Boonen best in Dwars door Vlaanderen

Tom Boonen (Quick.Step) rode his brand new Specialized to victory in the 62nd Dwars door Vlaanderen

Tom Boonen (Quick.Step) rode his brand new Specialized to victory in the 62nd Dwars door Vlaanderen
PIC © TIM DE WAELE Tom Boonen gave plenty of credit to his brand new bike as he crossed the line to win the 62nd Dwars door Vlaanderen in a bunch sprint. The Quick.Step rider had been suffering back problems on his Specialized Tarmac, but found the change to a new aluminium machine this week did the trick. He has never won this mid-week classic before, but had no problems coming around Belgian champion Niko Eeckhout (Chocolade Jacques) in the final 50m of the race. Third was Stuart O'Grady (CSC), racking up another podium placing this season. "This is the only race in spring that I hadn't yet won," said Boonen afterwards. "And I really have to thank my new bike for that. It's a really good bike. Finally I can go full gas again, without back problems. I'm optimistic for the next few weeks. I've still got something left. Boonen thanked his teammates, who again played a vital role in leading him out. But he also wasn't afraid to attack during the race. "Together with Gert [Steegmans] I went crazy a few times. It was nice to drop a few bombs. I wanted to try everything out." From start to finish A big crowd greeted the 189-rider field in Roeselare's Grote Markt for the start of the 200 km race. The conditions were ideal: sunny skies and little wind. After 17km, Sven Nevens (Jartazi) was the first rider to attempt an attack, but he was quickly brought back to the peloton. The same fate befell Marc Streel, Tony Bracke and Tomoya Kano after 34km. The bunch covered 46km in the first hour. David Boucher (Landbouwkrediet-Tnissteiner) managed to create a proper gap when he attacked after 53km. The Frenchman was allowed some freedom, and when he reached the first climb (Katteberg) after 78km, he had 8'25. There wasn't much going on in the peloton until km 85, when Steven Cummings and Jeremy Hunt crashed and had to abandon. Boucher continued on his own in front until the hills started to take their toll. He had 6'09 at the top of the Eikenberg with 87km to go, as Robbie McEwen (Predictor-Lotto), winner of this race in 2003, abandoned with knee pain. Boucher's chances were not helped by a puncture with 84km to go, as by the time he got going again, he had less than five minutes lead. The peloton started to get more aggressive in its chase, with Rabobank and then Quick.Step driving things on the Oude Kwaremont with 73km left. Gert Steegmans and Tom Boonen were particularly strong, and established a break with Roberto Petito, Marcus Burghardt and Steffen Wesemann at the top, and the group swept up the flagging Boucher. No-one wanted to let Boonen get away, and a 50 man group formed before the Knokteberg with 63km to go. Peter Van Petegem (Quick.Step) tried to get something happening on the climb, and over the top a group of 20 formed with Boonen still in it. But the ex-world champion knew he would be marked, and instead allowed teammate Kevin Van Impe to get away with Matthe Pronk on the descent. At 56km to go, they were joined by Enrico Gasparotto (Liquigas), Joost Posthuma (Rabobank), Matti Breschel (CSC), and Andrea Masciarelli (Acqua e Sapone). The latter was dropped after a mechanical. Predictor-Lotto had missed the move, but corrected the situation when Roy Sentjens went across on his own. At 50km to go on the Tiegemberg, the break had 27 seconds over a bunch of 25 or so. The peloton regrouped a few kilometres later as the gap went up to 54 seconds, and Discovery, T-Mobile and Landbouwkrediet took on the responsibility to