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Ster Elektro Toer 2008 - Stage 3
 
By Bart Hazen
Date: 6/19/2008
Ster Elektro Toer 2008 - Stage 3
 

Ster Elektro Toer 2008 - Stage 3
Rain, Rain, go away! Last of the late Spring weather makes a tough day in the saddle in the Queen's stage in Belgium upsetting the G.C.

The third stage in the Ster Elektro Toer was the demanding Queen's stage in Belgium from Verviers to La Gileppe over 192 km. The parcours included Ardennes climbs like the Redoute and the Rosier. Tony Martin (High Road) started the stage in the leaders jersey.

The first attack in the stage came from Barloworld with Giampaolo Cheula who was joined by Bram Schmitz (Van Vliet). But this break failed as did another with ten riders including Enrico Gasparotto did. The bunch was skittish and it would take some time before any group could escape.

After 52 km of racing Matthé Pronk (Cycle-Collstrop), Jos Harms (Cycling Team Jo Piels), Floris Goessinnen (Skil-Shimano) and Bram Schmitz (Van Vliet-EBH-Elshof) attacked. The bunch didn’t react and the quartet got a quick gap which went up fast in the next kilometers to a max gap between six and seven minutes.

The first one to be dropped from the break was Jos Harms, who fell off the back on La Redoute. The next one was Bram Schmitz who went out the back on the climb La Gileppe; but Schmitz wouldn't walk, or ride away empty handed as had won five of the six KOM sprints becoming  the new leader in the mountains ranking. Matthé Pronk and Floris Goessinnen continued on the attack in the pouring rain looking strong and continued to work well together.

With less than 15 km to go in the race the two remaining riders in the break: Matthé Pronk and Floris Goesinnen still had a minute on the small chase group.

With 10 kilometers to go, disaster struck as a crash of about 15 riders went down on the rain slicked roads. Among these crashed riders was yellow jersey Tony Martin and third placed Paul Martens. Martens was able to get on his bike quickly and was brought back to the bunch with the help of his team mates Joost Posthuma and Tom Leezer.

In the meantime Enrico Gasparotto (Team Barloworld) and Vasil Kiryienka (Tinkoff), who won this stage a year ago in the same weather conditions as today, attacked out of the bunch and quickly bridged to the two riders in front. Floris Goesinnen was drop as the duo caught them; and Pronk tried everything to stay on board with two riders who rode well in the recent Giro D’Italia.


Driedaagse De Panne - Race leader Gasparotto Puts his bike on the team car. Photo © 2008 Bart Hazen

On the final climb up to La Gileppe Matthé Pronk couldn't hold on to Kiryienka and Gasparotto. The bunch was about 30 seconds behind.

In the sprint for the stage win it was Gasparotto who took it ahead of Kiryienka. At 19 seconds it was Matthé Pronk who finished in third holding off the first chase group.  22 seconds later yesterday’s stage winner Matti Breschel won the sprint of the first part of the bunch for fourth. Paul Martens finished in fifth. Yellow jersey Tony Martin lost over 11 minutes due to the crash and lost his leaders jersey.

Enrico Gasparotto is now the new leader in the overall ranking. He has 17 seconds advantage on Vasil Kiryienka and 32 seconds on Koen de Kort. Paul Martens and Nikolay Trusov completed the top 5.

The fourth and penultimate stage is going from Schimmert to Schimmert over 178 km. During this stage the riders have to do several climbs in the hills of the southern Netherlands. The hills we all know from the Amstel Gold Race as well with the Eyserbosweg and the Camerig.

 

Ster Electro Toer - Stage 3 Results
Verviers – La Gileppe (Belgium)
1 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Barloworld 4.51.39
2 Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Tinkoff Credit Systems 0.02
3 Matthé Pronk (Ned) Cycle Collstrop 0.19

