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54th E3 Prijs Harelbeke 1.HC
By Staff
Date: 3/26/2011
54th E3 Prijs Harelbeke 1.HC

54th E3 Prijs Harelbeke 1.HC
Fabian Cancellara the Magnificent Triumphs Solo in Harelbeke... a minute ahead of his closest rival

Leopard-Trek's Fabian Cancellara Fabian once again created a "Masterpiece" as the Italian commentators say; after attacking 32 kilometers from the finish bridging to and passing the leaders on the road on the Kwaremont  and go it alone to the finish with one minute on a group of 14 chasers who sprinted for second place.

Omega Pharma-Lotto's Jurgen Roelandts, and Vladimir Gusev (katusha) took second and third with Garmin-Cervelo's Sep Vanmarke and Bram Tankink of Rabobank taking 5th leading the first chase group. The second chase group would by over 4 minutes.

Fabian Cancellara is writing a new page in cycling history in the classics. The man is without doubt the best time trialist of his generation. The rider in his bid to win classics Spartacus has learned to go with his strengths and use his ability to sustain a pace to win against the clock and attack solo from afar to snatch victory from the sprinters as he did in 2006 when he attacked in Paris -Roubaix with 17 kmn to go and arrive in the velodrome a minute ahead of the first riders.  These types of victories are more reminiscent of Fausto Coppi or Eddy Merckx in during the golden age of cycling.

To add to the adventure the Swiss rocket had to deal with two badly timed flat tires, and a mechanical problems... each time he was undaunted fighting back to re-catch riders who had passed him. When he caught them they fought for his wheel but couldn't hold on.

overcoming two untimely flats and an unfortunate mechanical trouble, he finally righted things with a bike change. Stuart O'Grady dropped back out of a break of seven that went up the 50 km earlier to help his team mate joining him on the knokeberg with 25 km to go.

The two team mates caught the lead group on the final climb of the Tiegemberg and launched his attack 16 km from the finish. Within a single kilometer, Cancellara had established a sizable gap and he hit the Tiegemberg with ten seconds on the group behind. The gap quickly increased to 30 seconds by the time he had ascended the final climb of the day. Fabian built a quick gap that blew up to 50 seconds with six km to go.

Behind a furious chase was losing time and slipping slowly into apathy knowing no matter how they tried Cancellara could not be denied, it was just too late...  Cancellara would wait a minute to watch his rivals sprint to join him on the podium. 

I've heard it said that wins like this can't happen, not in the modern days; the riders are trained differently, none are that much stronger than the others. Say what you will today's race was a masterpiece - It's the stuff of legends.

Fabian Cancellara after the race...

“I was determined to win. This win is even more special than last year, because of the punctures and the absence of radios. On the Taaienberg I had to go full gas to catch up with the bunch.”

Cancellara on Stuart O'Grady's support, : “Stuey did a fantastic job in the front. His presence in the breakaway group put me in a comfortable position, because I know he’s in a great shape.”

As word spread that Cancellara was in hot pursuit of those ahead, Cancellara made his intent clear. O’Grady dropped back to assist Cancellara in joining the front group on the road. That was only moments before Cancellara went solo, with a turn on the front so impressive that it forced those behind him to simply sit up and watch him ride away.

Heinrich Haussler attempted to bridge up with Cancellara to no avail. While Bram Tankink (Rabobank) and Niki Terpstra (Quick Step) were willing and able to contribute to the chase, the other riders behind could only sit on their wheels. In the sprint for second place/

Cancellara’s decisive victory bodes well for the upcoming Tour of Flanders. “Of course this gives us a lot of confidence,” he said during the post-race press conference. “Still, we will race our race. The team is ready, and that’s what is important. We did a perfect race, the whole team. Everyone contributed to my win.”

Lampre - ISD
 Cancellara was like a hurricane
The Swiss rider soloed to the finish after an attack from the bunch on Oude Kwaremont at 37 km to go that allow him to reach and then overtake all the riders who were leading the race.

