB VERANCLASSIC AQUALITY PROTECT
  • DNF Andrei SOLOMENNIKOV, GAZPROM – RUSVELO
  • DNF Kevin VAN MELSEN, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT
  • DNF Adrien PETIT, DIRECT ENERGIE
  • DNF Ryan ANDERSON, DIRECT ENERGIE
  • DNF Jimmy DUQUENNOY, WB VERANCLASSIC AQUALITY PROTECT
  • DNF Julien STASSEN, WB VERANCLASSIC AQUALITY PROTECT
  • DNF Ludovic ROBEET, WB VERANCLASSIC AQUALITY PROTECT
  • DNF Lawrence NAESEN, WB VERANCLASSIC AQUALITY PROTECT
  • DNF Nikolay TRUSOV, GAZPROM – RUSVELO
  • DNF Antonio PEDRERO LOPEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM
  • DNF Jérôme BAUGNIES, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT
  • DNF Mark RENSHAW, TEAM DIMENSION DATA
  • DNF Youcef REGUIGUI, TEAM DIMENSION DATA
  • DNF Nick DOUGALL, TEAM DIMENSION DATA
  • DNF Luka MEZGEC, ORICA – SCOTT
  • DNF Roger KLUGE, ORICA – SCOTT
  • DNF Marco HALLER, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN
  • DNF Dayer Uberney QUINTANA ROJAS, MOVISTAR TEAM
  • DNF Jenthe BIERMANS, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN
  • DNF Héctor CARRETERO, MOVISTAR TEAM
  • DNF Carlos Alberto BETANCUR GOMEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM
  • DNF Marc SARREAU, FDJ
  • DNF Lorrenzo MANZIN, FDJ
  • DNF Jacopo GUARNIERI, FDJ
  • DNF MARC FOURNIER, FDJ
  • DNF Mitch DOCKER, ORICA – SCOTT
  • DNF Albert TIMMER, TEAM SUNWEB
  • DNF Simone ANTONINI, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT
  • DNF Yoann OFFREDO, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT
  • DNF Wesley KREDER, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT
  • DNF Marco COLEDAN, TREK – SEGAFREDO
  • DNF Fumiyuki BEPPU, TREK – SEGAFREDO
  • DNF Gregory RAST, TREK – SEGAFREDO
  • DNF Jay Robert THOMSON, TEAM DIMENSION DATA
  • DNF Zico WAEYTENS, TEAM SUNWEB
  • DNF Ryan MULLEN, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM
  • DNF Mike TEUNISSEN, TEAM SUNWEB
  • DNF Tom STAMSNIJDER, TEAM SUNWEB
  • DNF Roy CURVERS, TEAM SUNWEB
  • DNF Maarten WYNANTS, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO
  • DNF Robert Thomas WAGNER, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO
  • DNF Thomas LEEZER, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO
  • DNF Jasper STUYVEN, TREK – SEGAFREDO

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Catalunya: Valverde wins stage 5, takes lead http://www.velonews.com/2017/03/race-report/catalunya-valverde-wins-stage-5-takes-lead_433563 http://www.velonews.com/2017/03/race-report/catalunya-valverde-wins-stage-5-takes-lead_433563#respond Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:54:13 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=433563 Alejandro Valverde took command of the Volta a Catalunya Friday, winning stage 5 in Lo Port, atop a 1,000-meter mountaintop finish.

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Alejandro Valverde took command of the Volta a Catalunya Friday, winning stage 5 in Lo Port, atop a 1,000-meter mountaintop finish. The Movistar rider attacked out of a select group of GC favorites in the final throes of the 182km stage in Spain. Sky’s Chris Froome rode to second place, just ahead of Trek-Segafredo’s Alberto Contador.

“On the [final] climb I had the legs, I calculated the distance to here, to the finish line [and went for it],” said Valverde, who won the tour’s other hilltop finish in stage 3 as well. “The team was great today, we were out front the whole way.”

Stage 4, top 10

  • 1. Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE, MOVISTAR TEAM, in 4:14:52
  • 2. Chris FROOME, TEAM SKY, at :13
  • 3. Alberto CONTADOR VELASCO, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :13
  • 4. Marc SOLER GIMENEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :25
  • 5. Adam YATES, ORICA – SCOTT, at :32
  • 6. Daniel MARTIN, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :46
  • 7. David GAUDU, FDJ, at :58
  • 8. Hugh CARTHY, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 1:04
  • 9. Jakob FUGLSANG, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 1:11
  • 10. Steven KRUIJSWIJK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 1:11

Top-10 overall

  • 1. Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE, MOVISTAR TEAM, in 17:44:27
  • 2. Chris FROOME, TEAM SKY, at :21
  • 3. Alberto CONTADOR VELASCO, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :47
  • 4. Marc SOLER GIMENEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 1:00
  • 5. Adam YATES, ORICA – SCOTT, at 1:15
  • 6. Tejay VAN GARDEREN, BMC RACING TEAM, at 1:18
  • 7. Geraint THOMAS, TEAM SKY, at 1:34
  • 8. Samuel SANCHEZ GONZALEZ, BMC RACING TEAM, at 1:59
  • 9. Daniel MARTIN, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 2:13
  • 10. Steven KRUIJSWIJK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 2:40

With his victory, Valverde took the overall race lead from American Tejay van Garderen (BMC), just three days after the controversial stage 2 team time trial. Froome moved up to second overall, 21 seconds back, ahead of Contador, 47 seconds behind Valverde.

On the mountaintop finish, which had gradients as steep as 20 percent, Valverde made his move with Contador, Froome, and four others. Van Garderen was dropped. “I felt really good and confident going into the final climb but the pace and the gradient weren’t treating me very well, and I couldn’t hold their wheel in the end,” the BMC rider said. “The race is certainly not over. Tomorrow is going to be a brutally hard stage, so it is not a time to sit up. We can now regroup as a team and see what we can do and look for other opportunities over the next two days.”

The winner gave credit to two key teammates, Rubén Fernández and Marc Soler, who set a mean tempo on the final climb.

“It was a spectacular day for both myself and the team, I’m so glad I could finish this off,” Valverde added. “From the very foot of the climb I was feeling like I had good legs, and I asked them to go on full steam for as long as they could. At the final two kilometers, I sought for my distance and launched the move with a pace I could hold until the line.”

Although Saturday’s stage 6, from Tortosa to Reus includes a difficult category 1 climb of Alto de la Musara late in the 189.7km race, there’s a downhill run to the finish, so Valverde should be able to defend his lead.

