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2010 Hel van het Mergelland & Photos
 
By Bart Hazen
Date: 4/3/2010
2010 Hel van het Mergelland & Photos
 

Hel van het Mergelland 2010
La victoire Yann Huguet! Skil/Shimano's 25 year old French rider wins first race in the colors of his new team...


Yann Huguet celebrates his win, Rabobank's Jos van Emden follows for second
"Photo © 2010 Bart Hazen

Yann Huguet has won the Dutch classic ‘Hel van het Mergelland’ today. The 25 year old French rider of Skil-Shimano outs printed his companion in the escape, Jos van Emden (Rabobank). The two riders escaped with 30 kilometres to go from a group of 22 riders in the pursuit of leader Simon Geschke (also Skil-Shimano).

Huguet and van Emden  caught Geschke and dropped him  almost immediately to make it to the finish 9 seconds ahead of the chase to decide the finish.

Saxo Bank's Dominic Klemme won the sprint from the first chase group of 15 with Huguet's Skil Shimano team mate Simon Geschke holding on to take 4th, Koos Moernhout of Rabobank filled out the top 5.  Either way a good day for the skil team with Albert Timmer in the first group in 8th.

 This is the second victory of the season for Skil-Shimano and the first for Huguet in the jersey  of Skil-Shimano. Huguet commented after the finish, “This victory was also achieved because of the work of our strong team. During the entire race our team was always represented with several riders in the first ranks. Besides, I knew the roads here because in this area the team’s central training sessions always take place.”


Huguet leads Van Emden on the final lap. Photo © 2010 Bart Hazen

Hel van het Mergelland was a very tough race affected by wind and rain; but one might guess that by the list of about 1100  tough guys who abandoned the race today - of course some of those launched their team leaders for the race and sat up to save energy for tomorrows Flanders Classic.

Early on a a group of 13 got away that included, Moerenhout, Kruijswijk, Clement, Canuti, Huguet, Geschke, Doi, Timmer. Columbia-HTC missed the break and was forced to take the front and chase Rabobank's Steven Kruijswijk was active picking up the climbing points on the hunt for the days mountains prize.

HTC/Columbia closed the gap to 25 seconds; counterattacks followed with 12 riders made the jump and bridged to the front  group to form a lead group of  23.   HTC launched a strong duo in Tejay Van Garderen and Gert Dockx; other making the move included Van Emden, Stef Clement, Saxo Bank's Dominic Klemme and Jaroslaw Marycz.


Stef Clement attacks the break. Photo © 2010 Bart Hazen

Huguet and Van Emden broke clear with less than 30 km to go catching and passing Simon Geschke and managed to hold off the first of the chase groups by 9 seconds.

The second group came in at around a minute with groups following at 2, 3:52 and 4 minutes with a total of 48 riders finishing.

Saxo Bank
Dominic Klemme Third In Mergelland

 the Dutch one-day race Hel van het Mergelland has been on the season calendar and the Dutch riders dominated the 198 kilometers of hilly landscape. In recent years, the international peloton has taken on the challenge of the race and today, Team Saxo Bank participated with Laurent Didier, Juan Jose Haedo, Lucas Sebastian Haedo, Alex Rasmussen, Richie Porte, Dominic Klemme and Jaroslaw Marycz.


Dominic Klemme wins the sprint of the first chase group for 3rd, Simon Geschke  half a wheel away for 4th. Photo © 2010 Bart Hazen

And Team Saxo Bank's young and promising riders showed good form during the Dutch race. Especially Laurent Didier and Jaroslaw Marycz were on the attack. But they were not able to prevent Yann Huguet (Cofidis) and Jos van Emden (Skil-Shimano) from breaking free and keeping the gap to the finish line where the Skil-Shimano rider took the win.

Dominic Klemme demonstrated great strength by taking the sprint of the first chase group...
“It was a really hard race but I felt strong throughout the whole course. Jaroslaw and Laurent worked really hard for me and thanks to them I took third place. Monday I am doing Rund um Köln and Wednesday I am doing Scheldeprijs and with the form I have demonstrated today I am hoping to be in the line-up for Paris-Roubaix next Sunday.”