chase. Discovery's Stijn Devolder was on a good day, and helped to bring the break back to just 12 seconds as they reached the two finishing circuits with 30km to go. T-Mobile's Marcus Burghardt got across to the group with 25km left, but the break was in danger of being swallowed by the bunch. Gasparotto put in a last-ditch attack and was able to stay clear until he was joined by Andy Cappelle (Landbouwkrediet) and Devolder with 16km to go. Quick.Step and CSC had the situation well in hand for their sprinters Boonen and O'Grady, and worked to keep the gap at between 10 and 20 seconds on the last lap. Results 1 Tom Boonen (Bel, Quick.Step-Innergetic) 4:47:00 2 Niko Eeckhout (Bel, Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen) 3 Stuart O'Grady (Aus, Team CSC) 4 Mathew Hayman (Aus, Rabobank) 5 David Kopp (Ger, Gerolsteiner) 6 Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu, Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team) 7 William Bonnet (Fra, Crdit Agricole) 8 Wouter Weylandt (Bel, Quick.Step-Innergetic) 9 Lars Michaelsen (Den, Team CSC) 10 Antonio Murillo Fischer (Bra, Liquigas) 11 Aart Vierhouten (Ned, Skil-Shimano) 12 Gerben Lwik (Ned, Rabobank) 13 Bjrn Leukemans (Bel, Predictor-Lotto) 14 Nick Nuyens (Bel, Cofidis, Le Crdit par Tlphone) 15 Roger Hammond (GBr, T-Mobile Team) 16 Bert Roesems (Bel, Predictor-Lotto) 17 Antonio Cruz (USA, Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team) 18 Renaud Dion (Fra, AG2r Prvoyance) 19 Bert De Waele (Bel, Landbouwkrediet-Tnissteiner) 20 Jimmy Casper (Fra, Unibet.com) 21 Steffen Wesemann (Swi, Team Wiesenhof-Felt) 22 Wim De Vocht (Bel, Predictor-Lotto) 23 Filip Meirhaeghe (Bel, Landbouwkrediet-Tnissteiner) 24 Steven De Jongh (Ned, Quick.Step-Innergetic) 25 Roberto Petito (Ita, Liquigas) 0:00:07 26 Marcus Burghardt (Ger, T-Mobile Team) 0:00:09 27 Matth Pronk (Ned, Unibet.com) 0:00:17 28 Peter Van Petegem (Bel, Quick.Step-Innergetic) 0:00:24 29 Fabian Cancellara (Swi, Team CSC) 30 Markus Eichler (Ger, Unibet.com) 0:00:25 31 Arnaud Coyot (Fra, Unibet.com) 0:00:55 32 Cdric Pineau (Fra, Roubaix Lille Metropole) 0:01:04 33 Gianni Meersman (Bel, Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team) 34 Hilton Clarke (Aus, Navigators Insurance Cycling Team) 35 Stijn Devolder (Bel, Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team) 36 Nico Mattan (Bel, DFL-Cyclingnews-Litespeed) 37 Gorik Gardeyn (Bel, Unibet.com) 38 Steven Caethoven (Bel, Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen) 39 Andy Cappelle (Bel, Landbouwkrediet-Tnissteiner) 40 Michiel Elijzen (Ned, Cofidis, Le Crdit par Tlphone) 41 Floris Goesinnen (Ned, Skil-Shimano) 42 Eduard Bogaert (Bel, Yawadoo-ABM-TV Vlaanderen) 43 Nikolas Maes (Bel, Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen) 44 Marcus Ljungqvist (Swe, Team CSC) 45 Wim Vansevenant (Bel, Predictor-Lotto) 46 Daniel Lloyd (GBr, DFL-Cyclingnews-Litespeed) 47 Frdric Amorison (Bel, Landbouwkrediet-Tnissteiner) 48 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel, Cofidis, Le Crdit par Tlphone) 49 Martin Elmiger (Swi, AG2r Prvoyance) 50 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel, Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen) 51 Tom Steels (Bel, Predictor-Lotto) 52 Stefan Van Dijk (Ned, Team Wiesenhof-Felt) 53 Janek Tombak (Est, Jartazi Promo Fashion) 54 Koos Moerenhout (Ned, Rabobank) 55 Mauro Da Dalto (Ita, Liquigas) 56 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita, Liquigas) 57 Aleksandr Kuchynski (Blr, Liquigas) 58 Joost Posthuma (Ned, Rabobank) 0:01:33 59 Roy Sentjens (Ned, Predictor-Lotto) 60 Gert Steegmans (Bel, Quick.Step-Innergetic) 61 Matti Breschel (Den, Team CSC) 62 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel, Quick.Step-Innergetic) 