Stage 4 results

  • 1. Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE, MOVISTAR TEAM, in 4:14:52
  • 2. Chris FROOME, TEAM SKY, at :13
  • 3. Alberto CONTADOR VELASCO, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :13
  • 4. Marc SOLER GIMENEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :25
  • 5. Adam YATES, ORICA – SCOTT, at :32
  • 6. Daniel MARTIN, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :46
  • 7. David GAUDU, FDJ, at :58
  • 8. Hugh CARTHY, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 1:04
  • 9. Jakob FUGLSANG, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 1:11
  • 10. Steven KRUIJSWIJK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 1:11
  • 11. Romain BARDET, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 1:11
  • 12. Michael WOODS, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 1:17
  • 13. Rafal MAJKA, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 1:17
  • 14. Geraint THOMAS, TEAM SKY, at 1:25
  • 15. Pierre Roger LATOUR, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 1:29
  • 16. Daniel NAVARRO GARCIA, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 1:31
  • 17. Jan HIRT, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 1:31
  • 18. George BENNETT, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 1:31
  • 19. Davide FORMOLO, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 1:31
  • 20. Carlos VERONA, ORICA – SCOTT, at 1:47
  • 21. Samuel SANCHEZ GONZALEZ, BMC RACING TEAM, at 1:53
  • 22. Tejay VAN GARDEREN, BMC RACING TEAM, at 1:53
  • 23. Jarlinson PANTANO GOMEZ, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 1:53
  • 24. Bauke MOLLEMA, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 1:53
  • 25. Louis MEINTJES, UAE ABU DHABI, at 1:53
  • 26. Laurens TEN DAM, TEAM SUNWEB, at 2:08
  • 27. Xandro MEURISSE, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 2:08
  • 28. ALDEMAR REYES ORTEGA, MANZANA POSTOBON TEAM, at 2:17
  • 29. Jesper HANSEN, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 2:21
  • 30. JHON DARWIN ATAPUMA HURTADO, UAE ABU DHABI, at 2:34
  • 31. Ondrej CINK, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 2:46
  • 32. Ben O’CONNOR, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 3:00
  • 33. Felix GROSSSCHARTNER, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 3:09
  • 34. Jacques Willem JANSE VAN RENSBURG, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 3:09
  • 35. Sergei CHERNETSKI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 3:09
  • 36. Alexis VUILLERMOZ, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 3:24
  • 37. Ruben FERNANDEZ ANDUJAR, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 3:29
  • 38. Guillaume MARTIN, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 3:30
  • 39. Thomas DEGAND, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 3:30
  • 40. Axel DOMONT, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 3:33
  • 41. Tsgabu Gebremaryam GRMAY, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 3:33
  • 42. Martijn TUSVELD, ROOMPOT – NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ, at 3:49
  • 43. Marco MINNAARD, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 3:49
  • 44. Fabien DOUBEY, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 4:20
  • 45. Sindre SKJOESTAD LUNKE, TEAM SUNWEB, at 4:21
  • 46. Louis VERVAEKE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 4:35
  • 47. Hector SAEZ BENITO, CAJA RURAL – SEGUROS RGA, at 5:06
  • 48. Léo VINCENT, FDJ, at 5:13
  • 49. José MENDES, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 5:28
  • 50. Eduard PRADES REVERTER, CAJA RURAL – SEGUROS RGA, at 5:44
  • 51. Bart DE CLERCQ, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 5:45
  • 52. Peter KENNAUGH, TEAM SKY, at 5:54
  • 53. Jay MCCARTHY, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 5:54
  • 54. Pawel POLJANSKI, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 5:54
  • 55. Andrew TALANSKY, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 5:54
  • 56. Mikel LANDA MEANA, TEAM SKY, at 5:54
  • 57. Robert KIŠERLOVSKI, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 5:58
  • 58. Rafael VALLS FERRI, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 6:02
  • 59. Enrico GASPAROTTO, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 6:58
  • 60. Haimar ZUBELDIA AGIRRE, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 6:58
  • 61. Pavel KOCHETKOV, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 6:58
  • 62. Artyom ZAKHAROV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 6:58
  • 63. Ben GASTAUER, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 6:58
  • 64. CYRIL GAUTIER, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 6:58
  • 65. Brent BOOKWALTER, BMC RACING TEAM, at 7:12
  • 66. Luis Guillermo MAS BONET, CAJA RURAL – SEGUROS RGA, at 7:26
  • 67. Janez BRAJKOVIC, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 7:26
  • 68. Lukasz OWSIAN, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 7:48
  • 69. Leszek PLUCINSKI, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 7:48
  • 70. Mikel NIEVE ITURRALDE, TEAM SKY, at 7:48
  • 71. Gianluca BRAMBILLA, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 8:56
  • 72. Pieter SERRY, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 9:28
  • 73. Rémi Cavagna, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 9:28
  • 74. Silvio HERKLOTZ, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 9:28
  • 75. Alexey VERMEULEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 9:28
  • 76. Laurens DE PLUS, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 9:28
  • 77. Andrey AMADOR BIKKAZAKOVA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 10:47
  • 78. Dion SMITH, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 10:50
  • 79. Sam BEWLEY, ORICA – SCOTT, at 10:50
  • 80. Thomas DE GENDT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 10:50
  • 81. Damien HOWSON, ORICA – SCOTT, at 10:50
  • 82. Pierre ROLLAND, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 10:50
  • 83. Maciej PATERSKI, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 10:50
  • 84. Murilo AFFONSO, SOUL BRASIL PRO CYCLING TEAM *, at 10:50
  • 85. Jetse BOL, MANZANA POSTOBON TEAM, at 10:50
  • 86. Stef CLEMENT, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 10:50
  • 87. Robert GESINK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 10:50
  • 88. Jan BÁRTA, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 10:50
  • 89. Johannes FRÖHLINGER, TEAM SUNWEB, at 10:50
  • 90. Domen NOVAK, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 10:50
  • 91. Vasil KIRYIENKA, TEAM SKY, at 11:02
  • 92. Jeroen MEIJERS, ROOMPOT – NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ, at 12:00
  • 93. Etienne VAN EMPEL, ROOMPOT – NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ, at 12:00
  • 94. Jose ROJAS, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 12:00
  • 95. Paolo TIRALONGO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 12:00
  • 96. Ángel VICIOSO ARCOS, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 12:00
  • 97. Valerio CONTI, UAE ABU DHABI, at 12:00
  • 98. Jordi SIMON CASULLERAS, SOUL BRASIL PRO CYCLING TEAM *, at 12:00
  • 99. Daniel TEKLEHAIMANOT, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 12:00
  • 100. Dario CATALDO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 12:00
  • 101. Imanol ERVITI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 12:00
  • 102. Ruben PLAZA, ORICA – SCOTT, at 12:00
  • 103. Rein TAARAMÄE, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 12:00
  • 104. Daryl IMPEY, ORICA – SCOTT, at 12:00
  • 105. Jérémy MAISON, FDJ, at 12:00
  • 106. Lennard KÄMNA, TEAM SUNWEB, at 12:00
  • 107. Frederik VEUCHELEN, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 12:00
  • 108. Yukiya ARASHIRO, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 12:00
  • 109. Petr VAKOC, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 12:00
  • 110. Lachlan MORTON, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 12:00
  • 111. Arthur VICHOT, FDJ, at 12:00
  • 112. BENOIT VAUGRENARD, FDJ, at 12:00
  • 113. Magno Prado NAZARET, SOUL BRASIL PRO CYCLING TEAM *, at 12:00
  • 114. Philip DEIGNAN, TEAM SKY, at 12:00
  • 115. François BIDARD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 12:00
  • 116. Anass AIT EL ABDIA, UAE ABU DHABI, at 12:00
  • 117. Pello BILBAO LOPEZ DE ARMENTIA, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 12:00
  • 118. Nacer BOUHANNI, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 13:51
  • 119. Guillaume BONNAFOND, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 13:51
  • 120. Chris HAMILTON, TEAM SUNWEB, at 14:54
  • 121. Brendan CANTY, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 14:54
  • 122. Oscar RIESEBEEK, ROOMPOT – NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ, at 15:46
  • 123. Tim ARIESEN, ROOMPOT – NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ, at 15:46
  • 124. Alex HOWES, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 15:46
  • 125. Svein TUFT, ORICA – SCOTT, at 15:46
  • 126. Martijn KEIZER, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 15:46
  • 127. Bert-Jan LINDEMAN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 15:46
  • 128. Victor CAMPENAERTS, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 15:46
  • 129. Johan LE BON, FDJ, at 15:46
  • 130. Maxim BELKOV, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 15:46
  • 131. Kristijan ÐURASEK, UAE ABU DHABI, at 16:22
  • 132. Nelson OLIVEIRA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 16:22
  • 133. Matteo BONO, UAE ABU DHABI, at 16:22
  • 134. Nick VAN DER LIJKE, ROOMPOT – NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ, at 17:31
  • 135. Joseph ROSSKOPF, BMC RACING TEAM, at 17:31
  • 136. Markel IRIZAR ARANBURU, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 17:57
  • 137. Michael GOGL, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 17:57
  • 138. José GONÇALVES, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 18:14
  • 139. Enric MAS NICOLAU, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 19:45
  • 140. André GREIPEL, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 19:45
  • 141. Phil BAUHAUS, TEAM SUNWEB, at 19:45
  • 142. Maximilian SCHACHMANN, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 19:45
  • 143. Max WALSCHEID, TEAM SUNWEB, at 19:45
  • 144. Kilian FRANKINY, BMC RACING TEAM, at 19:45
  • 145. Jonas VAN GENECHTEN, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 19:45
  • 146. Piotr BROZYNA, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 19:45
  • 147. Natnael BERHANE, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 19:45
  • 148. Caio GODOY ORMENESE, SOUL BRASIL PRO CYCLING TEAM *, at 19:45
  • 149. Matthias BRÄNDLE, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 19:45
  • 150. Mekseb DEBESAY, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 19:45
  • 151. Przemyslaw NIEMIEC, UAE ABU DHABI, at 19:45
  • 152. Sergio PARDILLA BELLON, CAJA RURAL – SEGUROS RGA, at 19:45
  • 153. Geoffrey SOUPE, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 19:45
  • 154. Nicholas SCHULTZ, CAJA RURAL – SEGUROS RGA, at 19:45
  • 155. Ricardo VILELA, MANZANA POSTOBON TEAM, at 19:45
  • 156. Hernando BOHORQUEZ SANCHEZ, MANZANA POSTOBON TEAM, at 19:45
  • 157. Hernan Ricardo AGUIRRE CAIPA, MANZANA POSTOBON TEAM, at 19:45
  • 158. Julien SIMON, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 19:45
  • 159. Jelle VANENDERT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 19:45
  • 160. Mateusz TACIAK, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 19:45
  • 161. Davide VILLELLA, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 19:45
  • 162. JUAN FELIPE OSORIO ARBOLEDA, MANZANA POSTOBON TEAM, at 20:27
  • 163. Antonio NIBALI, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 20:49
  • 164. Daniil FOMINYKH, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 20:49
  • 165. Patryk STOSZ, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 20:49
  • 166. Diego RUBIO HERNANDEZ, CAJA RURAL – SEGUROS RGA, at 20:49
  • 167. Davide CIMOLAI, FDJ, at 21:21
  • 168. Alessandro DE MARCHI, BMC RACING TEAM, at 21:21
  • DNF Alexander EDMONSON, ORICA – SCOTT
  • DNF Nathan HAAS, TEAM DIMENSION DATA
  • DNF Kristian SBARAGLI, TEAM DIMENSION DATA
  • DNF Dylan PAGE, CAJA RURAL – SEGUROS RGA
  • DNF Martijn BUDDING, ROOMPOT – NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ
  • DNF Guillaume LEVARLET, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT
  • DNS Jonathan CASTROVIEJO, MOVISTAR TEAM
  • DNS Diego ROSA, TEAM SKY
  • DNS Ben HERMANS, BMC RACING TEAM
  • DNS Ilnur ZAKARIN, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN
  • DNS Peter STETINA, TREK – SEGAFREDO
  • DNS Stéphane ROSSETTO, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS

General classification

  • 1. Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE, MOVISTAR TEAM, in 17:44:27
  • 2. Chris FROOME, TEAM SKY, at :21
  • 3. Alberto CONTADOR VELASCO, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :47
  • 4. Marc SOLER GIMENEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 1:00
  • 5. Adam YATES, ORICA – SCOTT, at 1:15
  • 6. Tejay VAN GARDEREN, BMC RACING TEAM, at 1:18
  • 7. Geraint THOMAS, TEAM SKY, at 1:34
  • 8. Samuel SANCHEZ GONZALEZ, BMC RACING TEAM, at 1:59
  • 9. Daniel MARTIN, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 2:13
  • 10. Steven KRUIJSWIJK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 2:40
  • 11. Bauke MOLLEMA, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 2:43
  • 12. Jarlinson PANTANO GOMEZ, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 2:43
  • 13. Carlos VERONA, ORICA – SCOTT, at 2:44
  • 14. George BENNETT, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 2:47
  • 15. Romain BARDET, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 2:49
  • 16. Pierre Roger LATOUR, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 3:16
  • 17. Rafal MAJKA, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 3:17
  • 18. David GAUDU, FDJ, at 3:39
  • 19. Jakob FUGLSANG, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 3:59
  • 20. Jan HIRT, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 4:12
  • 21. Davide FORMOLO, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 4:29
  • 22. JHON DARWIN ATAPUMA HURTADO, UAE ABU DHABI, at 5:07
  • 23. Louis MEINTJES, UAE ABU DHABI, at 5:38
  • 24. Laurens TEN DAM, TEAM SUNWEB, at 5:59
  • 25. Ondrej CINK, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 6:28
  • 26. Felix GROSSSCHARTNER, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 6:37
  • 27. Michael WOODS, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 6:42
  • 28. Louis VERVAEKE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 6:47
  • 29. Jesper HANSEN, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 6:59
  • 30. Peter KENNAUGH, TEAM SKY, at 7:03
  • 31. Hugh CARTHY, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 7:05
  • 32. Daniel NAVARRO GARCIA, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 7:25
  • 33. Sergei CHERNETSKI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 7:47
  • 34. Xandro MEURISSE, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 8:45
  • 35. Mikel NIEVE ITURRALDE, TEAM SKY, at 9:21
  • 36. Thomas DEGAND, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 10:07
  • 37. Ben O’CONNOR, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 10:22
  • 38. Léo VINCENT, FDJ, at 10:28
  • 39. Sindre SKJOESTAD LUNKE, TEAM SUNWEB, at 10:39
  • 40. Guillaume MARTIN, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 10:48
  • 41. Alexis VUILLERMOZ, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 11:22
  • 42. Axel DOMONT, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 11:35
  • 43. Rafael VALLS FERRI, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 12:07
  • 44. Tsgabu Gebremaryam GRMAY, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 12:29
  • 45. Ruben FERNANDEZ ANDUJAR, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 13:36
  • 46. Martijn TUSVELD, ROOMPOT – NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ, at 13:45
  • 47. Andrey AMADOR BIKKAZAKOVA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 14:32
  • 48. Dario CATALDO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 15:00
  • 49. Haimar ZUBELDIA AGIRRE, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 15:38
  • 50. ALDEMAR REYES ORTEGA, MANZANA POSTOBON TEAM, at 17:30
  • 51. Marco MINNAARD, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 17:31
  • 52. Mikel LANDA MEANA, TEAM SKY, at 17:45
  • 53. Pieter SERRY, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 18:45
  • 54. Stef CLEMENT, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 18:51
  • 55. Robert GESINK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 20:13
  • 56. Ruben PLAZA, ORICA – SCOTT, at 20:27
  • 57. Enrico GASPAROTTO, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 21:13
  • 58. Laurens DE PLUS, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 23:38
  • 59. CYRIL GAUTIER, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 23:39
  • 60. Pawel POLJANSKI, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 23:45
  • 61. Ben GASTAUER, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 23:46
  • 62. Vasil KIRYIENKA, TEAM SKY, at 24:08
  • 63. Lukasz OWSIAN, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 24:23
  • 64. Bart DE CLERCQ, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 24:34
  • 65. Ricardo VILELA, MANZANA POSTOBON TEAM, at 24:56
  • 66. Jose ROJAS, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 24:57
  • 67. Jérémy MAISON, FDJ, at 26:53
  • 68. Anass AIT EL ABDIA, UAE ABU DHABI, at 26:59
  • 69. Nicholas SCHULTZ, CAJA RURAL – SEGUROS RGA, at 27:35
  • 70. Valerio CONTI, UAE ABU DHABI, at 27:43
  • 71. Damien HOWSON, ORICA – SCOTT, at 28:01
  • 72. Pavel KOCHETKOV, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 28:01
  • 73. Enric MAS NICOLAU, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 28:11
  • 74. Brent BOOKWALTER, BMC RACING TEAM, at 28:30
  • 75. Natnael BERHANE, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 29:00
  • 76. José MENDES, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 29:11
  • 77. Hernan Ricardo AGUIRRE CAIPA, MANZANA POSTOBON TEAM, at 29:51
  • 78. Jordi SIMON CASULLERAS, SOUL BRASIL PRO CYCLING TEAM *, at 29:57
  • 79. Jay MCCARTHY, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 31:34
  • 80. Fabien DOUBEY, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 31:37
  • 81. Lachlan MORTON, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 31:41
  • 82. Jacques Willem JANSE VAN RENSBURG, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 31:56
  • 83. Andrew TALANSKY, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 32:22
  • 84. Chris HAMILTON, TEAM SUNWEB, at 32:31
  • 85. Magno Prado NAZARET, SOUL BRASIL PRO CYCLING TEAM *, at 33:58
  • 86. Robert KIŠERLOVSKI, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 34:01
  • 87. Leszek PLUCINSKI, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 34:09
  • 88. Nick VAN DER LIJKE, ROOMPOT – NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ, at 34:25
  • 89. Alexey VERMEULEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 35:00
  • 90. Eduard PRADES REVERTER, CAJA RURAL – SEGUROS RGA, at 35:05
  • 91. Daryl IMPEY, ORICA – SCOTT, at 35:52
  • 92. Przemyslaw NIEMIEC, UAE ABU DHABI, at 35:52
  • 93. Janez BRAJKOVIC, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 36:00
  • 94. Arthur VICHOT, FDJ, at 36:16
  • 95. BENOIT VAUGRENARD, FDJ, at 36:41
  • 96. Luis Guillermo MAS BONET, CAJA RURAL – SEGUROS RGA, at 37:18
  • 97. Dion SMITH, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 37:26
  • 98. Petr VAKOC, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 37:32
  • 99. Jetse BOL, MANZANA POSTOBON TEAM, at 37:46
  • 100. Pello BILBAO LOPEZ DE ARMENTIA, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 37:49
  • 101. Ángel VICIOSO ARCOS, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 38:06
  • 102. Lennard KÄMNA, TEAM SUNWEB, at 38:31
  • 103. Diego RUBIO HERNANDEZ, CAJA RURAL – SEGUROS RGA, at 39:21
  • 104. Jan BÁRTA, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 39:48
  • 105. Paolo TIRALONGO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 39:50
  • 106. Maciej PATERSKI, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 40:14
  • 107. Philip DEIGNAN, TEAM SKY, at 40:44
  • 108. Etienne VAN EMPEL, ROOMPOT – NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ, at 41:01
  • 109. Hernando BOHORQUEZ SANCHEZ, MANZANA POSTOBON TEAM, at 41:07
  • 110. Gianluca BRAMBILLA, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 41:15
  • 111. Sam BEWLEY, ORICA – SCOTT, at 41:56
  • 112. Yukiya ARASHIRO, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 41:57
  • 113. Nacer BOUHANNI, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 42:06
  • 114. Imanol ERVITI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 42:42
  • 115. Oscar RIESEBEEK, ROOMPOT – NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ, at 43:15
  • 116. Guillaume BONNAFOND, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 43:17
  • 117. François BIDARD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 43:18
  • 118. Artyom ZAKHAROV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 43:29
  • 119. Michael GOGL, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 43:43
  • 120. Kilian FRANKINY, BMC RACING TEAM, at 43:51
  • 121. Kristijan ÐURASEK, UAE ABU DHABI, at 44:36
  • 122. Domen NOVAK, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 45:02
  • 123. Rémi Cavagna, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 45:29
  • 124. Maximilian SCHACHMANN, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 45:42
  • 125. Silvio HERKLOTZ, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 45:42
  • 126. Murilo AFFONSO, SOUL BRASIL PRO CYCLING TEAM *, at 46:21
  • 127. Davide VILLELLA, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 46:28
  • 128. Rein TAARAMÄE, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 46:37
  • 129. Jeroen MEIJERS, ROOMPOT – NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ, at 46:46
  • 130. Davide CIMOLAI, FDJ, at 46:53
  • 131. Nelson OLIVEIRA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 47:04
  • 132. Brendan CANTY, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 47:10
  • 133. André GREIPEL, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 47:11
  • 134. Sergio PARDILLA BELLON, CAJA RURAL – SEGUROS RGA, at 47:12
  • 135. Mekseb DEBESAY, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 47:21
  • 136. Joseph ROSSKOPF, BMC RACING TEAM, at 47:34
  • 137. Johan LE BON, FDJ, at 47:51
  • 138. Julien SIMON, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 48:16
  • 139. Phil BAUHAUS, TEAM SUNWEB, at 49:12
  • 140. Matteo BONO, UAE ABU DHABI, at 49:15
  • 141. Johannes FRÖHLINGER, TEAM SUNWEB, at 50:02
  • 142. Daniel TEKLEHAIMANOT, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 50:12
  • 143. Geoffrey SOUPE, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 50:22
  • 144. Hector SAEZ BENITO, CAJA RURAL – SEGUROS RGA, at 50:25
  • 145. Pierre ROLLAND, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 51:09
  • 146. Alex HOWES, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 51:22
  • 147. Thomas DE GENDT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 51:50
  • 148. Caio GODOY ORMENESE, SOUL BRASIL PRO CYCLING TEAM *, at 51:55
  • 149. Bert-Jan LINDEMAN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 51:59
  • 150. Alessandro DE MARCHI, BMC RACING TEAM, at 52:03
  • 151. José GONÇALVES, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 52:14
  • 152. Piotr BROZYNA, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 52:23
  • 153. Svein TUFT, ORICA – SCOTT, at 52:38
  • 154. Frederik VEUCHELEN, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 53:28
  • 155. JUAN FELIPE OSORIO ARBOLEDA, MANZANA POSTOBON TEAM, at 53:41
  • 156. Jelle VANENDERT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 53:58
  • 157. Markel IRIZAR ARANBURU, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 54:59
  • 158. Tim ARIESEN, ROOMPOT – NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ, at 55:40
  • 159. Martijn KEIZER, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 57:48
  • 160. Victor CAMPENAERTS, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 57:56
  • 161. Matthias BRÄNDLE, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 58:24
  • 162. Maxim BELKOV, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 1:00:05
  • 163. Max WALSCHEID, TEAM SUNWEB, at 1:00:13
  • 164. Antonio NIBALI, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 1:02:16
  • 165. Patryk STOSZ, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 1:02:18
  • 166. Daniil FOMINYKH, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 1:02:37
  • 167. Jonas VAN GENECHTEN, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 1:03:15
  • 168. Mateusz TACIAK, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 1:10:37

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Garbage takes: Movistar’s grudge; Quick-Step is back; Sky Douchebags http://www.velonews.com/2017/03/commentary/garbage-takes-movistars-grudge-quick-step-is-back-sky-douchebags_433466 http://www.velonews.com/2017/03/commentary/garbage-takes-movistars-grudge-quick-step-is-back-sky-douchebags_433466#respond Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:06:14 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=433466 The whole Movistar TTT fiasco was just a big misunderstanding. Guys: Quick-Step is back! And Kiel Reijnen is "Belgian guy" of the week.

