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Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 65th Edition
By Staff
Date: 2/27/2010
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 65th Edition

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 65th Edition
Juan Antonio Flecha Breaks Down the Door to Claim First Flemish Classic!

Juan Antonio Flecha (Team Sky) won the 65th edition of the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad the first of the Flanders Spring classics crossing the line solo pointed to the sky, and then gave his signature victory celebration launching of an arrow as he crossed the line. For the 33 year old rider in his tenth pro season it is his first win in the Belgian classics and the first Spaniard to add his name to the Omloop Het Nieusblad. - former Omloop Het Volk.

Juan Antonio Flecha Photo © 2010 Bart Hazen

Flecha attacked the leading break with Philippe Gilbert and Jurgen Roelandts on the cobbled climb of Lange Munte with 20 km to go. Roelandts was dropped a Gilbert responded but he too didn't have the legs to respond to the Spaniards attack. Fleccha ran his gap up to 41 seconds and managed to hold onto 35 seconds at the finish.

Behind and attack at 6 km to go by Cervélo TestTeam's Heinrich Haussler opened a gap on the field that absorbed Gilbert, Roelandts and Roy Curvers netted the Australian ten seconds which he held on to to take second.

Tyler Farrar (Garmin/Transitions won the sprint for third coming around Luca Paolini (Acqua & Sapone) at the line with HTC/Columbia's Marcel Sieberg rounding out the top 5.

A happy and emotional Juan Antonio Flecha commented in the after race interview, "It is very emotional win for me, I've been knocking on the door many times and today I finally won." Flecha dedicated his win his Sky team mates giving particular credit to Matthew Hayman, " who gave his wheel to me." Flecha also honored the memory of his former Fassa Bortolo team mate Frank Vandenbroucke, saying, " he undoubtedly is here today."

65th Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 65th 204km
The first attack came 10km into the race, with Frederik Veuchelen (Vacansoliel). He was soon joined by Roy Curvers (Skil-Shimano), Roger Kluge (Milram) and Frederic Guesdon (Francaise des Jeux). The quartet had the approval of the peloton and quickly opened up a gap of 5:30. Serial attacker Johnny Hoogerland, David Boucher and Gregory Habeaux followed on an attempt to bridge to the two leaders but they looked to have missed the trai9n as the gap to the lead quartet grew to over 9 minutes.

Behind the peloton appeared uninterested for the first 60 km, but as the gap grew to over 11 minutes for the leaders and the Hoogerland group at six minutes  the alarm went off in the pack and a chase was soon mounted with 110 km to go the gap had shrunk to just over six minutes as Garmin/Transitions took the front of the chase.

By the 60 km to go the Hoogerland Express was caught and the gap to the lead quartet fell below four minutes; Kluge seemed to have gone one berg to far and was dropped as the wind split the peloton behind with 40 riders trying to regain the lead chase group.

It was only a matter of time, but it wasn't long and Tom Boonen attacked on a hill and seem to power away from the group effortlessly... another hill followed and he opened the gap to over ten seconds; the effort closed the gap to the four leaders to 1:30 - look out folks the big dogs were on the hunt and the Alpha classics dog was leading the pack which now strung out in a long line trying to catch up.  The poor buggers in the second group never saw it coming as the riders fought trying to bridge but there was no wheel to follow but the one immediately in front of you.

Sky and Garmin replied but Boonen was putting the hurt on with about 20 riders trying to catch his wheel an 50 or more chasing with trying to bridge. Boonen made the selection on the next climb as a half dozen riders caught up with 43 km to go Phillipe Gilbert, Joost Posthuma, Heinrich Haussler lead the the chasing peloton by ten seconds and close in to under a minute on the four outriders. Rabo's  Posthuma flats and exchanges bikes with a mate but he's closed out on the chase as the three Boonen, Haussler and Gilbert booking  time into the sunset.

With 30 km Boonen's chances come to an end with a flat; only Curvers and nd Guesdon.defy the chase, but barely with only 20 seconds. Nuyens attacks and is passes the duo. Out of the mayhem Gilbert, Juan Antonio Flecha and Roelandts join Curver and Guesdon form a lead group... Curses Nick Nuyens flats and is later picked up by the first chase group led by Haussler.