4 Matti Breschel (Den) Team CSC 0.22
5 Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank
6 Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner
7 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Silence - Lotto
8 Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) AG2R La Mondiale
9 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
10 Koen De Kort (Ned) Astana
11 Michael Blaudzun (Den) Team CSC
12 Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil-Shimano
13 Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano
14 Hans Bloks (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels
15 Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems
16 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Gerolsteiner
17 Marco Marcato (Ita) Cycle Collstrop
18 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Van Vliet - EBH Elshof
19 Nico Sijmens (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner
20 Johan Coenen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen
21 Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems
22 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen
23 Addy Engels (Ned) Quick Step
24 Francis De Greef (Bel) Silence - Lotto
25 Thomas Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner
26 Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Cycle Collstrop 0.27
27 Roman Kireyev (Kaz) Astana
28 Thomas Frei (Swi) Astana
29 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale
30 Geert Steurs (Bel) Silence - Lotto
31 Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) Van Vliet - EBH Elshof
32 Roy Curvers (Ned) Skil-Shimano
33 Wim Van Huffel (Bel) Silence - Lotto
34 Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen
35 Benoît Joachim (Lux) Astana
36 Mauro Facci (Ita) Quick Step
37 Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems
38 Bastiaan Giling (Ned) Cycle Collstrop
39 Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana 0.32
40 Sven Renders (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen
41 Jonas Ljungblad (Swe) P3Transfer - Batavus
42 Wim De Vocht (Bel) Silence - Lotto
43 Arnoud Van Groen (Ned) P3Transfer - Batavus
44 Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil-Shimano
45 Lasse Bøchman (Den) Team CSC
46 Dirk Bellemakers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner
47 Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Van Vliet - EBH Elshof
48 Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner
49 Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Team Milram 0.45
50 Michal Golas (Pol) Cycle Collstrop
51 Geert Van Der Sanden (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels
52 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Gerolsteiner
53 Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) AG2R La Mondiale
54 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank
55 Andreas Klier (Ger) Team High Road
56 Jan Kuyckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner
57 Wouter Mol (Ned) P3Transfer - Batavus
58 Aaron Kemps (Aus) Astana 0.52
59 Matthias Russ (Ger) Gerolsteiner 1.02
60 Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Silence - Lotto
61 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 1.10
62 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick Step 1.13
63 Kasper Klostergaard Larsen (Den) Team CSC
64 Julien Mazet (Fra) Astana 1.26
65 Maarten Den Bakker (Ned) Skil-Shimano
66 Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Barloworld
67 Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Quick Step
68 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step
69 Sjoerd Botter (Ned) Krolstone Continental Team 1.40
70 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team High Road 2.07
71 Gianpaolo Cheula (Ita) Barloworld
72 John-Lee Augustyn (RSA) Barloworld
73 Reinier Honig (Ned) P3Transfer - Batavus 2.20
74 Robert Hunter (RSA) Barloworld
75 Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank 2.22
76 David Kopp (Ger) Cycle Collstrop 2.45
77 Lars Vierbergen (Ned) Van Vliet - EBH Elshof 3.09
78 Jos Pronk (Ned) Krolstone Continental Team
79 Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen
80 Maint Berkenbosch (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels
81 Aart Vierhouten (Ned) P3Transfer - Batavus
82 Kenny Van Der Schueren (Bel) Cycle Collstrop
83 Roger Hammond (GBr) Team High Road
84 Pim Ligthart (Ned) Krolstone Continental Team
85 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank 3.22
86 Baden Cooke (Aus) Barloworld 3.46
87 Sven Krauss (Ger) Gerolsteiner 4.06
88 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano 4.31
89 Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quick Step 6.26
90 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step
91 Anders Lund (Den) Team CSC
92 Niko Eeckhout (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 6.32
93 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems 7.15
94 Bart Oegema (Ned) P3Transfer - Batavus 7.17
95 Nikita Eskov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems
96 Bram Schmitz (Ned) Van Vliet - EBH Elshof 9.34
97 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen
98 Rob Peeters (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner 10.36
99 Andy Cappelle (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner
100 Tony Martin (Ger) Team High Road 11.24
101 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team High Road 12.14
102 Gregory Henderson (NZl) Team High Road 13.14
103 Eric Van De Meent (Ned) Krolstone Continental Team
104 Steffen Wesemann (Swi) Cycle Collstrop
105 Tim Klinger (Ger) Gerolsteiner
106 Markus Eichler (Ger) Team Milram
107 Yvo Kusters (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels
108 Servais Knaven (Ned) Team High Road
109 Maurice Vrijmoed (Ned) Van Vliet - EBH Elshof
110 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank
111 Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team CSC
112 Bert Roesems (Bel) Silence - Lotto
113 Christophe Edaleine (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
114 Ivor Bruin (Ned) Van Vliet - EBH Elshof
115 Oscar Gatto (Ita) Gerolsteiner
116 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step
117 Daniele Contrini (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems
118 Steven Kleynen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner
119 Ronan Van Zandbeek (Ned) Van Vliet - EBH Elshof
120 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Barloworld
121 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank 15.30
122 Bradley McGee (Aus) Team CSC
123 Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano
124 Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank
125 Maurice De Bekker (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels
126 André Steensen (Den) Team CSC
127 Dominik Roels (Ger) Team Milram
128 Rik Kavsek (Ned) Krolstone Continental Team
129 Dennis Haueisen (Ger) Team Milram
130 Wout Poels (Ned) P3Transfer - Batavus
131 Adriaan Helmantel (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels
132 Jasper Lenferink (Ned) Krolstone Continental Team
133 Arne Hassink (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels
134 Jos Harms (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels
135 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Team High Road