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Any given week, there are oodles of cycling stories flying around in the news. So here’s a quick-hit summary of this week’s happenings, plus my own garbage opinions on each. Much like my gambling advice, these takes are for entertainment purposes only! 

Movistar: Cheaters or just bad mechanics?

This week’s kerfuffle centered around the Movistar team at Volta a Catalunya. The Spanish squad was docked time in the overall, costing Alejandro Valverde the leader’s jersey, because JJ Rojas was spotted pushing his teammates back into rotation during the stage 2 team time trial. Come on guys! Would these super-tranquillo Spaniards really cheat? It was all a big misunderstanding! My guess is one of the team mechanics simply botched a bike and Rojas’s seatpost slipped by two centimeters, leaving him at the back of the group. No harm done, right? Well, it seems like this episode stirred up some animosity between Movistar and BMC Racing. I guess if Movistar starts smothering every breakaway with a BMC rider, we’ll know why.

Quick-Step is back!

At Dwars door Vlaanderen on Wednesday, Quick-Step pummeled the peloton with a one-two punch featuring winner Yves Lampaert and Philippe Gilbert. Boy, am I glad to see this poor, scrappy upstart team finally get a big win. After all, Patrick Lefevere has been shuffling around to potential sponsors, hat in hand, hoping to keep the team alive in 2018 with a new backer. Quick-Step hadn’t won a WorldTour spring classic since 2014 but now it’s on the board, thanks to a bit of mind games. Lefevere must have convinced Lampaert and Gilbert that their jobs were on the line, or that they didn’t actually ride for “Belgium’s New York Yankees.” What will he do for the Tour of Flanders? Make them put on their cleats under an easy-up tent like a Pro Continental team? Ask them to wash their own kits in the hotel sink? Whatever keeps the boys hungry, I say.

Sky partners with Douchebags

Team Sky, recently embroiled in controversy back home in Britain, had a bit of good news to share Thursday. It has a new partner: Douchebags. There is a company called Douchebags. It produces bags. I’m not sure what else to say, but I do know that I really enjoy watching a Sky mechanic say “Douchebags” with a straight face.

Bora bluffs; Sagan rivals aren’t fooled

After classics star Peter Sagan sprinted to second place at Milano-Sanremo, Bora-Hansgrohe team manager Ralf Denk insisted it was a “great ride.” But you and I — and everyone else — know that the only finish Sagan really wanted was first place, since that wacky Sanremo trophy that looks like an Aerobie frisbee. Calling his team “strong,” Denk is surely bluffing ahead of the spring’s biggest classic races. Sorry man, you aren’t fooling anyone, especially rivals like Tom Boonen. If Sagan keeps trying to win by simply out-muscling his opponents at Gent-Wevelgem, Tour of Flanders, and Paris-Roubaix, he might get worked over by team tactics again and shut out of a big spring win.

ASO trying to Shanghai UCI

My goodness, our friends at the Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), promoter of the Tour de France, have been busy this week by announcing they will add Volta a Catlunya to their event portfolio before saying Thursday they are launching a new race in Shanghai. Hmm, a Chinese race, intended to expand cycling’s appeal to countries beyond Europe — sound familiar? Yes, the ASO is once again engaging in its favorite pastime: challenging the UCI, which only months ago announced a new Chinese WorldTour race. If UCI president Brian Cookson plans a nice, romantic anniversary dinner with his wife at a classy Paris bistro, and then a bunch of ASO guys show up for a raucous bachelor party, we can be sure something is afoot.

‘Belgian guy’ of the week: Kiel Reijnen

American cycling fans got a bit of a scare Wednesday when Kiel Reijnen catapulted off the road in Dwars door Vlaanderen and was rushed to the hospital. Fortunately, the Trek-Segafredo rider was mostly uninjured, and in impeccable tough-guy fashion, he more or less said he would carry on with his classics campaign unless team staff took his bike away. That, dear readers, is a real “Belgian guy” move, but more than that, the Euro-style mullet is truly a sight to behold. By my calculations, if Reijnen reaches Laurent Brochard-level plumage by the Giro, he’s a shoo-in for a stage win.

Doctors at the 2001 Tour de France confirmed that Laurent Brochard had tested positive for a most excellent mullet. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Stuyven to make peloton sweet again?

In an interview on Tuesday, Trek-Segafredo’s classics hopeful Jasper Stuyven opened up about life beyond the bike. He’s studying business, opened a chocolate shop in Flanders, oh and by the way he wants to win Paris-Roubaix. It would be fun to see a fresh face in the front group at Roubaix, but it’d be even better to see a new Belgian team with an oh-so-fitting sponsor like a chocolate shop. Remember the Chocolade Jacques team from about 10 years ago? What’s to stop Stuyven from following Jonathan Vaughters’s lead as a racer-turned-team owner with a healthy dose of business acumen? If Stuyven totally bombs in the spring classics in the next few years and the chocolate money starts pouring in, who knows what could happen …

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WWT Preview: Cobble-bashing at Gent-Wevelgem http://www.velonews.com/2017/03/news/wwt-preview-cobble-bashing-at-gent-wevelgem_433524 Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:29:54 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=433524 The fourth race in the Women’s WorldTour series this year could present a different winner than the first three.

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Round four of Women’s WorldTour racing hits this Sunday with the typically wild and windy conditions of Gent-Wevelgem. Elisa Longo-Borghini remains in the WWT leader’s jersey after two solid top-10 finishes at Ronde van Drenthe and Trofeo Alfredo Binda following her win at Strade Bianche. Boels-Dolmans also keeps its lead in the team competition with a solid 52-point lead over Team Sunweb.

With Ronde van Vlaanderen — the pinnacle of the women’s cobbles season — coming up next week, Gent-Wevelgem is sure to produce an exciting preview of the upcoming monument. Wevelgem provides a good indication of how Flanders favorites are feeling, who is peaking, and who has their work cut out for them in the next week.

Race coverage

No live videos or race coverage is planned for the women’s race at Gent-Wevelgem. But you can follow race action online through twitter.

Race twitter handle: @GentWevelgem
Women’s race hashtag: #GWEWomen
UCIWWT twitter hashtag: #UCIWWT

VeloNews will also be on the ground in Belgium providing race updates and pre- and post-race rider reactions via Instagram. Follow along @VeloNews.

The course

Known for treacherous weather conditions — check out Geraint Thomas getting blown off his bike in 2015 — this year looks to be somewhat mellow, with partly cloudy skies and moderate winds ranging from 6-24 mph forecasted.

Thanks to the new UCI rule that increases women’s allowable race distances, the peloton will cover over 150 kilometers, a significant increase from last year’s 115km course. Riders will still tackle the three peloton-splitting climbs (some multiple times) for a total of five opportunities to split the field.

The climbs:

Kemmelberg (round 1)
After 70km of flat and rolling terrain, the peloton reaches the first major challenge of the day with the steep slopes of the Kemmelberg.

Distance: 3km
Average grade: 4%
Max grade: 22%

Monteberg (round 1)
Immediately after cresting and descending the Kemmelberg, riders shoot straight onto the Monteberg. It might be short at just 1km, but it’s steep and comes quickly after the Kemmelberg, leaving little time for recovery or for dropped riders to chase back on.

Distance: 1km
Average grade: 7.3%
Max grade: 10%

Baneberg
Racers get approximately 15km of flatter terrain to recover after the earlier one-two punch of the Kemmelberg and Monteberg. But the peloton is not going to just sit back and spin through this section because the pressure will be high. At the 92km mark, racers take one trip up the short but not-so-sweet Baneberg before returning to the other two climbs for a second go-around.

Average grade: 9%
Mad grade: 13%

Kemmelberg and Monteberg (round 2)
Back to the Kemmelberg and Monteberg, a dwindling main field will make its way up the two climbs from earlier, with even more ferocity. If a worthy break hasn’t gone clear by this point, watch for the main contenders to make their move.

After the fireworks of Gent-Wevelgem’s five climbs, the women’s peloton still has 50km to race on undulating terrain. Assuming a small group gets away on the last round of climbing, there’s still plenty of time for the peloton to bring it all back together again — but only if one or two big teams fail to make it into the break. Otherwise, there won’t be enough firepower in the chasing peloton to fight Belgium’s notorious winds to reel in the leaders.

Contenders

Coryn Rivera (Team Sunweb)
Gent-Wevelgem gives American Rivera another shot to showcase her finish-line speed. The pint-sized racer can get over the race’s steep climbs with the leaders and is one of the fastest in reduced-field sprints. We’d love to see a head-to-head matchup of Rivera versus Amalie Diederkson (Boels-Dolmans) this weekend.

