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Sluitingsprijs Oostmalle (Gazet van Antwerpen Trofee Veldrijden #8) - C1
Oostmalle, Belgium, February 17, 2008
One man show from 'Prince Albert' concludes the season
By Brecht Decaluwé
The strongest rider at the end of the cyclo-cross season is clearly Niels Albert. In the last race of the season on the dry 2.8-kilometre long sand parcours, the 23 year-old copied his race from last year by giving a demonstration. Albert jumped away from the pack after less than two laps and he ended his solo after more than eight laps in an impressive gritting style.
"It was the same course like last year and I was very motivated for this last 'cross race of the season; apparently I'm in super form," Albert stated.
With his 18th victory of the season the U23 World Champion has shown that he will become a real threat for the old guard next season, when he will be racing among the elite riders all the time, whereas he was still an U23 rider this season. "The season is not ending too soon for me," Albert played down the feeling that he would be able to continue this series of wins for a while, "because for me it's almost over as well. From now on I'll focus on building a house," Albert smiled. When asked about his aspirations for next year the young Belgian pointed out that he wants the overall win in a regularity competition. "Next year I'll go for the overall victory in a Series – preferably the GvA-trophy – but then I'll need a strong build-up to the new season," Albert warned his older rivals.
In the women's race Daphny Van Den Brand had a small margin over her compatriot Reza Hormes-Ravenstijn, but once the race got under way there was no question about the eventual winner. Van Den Brand dominated the race, just as Niels Albert did in the men's race. Behind her the battle for second place was exciting and eventually it was Saskia Elemans who grabbed second place with a strong last lap in which she suddenly could've been a threat for the winner.
The sprint for third place was won by the talented Belgian Sanne Cant.
"With this GvA-trophy, women's cycling gets more attention," Van Den Brand said after the race, pointing out what it's all about for her. "Hopefully we will have more races next year although there will have to be more women at the start. Today, there were only 21 riders but that's because the Worlds are over and some are already focusing on MTB or the road, because as a woman you can't live from cyclo-cross alone."
Back to the men's race where behind Albert an exciting battle was going on between the fresh World Champion Lars Boom and the experienced Belgian Bart Wellens. Together they couldn't get back to Albert, but they managed to withstand the comeback from the other chasers. Eventually, it came down to an exciting sprint on the runway in Oostmalle, and it was won by the Belgian.
"There were certainly no more than five centimetres between the two of us," Wellens described how tight the sprint was. "We were both at the end of our forces, but I wanted to do all I could to finish second and I'm delighted that I could accomplish that goal after the blow I received by not participating in Baal. It's fantastic I could finish second in the GC after all."
When asked whether there was something possible against Albert, Wellens looked up with a frown. "I saw it when he jumped away and realised he was gone. Every lap he gained 10" while we went full on behind him; right now he's superman," Wellens praised his young compatriot.
World Champion Boom was fed up by the lost sprint although he was happy with his overall performance in the last race of the season. "My bike wasn't set-up for a sprint so I'm annoyed with that, but I'm very satisfied with a podium result," Boom said.
The young Dutch champion agreed that he didn't live up to the expectations after the World Championships in Treviso by skipping his race starts or performing poorly in the first weeks after his win. "After the Worlds my life was [busy] and I couldn't find a moment of rest," Boom explained why it took him awhile before he got back to a normal level. "Today, I was very motivated to secure my fourth place in the GC of the GvA-trophy."
The 'Cannibal' of cyclo-cross had some quiet weeks recently and once again he couldn't perform as good as he would want to. After taking a good start, Sven Nys was blown back in the bunch behind the first three riders and eventually recovered two laps before the finish to claim a decent fourth place.
It didn't matter too much for Nys, as he was already sure that the overall victory in the GvA-trophy was his. "I started with the goal to follow the leaders, but I was sent into a state like so many times during the last few weeks," the UCI leader explained. "I had to recovery from that for three to four laps before I could start thinking about accelerating again. There's nothing left in my tank and purely on character I managed to become fourth today. You can't win every race, I'm only human after all," Nys admitted although it must be said that he – once again – dominated the season.