When the Swiss  rider attacked, there was a blue-fucsia jersey following him: it was the one of Simon Spilak, responding to  and  understanding the situation and trying to follow Cancellara's stream with Boom. Anyway, Spilak and Boom could resist only for a few hundred meters, before surrendering. The blue-fucsia Slovenian reached the arrival in the bunch.

"We knew it would be very difficult for us to get a top result, but I'm satisfied with what Spilak showed.  he was in the best place in the proper moment", Fabrizio Bontempi, Lampre-ISD's sport director, commented.


E3 Prijs Vlaanderen - Harelbeke 2011 UCI HC
202 km - 4:34:49  - 44.1 km/hr
1 Cancellara Fabian Leo Leopard Trek 4:34:49
2 Roelandts Jurgen Olo Omega Pharma-Lotto - 1:00
3 Gusev Vladimir Kat Katusha Team - 1:00

4 Vanmarcke Sep Grm Team Garmin-Cervelo - 1:00
5 Tankink Bram Rab Rabobank Cycling Team - 1:00

6 Bonnet William Fdj Fdj - 1:01
7 Haussler Heinrich Grm Team Garmin-Cervelo - 1:06
8 Hinault Sébastien Alm Ag2r La Mondiale - 1:06
9 O'grady Stuart Leo Leopard Trek - 1:06
10 Ivanov Serguei Kat Katusha Team - 1:06
11 Jerome Vincent Euc Team Europcar - 1:06
12 Larsson Gustav Sbs Saxo Bank SunGard - 1:06
13 Tuft Svein Csm TeamSpiderTech Powered By C10 - 1:06
14 Terpstra Niki Qst Quickstep Cycling Team - 1:06
15 Chainel Steve Fdj Fdj - 2:26

16 Vaitkus Tomas Ast Pro Team Astana - 4:24
17 Sijmens Nico Cof Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne - 4:24
18 Van Winden Dennis Rab Rabobank Cycling Team - 4:24
19 Lodewyck Klaas Olo Omega Pharma-Lotto - 4:24
20 Baugnies Jérôme Tsv Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator - 4:24
21 Pichot Alexandre Euc Team Europcar - 4:24
22 Scheirlinckx Staf Vwa Veranda's Willems - Accent - 4:24
23 Martias Rony Sau Saur - Sojasun - 4:24
24 Morkov Michael Sbs Saxo Bank SunGard - 4:24
25 De Backer Bert Sks Skil - Shimano - 4:24

26 Mondory Lloyd Alm Ag2r La Mondiale - 4:24
27 De Waele Bert Lan Landbouwkrediet - 4:24
28 Van Groen Arnoud Vwa Veranda's Willems - Accent - 4:24
29 Scheirlinckx Bert Lan Landbouwkrediet - 4:24
30 De Kort Koen Sks Skil - Shimano - 4:24
31 Voeckler Thomas Euc Team Europcar - 4:24
32 Goddaert Kristof Alm Ag2r La Mondiale - 4:24
33 Posthuma Joost Leo Leopard Trek - 4:24
34 Elmiger Martin Alm Ag2r La Mondiale - 4:24

35 Vantomme Maxime Kat Katusha Team - 4:24
36 Neyens Maarten Olo Omega Pharma-Lotto - 4:24
37 Iglinskiy Maxim Ast Pro Team Astana - 4:24
38 Nuyens Nick Sbs Saxo Bank SunGard - 4:24
39 Stamsnijder Tom Leo Leopard Trek - 4:24
40 Van Impe Kevin Qst Quickstep Cycling Team - 4:24
41 Ista Kevyn Cof Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne - 4:24
42 Armee Sander Tsv Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator - 4:24
43 Barbe Koen Lan Landbouwkrediet - 4:24
44 Van Emden Jos Rab Rabobank Cycling Team - 4:24
45 Malacarne Davide Qst Quickstep Cycling Team - 4:24
46 Tosatto Matteo Sbs Saxo Bank SunGard - 4:24
47 Leukemans Bjorn Vcd Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling   - 4:24
48 Spilak Simon Lam Lampre - Isd - 4:24
49 Hoste Leif Kat Katusha Team - 4:24
50 Devolder Stijn Vcd Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team - 4:24
51 Clarke Simon Ast Pro Team Astana - 4:24
52 Hushovd Thor Grm Team Garmin-Cervelo - 4:24
53 Vansummeren Johan Grm Team Garmin-Cervelo - 4:24
54 Devenyns Dries Qst Quickstep Cycling Team - 4:24
55 Vandewalle Jurgen Olo Omega Pharma-Lotto - 4:24
56 Lemoine Cyril Sau Saur - Sojasun - 4:24
57 Boom Lars Rab Rabobank Cycling Team - 4:29
58 Langeveld Sebastian Rab Rabobank Cycling Team - 4:29
59 Verheyen Geert Lan Landbouwkrediet - 4:29
60 Kuschynski Aliaksandr Kat Katusha Team - 5:15