The final attack for the victory comes with 20 km to go when Juan Antonio Flecha blows off Gilbert and goes it alone on the road to Ghent. Gilbert tried to hold the Spaniards wheel, he just couldn't pull him back. Guesdon, Gilbert and Roelandts join up; but even with three riders Flecha ran his gap up to 41 seconds to finish for the win solo with 35 seconds in the bank. 

Haussler's attack with 6 km to go nets him second place and Tyler Farrar led the first group of survivors to the finish to take third.


Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Podium winners... a good day in the Flemish sunshine: Heinrich Haussler, Juan Antonio Flecha and Tyler Farrar. Photo © 2010 Bart Hazen

65th Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 65th
Gent - Gent
204km - 5:07:15 - 39.837 km/h

1    Flecha Giannoni Juan Antonio Sky Sky Professional 5:07:15
2    Haussler Heinrich Ctt Cervelo Test Team 0:00:18
3  Farrar Tyler Grm Garmin - Transitions 0:00:18

4  Paolini Luca Asa Acqua & Sapone 0:00:18
5  Sieberg Marcel Thr Team Htc - Columbia 0:00:18

Heinrich Haussler Photo © 2010 Bart Hazen

6  Boasson Hagen Edvald Sky Sky Professional 0:00:18
7  Eeckhout Niko Skt An Post - Sean Kelly 0:00:18
8   Eisel Bernhard Thr Team Htc - Columbia 0:00:18
9  Veelers Tom Sks Skil - Shimano 0:00:18
10  Pozzato Filippo Kat Team Katusha 0:00:18
11 24  Guesdon Frédéric Fdj Française Des Jeux 0:00:18
12  Bozic Borut Vac Vacansoleil Pro 0:00:18
13  De Waele Bert Lan Landbouwkrediet 0:00:18
14  Offredo Yoann Fdj Française Des Jeux 0:00:18

Garmin's 'Man from Washington' (State, that is) - Tyler Farrar Photo © 2010 Bart Hazen

15  Bonnet William Btl Bbox Bouygues Telecom 0:00:18
16  Minard Sébastien Cof Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:00:18
17  Curvers Roy Sks Skil - Shimano 0:00:18
18   Schär Michael Bmc Bmc Racing Team 0:00:18
19   Hammond Roger Ctt Cervelo Test Team 0:00:18
20  Chavanel Sylvain Qst Quick Step 0:00:24
21  Pichot Alexandre Btl Bbox Bouygues Telecom 0:00:26
22  Turgot Sébastien Btl Bbox Bouygues Telecom 0:00:26
23  Klier Andreas Ctt Cervelo Test Team 0:00:26
24  De Kort Koen Sks Skil - Shimano 0:00:26

Flecha kisses his trophy... Photographers are always screaming out to the riders on the podium, "Kiss your trophy." or "Bite your medal." - I'm waiting for a rider to reply with, "Here you kiss this... or bite... that yourself."  I mean, who knows where that Trophy or medal has been?