Amalie Dideriksen (Boels-Dolmans)
Boels needs another win and it might just come from the unexpected world champion for the second time this year. Watch for some aggressive riding from the team after a disappointing race at Alfredo-Binda. If the team is healthy and recovered from its bad luck last week, the riders will be working hard to reestablish dominance before Flanders. Dideriksen is fierce in a sprint as long as she gets over the climbs with the leaders.

Elena Cecchini (Canyon-SRAM)
The Italian national champ scored three top-10 finishes at the three WWT races so far in 2017, and she could sprint her way to a win this weekend. She’ll need faster sprinters like Coryn Rivera (Team Sunweb) and Dideriksen (Boels-Dolmans) to miss the lead group for a chance, though.

Annemiek van Vleuten (Orica-Scott)
Orica also needs a win. Having been one of the most active teams in the peloton this spring, the Aussie squad has yet to score the big win. This may not be the race either, though, as Orica doesn’t have the same small-group sprinting speed as other teams do. Van Vleuten could play a role over the climbs but she’ll need a solo escape at the finish to hold off the sprinters.

Marianne Vos (WM3)
Vos makes her return to team leader this weekend. She hasn’t factored in the winning moves or finish-line sprints yet this year, but she could be peaking perfectly to close out the cobbles season with a bang.

Jolien D’Hoore (Wiggle-High5)
If the lead group starts looking around at each other after the final climb and the main field comes back together, D’Hoore has a shot to take down sprinters like Rivera and Dideriksen.

Will the WWT go four for four with a new team winning each of the first four races of the season?

Check out last year’s race and how Chantal Blaak scored her second WWT of the year and fourth consecutive win for Boels-Dolmans:

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Your new favorite race: Gent-Wevelgem http://www.velonews.com/2017/03/commentary/new-favorite-race-gent-wevelgem_433497 http://www.velonews.com/2017/03/commentary/new-favorite-race-gent-wevelgem_433497#respond Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:28:55 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=433497 Gent-Wevelgem has potential to favor the sprinters, but could a breakaway succeed, as it did in 2016 when Peter Sagan won?

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Welcome to the VeloNews 2017 WorldTour fan guide. Great news: There are tons of cycling races all season! Less-great news: Like trying to pick an ice cream flavor at Ben & Jerry’s, tons of choices can be overwhelming. So, we’ll try to help out by giving you quick, fun overviews of major races. Stay tuned for more previews.

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Your new favorite race: Gent-Wevelgem, March 26

Why should you care about this race? With Gent-Wevelgem scheduled merely one week before Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders), the Super Bowl of Belgian cycling, this race is a showcase of top classics talent, a first course in a fortnight of cobblestone feasts. [Please do not attempt to eat cobblestones -Ed.] But apart from its position in the leading edge of the northern classics wave, Gent-Wevelgem affords intriguing race dynamics. Traditionally, it is a sprinter’s classic, with past champions including Mario Cipollini, Thor Hushovd, Tom Steels, and Tom Boonen, back when “Tommeke” had a proclivity for field sprints. The 2017 route, with 34 kilometers between the final hill — the 500-meter long Kemmelberg — and the finish could favor a sprint. But the past two editions have been won out of small groups. So will the break stick again?

Most dramatic edition in recent memory? Sprint aficionados may gripe, but the most dramatic days are when the break wins at Gent-Wevelgem, and fans were treated to an epic edition in 2015 when Luca Paolini won solo. Yes the “E” word is overused in bike racing. But fans who watched that race will never forget the insanely windy, rainy weather. How windy? Like blow-your-bike-into-a-canal windy.

Gent-Wevelgem 2015 was a very windy (sometimes wet) affair. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

It was so windy that Sky’s Geraint Thomas made the break, got blown off the road, crashed, and still managed to catch back on with the winning group of six.

With rain and howling winds at the 2015 Gent-Wevelgem, we probably could have created an entire gallery of crash photos from that race alone. Geraint Thomas crashed out of the lead group, but was able to chase back and finish third. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

What a day. Fans even staged a reenactment of 2015 Gent Wevelgem at this year’s Cape Town Cycle Tour in South Africa.

Well, it wasn’t exactly a reenactment … Anyway, back to the race:

The final group boiled down to Quick-Step teammates Niki Terpstra and Stijn Vandenbergh, Thomas, Katusha’s Luca Paolini, LottoNL-Jumbo’s Sep Vanmarcke, and Lotto-Soudal sprinter Jens Debuscherre. As they played cat-and-mouse with 6km to go, Paolini snuck away — not a violent attack, but enough to get a gap. The chase hesitated, perhaps unwilling to tow Debuscherre to the line, and that was all the Italian needed to become the oldest Gent-Wevelgem winner at 38 years old. Bonus: Fans enjoyed the schadenfreude of superteam Quick-Step botching another classics finale when it had a numbers advantage.

Your race’s defining feature: At the risk of sounding too philosophical, Gent-Wevelgem’s feature is the lack of a feature, at least in that 30km run to the finish after the final hill, the Kemmelberg, or in some prior editions, the Monteberg. This give fans an exiting “Will they? Won’t they?” dynamic in the finale, especially like in 2013, when Peter Sagan soloed to his first classics win. Organizers are also trying to spice up the route with three 5km sectors of dirt road or plugstreets — farm roads. This isn’t exactly going to turn the 249km route into Dirty Kanza, but hey, we might get some good photos from the new feature.

But the thing is … You know that feeling on Christmas morning, when you were sure the huge box under the tree contained an awesome toy, but then, turns out it was just 32 volumes of “Encyclopedia Brittanica?” We cycling fans come into Gent-Wevelgem with a head of steam, hoping for a real classics battle, and sometimes the controlled sprint finale doesn’t scratch our itch. Here’s hoping it’ll be another thriller on Sunday.

Ladies first? There is a Women’s WorldTour race earlier on Sunday, and unlike the men’s race, this one has favored the breakaway since it first ran in 2014, when American Lauren Hall won. The final challenge in the 150km race, the 1,000-meter long Monteberg, comes about 46km from the finish, so there is potential for the race to regroup for a bunch sprint. Still, Chantal Blaak (Boels-Dolmans) won last year by a whopping 1:24 over the field.

Who are you betting your beer money on this year? With warm weather and moderate winds predicted, it feels like Gent-Wevelgem 2017 could go to the sprinters, in which case Quick-Step’s Fernando Gaviria is a good pick after he missed out on Milano-Sanremo, his major spring appointment. If the women’s race ends with a big bunch, Blaak could repeat, as she’s a capable sprinter after a long, difficult day.

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Italy has May. France owns July. Spain is the boss of late August. But springtime belongs to Belgium.

Now that the Tour of Flanders is just days away, it’s again time to revel in those rough cobbled roads, rave about delicious regional fare (Beer? Waffles? Frites? All three at once?), and cheer on brawny riders who battle in Europe’s toughest one-day races. It’s time for us to celebrate Belgium in all its rainy glory.

But alas, what is the most Belgian thing for us to celebrate? This year the editors of VeloNews are pleased to present The Belgian Bracket! That’s right, you can now join the ranks of March Madness fans and fill out a bracket this spring. Only you won’t need to Google “Xavier” or “East Tennessee State.” It’s time for you, dear VeloNews readers, to help us pick the most Belgian thing/person ever for the Eddy Merckx trophy. (No, Eddy is not in the bracket — he’d just destroy everyone, like he always did.) Your votes decide which Belgian items advance to the next round. Scroll down, vote on the first round, and share with your friends!

First round voting closes at 5 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, March 26. Stay tuned for results and the Sweet 16 on Monday!


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Why Kwiatkowski is not defending his E3 Harelbeke title http://www.velonews.com/2017/03/news/kwiatkowski-not-defending-e3-harelbeke-title_433478 http://www.velonews.com/2017/03/news/kwiatkowski-not-defending-e3-harelbeke-title_433478#respond Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:55:38 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=433478 Former world champ Michal Kwiatkowski opts out of defending E3 Harelbeke title in favor of a race schedule focused on winning Liège.

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GENT, Belgium (VN) — Michal Kwiatkowski is trying to avoid spreading himself too thin this 2017 season. The Sky rider who won Milano-Sanremo on Saturday, will miss an E3 Harelbeke title defense Friday so that he can tune his engine for his “dream race,” Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

The Polish cyclist escaped with world champion Peter Sagan last year and sprinted ahead of him into cycling-mad Harelbeke. However, he is turning his back on the cobbled classics west of Brussels this spring for the one-day races in southern Belgium and the Amstel Gold Race, over the border in the Netherlands. It leaves Sagan, racing for Bora-Hansgrohe, to wear bib number one in E3 Harelbeke.

“I’d like to, but it’s difficult to achieve all the things in your life,” Kwiatkowski said. “The race program this year has me skipping the cobbles and aiming for the Ardennes. It’s a speciality for me, I know I can climb well, time trial well, and do well in those classics.”

He usually parachutes in for one or two cobbled classics. Not since 2014, has he skipped them completely.

In 2014, Kwiatkowski placed third in the Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège, and gave Poland the worlds title. The following spring, he won the Amstel Gold Race.

In those years with Quick-Step, the team and Kwiatkowski experimented in different races. Team boss Patrick Lefevere said in 2015, “I figured it out, he’s not a classification rider.”

Sky worked with Kwiatkowski after it signed him for 2016. Last year, even with the E3 Harelbeke victory, its efforts mostly failed. He fell sick or suffered back problems and abandoned races often.

“There are plenty of reasons,” Kwiatkowski explained after winning Strade Bianche earlier this month. “I had health problems, but I was pushing my limits. I wanted to impress everyone in training and everywhere. I’m not like a machine, sooner or later you pay the bill.”