61 Cornu Dominique Tsv Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator - 7:17
62 Steurs Geert Tsv Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator - 7:17
63 Claude Mathieu Euc Team Europcar - 7:17
64 Boucher David Olo Omega Pharma-Lotto - 7:17
65 Ghyllebert Pieter Skt An Post - Sean Kelly - 7:17
66 Gourov Maxim Ast Pro Team Astana - 7:17
67 Serry Pieter Tsv Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator - 7:17
68 Verbist Evert Vwa Veranda's Willems - Accent - 7:17
69 Van Zandbeek Ronan Sks Skil - Shimano - 7:17
70 Degand Thomas Vwa Veranda's Willems - Accent - 7:17
71 Vanlandschoot James Vwa Veranda's Willems - Accent - 7:17
72 Ruijgh Rob Vcd Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team - 7:17
73 Retschke Robert App Team NetApp - 7:17
74 Chaigneau Robin Sks Skil - Shimano - 7:17
75 Isaychev Vladimir Kat Katusha Team - 7:17
76 Niermann Grischa Rab Rabobank Cycling Team - 7:17
77 Vermeltfoort Coen Rab Rabobank Cycling Team - 7:17
78 Veelers Tom Sks Skil - Shimano - 7:17
79 Tanner David Sbs Saxo Bank SunGard - 7:17
80 Lacombe Kevin Csm TeamSpiderTech Powered By C10 - 7:17
81 Veilleux David Euc Team Europcar - 7:17
82 Kiendys Tomasz Ccc Ccc Polsat Polkowice - 7:17
83 Matheou Romain Sau Saur - Sojasun - 7:17
84 Janiszewski Sylwester Ccc Ccc Polsat Polkowice - 7:17
85 Delaplace Anthony Sau Saur - Sojasun - 7:17
86 Mortensen Martin Leo Leopard Trek - 7:17
87 Klostergaard Larsen Kasper Sbs Saxo Bank SunGard - 7:17
88 Gene Yohann Euc Team Europcar - 7:17
89 Weylandt Wouter Leo Leopard Trek - 7:17
90 Rasch Gabriel Grm Team Garmin-Cervelo - 7:17
91 Hammond Roger Grm Team Garmin-Cervelo - 7:17
92 Lloyd Daniel Grm Team Garmin-Cervelo - 7:17
93 Jörgensen Jonas Aaen Sbs Saxo Bank SunGard - 7:17
94 Klier Andreas Grm Team Garmin-Cervelo - 7:17
95 Claeys Dimitri App Team NetApp - 7:17
96 Vandousselaere Sven Olo Omega Pharma-Lotto - 7:17
97 Klemme Dominic Leo Leopard Trek - 7:48

98 Bazzana Alessandro Tt1 Team Type 1 - 13:52
99 Planckaert Baptiste Lan Landbouwkrediet  - 13:52
100 Seubert Timon App Team NetApp - 13:52
101 Bagdonas Gediminas Skt An Post - Sean Kelly  - 13:52
102 Mcnally Mark Skt An Post - Sean Kelly   - 13:52
103 Houle Hugo Csm TeamSpiderTech Powered By C10   - 13:52
104 Roth Ryan Csm TeamSpiderTech Powered By C10   - 13:52
105 Debusschere Jens Olo Omega Pharma-Lotto   - 13:52
184 Starters - 79

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