25   Quinziato Manuel Liq Liquigas-Doimo 0:00:26
26   Gilbert Phillippe Olo Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:00:26
27   Burghardt Marcus Bmc Bmc Racing Team 0:00:26
28   Vandenbergh Stijn Kat Team Katusha 0:00:29
29  Roelandts Jurgen Olo Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:00:32
30  Marcato Marco Vac Vacansoleil Pro 0:00:34
31   Hoste Leif Olo Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:00:39
32   Hushovd Thor Ctt Cervelo Test Team 0:01:33
33  Reynes Mimo Vicente Thr Team Htc - Columbia 0:02:57
34  Vanmarcke Sep Tsv Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 0:02:57
35 Koren Kristijan Liq Liquigas-Doimo 0:02:57
36   Scheirlinckx Bert Lan Landbouwkrediet 0:03:51
37  Ghyllebert Pieter Skt An Post - Sean Kelly 0:03:51
38   Finetto Mauro Liq Liquigas-Doimo 0:03:51
39   Masciarelli Andrea Asa Acqua & Sapone 0:03:51
40   Sijmens Nico Cof Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:03:51
41  Verheyen Geert Lan Landbouwkrediet 0:03:51
42 Neirynck Kevin Lan Landbouwkrediet 0:03:51
43   Coenen Johan Tsv Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 0:03:51
44   Veuchelen Frederik Vac Vacansoleil Pro 0:03:51
45 Tjallingii Maarten Rab Rabobank 0:03:51
46   Westra Lieuwe Vac Vacansoleil Pro 0:03:51
47   Gerard Arnaud Fdj Française Des Jeux 0:03:51
48  Galland Jérémie Sau Saur - Sojasun 0:03:51
49   Houanard Steve Sks Skil - Shimano 0:03:51
50   Posthuma Joost Rab Rabobank 0:03:51
51  Willems Frederik Liq Liquigas-Doimo 0:03:51
52   Vansummeren Johan Grm Garmin - Transitions 0:03:51
53   Klostergaard Larsen Kasper Sax Team Saxo Bank 0:03:51
54   Rast Grégory Rsh Team Radioshack 0:03:51
55  Nuyens Nick Rab Rabobank 0:03:51
199 Deelnemers - Partants 204 Km Gemiddelde/Moyenne: 39,837 Km/Uur Cat.: Me 1.Hc
Uitslag - Resultat - Result
Rang Nr Ucicode Naam - Nom Ploeg - Equipe Tijd/Achterstand - Temps
27/02/2010 Gent - Gent
56 153 Fra19830906 Chainel Steve Btl Bbox Bouygues Telecom 0:03:51
57 67 Ned19781203 Tankink Bram Rab Rabobank 0:03:51
58 23 Fra19800609 Geslin Anthony Fdj Française Des Jeux 0:03:51
59   Boonen Tom Qst Quick Step 0:03:51
60   Kroon Karsten Bmc Bmc Racing Team 0:03:51
61   Palumbo Giuseppe Asa Acqua & Sapone 0:04:59
62   Boom Lars Rab Rabobank 0:04:59
63   Ladagnous Matthieu Fdj Française Des Jeux 0:04:59
64   Velits Martin Thr Team Htc - Columbia 0:04:59
65  Fischer Murilo Antonio Grm Garmin - Transitions 0:04:59
66  Sagan Peter Liq Liquigas-Doimo 0:04:59
67   Hincapie George Bmc Bmc Racing Team 0:04:59
68   Ballan Alessandro Bmc Bmc Racing Team 0:04:59
69   Lund Anders Sax Team Saxo Bank 0:04:59
70   Mouris Jens Vac Vacansoleil Pro 0:04:59
71   Vigano Davide Sky Sky Professional 0:04:59
72   Wynants Maarten Qst Quick Step 0:04:59
73   Steegmans Gert Rsh Team Radioshack 0:04:59
74   Leukemans Bjorn Vac Vacansoleil Pro 0:04:59
75   Vaitkus Tomas Rsh Team Radioshack 0:04:59
76   Breschel Matti Sax Team Saxo Bank 0:04:59
77  Millar David Grm Garmin - Transitions 0:04:59
78   De Weert Kevin Qst Quick Step 0:04:59
79  Barbe Koen Lan Landbouwkrediet 0:05:38
80  Boucher David Lan Landbouwkrediet 0:05:41
81   Fantini Alessandro Asa Acqua & Sapone 0:05:41
82  Renders Sven Wil Verandas Willems 0:05:41
83  Scheirlinckx Staf Olo Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:06:49
84  Mondory Lloyd Alm Ag2r La Mondiale 0:06:49
85  Barry Michael Sky Sky Professional 0:06:49
86  Maes Nikolas Qst Quick Step 0:06:49
87   Terpstra Niki Mrm Team Milram 0:06:49
88   Van Vooren Steven Tsv Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 0:06:49
89  Amorison Frédéric Lan Landbouwkrediet 0:06:49