Abandons
DNF Gerben Löwik (Ned) Rabobank
DNF René Haselbacher (Aut) Astana
DNF Carlo Westphal (Ger) Gerolsteiner
DNF Luca Barla (Ita) Team Milram
DNF Jean-Patrick Nazon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
DNF Marco Corti (Ita) Barloworld
DNF Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano
DNF Bernardo Riccio (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems
DNF Bobbie Traksel (Ned) P3Transfer - Batavus
DNF Niels Scheuneman (Ned) Krolstone Continental Team
DNF Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Krolstone Continental Team
DNS Glenn d'Hollander (Bel) Silence - Lotto

General Classification After Stage 3
1 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Barloworld 9.20.21
2 Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Tinkoff Credit Systems 0.17
3 Koen De Kort (Ned) Astana 0.32
4 Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank
5 Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems
6 Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano 0.40
7 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Silence - Lotto 0.41
8 Matti Breschel (Den) Team CSC
9 Michael Blaudzun (Den) Team CSC 0.44
10 Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems 0.46
11 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Gerolsteiner 0.47
12 Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) AG2R La Mondiale 0.50
13 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
14 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 0.52
15 Marco Marcato (Ita) Cycle Collstrop 0.53
16 Benoît Joachim (Lux) Astana 0.55
17 Johan Coenen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 0.56
18 Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner 0.57
19 Mauro Facci (Ita) Quick Step 0.58
20 Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Cycle Collstrop
21 Addy Engels (Ned) Quick Step 0.59
22 Hans Bloks (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels
23 Roman Kireyev (Kaz) Astana 1.00
24 Thomas Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner 1.01
25 Nico Sijmens (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner 1.02
26 Matthé Pronk (Ned) Cycle Collstrop
27 Bastiaan Giling (Ned) Cycle Collstrop 1.03
28 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Van Vliet - EBH Elshof 1.04
29 Francis De Greef (Bel) Silence - Lotto
30 Sven Renders (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 1.05
31 Jonas Ljungblad (Swe) P3Transfer - Batavus 1.07
32 Thomas Frei (Swi) Astana 1.08
33 Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil-Shimano 1.10
34 Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems 1.11
35 Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Van Vliet - EBH Elshof 1.12
36 Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 1.13
37 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank
38 Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) Van Vliet - EBH Elshof 1.14
39 Dirk Bellemakers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner
40 Aaron Kemps (Aus) Astana 1.15
41 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale 1.16
42 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Gerolsteiner 1.18
43 Wouter Mol (Ned) P3Transfer - Batavus
44 Roy Curvers (Ned) Skil-Shimano 1.20
45 Geert Steurs (Bel) Silence - Lotto
46 Michal Golas (Pol) Cycle Collstrop 1.24
47 Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) AG2R La Mondiale 1.25
48 Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner 1.27
49 Lasse Bøchman (Den) Team CSC 1.29
50 Wim De Vocht (Bel) Silence - Lotto 1.31
51 Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Team Milram 1.32
52 Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana 1.34
53 Arnoud Van Groen (Ned) P3Transfer - Batavus 1.40
54 Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Silence - Lotto 1.42
55 Wim Van Huffel (Bel) Silence - Lotto 1.43
56 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step 1.49
57 Jan Kuyckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner 1.55
58 Geert Van Der Sanden (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels 1.58
59 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 2.04
60 Matthias Russ (Ger) Gerolsteiner 2.11
61 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick Step 2.13
62 Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Quick Step 2.22
