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KBC Driedaagse De Panne - 3 Days de Panne Stage 3b
 
By Vaughn Trevi
Date: 4/2/2009
KBC Driedaagse De Panne - 3 Days de Panne Stage 3b
 

KBC Driedaagse De Panne - 3 Days de Panne Stage 3b
Garmin's Bradley Wiggins stops the clock for the closing stage win.  Belgie Frederik Willems wins the overall joined by Rabo duo Posthuma and Leezer after the time trial gives the G.C. one final shake.

Stage 3b: ITT De Panne - Koksijde - De Panne 14.75 km
107 riders took to the start in De Panne today minus former race leader Filippo Pozzato who crashed in the final 4 kilometers of yesterdays stage.

After 544.75 kilometers of racing over three days it was Garmin/Slipstream's British time trial specialist Bradley Wiggins adding to the commonweal's glory  prizes this afternoon winning the 14.75 km time trial in a fast time of  just over 18 minutes.

20th out of the gate Quick Steps Stijn Devolder set the early time to beat. Bradley followed in shortly after stopping the clock for the day with all attempts after falling short.

Wiggins topped the podium with Vacansoleil's Lieuwe Westra second 20 seconds off the pace and Devolder's time good enoug for the podium at 32 seconds. Rabobank's Joost Posthuma and Columbia's Bert Gabsch filled out the top 5 both 2 seconds down on the previous times.

In the G.C. battle Liquigas rider Frederik Willems finished off the pace in 30th place, 1:18 off Wiggins pace but good enough to hold on to his leaders jersey holding off Rabobank duo Joost Posthuma and Tom Leezer who joined him on the final G.C. podium of the 33rd edition of the race. Liquigas team mate Manuel Quinziato and Columbia's Kiwi, Greg Henderson moved up into the top five on the final day.

Frederik Willems (Liquigas)
The win for 29 year old from Eeklo, Belgium  is his first since 2006 (and his most prestigious professional victory) when he raced for the Chocolade Jacques/Topsport Vlaanderen team when he won a stage and the overall of the French race Etoile de Bessèges and stages in the Ster Electro Toer and Tour of Britain.

Willems started his pro career at 21 years of age as a stagiare with Mapei/Quickstep, and started his pro career with the outfit in 2002. He showed his talent taking wins first as a junior rider and later as a U23 racer racing in Belgium, France, and Switzerland. He signed with Liquigas in 2007 where he has finished to tours de France. He is a rider with strong allround qualities.

Garmin/Slipstream
Director’s report from Johnny Weltz

As the morning was calm an sunny everybody expected the road stage to be an easy day; and with the time trial in the afternoon it should just be a parade. But no way! The rails from the train crossings and the cross winds did its damage! There were a lot of crashes and a split field hit the finish line.

We were licking our wounds; Friedman went down very hard and Svein as well, but the rest stayed alive. So the time trial goal stayed the same, go for a win and GC!

Brad took care of the stage win and in the GC Martijn confirmed his moment to be ready for his upcoming highlights of the year with a 7th place. Tuft showed he has something to say in this game by getting 7th even being beaten up by the crash this morning. Cozza had a good TT as well. But a big day for Brad who needed this after being so close several times. He took off from here with a big smile on his face knowing he is on the right track!
 

KBC Driedaagse De Panne Stage 3b Results
ITT De Panne - Koksijde - De Panne

14,750 km - 18'01"72 - 49,12 km/h
1 91 Wiggins Bradley Grm Gbr 
2 158 Westra Lieuwe Vac Ned 20"
3 42 Devolder Stijn Qst Bel 32"

4 1 Posthuma Joost Rab Ned 34"
5 63 Grabsch Bert Thr Ger 36"

6 4 Flens Rick Rab Ned 38"
7 95 Tuft Svein Grm Can 41"
8 157 Mouris Jens Vac Ned 48"
9 53 Ignatiev Mikhail Kat Rus 50"
10 26 Lang Sebastian Sil Ger ' '
11 96 Cozza Steven Grm Usa 54"
12 46 Van Impe Kevin Qst Bel ' '
13 123 Goddaert Kristof Tsv Bel 57"
14 133 Boucher David Lan Fra 58"
15 106 Bodnar Maciek Liq Pol ' '
16 8 Van Emden Jos Rab Ned 01'02"
17 61 Cavendish Mark Thr Gbr 01'06"
18 6 Horrillo Munoz Pedro Rab Esp 01'07"
19 2 Stamsnijder Tom Rab Ned 01'08"
20 33 Bazayev Assan Ast Kaz ' '
21 108 Oss Daniel Liq Ita ' '
Complete Stage 3b Results