The Belgian claimed his fifth overall victory in the GvA-trophy, his eighth victory in the Superprestige Series and is once again UCI leader at the end of the season.
In the overall classification of the GvA-trophy Nys precedes his arch rival Bart Wellens by a huge margin. The Fidea-rider managed to stay ahead of his Czech team-mate Zdenek Stybar and world champion Lars Boom.
As announced earlier there was no Jonathan Page at the start. Klaas Vantornout – who did receive a contested starting contract – took a day off and finished in 15th position, just behind the U23 Belgian champion Tom Meeusen.
How it unfolded
84 riders took the start on the airfield in Oostmalle and it was World Champion Lars Boom who showed the others his rear wheel. He was followed by Sven Nys, Niels Albert and Erwin Vervecken. The sand blew up and unsurprisingly some riders went down halfway the huge bunch, as the visibility was nihil. Boom kept leading through the forest, but when the riders exited Nys jumped to the front. The UCI leader took a nice gap and team-mate Boom played team tactics leading the bunch slowly through the sharp corners on the 2.8-kilometre course.
After one lap, Nys had a gap of 3" on Boom and Albert. Vervecken, Aernouts, Wellens, Peeters, Pauwels, Stybar, Sven Vanthourenhout and Groenendaal. Nys was caught early on in the second lap while Wellens brought the chasers back in touch with the leaders. In the forest, Albert took over from Nys and the young Belgian increased the tempo. The big group was stretched out and Nys had to work hard to stay on his co-citizen's wheel. At the pit-zone Nys decided that Albert was riding too quick for him and he dropped back, allowing Boom to the lead in the chase. Only Wellens was still in touch with these two riders, who were already 6" behind Albert. The main group followed at 16" from the leader. Albert took the three bonus points at the intermediate sprint after two laps, ahead of a hard-sprinting Boom (2) and Wellens (1); Nys was dropped by the sprint from Boom.
Wellens took the initiative with Boom on his wheel, but it would be a very hard job to get back to the unleashed Palmans-rider in front. Halfway through the third lap, Albert had a gap of 10" on Wellens/Boom, while Nys was caught by the group that was led by Czech Champion Stybar. By the end of the third lap – with seven laps to go – the duo behind Albert was chasing at 14", and the main chasing group was riding 26" behind the leader.
Albert was riding at least two km/h quicker than his rivals, and by the end of the fourth lap his lead grew up to 21". With six laps to go, Albert had ridden the quickest lap of the race, but the duo behind him didn't give up the fight. Fourteen riders gathered behind the first three riders and none of these men had aspirations left for a podium result.
Wellens showed more skill in the sand as Boom was forced to step off the bike during the fifth lap, nevertheless the World Champion managed to crawl back to Wellens' wheel. Meanwhile, Albert continued to go faster and this lap was his fastest of the day with 5'37". Nys was dropped back into a group with Belgian U23 Champion Tom Meeusen at more than a minute from the leader. The 20 year-old Fidea-rider was clearly enjoying his time out there, although it was certain that he was digging deeper than Nys to be in this group.
The sixth lap was a copy of the previous lap with diesel Albert again going a little quicker (5'36") and the others going a little slower with the gap growing up to 37" on Boom and Wellens, who worked well together to stay ahead of the chasers as they probably felt that winning was impossible against 'Prince Albert'. Behind the first three riders, everything came back together under impulse from Nys; Thijs Al led this big group at 1'10" from the leader.
During the seventh lap, Al got away with Groenendaal and Aernouts in search of the fourth place. Vervecken led the chase on these three riders. Boom made a mistake in the forest, allowing Wellens back to the lead and when the World Champion got stuck in the sand outside the forest the Belgian was gone. Boom switched bikes and with two laps to go the Dutch man had to make up more than 6" on Wellens. On the pavement at the start-finish line Boom steamed back to Wellens' wheel in no time – making up for an exciting battle at 47" from Albert.