63 Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil-Shimano 2.33
64 Sjoerd Botter (Ned) Krolstone Continental Team 2.41
65 Kasper Klostergaard Larsen (Den) Team CSC 2.50
66 John-Lee Augustyn (RSA) Barloworld 2.52
67 Gianpaolo Cheula (Ita) Barloworld
68 Julien Mazet (Fra) Astana 2.57
69 Andreas Klier (Ger) Team High Road 3.06
70 David Kopp (Ger) Cycle Collstrop 3.07
71 Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank 3.30
72 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team High Road 3.31
73 Maarten Den Bakker (Ned) Skil-Shimano 3.45
74 Reinier Honig (Ned) P3Transfer - Batavus
75 Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Barloworld 3.47
76 Roger Hammond (GBr) Team High Road 3.49
77 Maint Berkenbosch (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels 3.54
78 Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 4.06
79 Kenny Van Der Schueren (Bel) Cycle Collstrop 4.08
80 Baden Cooke (Aus) Barloworld 4.11
81 Jos Pronk (Ned) Krolstone Continental Team 4.12
82 Aart Vierhouten (Ned) P3Transfer - Batavus 4.27
83 Sven Krauss (Ger) Gerolsteiner 4.30
84 Lars Vierbergen (Ned) Van Vliet - EBH Elshof 4.49
85 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank 4.57
86 Robert Hunter (RSA) Barloworld 5.31
87 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano 5.55
88 Pim Ligthart (Ned) Krolstone Continental Team 6.15
89 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step 6.51
90 Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quick Step 7.02
91 Bart Oegema (Ned) P3Transfer - Batavus 7.59
92 Nikita Eskov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems 8.17
93 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems 8.29
94 Anders Lund (Den) Team CSC 8.41
95 Niko Eeckhout (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 8.47
96 Bram Schmitz (Ned) Van Vliet - EBH Elshof 10.07
97 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 10.20
98 Tony Martin (Ger) Team High Road 11.26
99 Andy Cappelle (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner 12.04
100 Yvo Kusters (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels 14.11
101 Servais Knaven (Ned) Team High Road 14.12
102 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Barloworld 14.21
103 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team High Road 14.37
104 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step 14.38
105 Bert Roesems (Bel) Silence - Lotto 14.43
106 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank 14.45
107 Ivor Bruin (Ned) Van Vliet - EBH Elshof 14.58
108 Christophe Edaleine (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 15.06
109 Eric Van De Meent (Ned) Krolstone Continental Team 15.24
110 Daniele Contrini (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems 15.28
111 Steffen Wesemann (Swi) Cycle Collstrop
112 Gregory Henderson (NZl) Team High Road 15.31
113 Bradley McGee (Aus) Team CSC 15.40
114 Oscar Gatto (Ita) Gerolsteiner 15.42
115 Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team CSC 15.48
116 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank 15.58
117 André Steensen (Den) Team CSC 16.19
118 Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank 16.26
119 Rob Peeters (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner 17.04
120 Rik Kavsek (Ned) Krolstone Continental Team 17.09
121 Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano 17.32
122 Maurice Vrijmoed (Ned) Van Vliet - EBH Elshof 18.06
123 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Team High Road 19.08
124 Steven Kleynen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner 20.07
125 Jasper Lenferink (Ned) Krolstone Continental Team 22.09
126 Wout Poels (Ned) P3Transfer - Batavus
127 Markus Eichler (Ger) Team Milram 23.03
128 Ronan Van Zandbeek (Ned) Van Vliet - EBH Elshof 23.04
129 Tim Klinger (Ger) Gerolsteiner 23.22
130 Maurice De Bekker (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels 25.29
131 Arne Hassink (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels 25.30
132 Dominik Roels (Ger) Team Milram 25.39
133 Adriaan Helmantel (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels
134 Jos Harms (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels
135 Dennis Haueisen (Ger) Team Milram 25.51

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