It led to a re-think and a specialized 2017 program, which is similar to the one he followed in 2014.

After winning Milano-Sanremo, Kwiatkowski backed off and “reset” ahead of the Ardennes. After a two-week race break, he will start in País Vasco on April 3. From there, he will travel to the Ardennes for the Amstel Gold Race, Flèche Wallonne, and Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

“Liège-Bastogne-Liège is a race of my dreams; if I could pick one monument to win, I think it’d be Liège,” Kwiatkowski told Sporza television.

“Now, I have Milano-Sanremo in the pocket, which is great, but now the focus is Liège. I’m sure I can go well if I’m well and not sick. We already won last year with Wout Poels, that was great to be a member of the team and to help him going into victory. I hope this year we’ll have a strong team and be ready to fight again.”

Kwiatkowski’s build does seem adapted to all five monuments. He has not tried Paris-Roubaix, but already placed 27th in Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders).

“I think if I was aiming for Lombardia or Liège, I think I could win them, but Roubaix and Flanders are something different. You need to put all those ambitions apart. I have to specialize.

“I won E3 Harelbeke and I’ve done well in the other races, but to win them you need something special.”

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Catalunya, stage 4: Bouhanni wins; van Garderen defends lead http://www.velonews.com/2017/03/race-report/catalunya-stage-4-bouhanni-wins-van-garderen-defends-lead_433473 http://www.velonews.com/2017/03/race-report/catalunya-stage-4-bouhanni-wins-van-garderen-defends-lead_433473#respond Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:32:52 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=433473 Nacer Bouhanni sprints to his first stage win of Volta a Catalunya, while American Tejay van Garderen keeps overall lead.

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After losing the stage 1 sprint on Monday, Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) rode to redemption in stage 4 of Volta a Catalunya Thursday, ahead of FDJ’s Davide Cimolai and Orica-Scott’s Daryl Impey, second and third, respectively. American Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing) kept the overall lead on a day that was shortened to 134km due to bad weather but still included a difficult category 2 climb with about 20km before the finish in Igualada, Spain.

“This win is very satisfying,” said Bouhanni. “On Monday, I launched my sprint too far out, about 250 meters to go on a false flat. I knew that finish; I’ve won there before. That was my mistake. I was very frustrated to lose by two centimeters. I wanted to make up for it at all costs in this fourth stage, and I did.”

Stage 4, top 10

  • 1. Nacer BOUHANNI, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, in 3:04:27
  • 2. Davide CIMOLAI, FDJ, at :00
  • 3. Daryl IMPEY, ORICA – SCOTT, at :00
  • 4. Alexander EDMONSON, ORICA – SCOTT, at :00
  • 5. Dion SMITH, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :00
  • 6. Pieter SERRY, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :00
  • 7. Enrico GASPAROTTO, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :00
  • 8. Petr VAKOC, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :00
  • 9. Jose ROJAS, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 10. Bauke MOLLEMA, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :00

Top-10 overall

  • 1. Tejay VAN GARDEREN, BMC RACING TEAM, in 13:29:00
  • 2. Samuel SANCHEZ GONZALEZ, BMC RACING TEAM, at :41
  • 3. Geraint THOMAS, TEAM SKY, at :44
  • 4. Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :45
  • 5. Chris FROOME, TEAM SKY, at :49
  • 6. Marc SOLER GIMENEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 1:10
  • 7. Alberto CONTADOR VELASCO, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 1:13
  • 8. Adam YATES, ORICA – SCOTT, at 1:18
  • 9. Bauke MOLLEMA, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 1:25
  • 10. Jarlinson PANTANO GOMEZ, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 1:25

Organizers elected to start the race at a lower elevation, cutting out about 60 kilometers of riding, as the stage originally started in Llivia at 1,177 meters elevation. The day’s two categorized climbs, the Cat. 3 Alt del Pubil and Cat. 2 Turo del Puig, remained in the route. Five men formed the day’s early breakaway: Jose Gonçalves (Katusha-Alpecin), Martijn Keizer (LottoNL-Jumbo), Matteo Boni (UAE Team Emirates), Diego Rubio (Caja Rural), and Juan Felipe Osorio (Manzana Postobon).

Katusha-Alpecin’s GC hopeful Ilnur Zakarin went down in a crash before the final 30 kilometers as the pace ramped up, but he was able to carry on.

On the stage’s final categorized climb, the breakaway was caught, and 22 kilometers from the line, Osorio put in one last desperate bid to stay away. But the Colombian was bound to be caught on the Turo del Puig.

Astana’s Jakob Fuglsang and Dario Cataldo attacked first, and though the latter didn’t last out front, Fuglsang carried on alone with 14km to go. Orica-Scott was not about to let the Dane stay away and brought him back with a display of force on the front of the peloton.

Ag2r La Mondiale’s Romain Bardet was next to attack, and Quick-Step’s Dan Martin followed. They didn’t get a gap on the peloton, but softened things up enough for Movistar’s Marc Soler to make a more promising attack. His teammate Alejandro Valverde followed, as did Sky’s Chris Froome and FDJ’s David Gaudu.

However, with five kilometers to go, the peloton had the four in sight and made the catch, with a few remaining sprinters eager to contest the finish.

FDJ made its intentions clear in the final kilometers, putting a sprint train on the front of the peloton. Inside the final kilometer, the team’s French national champion, Arthur Vichot took charge of the lead-out. His sprinter Cimolai, winner of stage 1, jumped with the line in sight, but Bouhanni was comfortably position on the Italian’s wheel. The Frenchman sprinted to a decisive win, his second of the season and third career stage win at the Volta a Catalunya.

Though the sprinters stayed in contention over the climbs on Thursday, Friday’s stage 5 will be a day for pure climbers and GC favorites, with an uphill finish at Lo Port, a 1,000-meter climb at the end of a 182km day.