Nys took the lead in the main chasing group and some riders had to realise that the UCI leader had saved his energy for the last two laps while they lost their energy halfway in the race with futile attacks. Meanwhile in front, Albert gritted his teeth and crossed the finish line to hit the final lap. Boom and Wellens followed at 54" from Albert; Nys jumped away from the chasers at 1'25" where Vervecken tried to stay in touch with the UCI leader.
Boom launched a power-lap in an effort to kill Wellens before the actual sprint, but the experienced Belgian stood tall. Just before hitting the final straight Wellens talked with Boom and possibly explained him that he needed a second place in the race for the second place in the GC of the GvA-trophy. In a tight sprint Wellens beat world champion Boom to become the best of the rest behind the untouchable winner Niels Albert. Nys kept his lead over the main chasing group to claim fourth ahead of Vervecken who held off Sven Vanthourenhout, Pauwels, Stybar, Aernouts and Groenendaal.
Elite men 1 Niels Albert (Bel) Palmans-Cras 59.04 2 Bart Wellens (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team 1.03 3 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank 4 Sven Nys (Bel) Rabobank 1.26 5 Erwin Vervecken (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team 1.28 6 Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Sunweb-Pro Job 7 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team 8 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Fidea Cycling Team 1.31 9 Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabobank 10 Richard Groenendaal (Ned) AA Sports Drinks 11 Thijs Al (Ned) BeOne-Chain Reaction Cycles 12 Gerben de Knegt (Ned) Rabobank 1.34 13 Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) Palmans-Cras 1.36 14 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team 1.43 15 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team 2.48 16 Jimmy Tielens (Bel) 2 Mega Saeco - Heist o/d berg 2.52 17 Vincent Baestaens (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team 3.00 18 Ben Berden (Bel) Revor Cycling Team 3.02 19 Tim Van Nuffel (Bel) Easypay Cyclocross Team 20 Tom Van den Bosch (Bel) Palmans-Cras 3.09 21 Petr Dlask (Cze) Fidea Cycling Team 3.26 22 Marco Bianco (Ita) Arcobaleno Carraro 3.38 23 Arne Daelmans (Bel) DCM-GB Vorselaar Cycling Team vzw 3.50 24 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Rabobank 25 Rob Peeters (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner 26 David Willemsens (Bel) Revor Cycling Team 3.55 27 Jan Verstraeten (Bel) Sunweb-Pro Job 4.28 28 Nico Clarysse (Bel) Cycling Team Oost-West 29 Wim Leemans (Bel) AWS Cycling Team Kasterlee 4.32 30 Geert Wellens (Bel) AVB/USspa.be Cycling 31 Jan Van Dael (Bel) Sunweb-Pro Job 4.35 32 Roy Van Heeswijk (Ned) WV Schijndel 33 Jan Soetens (Bel) Revor Cycling Team 34 Mike Thielemans (Bel) Cycling Team Thielemans & Co - Reynaers 4.47 35 Bart Verschueren (Bel) Revor Cycling Team 4.55 36 Tom De Kort (Bel) AWS Cycling Team Kasterlee 37 Philipp Walsleben (Ger) Heinz von Heiden Focus 4.59 38 Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) CT Van Vliet EBH Advocaten 39 Wilant Van Gils (Ned) ZZPR.nl-Destil-Merida 5.06 40 Jim Aernouts (Bel) Edegem BC 5.45 41 Marius Gil (Pol) VC Lievespurters 6.03 42 Joachim Parbo (Den) CCV-Cicli Protek 6.30 43 Stijn Huys (Bel) Palmans-Cras 6.32 44 Kristof Cop (Bel) AWS Cycling Team Kasterlee 7.13 One lap behind 45 Patrick Van Leeuwen (Ned) TWC Het Snelle Wiel 46 Sten Raeymaekers (Bel) Cyclingteam Oost-West 47 Dries Govaerts (Bel) Scott USA Cycling Team 48 Jerry Kallenfels (Ned) Easypay Cyclocross Team 49 Dennis Verhoeven (Bel) AWS Cycling Team Kasterlee Two laps behind 50 Jens Gys (Bel) Velosport Reigerlo Beernem 51 Edwin Arts (Ned) RTC Buitenlust 52 Rik van Ijzendoorn (Ned) Palmans-Cras Intermediate sprint 1 Niels Albert (Bel) Palmans-Cras 3 pts 2 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank 2 3 Bart Wellens (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team 1 Final GvA classification - elite men 1 Sven Nys (Bel) Rabobank 268 pts 2 Bart Wellens (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team 225 3 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Fidea Cycling Team 220 4 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank 213 5 Niels Albert (Bel) Palmans-Cras 209 6 Richard Groenendaal (Ned) AA Sports Drinks 196 7 Erwin Vervecken (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team 190 8 Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabobank 169 9 Thijs Al (Ned) BeOne-Chain Reaction Cycles 158 10 Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Sunweb-Pro Job 154 11 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team 153 12 Rob Peeters (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner 133 13 Wilant Van Gils (Ned) ZZPR.nl-Destil-Merida 127 14 Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) Palmans-Cras 120 15 Gerben de Knegt (Ned) Rabobank 16 Ben Berden (Bel) Revor Cycling Team 109 pts 17 Jan Verstraeten (Bel) Sunweb-Pro Job 92 18 Petr Dlask (Cze) Fidea Cycling Team 87 19 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team 74 20 Tim Van Nuffel (Bel) Easypay Cyclocross Team 56 21 Tom Van den Bosch (Bel) Palmans-Cras 47 22 Jimmy Tielens (Bel) 2 Mega Saeco 44 23 Arne Daelmans (Bel) DCM-GB Vorselaar Cycling Team vzw 43 24 Jan Soetens (Bel) Revor Cycling Team 35 25 Radomír Simunek (Cze) Palmans-Cras 34 26 Marius Gil (Pol) 33 27 Davy Commeyne (Bel) Revor Cycling Team 32 28 Francis Mourey (Fra) Française des Jeux 31 29 Marco Bianco (Ita) Arcobaleno Carraro 27 30 Christian Heule (Swi) Stevens Racing Team 26 31 Wesley Van Der Linden (Bel) Sunweb Pro Job 17 32 Wim Jacobs (Bel) Van der Vorst CT 16 33 Tom Vannoppen (Bel) AVB-USspa 34 David Willemsens (Bel) Revor Cycling Team 15 pts 35 Johannes Sickmüller (Ger) Harvestehuder RSV v. 1909 13 36 Marek Cichosz (Pol) CWKS