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Tour of Belgium - Stage 5 & Photos
 
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Date: 6/1/2008
Tour of Belgium - Stage 5 & Photos
 

Tour of Belgium - Stage 5 & Photos
Tom Boonen takes the final stage as a brave break of five are denied victory in Putte. Belgian Champion Stijn Devolder the King of the Belgium Tour.

Stage 5 Buggenhout - Putte 185.0 km
Tom Boonen led by his Quick Step train took the win on the final stage of the Ronde van Belgie nipping Jurgen Roelandts of Silence lotto for the victory. Skil/Shimano's Kenny van Hummel finished third.


Tom Boonen takes the win. Roelandts and Van Hummel follow.

Stijn Devolder who led the Quick Step train into the final 2 km launching Steegmans with Boonen on his wheel... Devolder after his leadout duties claimed the black jersey as leader of the general classification. Greg Van Avermaet of Silence/Lotto finished second 1:11 down with Astana's Serguei Ivanov Astana taking the final step on the podium. Devolder also led the climbers classification with Greg Avermaet finishing as top sprinter leading Stijn by 12 points.

The action started today with a break of six riders only 15 kilometers into the 185 km stage as Staf Scheirlinckx, Ian Stannard, Kevin Neirynck, Floris Goesinnen, Alessandro Maserati and Thomas Ongena got a gap on the peloton. The escape was pulled back on the first climb only a few kilometers later, the Putberg where Polazzi led Nevens and Lagana over the berg. The attacks continued but Quick Step and Silence/Lotto teams took control of the race quickly chasing any flyer that dared take off at the front.


Kenny Lisabeth in the green jersey of the Sean Kelly/Post team leads the break through the start/finish area.

With 154 km to go a group of five attacked with the right mix of riders. The quintet was Hervé Duclos-Lasalle (Cofidis), Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Tönissteiner), Niko Eeckhout (Topsport), Geert Omloop (Mitsubishi-Jartazi) and Kenny Lisabeth (Sean Kelly). The group got a quick minute gap and in the next 4 km ran the gap up to 4 minutes.


Silence/Lotto and Quick Step lead the chase.

With 125 km to go Eeckhout led Nys, Lisabeth and Duclos Lasalle over the second climb of the day with 5 minutes on the pack controlled by the Lotto/Quickstep alliance. Sergey Lagutin had launched an escape and was lost in no man's land 3 minutes down on the riders as they came to the first intermediate sprint where Omloop took the max points followed by Duclos-Lasalle and Lisabeth as the gap fell slightly to 4:34.

Although the quintet continued to work together well they briefly drove their gap to slightly over 5 minutes; but as they came nearer to the finish the sincerity and pace of the chase increased and likewise the gap started to fall as the Preti-Mangimi joined the chase...  by the Nissan sponsored sprint in Herselt with 50 km to go the gap was down to 2:45 as Omloop once again took the max points to lock up the intermediate sprints competition - Omloop was followed through by cyclocross star Sven Nys and Lisabeth.


Niko Eckhout in the break. - Niko Eckhout a portrait.   Photo © 2008 Yoni Peeters

The heat was on and doing nothing but getting hotter for the 5 escapees... with 31 km to go at the "Nissan Rush" sprint three the gap was down to 1:40 as Mitsubishi's Geert Omloop once again took the max points with Nys and Lisabeth in tow. The gap took another beating in the next six kilometers with 25 to go the lads had 1:13 in hand over the chase.

Behind the outriders Cycle Colstrop joined the Quick Step/Lotto alliance and drove the front of the peloton the lads gap steadily fell under the combined effort of the sprinters teams to below a minute with 16 km to go and then 29 seconds as the peloton played cat and mouse with the boys at 10 km from the finish. The game continued as the peloton left the escapees in the wind only ten seconds ahead.

Topsports Niko Eeckhout timed an attack with 5 km from the finish as his break mates were swept up; Eeckhout held on to his 10 second gap for another two kilometers before Fabio Polassi followed by the Quick Step train put paid to his chances for a victory.

At 2 km to go race leader Stijn Devolder led the Quick Step train launching Gert Steegmans at 700 meters with Tom Boonen on his wheel. Coming to the final meters it was Boonen, Jurgen Roelandts (Silence/Lotto) and Skil/Shimano's Van Hummel driving for the line as Super Tom Boonen swept in for the win.


General Classification: Greg Van Avermaet (Silence/Lotto), Stijn Devolder (Quick Step) and Serguei Ivanov (Astana) Photo © 2008 Yoni Peeters


A smiling Tom Boonen on the podium.