Stage 4 results

  • 1. Nacer BOUHANNI, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, in 3:04:27
  • 2. Davide CIMOLAI, FDJ, at :00
  • 3. Daryl IMPEY, ORICA – SCOTT, at :00
  • 4. Alexander EDMONSON, ORICA – SCOTT, at :00
  • 5. Dion SMITH, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :00
  • 6. Pieter SERRY, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :00
  • 7. Enrico GASPAROTTO, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :00
  • 8. Petr VAKOC, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :00
  • 9. Jose ROJAS, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 10. Bauke MOLLEMA, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 11. Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 12. Geraint THOMAS, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 13. Daniel MARTIN, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :00
  • 14. Romain BARDET, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 15. Arthur VICHOT, FDJ, at :00
  • 16. Alberto CONTADOR VELASCO, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 17. Laurens DE PLUS, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :00
  • 18. Rafal MAJKA, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :00
  • 19. CYRIL GAUTIER, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 20. Sergei CHERNETSKI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 21. JHON DARWIN ATAPUMA HURTADO, UAE ABU DHABI, at :00
  • 22. Chris FROOME, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 23. Adam YATES, ORICA – SCOTT, at :00
  • 24. Pierre Roger LATOUR, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 25. Ruben FERNANDEZ ANDUJAR, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 26. Jarlinson PANTANO GOMEZ, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 27. Julien SIMON, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at :00
  • 28. Brent BOOKWALTER, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 29. Stef CLEMENT, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 30. Samuel SANCHEZ GONZALEZ, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 31. Felix GROSSSCHARTNER, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :00
  • 32. José MENDES, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :00
  • 33. Tejay VAN GARDEREN, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 34. Tsgabu Gebremaryam GRMAY, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :00
  • 35. David GAUDU, FDJ, at :00
  • 36. Jetse BOL, MANZANA POSTOBON TEAM, at :00
  • 37. Xandro MEURISSE, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :00
  • 38. George BENNETT, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 39. Steven KRUIJSWIJK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 40. Jesper HANSEN, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 41. Dario CATALDO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 42. Carlos VERONA, ORICA – SCOTT, at :00
  • 43. Jonathan CASTROVIEJO, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 44. Marc SOLER GIMENEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 45. Andrey AMADOR BIKKAZAKOVA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 46. Mikel NIEVE ITURRALDE, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 47. Thomas DEGAND, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :00
  • 48. Davide FORMOLO, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :00
  • 49. Laurens TEN DAM, TEAM SUNWEB, at :00
  • 50. Louis MEINTJES, UAE ABU DHABI, at :00
  • 51. Enric MAS NICOLAU, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :00
  • 52. ALDEMAR REYES ORTEGA, MANZANA POSTOBON TEAM, at :00
  • 53. Ricardo VILELA, MANZANA POSTOBON TEAM, at :00
  • 54. Peter KENNAUGH, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 55. Louis VERVAEKE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 56. Mikel LANDA MEANA, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 57. Ilnur ZAKARIN, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :00
  • 58. Jan HIRT, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :00
  • 59. Sergio PARDILLA BELLON, CAJA RURAL – SEGUROS RGA, at :19
  • 60. BENOIT VAUGRENARD, FDJ, at :24
  • 61. Jordi SIMON CASULLERAS, SOUL BRASIL PRO CYCLING TEAM *, at :41
  • 62. Jay MCCARTHY, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :41
  • 63. Pawel POLJANSKI, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :41
  • 64. Peter STETINA, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :41
  • 65. Lennard KÄMNA, TEAM SUNWEB, at :41
  • 66. Léo VINCENT, FDJ, at :41
  • 67. Daniel NAVARRO GARCIA, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at :41
  • 68. Sindre SKJOESTAD LUNKE, TEAM SUNWEB, at :41
  • 69. Martijn TUSVELD, ROOMPOT – NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ, at :41
  • 70. Nicholas SCHULTZ, CAJA RURAL – SEGUROS RGA, at :41
  • 71. Ondrej CINK, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :41
  • 72. Eduard PRADES REVERTER, CAJA RURAL – SEGUROS RGA, at :41
  • 73. Fabien DOUBEY, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :41
  • 74. Guillaume MARTIN, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :41
  • 75. Alexis VUILLERMOZ, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :41
  • 76. Ruben PLAZA, ORICA – SCOTT, at :41
  • 77. Hernando BOHORQUEZ SANCHEZ, MANZANA POSTOBON TEAM, at :41
  • 78. Valerio CONTI, UAE ABU DHABI, at :41
  • 79. Davide VILLELLA, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :41
  • 80. Jakob FUGLSANG, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :41
  • 81. Michael GOGL, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 1:12
  • 82. Tim ARIESEN, ROOMPOT – NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ, at 1:12
  • 83. Nick VAN DER LIJKE, ROOMPOT – NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ, at 1:12
  • 84. Haimar ZUBELDIA AGIRRE, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 1:12
  • 85. Natnael BERHANE, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 1:12
  • 86. Kristian SBARAGLI, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 1:12
  • 87. Ben O’CONNOR, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 1:12
  • 88. Jacques Willem JANSE VAN RENSBURG, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 1:12
  • 89. Etienne VAN EMPEL, ROOMPOT – NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ, at 1:12
  • 90. Phil BAUHAUS, TEAM SUNWEB, at 1:12
  • 91. Bart DE CLERCQ, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 1:12
  • 92. André GREIPEL, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 1:12
  • 93. Luis Guillermo MAS BONET, CAJA RURAL – SEGUROS RGA, at 1:12
  • 94. Przemyslaw NIEMIEC, UAE ABU DHABI, at 1:12
  • 95. Kristijan ÐURASEK, UAE ABU DHABI, at 1:12
  • 96. Oscar RIESEBEEK, ROOMPOT – NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ, at 1:12
  • 97. Guillaume LEVARLET, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 1:12
  • 98. Hector SAEZ BENITO, CAJA RURAL – SEGUROS RGA, at 1:12
  • 99. Silvio HERKLOTZ, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 1:12
  • 100. Leszek PLUCINSKI, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 1:12
  • 101. Maximilian SCHACHMANN, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 1:12
  • 102. Pello BILBAO LOPEZ DE ARMENTIA, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 1:12
  • 103. Lukasz OWSIAN, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 1:12
  • 104. Brendan CANTY, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 1:12
  • 105. Jérémy MAISON, FDJ, at 1:12
  • 106. Kilian FRANKINY, BMC RACING TEAM, at 1:12
  • 107. François BIDARD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 1:12
  • 108. Magno Prado NAZARET, SOUL BRASIL PRO CYCLING TEAM *, at 1:12
  • 109. Vasil KIRYIENKA, TEAM SKY, at 1:12
  • 110. Gianluca BRAMBILLA, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 1:12
  • 111. Alexey VERMEULEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 1:12
  • 112. Anass AIT EL ABDIA, UAE ABU DHABI, at 1:12
  • 113. Rafael VALLS FERRI, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 1:22
  • 114. Hernan Ricardo AGUIRRE CAIPA, MANZANA POSTOBON TEAM, at 1:26
  • 115. Mekseb DEBESAY, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 1:33
  • 116. Andrew TALANSKY, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 1:42
  • 117. Geoffrey SOUPE, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 2:06
  • 118. Guillaume BONNAFOND, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 2:27
  • 119. Jan BÁRTA, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 2:27
  • 120. Joseph ROSSKOPF, BMC RACING TEAM, at 2:27
  • 121. Matthias BRÄNDLE, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 2:27
  • 122. Paolo TIRALONGO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 2:27
  • 123. Frederik VEUCHELEN, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 2:27
  • 124. Antonio NIBALI, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 2:27
  • 125. Max WALSCHEID, TEAM SUNWEB, at 2:27
  • 126. Piotr BROZYNA, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 2:27
  • 127. Hugh CARTHY, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 2:27
  • 128. Marco MINNAARD, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 2:27
  • 129. Yukiya ARASHIRO, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 2:27
  • 130. Michael WOODS, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 2:27
  • 131. Ben GASTAUER, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 2:36
  • 132. Axel DOMONT, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 2:36
  • 133. Chris HAMILTON, TEAM SUNWEB, at 2:36
  • 134. Janez BRAJKOVIC, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 2:36
  • 135. Damien HOWSON, ORICA – SCOTT, at 2:43
  • 136. Maciej PATERSKI, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 2:43
  • 137. Johannes FRÖHLINGER, TEAM SUNWEB, at 2:43
  • 138. Robert KIŠERLOVSKI, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 2:43
  • 139. Murilo AFFONSO, SOUL BRASIL PRO CYCLING TEAM *, at 2:43
  • 140. Caio GODOY ORMENESE, SOUL BRASIL PRO CYCLING TEAM *, at 2:47
  • 141. Patryk STOSZ, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 3:55
  • 142. Jonas VAN GENECHTEN, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 4:06
  • 143. Alex HOWES, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 4:06
  • 144. Lachlan MORTON, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 4:13
  • 145. Rémi Cavagna, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 4:46
  • 146. Daniil FOMINYKH, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 4:46
  • 147. Artyom ZAKHAROV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 4:46
  • 148. JUAN FELIPE OSORIO ARBOLEDA, MANZANA POSTOBON TEAM, at 4:46
  • 149. Mateusz TACIAK, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 5:29
  • 150. Dylan PAGE, CAJA RURAL – SEGUROS RGA, at 6:42
  • 151. Philip DEIGNAN, TEAM SKY, at 6:42
  • 152. Daniel TEKLEHAIMANOT, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 6:42
  • 153. Jeroen MEIJERS, ROOMPOT – NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ, at 6:42
  • 154. Domen NOVAK, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 6:42
  • 155. Nathan HAAS, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 7:10
  • 156. Sam BEWLEY, ORICA – SCOTT, at 7:10
  • 157. José GONÇALVES, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 7:10
  • 158. Maxim BELKOV, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 7:10
  • 159. Ángel VICIOSO ARCOS, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 7:10
  • 160. Markel IRIZAR ARANBURU, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 7:10
  • 161. Imanol ERVITI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 7:10
  • 162. Diego RUBIO HERNANDEZ, CAJA RURAL – SEGUROS RGA, at 7:10
  • 163. Nelson OLIVEIRA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 7:10
  • 164. Diego ROSA, TEAM SKY, at 7:10
  • 165. Matteo BONO, UAE ABU DHABI, at 7:10
  • 166. Pavel KOCHETKOV, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 7:10
  • 167. Bert-Jan LINDEMAN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 7:10
  • 168. Martijn KEIZER, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 7:10
  • 169. Victor CAMPENAERTS, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 7:10
  • 170. Pierre ROLLAND, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 7:10
  • 171. Alessandro DE MARCHI, BMC RACING TEAM, at 7:17
  • 172. Thomas DE GENDT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 7:37
  • 173. Robert GESINK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 7:45
  • 174. Svein TUFT, ORICA – SCOTT, at 7:45
  • 175. Rein TAARAMÄE, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 7:45
  • 176. Martijn BUDDING, ROOMPOT – NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ, at 7:45
  • 177. Johan LE BON, FDJ, at 7:45
  • 178. Jelle VANENDERT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 7:45
  • 179. Ben HERMANS, BMC RACING TEAM, at 7:45
  • 180. Stéphane ROSSETTO, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 9:43
  • DNF Pieter WEENING, ROOMPOT – NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ
  • DNS Pascal ACKERMANN, BORA – HANSGROHE

