E3 Prijs Vlaandren
Boonen and Ballan attack to the finish. Boonen does a Hat Trick in the Semi
Classic joining legends Van Looy and Raas in the record books in the 49th
edition of the Belgian semi-classic.
Boonen made his hat trick following up two earlier victories in 2004 and
2005. Super Tom won the sprint from 200meters from Allesandro Ballan (Lampre/Fondital).
Boonen and Ballan attacked the lead group of 24 at 35km to go and soon built up
a lead of over 1 minute as they worked well together to keep the peloton at bay
with a gap that hovered between 50 to 1:20 increasing the gap as they approached
Art Verhouten (Skil/Shimano) won the sprint for third passing the early
effort by Leif Hoste (Discovery Channel) and Bert De Waele (Landboukredit/Colnago)at
500 meters. Verhouten, Hoste and De Waele made the selection at 20km to go
attempting to bridge up to Boonen and Ballan but the duo was too strong.
The trio lost time as they jockeyed for position in the last km to the chasing
mob, but still managed to finish ten seconds in front of the chase with the
attack first by Hoste and at 200 meters Vierhouten and De Waele nipping Hoste at
After Ballan and Boonen escaped the lead group all attempts to once they
gained a minute on the chase were unsuccessful, not that Klier(T-Mobile),
Johansen (CSC), Van Petegem (Davitamon/Lotto) attempt to draw the duo back to
The trio of Vierhouten, De Waele and Hoste counterattack got a gap on the
Tiegemberg and mounted an attempt to join Boonen and Ballan, but the two with a
minute gap were a powerful machine that only increased their gap denying any
attempt to catch them. By the same token the trio chasing the duo maintained
their advantage as the chasing group of 15 were to busy attacking each other in
an attempt to bridge that no organised chase could be mounted.
Boonen joins cycling legends Rik Van Looy
with a hat trick of wins in 64-66 (returning in 69 to add the fourth and the
record for victories), and Jan Raas 79-81.
E3 Prijs Vlaandren 200 Km
1 Tom Boonen Quickstep/Innergetic 4.43.38
2 Alessandro Ballan LampreFondital 0.02
========= 1:32 ===========
3 Aart Vierhouten Skil/Shimano 1.32
4 Bert De Waele Landbouwkrediet/Colnago s.t.
5 Leif Hoste Discovery Channel s.t.
========= 1:42 ===========
6 Marcus Ljungqvist CSC 1.42
7 Luca Paolini Liquigas s.t.
8 Roger Hammond Discovery Channel s.t.
9 Peter Van Petegem Davitamon/Lotto s.t.
10 Baden Cooke Unibet.com s.t.
11 Matteo Carrara Lampre/Fondital s.t.
12 Erik Zabel Team Milram s.t
13 Allan Johansen Team CSC s.t
14 Staf Scheirlinckx Cofidis s.t
15 Frédéric Guesdon Française des Jeux s.t
16 Roberto Petito Team Tenax/Salmilano s.t
17 Andreas Klier T-Mobile s.t
18 Juan Antonio Flecha Rabobank s.t
19 Francis Mourey Française des Jeux 1.51
20 Sergey Ivanov T-Mobile 2.48