Tour of Belgium Stage 5 Results
Buggenhout - Putte
185.0 km - 4:07:15

1 Tom Boonen Quick Step 4:07:15
2 Jurgen Roelandts Silence-Lotto 0:00:00
3 Kenny Van Hummel Skil-Shimano 0:00:00

4 Stefan Van Dijk Mitsubishi-Jartazi 0:00:00
5 René Haselbacher Astana 0:00:00
6 Borut Bozic Cycle Collstrop 0:00:00
7 Roberto Ferrari LPR Brakes 0:00:00
8 Roy Sentjens Silence-Lotto 0:00:00
9 Alessandro Maserati LPR Brakes 0:00:00
10 Gianluca Geremia Preti Mangimi 0:00:00
11 Marco Marcato Cycle Collstrop 0:00:00
12 Sergio Marinangeli LPR Brakes 0:00:00
13 Daniel Lloyd Sean Kelly 0:00:00
14 Alexandre Blain Cofidis, le Credit Par Telephone 0:00:00
15 Ward Bogaert Profel Prorace Continental Team 0:00:00
16 Wouter Mol P3Transfer - Batavus 0:00:00
17 Pieter Vanspeybrouck Topsport Vlaanderen 0:00:00
18 Bert De Waele Landbouwkrediet-Tönissteiner 0:00:00
19 Bram Tankink Rabobank 0:00:00
20 Greg Van Avermaet Silence-Lotto 0:00:00
21 Kenny Terweduwe Davitamon Lotto - Jong Vlaanderen 0:00:00
22 Koen De Kort Astana 0:00:00
23 Tomas Vaitkus Astana 0:00:00
24 Sergey Lagutin Cycle Collstrop 0:00:00
25 Salvatore Commesso Preti Mangimi 0:00:00
26 Philipp Walsleben Palmans Crass 0:00:00
27 Ian Stannard Landbouwkrediet-Tönissteiner 0:00:00
28 Tom Veelers Skil-Shimano 0:00:00
29 Jan Kuyckx Landbouwkrediet-Tönissteiner 0:00:00
30 Florent Brard Cofidis, le Credit Par Telephone 0:00:00
31 Jens Mouris Mitsubishi-Jartazi 0:00:00
32 Maarten Tjallingii Silence-Lotto 0:00:00
33 Stijn Devolder Quick Step 0:00:00
34 Serguei Ivanov Astana 0:00:00
35 Johan Coenen Topsport Vlaanderen 0:00:00
36 Allan Davis Mitsubishi-Jartazi 0:00:00
37 William Walker Rabobank 0:00:00
38 Piet Rooijakkers Skil-Shimano 0:00:00
39 Jean-Eudes Demaret Cofidis, le Credit Par Telephone 0:00:00
40 Aart Vierhouten P3Transfer - Batavus 0:00:00
41 Floris Goesinnen Skil-Shimano 0:00:00
42 Gert Steegmans Quick Step 0:00:00
43 Jarno Van Mingeroet Mitsubishi-Jartazi 0:00:00
44 Matteo Montaguti LPR Brakes 0:00:00
45 Aaron Kemps Astana 0:00:00
46 Walter Proch LPR Brakes 0:00:00
47 Boris Shpilevsky Preti Mangimi 0:00:00
48 Alessandro Bertuola Preti Mangimi 0:00:12
49 Romain Villa Cofidis, le Credit Par Telephone 0:00:12
50 Steven De Jongh Quick Step 0:00:12
51 Mirko Selvaggi Cycle Collstrop 0:00:12
52 Robert Wagner Skil-Shimano 0:00:12
53 Bastiaan Giling Cycle Collstrop 0:00:22
54 Steffen Wesemann Cycle Collstrop 0:00:32
55 Kevin Hulsmans Quick Step 0:00:32
56 Sébastien Rosseler Quick Step 0:00:32
57 Kristof Goddaert Topsport Vlaanderen 0:00:36
58 Staf Scheirlinckx Cofidis, le Credit Par Telephone 0:00:36
59 Dmitriy Muravyev Astana 0:00:36
60 Steven De Jongh Quick Step 0:00:36
61 David Boucher Landbouwkrediet-Tönissteiner 0:00:36