Points Classification
1 61 Cavendish Mark Gbr Thr 30

2 105 Willems Frederik Bel Liq 18
3 156 Bozic Borut Slo Vac 18
4 187 Van Hummel Kenny Robert Ned Sks 15
5 47 Weylandt Wouter Bel Qst 14

6 171 Cadamuro Simone Ita Ami 14
7 172 Bole Grega Slo Ami 12
8 1 Posthuma Joost Ned Rab 11
9 158 Westra Lieuwe Ned Vac 11
10 91 Wiggins Bradley Gbr Grm 10
11 93 Maaskant Martijn Ned Grm 10

Rush Classification (Intermediate Sprints)
1 17 Sapa Marcin Pol Lam 9

2 222 Capelle Dieter Bel Pco 5
3 104 Franzoï Enrico Ita Liq 3
4 61 Cavendish Mark Gbr Thr 3
5 221 Cappelle Andy Bel Pco 3

6 156 Bozic Borut Slo Vac 2
7 213 Finetto Marco Ita Csf 2
8 127 Coenen Johan Bel Tsv 2
9 116 Voss Paul Ger Mrm 1
10 135 Neirynckx Kevin Bel Lan 1

Bergklassement
1 222 Capelle Dieter Bel Pco 18
2 221 Cappelle Andy Bel Pco 15
3 181 Curvers Roy Ned Sks 13
4 105 Willems Frederik Bel Liq 11
5 84 Capelli Ermanno Ita Fuj 7

6 103 Quinziato Manuel Ita Liq 6
7 24 Sentjens Roy Bel Sil 5
8 17 Sapa Marcin Pol Lam 5
9 213 Finetto Marco Ita Csf 4
10 158 Westra Lieuwe Ned Vac 3

General Classification (Final)
544.75 km - 12h34'57" -  43.29 km/h
1 105 Willems Frederik Liq Bel 12h34'57" 00"
2 1 Posthuma Joost Rab Ned   19"
3 7 Leezer Tom Rab Ned  54"
4 103 Quinziato Manuel Liq Ita 1 01'00"
5 65 Henderson Gregory Thr Nzl 1 01'02"

6 156 Bozic Borut Vac Slo  01'03"
7 93 Maaskant Martijn Grm Ned  01'12"
8 23 Hoste Leif Sil Bel 12h36'16" 01'19"
9 71 Chainel Steve Bbo Fra 12h36'19" 01'22"
10 213 Finetto Mauro Csf Ita ' ' ' '
11 24 Sentjens Roy Sil Bel 12h36'20" 01'23"
12 33 Bazayev Assan Ast Kaz 12h36'35" 01'38"
13 172 Bole Grega Ami Slo 12h36'38" 01'41"
14 155 De Vocht Wim Vac Bel 12h36'40" 01'43"
15 22 Gilbert Philippe Sil Bel ' ' ' '
16 121 Van Hecke Preben Tsv Bel 12h36'54" 01'57"
17 158 Westra Lieuwe Vac Ned 12h37'55" 02'58"
18 116 Voss Paul Mrm Ger 12h38'06" 03'09"
19 84 Capelli Ermanno Fuj Ita 12h39'18" 04'21"
20 27 Scheirlinckx Staf Sil Bel 12h40'15" 05'18"
21 115 Gajek Artur Mrm Ger 12h40'39" 05'42"
22 104 Franzoï Enrico Liq Ita 12h40'42" 05'45"
23 181 Curvers Roy Sks Ned 12h41'46" 06'49"
24 46 Van Impe Kevin Qst Bel 12h41'47" 06'50"
25 222 Capelle Dieter Pco Bel 12h42'32" 07'35"
26 122 Vanspeybrouck Pieter Tsv Bel 12h43'31" 08'34"
Complete G.C. Results (final)

Teams Classification
544,750 Km
1 Liquigas 37h46'30" 00"
2 Silence - Lotto 37h47'35" 01'05"
3 Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 37h48'38" 02'08"
4 Rabobank 37h58'37" 12'07"
5 Csf Group - Navigare 38h00'34" 14'04"
6 Bbox Bouygues Telecom 38h02'18" 15'48"
7 Team Milram 38h05'09" 18'39"
8 Team Columbia - High Road 38h05'25" 18'55"
9 Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 38h06'26" 19'56"
10 Garmin - Slipstream 38h10'15" 23'45"
11 Quick Step 38h11'53" 25'23"
12 Landbouwkrediet-Colnago 38h15'05" 28'35"
13 Astana 38h16'51" 30'21"
14 Amica Chips - Knauf 38h17'05" 30'35"
15 Skil - Shimano 38h22'00" 35'30"
16 Lampre-N.G.C. 38h23'40" 37'10"
17 Palmans Cras 38h27'33" 41'03"
18 Team Vorarlberg -Corratec 38h29'42" 43'12"
19 Barloworld 38h40'19" 53'49"
 

 

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