“We had a really good day with our young riders and Dominic Klemme put the icing on the cake by taking third place. It's a really tough race and very similar to Amstel Gold Race including some of the same climbs. Everyone did a great job today and the future seems bright with talents like these,“ concluded sports director Bradley McGee after the race.

More Photos:  Anita Van Crey's Hel van Het Mergelland Gallery.


Podium: Jos van Emden, Yann Huguet and Dominic Klemme
Photo © 2010 Bart Hazen

 Hel van het Mergelland:
Eijsden-Eijsden
195.8km - 5:09:07 - 38.005 km/h

1.   FRA Huguet, Yann Skil - Shimano SKI 5:09:07  
2.   NED Van Emden, Jos Rabobank RAB 5.0:00   


Yann Huguet arrives on the podium. Photo © 2010 Bart Hazen

3.   GER Klemme, Dominic Team Saxo Bank SBA 9"  
4.   GER Geschke, Simon Skil - Shimano SKI 9"  
5.   NED Moerenhout, Koos Rabobank RAB 9"  

6.   ITA Canuti, Federico Colnago - CSF Inox COL 9"  
7.   BEL Dockx, Gert Team HTC-Columbia TEA 9"  
8.   NED Timmer, Albert Skil - Shimano SKI 9"  
9.   BEL Van Hecke, Preben Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator TOP 9"  


Rabobank's Steven Kruijswijk won Best Climber Rank in the race today
Photo © 2010 Bart Hazen

10.   NED Groen van, Arnoud Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team VAC 12"  
11.   RUS Kozontchuk, Dimitry Rabobank RAB 12"  
12.   LUX Didier, Laurent Team Saxo Bank SBA 12"  
13.   UKR Gustov, Volodymir Cervélo TestTeam CER 14"  
14.   NED Oostlander, Sander Van Vliet - EBH-Elshof VVE 14"  
15.   NED Kruiswijk, Steven Rabobank RAB 18"  
16.   NED Lindeman, Bert-Jan Cycling Team Jo Piels CYC 21"  
17.   USA Van Garderen, Tejay Team HTC-Columbia TEA 30"  


Best North American rider, Tejay Van Garderen at the start. Photo © 2010 Bart Hazen

18.   BEL Renders, Sven Verandas Willems VER 0:56
19.   POL Marycz, Jaroslaw Team Saxo Bank SBA 1'04"  

20.   DEN Rasmussen, Alex Team Saxo Bank SBA 1'56"  

21.   BEL Delfosse, Sébastien Landbouwkrediet LAN 1'59"  
22.   BEL Veuchelen, Frederik Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team VAC 1'59"  
23.   ITA Benedetti, Cesare Team NetApp NET 1'59"  
24.   USA King, Ted Cervélo TestTeam CER 2'03"  

25.   DEN Reihs, Michael Team Designa Køkken DKø 3'52"  
26.   DEN Mortensen, Martin Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team VAC 3'52"  
27.   BEL Borry, Kim An Post - Sean Kelly Team AN 3'52"  
28.   GER Retschke, Robert Team Differdange DIF 3'52"  
29.   NED Chaigneau, Robin Skil - Shimano SKI 3'52"  
30.   GER Lachmann, Kim Team Nutrixxion-Sparkasse NSP 3'52"  
31.   NED Van Ruitenbeek, Emmanuel Team Kuota - Indeland KIN 3'52"  
32.   BEL Ghyselinck, Jan Team HTC-Columbia TEA 3'52"  
33.   NED Hagenaars, Luc Team Kuota - Indeland KIN 3'52"  
34.   NED Gmelich Meijling, Jarno Cycling Team Jo Piels CYC 3'52"  
35.   NED De Beer, Pim Cycling Team Jo Piels CYC 3'52"  
36.   FRA Hupond, Thierry Skil - Shimano SKI 3'52"  
37.   NED Goos, Marc Cycling Team Jo Piels CYC 3'52"  
38.   BEL Dockx, Bart Landbouwkrediet LAN 3'52"  
39.   DEN Jebjerg, Kasper Team Designa Køkken DKø 3'52"  
40.   DEN Christensen, Mads Glud & Marstrand/LRO Radgivning GLU 3'52" 