General classification

  • 1. Tejay VAN GARDEREN, BMC RACING TEAM, in 13:29:00
  • 2. Samuel SANCHEZ GONZALEZ, BMC RACING TEAM, at :41
  • 3. Geraint THOMAS, TEAM SKY, at :44
  • 4. Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :45
  • 5. Chris FROOME, TEAM SKY, at :49
  • 6. Marc SOLER GIMENEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 1:10
  • 7. Alberto CONTADOR VELASCO, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 1:13
  • 8. Adam YATES, ORICA – SCOTT, at 1:18
  • 9. Bauke MOLLEMA, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 1:25
  • 10. Jarlinson PANTANO GOMEZ, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 1:25
  • 11. Carlos VERONA, ORICA – SCOTT, at 1:32
  • 12. Peter KENNAUGH, TEAM SKY, at 1:44
  • 13. George BENNETT, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 1:51
  • 14. Daniel MARTIN, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 2:02
  • 15. Steven KRUIJSWIJK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 2:04
  • 16. Mikel NIEVE ITURRALDE, TEAM SKY, at 2:08
  • 17. Romain BARDET, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 2:13
  • 18. Pierre Roger LATOUR, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 2:22
  • 19. Jonathan CASTROVIEJO, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 2:22
  • 20. Rafal MAJKA, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 2:35
  • 21. Ilnur ZAKARIN, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 2:46
  • 22. Louis VERVAEKE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 2:47
  • 23. JHON DARWIN ATAPUMA HURTADO, UAE ABU DHABI, at 3:08
  • 24. David GAUDU, FDJ, at 3:16
  • 25. Jan HIRT, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 3:16
  • 26. Jakob FUGLSANG, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 3:23
  • 27. Davide FORMOLO, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 3:33
  • 28. Dario CATALDO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 3:37
  • 29. Felix GROSSSCHARTNER, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 4:03
  • 30. Ondrej CINK, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 4:17
  • 31. Andrey AMADOR BIKKAZAKOVA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 4:20
  • 32. Louis MEINTJES, UAE ABU DHABI, at 4:20
  • 33. Laurens TEN DAM, TEAM SUNWEB, at 4:26
  • 34. Sergei CHERNETSKI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 5:13
  • 35. Jesper HANSEN, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 5:13
  • 36. Ricardo VILELA, MANZANA POSTOBON TEAM, at 5:46
  • 37. Léo VINCENT, FDJ, at 5:50
  • 38. Michael WOODS, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 6:00
  • 39. Daniel NAVARRO GARCIA, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 6:30
  • 40. Hugh CARTHY, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 6:36
  • 41. Rafael VALLS FERRI, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 6:40
  • 42. Sindre SKJOESTAD LUNKE, TEAM SUNWEB, at 6:53
  • 43. Xandro MEURISSE, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 7:12
  • 44. Thomas DEGAND, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 7:12
  • 45. Guillaume MARTIN, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 7:53
  • 46. Ben O’CONNOR, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 7:57
  • 47. Nicholas SCHULTZ, CAJA RURAL – SEGUROS RGA, at 8:25
  • 48. Alexis VUILLERMOZ, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 8:33
  • 49. Stef CLEMENT, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 8:36
  • 50. Axel DOMONT, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 8:37
  • 51. Enric MAS NICOLAU, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 9:01
  • 52. Ruben PLAZA, ORICA – SCOTT, at 9:02
  • 53. Haimar ZUBELDIA AGIRRE, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 9:15
  • 54. Tsgabu Gebremaryam GRMAY, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 9:31
  • 55. Natnael BERHANE, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 9:50
  • 56. Pieter SERRY, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 9:52
  • 57. Robert GESINK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 9:58
  • 58. Martijn TUSVELD, ROOMPOT – NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ, at 10:31
  • 59. Hernan Ricardo AGUIRRE CAIPA, MANZANA POSTOBON TEAM, at 10:41
  • 60. Ruben FERNANDEZ ANDUJAR, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 10:42
  • 61. Mikel LANDA MEANA, TEAM SKY, at 12:26
  • 62. Peter STETINA, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 13:22
  • 63. Jose ROJAS, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 13:32
  • 64. Vasil KIRYIENKA, TEAM SKY, at 13:41
  • 65. Marco MINNAARD, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 14:17
  • 66. Laurens DE PLUS, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 14:45
  • 67. Enrico GASPAROTTO, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 14:50
  • 68. Jérémy MAISON, FDJ, at 15:28
  • 69. Ben HERMANS, BMC RACING TEAM, at 15:33
  • 70. Anass AIT EL ABDIA, UAE ABU DHABI, at 15:34
  • 71. ALDEMAR REYES ORTEGA, MANZANA POSTOBON TEAM, at 15:48
  • 72. Valerio CONTI, UAE ABU DHABI, at 16:18
  • 73. Guillaume LEVARLET, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 16:40
  • 74. Przemyslaw NIEMIEC, UAE ABU DHABI, at 16:42
  • 75. Lukasz OWSIAN, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 17:10
  • 76. CYRIL GAUTIER, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 17:16
  • 77. Ben GASTAUER, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 17:23
  • 78. Nick VAN DER LIJKE, ROOMPOT – NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ, at 17:29
  • 79. Damien HOWSON, ORICA – SCOTT, at 17:46
  • 80. Chris HAMILTON, TEAM SUNWEB, at 18:12
  • 81. Pawel POLJANSKI, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 18:26
  • 82. Jordi SIMON CASULLERAS, SOUL BRASIL PRO CYCLING TEAM *, at 18:32
  • 83. Diego RUBIO HERNANDEZ, CAJA RURAL – SEGUROS RGA, at 19:07
  • 84. Bart DE CLERCQ, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 19:24
  • 85. Lachlan MORTON, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 20:16
  • 86. Pavel KOCHETKOV, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 21:38
  • 87. Brent BOOKWALTER, BMC RACING TEAM, at 21:53
  • 88. Hernando BOHORQUEZ SANCHEZ, MANZANA POSTOBON TEAM, at 21:57
  • 89. Magno Prado NAZARET, SOUL BRASIL PRO CYCLING TEAM *, at 22:33
  • 90. José MENDES, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 24:18
  • 91. Kilian FRANKINY, BMC RACING TEAM, at 24:21
  • 92. Daryl IMPEY, ORICA – SCOTT, at 24:27
  • 93. Arthur VICHOT, FDJ, at 24:51
  • 94. BENOIT VAUGRENARD, FDJ, at 25:16
  • 95. Petr VAKOC, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 26:07
  • 96. Davide CIMOLAI, FDJ, at 26:07
  • 97. Alexey VERMEULEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 26:07
  • 98. Jay MCCARTHY, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 26:15
  • 99. Michael GOGL, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 26:21
  • 100. Pello BILBAO LOPEZ DE ARMENTIA, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 26:24
  • 101. Maximilian SCHACHMANN, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 26:32
  • 102. Ángel VICIOSO ARCOS, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 26:41
  • 103. Leszek PLUCINSKI, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 26:56
  • 104. Andrew TALANSKY, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 27:03
  • 105. Lennard KÄMNA, TEAM SUNWEB, at 27:06
  • 106. Dion SMITH, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 27:11
  • 107. Davide VILLELLA, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 27:18
  • 108. Jetse BOL, MANZANA POSTOBON TEAM, at 27:31
  • 109. Fabien DOUBEY, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 27:52
  • 110. André GREIPEL, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 28:01
  • 111. Sergio PARDILLA BELLON, CAJA RURAL – SEGUROS RGA, at 28:02
  • 112. Oscar RIESEBEEK, ROOMPOT – NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ, at 28:04
  • 113. Mekseb DEBESAY, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 28:11
  • 114. Paolo TIRALONGO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 28:25
  • 115. Robert KIŠERLOVSKI, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 28:38
  • 116. Kristijan ÐURASEK, UAE ABU DHABI, at 28:49
  • 117. Nacer BOUHANNI, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 28:50
  • 118. Julien SIMON, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 29:06
  • 119. Janez BRAJKOVIC, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 29:09
  • 120. Kristian SBARAGLI, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 29:18
  • 121. Philip DEIGNAN, TEAM SKY, at 29:19
  • 122. Jacques Willem JANSE VAN RENSBURG, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 29:22
  • 123. Jan BÁRTA, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 29:33
  • 124. Etienne VAN EMPEL, ROOMPOT – NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ, at 29:36
  • 125. Eduard PRADES REVERTER, CAJA RURAL – SEGUROS RGA, at 29:56
  • 126. Maciej PATERSKI, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 29:59
  • 127. Guillaume BONNAFOND, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 30:01
  • 128. Phil BAUHAUS, TEAM SUNWEB, at 30:02
  • 129. Luis Guillermo MAS BONET, CAJA RURAL – SEGUROS RGA, at 30:27
  • 130. Yukiya ARASHIRO, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 30:32
  • 131. Joseph ROSSKOPF, BMC RACING TEAM, at 30:38
  • 132. Geoffrey SOUPE, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 31:12
  • 133. Nelson OLIVEIRA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 31:17
  • 134. Imanol ERVITI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 31:17
  • 135. Alessandro DE MARCHI, BMC RACING TEAM, at 31:17
  • 136. Sam BEWLEY, ORICA – SCOTT, at 31:41
  • 137. François BIDARD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 31:53
  • 138. Alexander EDMONSON, ORICA – SCOTT, at 32:09
  • 139. Johan LE BON, FDJ, at 32:40
  • 140. Caio GODOY ORMENESE, SOUL BRASIL PRO CYCLING TEAM *, at 32:45
  • 141. Brendan CANTY, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 32:51
  • 142. Gianluca BRAMBILLA, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 32:54
  • 143. Piotr BROZYNA, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 33:13
  • 144. Matteo BONO, UAE ABU DHABI, at 33:28
  • 145. JUAN FELIPE OSORIO ARBOLEDA, MANZANA POSTOBON TEAM, at 33:49
  • 146. José GONÇALVES, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 34:35
  • 147. Martijn BUDDING, ROOMPOT – NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ, at 34:37
  • 148. Domen NOVAK, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 34:47
  • 149. Jelle VANENDERT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 34:48
  • 150. Rein TAARAMÄE, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 35:12
  • 151. Jeroen MEIJERS, ROOMPOT – NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ, at 35:21
  • 152. Diego ROSA, TEAM SKY, at 35:45
  • 153. Murilo AFFONSO, SOUL BRASIL PRO CYCLING TEAM *, at 36:06
  • 154. Alex HOWES, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 36:11
  • 155. Rémi Cavagna, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 36:36
  • 156. Bert-Jan LINDEMAN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 36:48
  • 157. Silvio HERKLOTZ, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 36:49
  • 158. Artyom ZAKHAROV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 37:06
  • 159. Nathan HAAS, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 37:18
  • 160. Svein TUFT, ORICA – SCOTT, at 37:27
  • 161. Markel IRIZAR ARANBURU, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 37:37
  • 162. Daniel TEKLEHAIMANOT, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 38:47
  • 163. Stéphane ROSSETTO, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 38:49
  • 164. Matthias BRÄNDLE, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 39:14
  • 165. Johannes FRÖHLINGER, TEAM SUNWEB, at 39:47
  • 166. Tim ARIESEN, ROOMPOT – NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ, at 40:29
  • 167. Pierre ROLLAND, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 40:59
  • 168. Max WALSCHEID, TEAM SUNWEB, at 41:03
  • 169. Thomas DE GENDT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 41:35
  • 170. Antonio NIBALI, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 42:02
  • 171. Frederik VEUCHELEN, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 42:03
  • 172. Patryk STOSZ, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 42:04
  • 173. Daniil FOMINYKH, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 42:23
  • 174. Martijn KEIZER, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 42:37
  • 175. Victor CAMPENAERTS, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 42:45
  • 176. Jonas VAN GENECHTEN, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 44:05
  • 177. Maxim BELKOV, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 44:54
  • 178. Hector SAEZ BENITO, CAJA RURAL – SEGUROS RGA, at 45:58
  • 179. Mateusz TACIAK, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 51:27
  • 180. Dylan PAGE, CAJA RURAL – SEGUROS RGA, at 1:01:10

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