62 David Kopp Cycle Collstrop 0:00:36
63 Frank Hoj Cofidis, le Credit Par Telephone 0:00:36
64 Kevin Neirynck Landbouwkrediet-Tönissteiner 0:00:36
65 Niek Van Gestel Profel Prorace Continental Team 0:00:36
66 Andy Cappelle Landbouwkrediet-Tönissteiner 0:00:36
67 Roy Curvers Skil-Shimano 0:00:36
68 Robert Gesink Rabobank 0:00:36
69 Matti Helminen Palmans Crass 0:00:36
70 Rudy Rouet Bodysol/Euro Millions/Pôle Continental 0:00:36
71 Daniel Fleeman Sean Kelly 0:00:36
72 Steven De Neef Davitamon Lotto - Jong Vlaanderen 0:00:36
73 Pieter Weening Rabobank 0:00:36
74 Tom Van De Velde Profel Prorace Continental 0:00:36
75 Tom Leezer Rabobank 0:00:36
76 Sven Nys Landbouwkrediet-Tönissteiner 0:00:36
77 Niels Albert Palmans Crass 0:00:36
78 Tom Criel Cycle Collstrop 0:00:36
79 Kevin Van Impe Quick Step 0:00:36
80 Dieter Vanthourenhout Palmans Crass 0:00:43
81 Glenn D'Hollander Silence-Lotto 0:00:43
82 Preben Van Hecke Topsport Vlaanderen 0:00:49
83 Luca Celli LPR Brakes 0:00:53
84 Sven Renders Topsport Vlaanderen 0:00:54
85 Sergio Lagana LPR Brakes 0:01:02
86 Kenny Dehaes Topsport Vlaanderen 0:01:05
87 Geert Omloop Mitsubishi-Jartazi 0:01:05
88 Gianni Denolf Palmans Crass 0:01:17
89 Sébastien Portal Cofidis, le Credit Par Telephone 0:01:17
90 Kenny Lisabeth Sean Kelly 0:01:46
91 Paidi O'Brien Sean Kelly 0:01:46
92 Johan Van Summeren Silence-Lotto 0:02:30
93 Wim De Vocht Silence-Lotto 0:02:30
94 Lars Croket Davitamon Lotto - Jong Vlaanderen 0:02:30
95 Timothy Vangheel P3Transfer - Batavus 0:02:30
96 Jonas Ljungblad P3Transfer - Batavus 0:02:30
97 Marvin Van der Pluym P3Transfer - Batavus 0:02:30
98 Maarten Den Bakker Skil-Shimano 0:02:30
99 Stijn Huys Palmans Crass 0:02:30
100 Sven Nevens Mitsubishi-Jartazi 0:02:30
101 Carlos Barredo Llamazales Quick Step 0:02:30
102 Hervé Duclos-Lassalle Cofidis, le Credit Par Telephone 0:02:30
103 Niko Eeckhout Topsport Vlaanderen 0:02:30
104 Jonathan Henrion Bodysol/Euro Millions/Pôle Continental 0:02:30
105 Fabio Polazzi Bodysol/Euro Millions/Pôle Continental Wallon 0:02:30
106 Tim Mertens Davitamon Lotto - Jong Vlaanderen 0:02:46
107 Gregory Joseph Davitamon Lotto - Jong Vlaanderen 0:02:46
108 Frank Van Kuik Sean Kelly 0:02:49
109 Jonathan Bertrand Bodysol - Euro Millions/Pôle/Continental :02:54
110 Kurt Hovelynck Topsport Vlaanderen 0:03:19
111 Massimo Mazzanti Preti Mangimi 0:03:36
112 Carlo Corra Preti Mangimi 0:03:36
113 Sebastian Siedler Skil-Shimano 0:03:36
114 Sep Vanmarcke Davitamon Lotto - Jong Vlaanderen 0:04:06
115 James Vanlandschoot Mitsubishi-Jartazi 0:04:06
116 Arnoud Van Groen P3Transfer - Batavus 0:04:06
117 Thomas Ongena Profel Prorace Continental Team 0:04:06