41.   BEL Van den Haute, Tom Landbouwkrediet LAN 4'02"  
42.   AUS Porte, Richie Team Saxo Bank SBA 4'02"  
43.   DEN Bochman, Lasse Glud & Marstrand/LRO Radgivning GLU 4'02"  
44.   BEL Baugnies, Jerome Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator TOP 4'02"  
45.   NED De Jonge, Maarten Cycling Team Jo Piels CYC 4'06"  
46.   RUS Firsanov, Sergey Team Designa Køkken DKø 4'09"  
47.   ITA Frapporti, Marco Colnago - CSF Inox COL 4'39"  
48.   ITA Appollonio, Davide Cervélo TestTeam CER 4'39"  
Abandons below...

 

Abandons
   ITA Belletti, Manuel Colnago - CSF Inox COL      
   ITA Modolo, Sacha Colnago - CSF Inox COL      
   ITA Pavarin, Marcello Colnago - CSF Inox COL      
   AUS Brown, Graeme Rabobank RAB      
   NED Clement, Stef Rabobank RAB      
   NED Van Winden, Dennis Rabobank RAB      
   GER Grabsch, Bert Team HTC-Columbia TEA      
   AUS Hansen, Adam Team HTC-Columbia TEA      
   GER Gretsch, Partik Team HTC-Columbia TEA      
   AUS Renshaw, Mark Team HTC-Columbia TEA      
   LAT Saramotins, Aleksejs Team HTC-Columbia TEA      
   ARG Haedo, Juan Jose Team Saxo Bank SBA      
   ARG Haedo, Lucas Sebastian Team Saxo Bank SBA      
   NED Bos, Theo Cervélo TestTeam CER      
   POR Correia, Joao Cervélo TestTeam CER      
   LTU Konovalovas, Ignatas Cervélo TestTeam CER      
   ESP Pujol MuHoz, Oscar Cervélo TestTeam CER      
   NED Bellemakers, Dirk Landbouwkrediet LAN      
   BEL Bertrand, Jonathan Landbouwkrediet LAN      
   BEL Gourgue, Benjamin Landbouwkrediet LAN      
   FRA Ricci Poggi, Martial Landbouwkrediet LAN      
   BEL Planckaert, Baptiste Landbouwkrediet LAN      
   JPN Doi, Yukihiro Skil - Shimano SKI      
   CHN Han, Feng Skil - Shimano SKI      
   NOR Wilmann, Frederik Skil - Shimano SKI      
   BEL Armee, Sander Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator TOP      
   BEL Joseph, Gregory Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator TOP      
   BEL Joseph, Stijn Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator TOP      
   BEL Neirynck, Stijn Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator TOP      
   BEL Mertens, Tim Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator TOP      
   BEL Vandewalle Kristof Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator TOP      
   FRA Feillu, Romain Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team VAC      
   BEL Gardeyn, Gorik Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team VAC      
   ITA Ongarato, Alberto Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team VAC      
   IRL Brammeier, Matt An Post - Sean Kelly Team AN      
   BEL De Schrooder, Benny An Post - Sean Kelly Team AN      
   BEL Eeckhout, Niko An Post - Sean Kelly Team AN      
   BEL Ghyllebert, Pieter An Post - Sean Kelly Team AN      
   BEL Lisabeth, Kenny An Post - Sean Kelly Team AN      
   IRL Mc Convey, Connor An Post - Sean Kelly Team AN      
   IRL Mc Laughlin, Ronan An Post - Sean Kelly Team AN      
   NED Relou, Tom Cycling Team Jo Piels CYC      
   NED Schulting, Peter Cycling Team Jo Piels CYC      
   NED Van Winden, Stefan Cycling Team Jo Piels CYC      
   DEN Tronborg, Michael Glud & Marstrand/LRO Radgivning GLU      
