De Panne final: Ballan does it

The Three Days of De Panne was decided in the final 11km time trial, with Alessandro Ballan overhaul

The Three Days of De Panne was decided in the final 11km time trial, with Alessandro Ballan overhaul
PIC © TIM DE WAELE Alessandro Ballan (Lampre) has done what he couldn't do in 2005: win the overall classification of the Three Days of De Panne. The Italian finished 10th in the final time trial, won by Stijn Devolder (Discovery Channel) from David Millar (Saunier Duval) and Vladimir Gusev (Discovery Channel). This morning's overall leader Luca Paolini (Liquigas) had a disastrous TT to finish more than a minute down on Ballan, and he dropped out of contention for the GC. The last stage was an 11km time trial between the coastal towns of De Panne and Koksijde. Again, the riders were blessed with sunny and relatively calm conditions for the flat but technical test. Stijn Devolder started in the first hour, and set a blistering time of 8:02 at the 6.5km mark. He powered home in a time of 13:25.72, which was to stand for the rest of the afternoon. The other main favourite for the stage, David Millar (Saunier Duval), set off over an hour after Devolder. The Scot clocked 8:04 at the intermediate time check, but couldn't make up any time on Devolder over the final 4.5km. He finished with a creditable 13:33.62 in second place, and kept hold of that as the rest of the riders finished. By the end of the day, Vladimir Gusev (Discovery) had claimed the third place with 13:35.54. The battle for the overall started with the final 10 riders on GC, who were all within a minute of each other. Bert Roesems (Predictor-Lotto) looked very focused on the start ramp, but his time of 13:48.65 was only good enough for eighth in the stage and third overall. Joost Posthuma (Rabobank) went one better, clocking 13:44.68 to move into the virtual lead with just Matveyev, Ballan and Paolini to finish. Paolini was already out of it after nearly dropping his chain coming off the start ramp and banging his knee on the handlebars. He lost too much time by the intermediate check to stay in contention. Matveyev had a good ride to clock 13:57.81, but it wasn't enough to threaten Posthuma. But then Ballan, who had lost 11 seconds to Posthuma at km 6.5, blazed home in 13:51.84 to overtake the Dutchman on general classification and clinch the overall. After this week's performance, Ballan is definitely one of the candidates for the win in Sunday's Tour of Flanders. In the other classifications, Daniele Bennati won the points jersey, Jan Kuyckx the climbers' jersey, and Sergey Lagutin the sprints jersey. Stage 3b results 1 Stijn Devolder (Bel, Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team) 00:13:26.72 (49.193 km/h) 2 David Millar (GBr, Saunier Duval - Prodir) 00:00:08 3 Vladimir Gusev (Rus, Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team) 00:00:10 4 Sbastien Rosseler (Bel, Quick Step - Innergetic) 00:00:17 5 Raivis Belohvosciks (Lat, Saunier Duval - Prodir) 00:00:19 6 Joost Posthuma (Ned, Rabobank) 7 Olaf Pollack (Ger, Team Wiesenhof Felt) 00:00:22 8 Bert Roesems (Bel, Predictor-Lotto) 00:00:23 9 Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu, Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team) 00:00:24 10 Alessandro Ballan (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 00:00:26 11 Brett Lancaster (Aus, Team Milram) 00:00:32 12 Sergiy Matveyev (Ukr, Ceramica Panaria - Navigare) 13 Steven Cummings (GBr, Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team) 00:00:39 14 Nikolai Trussov (Rus, Tinkoff Credit Systems) 00:00:43 15 Leif Hoste (Bel, Predictor-Lotto) 00:00:44 16 Daniele Bennati (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 00:00:46 17 Arnaud Labbe (Fra, Bouygues Telecom) 18 Jesus Del Nero (Spa, Saunier Duval - Prodir) 00:00:48 19 Gert Steegmans (Bel, Quick Step - Innergetic) 00:00:49 20 Tiziano Dall'antonia (Ita, Ceramica Panaria - Navigare) 00:00:50 21 Servais Knaven (Ned, T-Mobile Team) 22 Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr, Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team) 23 Andy Cappelle (Bel, Landbouwkrediet - Tonissteiner) 00:00:51 24 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz, Astana) 25 Enrico Franzoi (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 00:00:52 26 Matteo Priamo (Ita, Ceramica Panaria - Navigare) 27 David Boucher (Fra, Landbouwkrediet - Tonissteiner) 00:00:53 28 Bastiaan Giling (Ned, Team Wiesenhof Felt) 29 Steven De Jongh (Ned, Quick Step - Innergetic) 00:00:54 30 Benot Joachim (Lux, Astana) 00:00:55 31 Michael Schr (Swi, Astana) 00:00:57 32 Nico Mattan (Bel, DFL-Cyclingnews-Litespeed) 00:00:58 33 Martin Velits (Svk, Team Wiesenhof Felt) 34 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr, Liquigas) 00:00:59 35 Peter Velits (Svk, Team Wiesenhof Felt) 00:01:00 36 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel, Quick Step - Innergetic) 37 Markus Eichler (Ger, Unibet.com) 00:01:01 38 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb, Navigators Insurance Cycling Team) 00:01:03 39 Rony Martias (Fra, Bouygues Telecom) 00:01:05 40 Koen De Kort (Ned, Astana) 41 Blazej Janiaczyk (Pol, Intel - Action) 00:01:07 42 Volodymyr Dyudya (Ukr, Team Milram) 00:01:09 43 Arnaud Coyot (Fra, Unibet.com) 00:01:10 44 Filippo Savini (Ita, Ceramica Panaria - Navigare) 45 Grgory Rast (Swi, Astana) 46 Vytautas Kaupas (Ltu, Jartazi) 47 Alessandro Donati (Ita, Acqua Sapone - Caffe Mokambo) 00:01:13 48 Frederik Willems (Bel, Liquigas) 00:01:15 49 Ariel Maximiliano Richeze (Arg, Ceramica Panaria - Navigare) 00:01:16 50 Roy Sentjens (Bel, Predictor-Lotto) 51 Mauro Da Dalto (Ita, Liquigas) 00:01:17 52 Steffen Weigold (Ger, Tinkoff Credit Systems) 53 Geert Omloop (Bel, Jartazi) 54 Roger Hammond (GBr, T-Mobile Team) 00:01:18 55 Wilfried Cretskens (Bel, Quick Step - Innergetic) 56 Vincent Jerome (Fra, Bouygues Telecom) 57 Fabio Sabatini (Ita, Team Milram) 00:01:20 58 Bernhard Eisel (Aut, T-Mobile Team) 00:01:21 59 Kristian House (GBr, Navigators Insurance Cycling Team) 00:01:22 60 Martin Mller (Ger, Team Milram) 61 Bart Dockx (Bel, Predictor-Lotto) 00:01:23 62 Daniel Lloyd (GBr, DFL-Cyclingnews-Litespeed) 00:01:28 63 Yohann Gene (Fra, Bouygues Telecom) 00:01:29 64 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel, Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen) 