Legia Warszawa 37 Roy van Heeswijk (Ned) 38 Simon Zahner (Swi) Bürgis Cycling Team 11 pts 39 Ryan Trebon (USA) Kona-YourKey.com 40 Geert Van Crombruggen 41 Nico Berckmans (Bel) DCM-GB Vorselaar Cycling Team vzw 10 pts 42 Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti 43 René Birkenfeld (Ger) 44 Davy Coenen (Bel) 2 Mega Saeco 9 pts 45 Jeremy Powers (USA) Cyclocrossworld.Com 8 46 Rafael Visinelli (Ita) GS Forestale 6 47 Nico Clarysse (Bel) Cycling Team Oost-West 48 Tristan Schouten (USA) Planet Bike 5 pts 49 Isaac Suarez (Spa) 50 Peter Van Santvliet (Bel) AVB/USspa.be Cycling 51 Nico Sijmens (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner 4 pts 52 Milan Barenyi (Svk) CK ZP Sport a.s. Podbrezová 53 Tom De Kort (Bel) AWS Cycling Team Kasterlee 3 pts 54 Kay Van Den Brande (Bel) Palmans-Cras 55 Jonathan Baker (USA) Primus Mootry 2 pts 56 Geert Wellens (Bel) AVB/USspa.be Cycling 57 Gusty Bausch (Lux) 58 Patrick Van Leeuwen (Ned) TWC Het Snelle Wiel 1 Intermediate sprint classification - elite men 1 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank 13 pts 2 Sven Nys (Bel) Rabobank 12 3 Bart Wellens (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team 8 4 Richard Groenendaal (Ned) AA Sports Drinks 5 5 Niels Albert (Bel) Palmans-Cras 4 6 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Fidea Cycling Team 3 7 Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Sunweb-Pro Job Final GvA standings U23 1 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team 135 pts 2 Jempy Drucker (Lux) Fidea Cycling Team 90 3 Philipp Walsleben (Ger) Heinz von Heiden Focus 72 4 Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) CT Van Vliet EBH Advocaten 68 5 Quentin Bertholet (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team 59 6 Wim Leemans (Bel) AWS Cycling Team Kasterlee 46 7 Vincent Baestaens (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team 45 8 Kevin Cant (Bel) AWS Cycling Team Kasterlee 43 9 Boy van Poppel (Ned) Rabobank 39 10 Jim Aernouts (Bel) Edegem BC 34 11 Maxim Debusschere (Bel) Sunweb-Pro Job 12 Lukás Kloucek (Cze) Selle Italia Guerciotti 33 pts 13 Dries Govaerts (Bel) Scott USA Cycling Team 30 14 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Rabobank 15 Stijn Huys (Bel) Palmans-Cras 29 pts 16 Giovanni Denolf (Bel) Palmans-Cras 27 17 Jan Van Dael (Bel) Sunweb-Pro Job 24 18 Paul Voss (Ger) Team 3C - Gruppe Lamonta 22 19 Joeri Adams (Bel) Rabobank 21 20 Sven Verboven (Bel) Wielerclub Galmaarden Sportief 20 21 Bart Verschueren (Bel) Revor Cycling Team 19 22 Ondrej Bambula (Cze) Cyklo Team Budvar Tábor 17 23 Mitchell Huenders (Ned) Team Löwik Meubelen 24 Kenneth Van Compernolle (Bel) Sunweb-Pro Job 16 pts 25 Robert Gavenda (Svk) Selle Italia Guerciotti 15 26 Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) 14 27 Kenny Geluykens (Bel) Sunweb-Pro Job 28 Jiri Polnicky (Cze) 29 Kevin Eeckhout (Bel) Sunweb-Pro Job 11 pts 30 Ricardo van der Velde (Ned) Rabobank 10 31 Dave