63 Kevin Van Impe (Bel, Quick.Step-Innergetic) 64 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned, Gerolsteiner) 0:02:53 65 Jonas Ljungblad (Swe, Unibet.com) 66 Allan Johansen (Den, Team CSC) 67 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn, Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team) 0:03:35 68 Graeme Brown (Aus, Rabobank) 0:06:36 69 Thomas Ongena (Bel, Yawadoo-ABM-TV Vlaanderen) 70 Jarno Van Mingeroet (Bel, Jartazi Promo Fashion) 71 Kevin Neirynck (Bel, Landbouwkrediet-Tnissteiner) 72 Niels Scheuneman (Ned, Unibet.com) 73 Maarten Den Bakker (Ned, Skil-Shimano) 74 Wilfried Cretskens (Bel, Quick.Step-Innergetic) 75 Christoph Meschenmoser (Ger, Skil-Shimano) 76 Jan Kuyckx (Bel, Landbouwkrediet-Tnissteiner) 77 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned, Skil-Shimano) 78 Stphane Poulhies (Fra, AG2r Prvoyance) 79 David Harrigan (Aus, DFL-Cyclingnews-Litespeed) 80 Jean-Paul Simon (Bel, Babes Only-Villapark Langemeer-Flanders) 81 Adam Hansen (Aus, T-Mobile Team) 82 Eric Baumann (Ger, T-Mobile Team) 83 Johan Coenen (Bel, Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen) 84 Kurt Hovelynck (Bel, Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen) 85 Benjamin Brooks (Aus, Navigators Insurance Cycling Team) 86 Kristian House (GBr, Navigators Insurance Cycling Team) 0:06:38 87 Bernard Van Ulden (USA, Navigators Insurance Cycling Team) 88 Jrg Ludewig (Ger, Team Wiesenhof-Felt) 89 Artur Gajek (Ger, Team Wiesenhof-Felt) 90 Jens Renders (Bel, Palmans Collstrop) 91 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel, Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team) 92 Servais Knaven (Ned, T-Mobile Team) 93 Jan Boven (Ned, Rabobank) 94 Mathieu Criquielion (Bel, Jartazi Promo Fashion) 95 Laurent Mangel (Fra, AG2r Prvoyance) 96 Robert Wagner (Ger, Team Wiesenhof-Felt) 0:06:40 97 Sven Nevens (Bel, Jartazi Promo Fashion) 98 Frederik Willems (Bel, Liquigas) 99 Cycril Lemoine (Fra, Crdit Agricole) 100 Angelo Furlan (Ita, Crdit Agricole) 101 Bastiaan Giling (Ned, Team Wiesenhof-Felt) 102 Lloyd Mondory (Fra, AG2r Prvoyance) 103 Dmitry Kozontchouk (Rus, Rabobank) 104 Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr, Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team) 105 Thomas Fothen (Ger, Gerolsteiner) 106 Steven Tronet (Fra, Roubaix Lille Metropole) 107 Andrea Rossi (Ita, Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo) 108 Aurlien Passeron (Fra, Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo) 109 Fabien Patanchon (Fra, Franaise des Jeux) 110 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin, Franaise des Jeux) 111 Kevin De Weert (Bel, Cofidis, Le Crdit par Tlphone) 112 Anthony Colin (Fra, Roubaix Lille Metropole) 113 Ian McLeod (RSA, Franaise des Jeux) 114 Tyler Farrar (USA, Cofidis, Le Crdit par Tlphone) 115 Arnaud Grard (Fra, Franaise des Jeux) 0:06:43 116 Mathieu Heijboer (Ned, Cofidis, Le Crdit par Tlphone) 117 Luke Roberts (Aus, Team CSC) 118 Kasper Klostergaard Larsen (Den, Team CSC) 119 Matt Cooke (USA, Navigators Insurance Cycling Team) 120 John Gadret (Fra, AG2r Prvoyance) 121 Sbastien Minard (Fra, Cofidis, Le Crdit par Tlphone) 122 James Vanlandschoot (Bel, Landbouwkrediet-Tnissteiner) 123 Preben Van Hecke (Bel, Predictor-Lotto) 124 Jean-Marc Marino (Fra, Crdit Agricole) 125 Jonathan Hivert (Fra, Crdit Agricole) 126 Bernard Sulzberger (Aus, DFL-Cyclingnews-Litespeed) 0:06:45 127 Alex Coutts (GBr, Babes Only-Villapark Langemeer-Flanders) 128 Francis Mourey (Fra, Franaise des Jeux) 129 Koen Das (Bel, Yawadoo-ABM-TV Vlaanderen) 130 Alexandre Usov (Blr, AG2r Prvoyance) Got a comment? 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