00:01:30 65 Ralf Grabsch (Ger, Team Milram) 66 Jimmy Casper (Fra, Unibet.com) 67 Salvatore Commesso (Ita, Tinkoff Credit Systems) 68 Mathieu Claude (Fra, Bouygues Telecom) 00:01:31 69 Aurlien Passeron (Fra, Acqua Sapone - Caffe Mokambo) 00:01:32 70 Steven Caethoven (Bel, Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen) 00:01:33 71 Christian Murro (Ita, Tenax) 72 Jan Kuyckx (Bel, Landbouwkrediet - Tonissteiner) 00:01:34 73 Wouter Weylandt (Bel, Quick Step - Innergetic) 74 Mathew Hayman (Aus, Rabobank) 00:01:36 75 Jan Boven (Ned, Rabobank) 00:01:39 76 Wim De Vocht (Bel, Predictor-Lotto) 00:01:40 77 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa, Rabobank) 00:01:41 78 Frdric Gabriel (Fra, Landbouwkrediet - Tonissteiner) 79 Luca Paolini (Ita, Liquigas) 00:01:42 80 Ludovic Auger (Fra, Franaise des Jeux) 00:01:43 81 Fabio Baldato (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 00:01:44 82 Sjef De Wilde (Bel, Landbouwkrediet - Tonissteiner) 83 Igor Abakoumov (Bel, Astana) 00:01:47 84 Erwin Thijs (Bel, Unibet.com) 00:01:48 85 Graeme Brown (Aus, Rabobank) 00:01:49 86 James Vanlandschoot (Bel, Landbouwkrediet - Tonissteiner) 00:01:51 87 Janek Tombak (Est, Jartazi) 00:01:53 88 Jonas Ljungblad (Swe, Unibet.com) 00:01:55 89 Antonio Bucciero (Ita, Ceramica Panaria - Navigare) 00:01:56 90 Bernard Sulzberger (Aus, DFL-Cyclingnews-Litespeed) 00:01:59 91 Tom Steels (Bel, Predictor-Lotto) 00:02:01 92 Johan Coenen (Bel, Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen) 00:02:04 93 Troels Ronning Vinther (Den, Unibet.com) 00:02:06 94 Nick Ingels (Bel, Predictor-Lotto) 00:02:07 95 Christophe Detilloux (Bel, Franaise des Jeux) 00:02:10 96 Frdric Guesdon (Fra, Franaise des Jeux) 00:02:14 97 Mathieu Criquielion (Bel, Jartazi) 00:02:15 98 Ciaran Power (Irl, Navigators Insurance Cycling Team) 0: 99 Daniele Righi (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 00:02:21 100 Robby Meul (Bel, DFL-Cyclingnews-Litespeed) 00:02:23 101 Evert Verbist (Bel, Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen) 00:02:26 102 Sven Nevens (Bel, Jartazi) 00:02:27 103 Stefan Van Dijk (Ned, Team Wiesenhof Felt) 00:02:28 104 Steffen Radochla (Ger, Team Wiesenhof Felt) 00:02:30 105 Christophe Mengin (Fra, Franaise des Jeux) 00:02:32 106 Claudio Cucinotta (Ita, Tenax) 00:02:35 107 Paolo Fornaciari (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 00:02:46 108 Matthew Wilson (Aus, Unibet.com) 00:02:59 Outside time limit: 109 00:17:07 DNS Peter Van Petegem (Bel, Quick Step - Innergetic) DNS Manuele Mori (Ita, Saunier Duval - Prodir) DNS Angel Gomez Gomez (Spa, Saunier Duval - Prodir) DNS Luciano Pagliarini Mendonca (Bra, Saunier Duval - Prodir) DNS Antonio Cruz (USA, Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team) DNS Matthew White (Aus, Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team) DNS Marcel Sieberg (Ger, Team Milram) DNS Sebastian Siedler (Ger, Team Milram) DNS Gerben Lwik (Ned, Rabobank) DNS Serguei Ivanov (Rus, Astana) DNS Baden Cooke (Aus, Unibet.com) DNS Frdric Amorison (Bel, Landbouwkrediet - Tonissteiner) Final general classification 1 Alessandro Ballan (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 12:48:07 2 Joost Posthuma (Ned, Rabobank) 00:00:06 3 Bert Roesems (Bel, Predictor-Lotto) 00:00:11 4 Sergiy Matveyev (Ukr, Ceramica Panaria - Navigare) 00:00:17 5 Vladimir Gusev (Rus, Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team) 00:00:38 6 Sbastien Rosseler (Bel, Quick Step - Innergetic) 00:00:45 7 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel, Quick Step - Innergetic) 00:00:49 8 Markus Eichler (Ger, Unibet.com) 00:00:54 9 Daniele Bennati (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 00:00:55 10 Luca Paolini (Ita, Liquigas) 00:01:06 11 Gert Steegmans (Bel, Quick Step - Innergetic) 12 Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu, Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team) 00:01:17 13 Arnaud Coyot (Fra, Unibet.com) 00:01:33 14 Grgory Rast (Swi, Astana) 15 Roy Sentjens (Bel, Predictor-Lotto) 00:01:39 16 David Millar (GBr, Saunier Duval - Prodir) 00:02:17 17 Janek Tombak (Est, Jartazi) 00:02:21 18 Raivis Belohvosciks (Lat, Saunier Duval - Prodir) 00:02:28 19 Olaf Pollack (Ger, Team Wiesenhof Felt) 00:02:31 20 Brett Lancaster (Aus, Team Milram) 00:02:41 21 Steven Cummings (GBr, Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team) 00:02:48 22 Jesus Del Nero (Spa, Saunier Duval - Prodir) 00:02:52 23 Arnaud Labbe (Fra, Bouygues Telecom) 00:02:55 24 David Boucher (Fra, Landbouwkrediet - Tonissteiner) 00:02:57 25 Steven De Jongh (Ned, Quick Step - Innergetic) 00:02:58 26 Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr, Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team) 00:02:59 27 Enrico Franzoi (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 00:03:00 28 Andy Cappelle (Bel, Landbouwkrediet - Tonissteiner) 29 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz, Astana) 30 Michael Schr (Swi, Astana) 00:03:06 31 Nico Mattan (Bel, DFL-Cyclingnews-Litespeed) 00:03:07 32 Koen De Kort (Ned, Astana) 00:03:09 33 Blazej Janiaczyk (Pol, Intel - Action) 00:03:11 34 Tiziano Dall'antonia (Ita, Ceramica Panaria - Navigare) 00:03:14 35 Matteo Priamo (Ita, Ceramica Panaria - Navigare) 00:03:16 36 Leif Hoste (Bel, Predictor-Lotto) 00:03:18 37 Volodymyr Dyudya (Ukr, Team Milram) 38 Alessandro Donati (Ita, Acqua Sapone - Caffe Mokambo) 00:03:22 39 Roger Hammond (GBr, T-Mobile Team) 40 Mauro Da Dalto (Ita, Liquigas) 00:03:26 41 Geert Omloop (Bel, Jartazi) 42 Bastiaan Giling (Ned, Team Wiesenhof Felt) 00:03:27 43 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb, Navigators Insurance Cycling Team) 00:03:30 44 Peter Velits (Svk, Team Wiesenhof Felt) 00:03:34 45 Steven Caethoven (Bel, Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen) 00:03:37 46 Daniel Lloyd (GBr, DFL-Cyclingnews-Litespeed) 47 Wouter Weylandt (Bel, Quick Step - Innergetic) 00:03:38 48 Salvatore Commesso (Ita, Tinkoff Credit Systems) 00:03:39 49 Mathieu Claude (Fra, Bouygues Telecom) 00:03:40 50 Mathew Hayman (Aus, Rabobank) 00:03:45 51 Bart Dockx (Bel, Predictor-Lotto) 00:03:47 52 Wim De Vocht (Bel, Predictor-Lotto) 00:03:49 53 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa, Rabobank) 00:03:50 54 Filippo Savini (Ita, Ceramica Panaria - Navigare) 