De Cleyn (Bel) Scott USA Cycling Team 32 René Lang (Swi) 9 pts 33 Dries Dewit (Bel) Scott USA Cycling Team 8 34 Ole Quast (Ger) Team Palmberg-Stevens 5 35 Hugo Ruiz Martinez (Spa) 36 Björn De Decker (Bel) 37 Pawel Szczepaniak (Pol) 4 pts 38 Hans Becking (Ned) BeOne-Chain Reaction Cycles 39 Bart Hermans (Bel) 40 Ricardo van der Velde (Ned) 41 Kyle Douglas (Can) 42 Rik van Ijzendoorn (Ned) Palmans-Cras 3 pts 43 Thomas Vernaeckt (Bel) Asfra Racing Team 44 Rob Vangenechten (Bel) 45 Marcel Meisen (Ger) RSC Stolberg 46 Alexander Forst (Ger) MTB Verein Berlin 2 pts 47 Ivar Hartogs (Ned) Jan Van Arckel 48 Steffen Müller (Ger) RC Charlottenburg 1 pt Intermediate sprint standings U23 1 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team 9 pts 2 Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) CT Van Vliet EBH Advocaten 5 3 Philipp Walsleben (Ger) Heinz von Heiden Focus 3 4 Wim Leemans (Bel) AWS Cycling Team Kasterlee 5 Boy van Poppel (Ned) Rabobank 2 pts 6 Jempy Drucker (Lux) Fidea Cycling Team 7 Lukas Kloucek (Cze) 8 Bart Verschueren (Bel) Revor Cycling Team 1 Women 1 Daphny Van Den Brand (Ned) ZZPR.nl-Destil-Merida 38.01 2 Saskia Elemans (Ned) WV de Meteoor 0.08 3 Sanne Cant (Bel) ASD Selle Italia Guerciotti 0.12 4 Loes Sels (Bel) Vlaanderen - Capri Sonne - T Interim 0.13 5 Sanne van Paessen (Ned) 0.38 6 Veerle Ingels (Bel) AVB/USspa Cycling Team 0.50 7 Reza Hormes-Ravenstijn (Ned) ZZPR.nl 0.52 8 Helen Wyman (GBr) Global Racing Team 1.00 9 Laurence Leboucher (Fra) Sarthe-Gasseau 1.15 10 Mika Ogishima (Jpn) UWTC de Volharding 1.23 11 Karen Verhestraeten 1.44 12 Gertie Willems (Bel) Wielerpromotieclub Jeugdteam 1.55 13 Monika Heuveling (Ned) RETO 2.05 14 Christine Vardaros (USA) Team Vanderkitten 2.13 15 Dorien Raeymaekers (Bel) 2.40 One lap behind 16 Katrien Thijs (Bel) Edegem Bicycle Club V.Z.W. 17 Jo Blanchaert (Bel) A.T.B. De Mountain-Freaks Oudenaarde Two laps behind 18 Mélanie Blot (Fra) 19 Limke Peeters (Bel) Wielerclub Oostende Noordzee Final GvA standings women 1 Daphny Van Den Brand (Ned) ZZPR.nl-Destil-Merida 87 pts 2 Reza Hormes-Ravenstijn (Ned) ZZPR.nl 72 3 Sanne Cant (Bel) ASD Selle Italia Guerciotti 67 4 Saskia Elemans (Ned) WV de Meteoor 65 5 Veerle Ingels (Bel) AVB/USspa Cycling Team 58 6 Helen Wyman (GBr) Global Racing Team 56 7 Loes Sels (Bel) Vlaanderen - Capri Sonne - T Interim 49 8 Laurence Leboucher (Fra) Sarthe-Gasseau 33 9 Sanne van Paessen (Ned) 31 10 Stephanie Pohl (Ger) Team Getränke-Hoffmann 26 11 Linda Van Rijen (Ned) Team DSB Bank 12 Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger) 25 pts 13 Joyce Vanderbeken (Bel) Lingier - Versluys MTB Team 14 Mika Ogishima (Jpn) UWTC de Volharding 24 pts 15 Gabriella Day (GBr) Global Racing Team 23 16 Mirjam Melchers (Ned) 22 17 Christine Vardaros (USA) Team Vanderkitten 19 18 Wendy Simms (Can) Kona-Yor Key Mortgage Team 19 Karen Verhestraeten 17 pts 20 Anja Nobus (Bel) Wielerclub Oostende Noordzee 16 21 Gertie Willems (Bel) Wielerpromotieclub