   DEN Jakobsen, Mathias Gade Glud & Marstrand/LRO Radgivning GLU      
   DEN Jørgensen, Ricky Enø Glud & Marstrand/LRO Radgivning GLU      
   DEN Jørgensen, Christian Moberg Glud & Marstrand/LRO Radgivning GLU      
   DEN Østergaard-Nielsen, Nicki Glud & Marstrand/LRO Radgivning GLU      
   DEN Jørgensen, Kasper Linde Glud & Marstrand/LRO Radgivning GLU      
   BEL Borremans, Steffen Palmans Cras Team PAL      
   LTU Juodvalkis, Egidijus Palmans Cras Team PAL      
   LTU Kruopis, Aidis Palmans Cras Team PAL      
   BEL Goris, Rob Palmans Cras Team PAL      
   BEL Omloop, Geert Palmans Cras Team PAL      
   BEL Vanbecelaere, Tom Palmans Cras Team PAL      
   BEL Vangheel, Timothy Palmans Cras Team PAL      
   FRA Zen, Jean Palmans Cras Team PAL      
   DEN Bak, Glenn Team Designa Køkken DKø      
   DEN Hovmand, Emil Team Designa Køkken DKø      
   DEN Jørgensen, René Team Designa Køkken DKø      
   DEN Udesen, Adrian Team Designa Køkken DKø      
   DEN Sørensen, Jimmi Team Designa Køkken DKø      
   GER Cohnen, Stefan Team Differdange DIF      
   NED Cuppens, Tjarco Team Differdange DIF      
   LUX Drucker, Jempy Team Differdange DIF      
   GER Eberle, Dominik Team Differdange DIF      
   LUX Heymans, Cyrille Team Differdange DIF      
   LUX Poos, Christian Team Differdange DIF      
   GER Schneider, Nico Team Differdange DIF      
   GER Bertling, Matthias Team Kuota - Indeland KIN      
   GER Finders, Dirk Team Kuota - Indeland KIN      
   GER Glasner, Bjorn Team Kuota - Indeland KIN      
   GER Westmattelmann, Daniel Team Kuota - Indeland KIN      
   GER Knauer, Florenz Team Kuota - Indeland KIN      
   GER Schmitt, Alexander Team Kuota - Indeland KIN      
   BEL Claeys, Dimitri Team NetApp NET      
   FRA Delrot, Bastien Team NetApp NET      
   GER Gottfried, Alexander Team NetApp NET      
   GER Keinath, Nico Team NetApp NET      
   NZL Meenhorst, Alex Team NetApp NET      
   GER Schwarzmann, Michael Team NetApp NET      
   GER Seubert, Timon Team NetApp NET      
   GER Fuchs, Sergej Team Nutrixxion-Sparkasse NSP      
   GER Janorschke, Grischa Team Nutrixxion-Sparkasse NSP      
   GER Forke, Sebastian Team Nutrixxion-Sparkasse NSP      
   GER Müller, Dirk Team Nutrixxion-Sparkasse NSP      
   GER Schachtner, Patrick Team Nutrixxion-Sparkasse NSP      
   GER Schweizer, Michael Team Nutrixxion-Sparkasse NSP      
   GER Sydlik, Benjamin Team Nutrixxion-Sparkasse NSP      
   NED Berkhout, Thomas Van Vliet - EBH-Elshof VVE      
   NED Asselman, Jesper Van Vliet - EBH-Elshof VVE      
   NED Schmitz, Bram Van Vliet - EBH-Elshof VVE      
   NED Van Haaren, Bart Van Vliet - EBH-Elshof VVE      
   GER Pfingsten, Christoph Van Vliet - EBH-Elshof VVE      
   NED Schoonbrood, Bob Van Vliet - EBH-Elshof VVE      
   NED Wiersma, Jeffrey Van Vliet - EBH-Elshof VVE      
   BEL Cappelle, Andy Verandas Willems VER      
   BEL Cappelle, Dieter Verandas Willems VER      
   BEL Habeaux, Gregory Verandas Willems VER      
   BEL Van den Houte, Sven Verandas Willems VER      
   NED Van Dijk, Stefan Verandas Willems VER      

 
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