Point Classification
1 Greg Van Avermaet Silence-Lotto 67
2 Stijn Devolder Quick Step 55
3 Jurgen Roelandts Silence-Lotto 54
4 Serguei Ivanov Astana 44
5 Allan Davis Mitsubishi-Jartazi 44
6 Roberto Ferrari LPR Brakes 42
7 René Haselbacher Astana 40
8 Gert Steegmans Quick Step 37
9 Kenny Dehaes Topsport Vlaanderen 33
10 Stefan Van Dijk Mitsubishi-Jartazi 32

Intermediate Sprint Classification - Rushesklassement
1 Geert Omloop Mitsubishi-Jartazi 24
2 Fabio Polazzi Bodysol/Euro Millions/Pôle Continental Wallon 24
3 David Boucher Landbouwkrediet-Tönissteiner 16

4 Roy Curvers Skil-Shimano 15
5 Sergio Lagana LPR Brakes 13
6 Steven De Neef Davitamon Lotto - Jong Vlaanderen 11
7 Greg Van Avermaet Silence-Lotto 11
8 Sven Nys Landbouwkrediet-Tönissteiner 10
9 Maarten Tjallingii Silence-Lotto 8
10 Tom Criel Cycle Collstrop 8

Climbers Classification - Klimmerstrofee
1 Stijn Devolder Quick Step 25
2 Roy Curvers Skil-Shimano 20
3 Fabio Polazzi Bodysol/Euro Millions/Pôle Continental Wallon 18

4 Tom Criel Cycle Collstrop 17
5 Greg Van Avermaet Silence-Lotto 12
6 Robert Gesink Rabobank 11
7 Carlos Barredo Llamazales Quick Step 10
8 William Walker Rabobank 10
9 Serguei Ivanov Astana 10
10 Salvatore Commesso Preti Mangimi 9

General Classification After Stage 5
1 Stijn Devolder Quick Step 0:00:00
2 Greg Van Avermaet Silence-Lotto 0:01:11
3 Serguei Ivanov Astana 0:01:35