Jeugdteam 13 22 Katrien Aerts (Bel) Benelux Team 11 23 Elke Riedl (Ned) Restore Cycling 10 24 Pavla Havlikova (Cze) KC Kooperativa SG Jablonec n.N 9 25 Monika Heuveling (Ned) RETO 8 26 Sue Butler (USA) River City Bicycles 7 27 Ilse Vandekinderen (Bel) Goeman Scott Cycling 28 Suzanne Juranek (Ger) 29 Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) 30 Dorien Raeymaekers (Bel) 6 pts 31 Aline Parsy (Fra) Pédale Madeleinoise 32 Katrien Van Looy (Bel) Vlaanderen Capri-sonne T-Interim 33 Katrien Thijs (Bel) Edegem Bicycle Club V.Z.W. 5 pts 34 Wendy Williams (USA) River City Bicycles 35 Jo Blanchaert (Bel) A.T.B. De Mountain-Freaks Oudenaarde 4 pts 36 Katrien Vermeiren (Bel) Emversport International Cycling Team 37 Mélanie Blot (Fra) 3 pts 38 Daisy van der Aa (Ned) RTV Oldenzaalse WCL 39 Ayako Toyooka (Jpn) 40 Limke Peeters (Bel) Wielerclub Oostende Noordzee 2 pts 41 Nadia Triquet-Claude (Fra) UC Bassin Houiller 42 Veronique Staes (Bel) 1 pt Juniors 1 Stef Boden (Bel) 34.05 2 Wietse Bosmans (Bel) 0.20 3 Geert van der Horst (Ned) 4 Daan Meijers (Ned) 5 Arnaud Grand (Swi) 6 Kaj Slenter (Ned) 7 Zeb Willems (Bel) 8 Sven Beelen (Bel) 9 Simon Geets (Bel) 10 Jonathan Bervoets (Bel) 11 Ritchie Denolf (Bel) 12 Thomas Gysbrechts (Bel) 13 Kenny Maes (Bel) 14 Ruben Veestraeten (Bel) 15 Zeb Veestraeten (Bel) 16 Valentin Scherz (Swi) 17 Raf Risbourg (Bel) 18 Niels Koyen (Bel) 19 Bart Barkhuis (Ned) 20 Thomas Verbeek (Bel) 21 Mike Vreys (Bel) 22 Sieën Veestraeten (Bel) 23 Stijn Van Driessche (Bel) 24 Jonas De Boey (Bel) 25 Lennerd Van den Bleeken (Bel) 26 Sonny Volders (Bel) 27 Jens Joosen (Bel) 28 Jelle Storms (Bel) 29 Dimi Diels (Bel) 30 Jens Van den Bosch (Bel) 31 Ingmar Uytdewilligen (Bel) 32 Rutger La Haye (Bel) 33 Joachim Janssens (Bel) 34 Berten De Meyer (Bel) Novices 1 Laurens Sweeck (Bel) 31.56 2 Bart De Vocht (Bel) 3 Hendrik Sweec (Bel)k 4 Mike Teunissen (Ned) 5 Diether Sweeck (Bel) 6 Joeri Adams (Bel) Rabobank 7 Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) 8 Xandro Meurisse (Bel) 9 Tim Merlier (Bel) 10 David van der Poel (Ned) 11 Jesper Baelen (Bel) 12 Joeri Hofman (Bel) 13 Jelle Cant (Bel) 14 Jeroen Meijers (Bel) 15 Simon Lapeire (Bel) 16 Ben Kerrebrouck (Bel) 17 Jeroen Eyskens (Bel) 18 Daniel Peeters (Bel) 19 Maxim Panis (Bel) 20 Dries Heylen (Bel) 21 Frederik Geerts (Bel) 22 Jasper Stuyven (Bel) 23 Ief Faes (Bel) 24 Tijs Van Aert (Bel) 25 Niels Van den Driessche (Bel) 26 Leander Bertels (Bel) 27 Nick van Dijke (Ned) 28 Douw Verberne (Ned) 29 Daan Myngheer (Bel) 30 Fabrice Mels (Bel) 31 Maarten van Trijp (Ned) 32 Kenny Bultynck (Bel) 33 Jeffrey Mellemans (Bel) 34 Wannes Cauwenbergh (Bel) 35 Joshua Omez (Bel) 36 Toni Geeraerts (Bel) 37 Matthias Ballet (Bel) 38 Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) 39 Jens Saey (Bel) 40 Jellen Schiettecatte (Bel) 41 Stijn Heyse (Bel) 42 Joeri Vermeiren (Bel) 43 Michael Dhondt (Bel) 44 Lana Verberne (Ned) 45 Jelle Dejonghe (Bel) 46 Stef Beyers (Bel) 47 Eelke van