90   Dall'antonia Tiziano Liq Liquigas-Doimo 0:07:28
91  Stamsnijder Tom Rab Rabobank 0:10:45
92  Reimer Martin Ctt Cervelo Test Team 0:10:45
93  De Gendt Thomas Tsv Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 0:10:45
94  Dockx Gert Thr Team Htc - Columbia 0:10:45
95  Docker Mitchell Sks Skil - Shimano 0:10:45
96  Trusov Nikolay Kat Team Katusha 0:10:45
97 8  Rasch Gabriel Ctt Cervelo Test Team 0:10:45
98   Leezer Thomas Rab Rabobank 0:10:45
99  Kohler Martin Bmc Bmc Racing Team 0:10:45
100  Hayman Mathew Sky Sky Professional 0:10:45
101  Haedo Lucas Sebastian Sax Team Saxo Bank 0:10:45
102  O'Brien Paidi Skt An Post - Sean Kelly 0:10:45
103   Stannard Ian Sky Sky Professional 0:10:45
104 223 Ned19830513 Hoogerland Johnny Vac Vacansoleil Pro 0:10:45
105  Hutarovich Yauheni Fdj Française Des Jeux 0:11:14
106  Borry Kim Skt An Post - Sean Kelly 0:11:14
107  Mandri Rene Alm Ag2r La Mondiale 0:11:14
108  Van Avermaet Greg Olo Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:11:14
109  Cappelle Andy Wil Verandas Willems 0:11:14
110  Oss Daniel Liq Liquigas-Doimo 0:11:14
111 Eskov Nikita Kat Team Katusha 0:11:14
112  Lang Sebastian Olo Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:11:14
113  Vaugrenard Benoît Fdj Française Des Jeux 0:11:14
114 Chavanel Sébastien Fdj Française Des Jeux 0:11:14
115  Wilson Matthew Grm Garmin - Transitions 0:11:14
116   Klemme Domenik Sax Team Saxo Bank 0:11:14
117  Vandewalle Jurgen Qst Quick Step 0:11:14
118   O'grady Stuart Sax Team Saxo Bank 0:11:14
119  Coutouly Cedric Sau Saur - Sojasun 0:11:14
120 84 Ned19870815 Kreder Michel Grm Garmin - Transitions 0:11:14
121 85 Ned19830727 Maaskant Martijn Grm Garmin - Transitions 0:11:14
122   Goesinnen Floris Sks Skil - Shimano 0:13:10
123  Roberts Luke Mrm Team Milram 0:13:10
124  Cappelle Dieter Wil Verandas Willems 0:13:10
125  Downing Russell Sky Sky Professional 0:13:10
126  Knaven Servais Mrm Team Milram 0:13:10
127  Beppu Fumiyuki Rsh Team Radioshack 0:13:10
128  Elijzen Michiel Olo Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:13:10
129   Sentjens Roy Mrm Team Milram 0:13:10
130  Feillu Romain Vac Vacansoleil Pro 0:13:10
131 53 Bel19790829 Devolder Stijn Qst Quick Step 0:13:10
132  Impey Daryl Rsh Team Radioshack 0:13:10
133  De Vocht Wim Mrm Team Milram 0:13:10
134  Eichler Markus Mrm Team Milram 0:13:10
135  Goddaert Kristof Alm Ag2r La Mondiale 0:13:10
136  Goss Matthew Harley Thr Team Htc - Columbia 0:13:10
137  Hunt Jeremy Ctt Cervelo Test Team 0:13:10
138  Sutton Christopher Sky Sky Professional 0:13:10
139  Chaigneau Robin Sks Skil - Shimano 0:13:10
140  Gastauer Ben Alm Ag2r La Mondiale 0:13:10
141   Caethoven Steven Lan Landbouwkrediet 0:13:10
142  Bak Lars Ytting Thr Team Htc - Columbia 0:13:10
143  Gene Yohann Btl Bbox Bouygues Telecom 0:13:10
144  Jacobs Pieter Tsv Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 0:13:10
145 Vanspeybrouck Pieter Tsv Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 0:13:10
146  ndriotto Dario Asa Acqua & Sapone 0:13:10
147  Donati Alessandro Asa Acqua & Sapone 0:13:10
 Abandons : 52

65th Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Results (Top 10 provisional)
1. Juan Antonio Flecha (Team Sky)
2. Heinrich Haussler (Cervelo)
3. Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Transitions)

4. Luca Paolini (Acqua & Sapone)
5. Marcel Sieberg (Team Columbia-HTC)

6. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky)
7. Niko Eeckhout (An Post-Sean Kelly)
8. Bernhard Eisel (Team Columbia-HTC)
9. Tom Veelers (Skil-Shimano)
10. Filippo Pozzato (Team Katusha)

More to come...

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