4 Sergey Lagutin Cycle Collstrop 0:02:04
5 Bram Tankink Rabobank 0:02:08
6 Maarten Tjallingii Silence-Lotto 0:02:20
7 Bert De Waele Landbouwkrediet-Tönissteiner 0:02:29
8 Salvatore Commesso Preti Mangimi 0:03:11
9 Dmitriy Muravyev Astana 0:03:22
10 Luca Celli LPR Brakes 0:04:32
11 Johan Coenen Topsport Vlaanderen 0:04:49
12 Marco Marcato Cycle Collstrop 0:05:38
13 Borut Bozic Cycle Collstrop 0:05:55
14 Koen De Kort Astana 0:06:14
15 Robert Gesink Rabobank 0:06:26
16 Kristof Goddaert Topsport Vlaanderen 0:06:28
17 Staf Scheirlinckx Cofidis, le Credit Par Telephone 0:06:40
18 Pieter Weening Rabobank 0:06:51
19 Mirko Selvaggi Cycle Collstrop 0:07:04
20 Sven Renders Topsport Vlaanderen 0:07:16
21 Daniel Fleeman Sean Kelly 0:08:30
22 Florent Brard Cofidis, le Credit Par Telephone 0:09:17
23 Piet Rooijakkers Skil-Shimano 0:09:46
24 Kevin Van Impe Quick Step 0:09:50
25 Aaron Kemps Astana 0:09:56
26 Daniel Lloyd Sean Kelly 0:09:56
27 Wouter Mol P3Transfer - Batavus 0:09:57
28 Floris Goesinnen Skil-Shimano 0:10:14
29 Roy Sentjens Silence-Lotto 0:10:19
30 Allan Davis Mitsubishi-Jartazi 0:10:21
31 Frank Hoj Cofidis, le Credit Par Telephone 0:10:23
32 Sven Nys Landbouwkrediet-Tönissteiner 0:11:04
33 Sergio Lagana LPR Brakes 0:11:19
34 Preben Van Hecke Topsport Vlaanderen 0:12:50
35 Hervé Duclos-Lassalle Cofidis, le Credit Par Telephone 0:13:07
36 Sven Nevens Mitsubishi-Jartazi 0:13:13
37 Carlos Barredo Llamazales Quick Step 0:13:26
38 Jens Mouris Mitsubishi-Jartazi 0:13:36
39 David Kopp Cycle Collstrop 0:13:41
40 Ward Bogaert Profel Prorace Continental Team 0:13:42
41 Tomas Vaitkus Astana 0:13:45
42 Boris Shpilevsky Preti Mangimi 0:13:46
43 Jurgen Roelandts Silence-Lotto 0:13:52
44 Alessandro Bertuola Preti Mangimi 0:13:57
45 Tom Boonen Quick Step 0:14:17
46 Gert Steegmans Quick Step 0:14:23
47 William Walker Rabobank 0:14:31
48 Stefan Van Dijk Mitsubishi-Jartazi 0:14:31
49 Matteo Montaguti LPR Brakes 0:14:40
50 David Boucher Landbouwkrediet-Tönissteiner 0:14:54
51 Steven De Jongh Quick Step 0:14:54
52 Arnoud Van Groen P3Transfer - Batavus 0:14:56
53 Walter Proch LPR Brakes 0:14:59
54 Bastiaan Giling Cycle Collstrop 0:15:01
55 Romain Villa Cofidis, le Credit Par Telephone 0:15:02
56 James Vanlandschoot Mitsubishi-Jartazi 0:15:06
57 Aart Vierhouten P3Transfer - Batavus 0:15:07
58 Robert Wagner Skil-Shimano 0:15:08
59 Kevin Neirynck Landbouwkrediet-Tönissteiner 0:15:17
60 Sergio Marinangeli LPR Brakes 0:15:24
61 Roberto Ferrari LPR Brakes 0:15:26
62 Alessandro Maserati LPR Brakes 0:15:31
63 Tom Criel Cycle Collstrop 0:15:33
64 Steffen Wesemann Cycle Collstrop 0:16:04
65 Niels Albert Palmans Crass 0:16:20
66 Philipp Walsleben Palmans Crass 0:16:36
67 Johan Van Summeren Silence-Lotto 0:16:43
68 Wim De Vocht Silence-Lotto 0:17:02
69 Jonas Ljungblad P3Transfer - Batavus 0:17:07
70 Geert Omloop Mitsubishi-Jartazi 0:17:21
71 Gregory Joseph Davitamon Lotto - Jong Vlaanderen 0:17:58
72 Niko Eeckhout Topsport Vlaanderen 0:18:09
73 Kevin Hulsmans Quick Step 0:18:25
74 Kurt Hovelynck Topsport Vlaanderen 0:18:52
75 Tom Leezer Rabobank 0:18:53
76 René Haselbacher Astana 0:18:55
77 Ian Stannard Landbouwkrediet-Tönissteiner 0:18:57
78 Roy Curvers Skil-Shimano 0:18:59
79 Alexandre Blain Cofidis, le Credit Par Telephone 0:19:00
80 Jarno Van Mingeroet Mitsubishi-Jartazi 0:19:09
81 Tom Veelers Skil-Shimano 0:19:20
82 Pieter Vanspeybrouck Topsport Vlaanderen 0:19:28
83 Kenny Van Hummel Skil-Shimano 0:19:37
84 Kenny Terweduwe Davitamon Lotto - Jong Vlaanderen 0:19:47
85 Thomas Ongena Profel Prorace Continental Team 0:19:53
86 Jan Kuyckx Landbouwkrediet-Tönissteiner 0:19:58
87 Glenn D'Hollander Silence-Lotto 0:20:10
88 Andy Cappelle Landbouwkrediet-Tönissteiner 0:21:01
89 Kenny Dehaes Topsport Vlaanderen 0:21:22
90 Kenny Lisabeth Sean Kelly 0:21:26
91 Steven De Neef Davitamon Lotto - Jong Vlaanderen 0:21:35
92 Maarten Den Bakker Skil-Shimano 0:22:03
93 Gianluca Geremia Preti Mangimi 0:22:22
94 Jonathan Henrion Bodysol - Euro Millions - Pôle Continental Wallon 0:22:55
95 Sébastien Portal Cofidis, le Credit Par Telephone 0:23:07
96 Marvin Van der Pluym P3Transfer - Batavus 0:23:46
97 Sebastian Siedler Skil-Shimano 0:23:51
98 Rudy Rouet Bodysol - Euro Millions - Pôle Continental Wallon 0:24:48
99 Niek Van Gestel Profel Prorace Continental Team 0:24:50
100 Matti Helminen Palmans Crass 0:25:01
101 Fabio Polazzi Bodysol - Euro Millions - Pôle Continental Wallon 0:25:01
102 Sep Vanmarcke Davitamon Lotto - Jong Vlaanderen 0:25:02
103 Jean-Eudes Demaret Cofidis, le Credit Par Telephone 0:26:04
104 Massimo Mazzanti Preti Mangimi 0:26:35
105 Sébastien Rosseler Quick Step 0:29:22
106 Roel Vanmuysen Profel Prorace Continental Team 0:31:09
107 Frank Van Kuik Sean Kelly 0:32:39
108 Timothy Vangheel P3Transfer - Batavus 0:32:51
109 Dieter Vanthourenhout Palmans Crass 0:32:51
110 Tom Van De Velde Profel Prorace Continental Team 0:33:54
111 Jonathan Bertrand Bodysol - Euro Millions - Pôle Continental Wallon 0:33:55
112 Lars Croket Davitamon Lotto - Jong Vlaanderen 0:34:10
113 Carlo Corra Preti Mangimi 0:34:19
114 Gianni Denolf Palmans Crass 0:35:33
115 Paidi O'Brien Sean Kelly 0:35:47
116 Tim Mertens Davitamon Lotto - Jong Vlaanderen 0:36:12
117 Stijn Huys Palmans Crass 0:38:09

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