der Horst (Ned) 48 Kenny Van Malderen (Bel) 49 Mike Mutsaerts (Bel) 50 Robin Van den Bruel (Bel) 51 Maaike Lanssens (Bel) 52 Caitlyn La Haye (Bel) 53 Kimberly Lambrechts (Bel) 54 Klaas Vermetten (Bel) 55 Jasper Struelens (Bel) Masters A 1 Edwin Raats (Ned) 39.15 2 Bert Vervecken (Bel) 3 Wim Jansen (Bel) 4 Nico Schroyen (Bel) 5 Tom Wilmsen (Bel) 6 Sven Raeymakers (Bel) Cycling Team Vorselaar 7 Jan Goris (Bel) NHT Cycling Team Tielen 8 Luc Van Looveren (Bel) 9 Benny Van Staeyen (Bel) 10 Wim De Witte (Bel) 11 Harry Ruiterkamp (Ned) 12 Lino Colombo (Bel) 13 Jelle Vets (Bel) 14 Tim Borgers (Bel) 15 Kristof Vanderheyden (Bel) 16 Tim Goris (Bel) 17 Bart Van Asten (Bel) 18 Jurgen Deryckers (Bel) 19 Van den Muysenbergh (Bel) 20 Kenny Van Campenhout (Bel) 21 Benny De Busser (Bel) 22 Gijs Jongeling (Ned) 23 Kenneth Speltincx (Bel) 24 Jos Van Looy (Bel) 25 Filip Meulders (Bel) 26 Bert Mellaerts (Bel) 27 Gert Bevers (Bel) 28 Davy Paeshuyse (Bel) 29 Ivo Van Geloven (Bel) 30 Arnold Schoon (Ned) 31 Fredericq Dobbels (Bel) 32 Dirk Veldeman (Bel) 33 Peter Vervoort (Bel) 34 Serge Van Gelder (Bel) 35 Steven Wuyts (Bel) 36 Wim Vermeiren (Bel) 37 Tom Van Oers (Bel) 38 Benjamin Nelen (Bel) 39 Willem Van Geloven (Bel) Masters B 1 Jan Van Donink (Bel) 39.25 2 Mark Verloo (Bel) 3 Marc Druyts (Bel) 4 Wim Krieckemans (Bel) 5 Danny Verhestraeten (Bel) 6 Erik Teck (Bel) 7 Dirk Mertens (Bel) 8 Peter Hoffmans (Bel) 9 Jeff Verbraeken (Bel) 10 Frank Groenendaal (Ned) ZZPR.nl-Destil-Merida 11 Marc Coolen (Bel) 12 Wim Van den Bergh (Bel) 13 Patrick Goor (Bel) 14 Mark Meys (Bel) 15 Peter Damen (Ned) 16 Jos Verdeyen (Bel) 17 Johan Meeus (Bel) 18 Eric De Graef (Bel) 19 Pascal Dysserinck (Bel) 20 Frank Van Oirschot (Ned) 21 Luc Van Beylen (Bel) 22 Erik Van der Sande (Bel) Masters C 1 François Mertens (Bel) 38.10 2 Ronald De Scheemaeker (Bel) 3 Rudy Sels (Bel) 4 Rudy Bloemmen (Bel) 5 Jozef Staes (Bel) 6 Ludo Van Tichelt (Bel) 7 Eric Van Steerteghem (Bel) 8 Daniël Van Oosterwijck (Bel) 9 José De Clercq (Bel) 10 Jan Guido Geudens (Bel) 11 Jozef Sas (Bel) 12 Chris Geerts (Bel) 13 Roger Van Tichelt (Bel) 14 Luc Vanwesenbeeck (Bel) 15 Edward Lievens (Bel) 16 Ivan Coopman (Bel) 17 Alex Spruyt (Bel) 18 Willy Minnen (Bel) 19 François Vloemans (Bel) 20 Guy Ceuppens (Bel) 21 Florent Van Eyken (Bel) 22 Jackie De Meester (Bel) 23 Remi Beirinckx (Bel) 24 Johan Govaerts (Bel) 25 Robert Emodns (Bel) 26 Albert Bertels (Bel) 27 Wilfried Buysse (Bel) 28 Frans de Wit (Ned) 29 Frank Vermetten (Bel) 30 Albert van der Leeuw (Ned)
2007 Niels Albert (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop 2006 Gerben De Knegt (Ned) Rabobank 2005 Sven Nys (Bel) Rabobank 2004 Richard Groenendaal (Ned) Rabobank 2003 Ben Berden (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim 2002 Arne Daelmans (Bel) Vlaanderen-T-Interim 2001 Bart Wellens (Bel) Spaar Select 2000 Arne Daelmans (Bel) 1999 Sven Nys (Bel) 1998 Arne Daelmans (Bel) 1997 Paul Herijgers (Bel) 1996 Paul Herijgers (Bel)