00:03:54 55 James Vanlandschoot (Bel, Landbouwkrediet - Tonissteiner) 00:03:55 56 Vincent Jerome (Fra, Bouygues Telecom) 00:04:02 57 Yohann Gene (Fra, Bouygues Telecom) 00:04:03 58 Antonio Bucciero (Ita, Ceramica Panaria - Navigare) 00:04:05 59 Christian Murro (Ita, Tenax) 00:04:07 60 Christophe Detilloux (Bel, Franaise des Jeux) 00:04:19 61 Frdric Guesdon (Fra, Franaise des Jeux) 00:04:23 62 Stefan Van Dijk (Ned, Team Wiesenhof Felt) 00:04:32 63 Martin Velits (Svk, Team Wiesenhof Felt) 00:06:04 64 Nikolai Trussov (Rus, Tinkoff Credit Systems) 00:06:33 65 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel, Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen) 00:06:36 66 Benot Joachim (Lux, Astana) 00:06:45 67 Fabio Baldato (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 00:06:50 68 Aurlien Passeron (Fra, Acqua Sapone - Caffe Mokambo) 00:07:01 69 Steffen Weigold (Ger, Tinkoff Credit Systems) 00:07:02 70 Wilfried Cretskens (Bel, Quick Step - Innergetic) 00:07:08 71 Fabio Sabatini (Ita, Team Milram) 00:07:10 72 Kristian House (GBr, Navigators Insurance Cycling Team) 00:07:12 73 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr, Liquigas) 00:07:14 74 Ludovic Auger (Fra, Franaise des Jeux) 00:07:33 75 Frederik Willems (Bel, Liquigas) 00:07:38 76 Ralf Grabsch (Ger, Team Milram) 00:07:45 77 Igor Abakoumov (Bel, Astana) 00:08:02 78 Mathieu Criquielion (Bel, Jartazi) 00:08:05 79 Jimmy Casper (Fra, Unibet.com) 00:08:10 80 Servais Knaven (Ned, T-Mobile Team) 00:09:37 81 Bernard Sulzberger (Aus, DFL-Cyclingnews-Litespeed) 00:10:46 82 Johan Coenen (Bel, Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen) 00:10:54 83 Daniele Righi (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 00:10:56 84 Martin Mller (Ger, Team Milram) 00:11:07 85 Jonas Ljungblad (Swe, Unibet.com) 00:11:13 86 Robby Meul (Bel, DFL-Cyclingnews-Litespeed) 00:11:16 87 Paolo Fornaciari (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 00:11:33 88 Matthew Wilson (Aus, Unibet.com) 00:11:45 89 Stijn Devolder (Bel, Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team) 00:14:28 90 Rony Martias (Fra, Bouygues Telecom) 00:15:05 91 Ariel Maximiliano Richeze (Arg, Ceramica Panaria - Navigare) 00:15:16 92 Bernhard Eisel (Aut, T-Mobile Team) 00:15:21 93 Vytautas Kaupas (Ltu, Jartazi) 00:15:40 94 Graeme Brown (Aus, Rabobank) 00:15:43 95 Sjef De Wilde (Bel, Landbouwkrediet - Tonissteiner) 00:16:04 96 Jan Boven (Ned, Rabobank) 00:16:09 97 Frdric Gabriel (Fra, Landbouwkrediet - Tonissteiner) 00:16:11 98 Troels Ronning Vinther (Den, Unibet.com) 99 Ciaran Power (Irl, Navigators Insurance Cycling Team) 00:16:15 100 Erwin Thijs (Bel, Unibet.com) 00:16:27 101 Steffen Radochla (Ger, Team Wiesenhof Felt) 00:16:30 102 Evert Verbist (Bel, Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen) 00:16:31 103 Christophe Mengin (Fra, Franaise des Jeux) 00:16:37 104 Tom Steels (Bel, Predictor-Lotto) 00:16:41 105 Nick Ingels (Bel, Predictor-Lotto) 00:16:47 106 Sven Nevens (Bel, Jartazi) 00:16:57 107 Claudio Cucinotta (Ita, Tenax) 00:17:15 108 Jan Kuyckx (Bel, Landbouwkrediet - Tonissteiner) 00:28:08 Got a comment? 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