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44th Delta Ronde van Midden-Zeeland - 1.2

Netherlands, September 4, 2004

2003 Results    Results    Past winners

Eeckhout leads Lotto trifecta

By Reinier Meijer

Niko Eeckhout
Photo ©: Frans Meijer

Niko Eeckhout (Lotto-Domo) won the 44th DELTA Profronde after jumping away from a leading group which formed 11 km before the finish. Included in the leading group were also Ludo Dierckxsens (Landbouwkrediet), Marc Wauters (Rabobank) and Piet Rooijakkers (Lowik-Tegeltoko), but just before the bunch took the leading group back, Niko Eeckhout attacked with one kilometre to go.

Eeckhout managed the sprint, while some metres behind him Robbie McEwen (Lotto-Domo) won the peloton sprint just ahead of teammate Stefan Van Dijk (Lotto-Domo). So Lotto-Domo took away the first three places after being the strongest team in the race. When Ruud Aerts (Van Hemert Groep) and Mikhail Timochine (Landbouwkrediet) got away and took 6'50 lead, Lotto-Domo in particular managed to close the gap.

Olympic champion Paolo Bettini (Quick.Step-Davitamon) finished in 8th place in the bunch sprint.


Images by Frans Meijer/

Results - 199 km

1 Niko Eeckhout (Bel) Lotto-Domo                         4.21.55
2 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Lotto-Domo                            0.01
3 Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Lotto-Domo                              
4 Jans Koerts (Ned) Chocolade Jacques Wincor-Nixdorf            
5 Wouter Van Mechelen (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim                
6 Jo Planckaert (Bel)                   
7 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Credit Agricole                            
8 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick.Step-Davitamon                      
9 Christophe Roodhooft (Bel)            
10 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Rabobank                               
11 Michel Van Haecke (Bel)              
12 Peter Mohlmann (Ned) AXA Cycling Team                        
13 Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Lotto-Domo                               
14 Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago                  
15 Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank                                 
16 Rik Reinerink (Ned) Chocolade Jacques Wincor-Nixdorf         
17 Gert Vanderaerden (Bel)              
18 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank                                 
19 Pascal Hermes (Ned) AXA Cycling Team                         
20 Thierry Masschelein (Bel) Flanders-Afincom                   
21 Kenny Van Hummel (Ned) Van Hemert-Eurogifts                  
22 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Van Hemert-Eurogifts                 
23 Fulco Van Gulik (Ned) Cycling Team Bert Story-Piels          
24 Julien Smink (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                           
25 Wesley Van Speybroeck (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim             
26 Roy Sentjens (Ned) Rabobank                                  
27 Christophe Stevens (Bel) Chocolade Jacques Wincor-Nixdorf    
28 Hilton Clarke (Aus)                          
29 Johan Verstrepen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago               
30 Matthe Pronk (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                           
31 Rudi Kemna (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                             
32 Aurelien Clerc (Swi) Quick.Step-Davitamon                    
33 Reinier Honig (Ned) Cycling Team Bert Story-Piels            
34 Ludovic Capelle (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago                
35 Allan Johansen (Den) Bankgiroloterij                         
36 David Harrigan (Aus)                         
37 Dennis Smit (Ned) Van Vliet-EBH-Advocaten                    
38 Petr Pucelik (Cze) AC Sparta Praha                           
39 Roy Curvers (Ned) Van Hemert-Eurogifts                       
40 Kevin Van Der Slagmolen (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim           
41 Chris Peers (Bel) Chocolade Jacques Wincor-Nixdorf           
42 Wilco Zuijderwijk (Ned) Van Vliet-EBH-Advocaten              
43 Martijn Stougje (Ned) Team L÷wik Meubelen-Tegeltoko          
44 Pieter Duyck (Bel)                   
45 Marco Bos (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                              
46 Aart Vierhouten (Ned) Lotto-Domo                             
47 Jehudi Schoonacker (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim                
48 Jan Kuyckx (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim                        
49 Matthew Rice (Aus)                           
50 Stephane Auge (Fra) Credit Agricole                          
51 Germ Van Der Burg (Ned) Cycling Team Bert Story-Piels        
52 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Lotto-Domo                           
53 Hans De Clercq (Bel) Lotto-Domo                              
54 Yuri Metlushenko (Ukr) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago               
55 Niek Voskamp (Ned) AXA Cycling Team                          
56 Marc Lotz (Ned) Rabobank                                     
57 Peter Van Den Berg (Ned) Team L÷wik Meubelen-Tegeltoko       
58 Marvin Van Der Pluijm (Ned) Van Hemert-Eurogifts             
59 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Credit Agricole                    
60 Andy De Smet (Bel)               0.11
61 Jerome Lepron (Fra) Flanders-Afincom                     0.17
62 Gerben Lowik (Ned) Chocolade Jacques Wincor-Nixdorf          
63 Sierk Jan De Haan (Ned) Cycling Team Bert Story-Piels        
64 Mads Kaggestad (Nor) Credit Agricole                         
65 Sipke Zijlstra (Ned) Team L÷wik Meubelen-Tegeltoko           
66 Steven Kleynen (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim                    
67 Addy Engels (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                            
68 Peter Wuyts (Bel)                    
69 Jurgen Van Loocke (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago              
70 Ludo Dierckxsens (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago               
71 Peter Van Agtmaal (Ned) AXA Cycling Team                     
72 Kor Steenbergen (Ned)                
73 Piet Rooyakkers (Ned) Team L÷wik Meubelen-Tegeltoko          
74 Marc Wauters (Bel) Rabobank                                  
75 Angelo Van Melis (Ned) Van Vliet-EBH-Advocaten               
76 Jurgen Landrie (Bel) Flanders-Afincom                        
77 Arthur Farenhout (Ned) AXA Cycling Team                      
78 Servais Knaven (Ned) Quick.Step-Davitamon                    
79 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick.Step-Davitamon                   
80 Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Van Vliet-EBH-Advocaten               
81 Koen Barbe (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim                        
82 Greg Germen (USA) Flanders-Afincom                           
83 Rick Flens (Ned) Van Vliet-EBH-Advocaten                     
84 Peter Olde Dubbelink (Ned) Team L÷wik Meubelen-Tegeltoko     
85 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Cycling Team Bert Story-Piels            
86 Mikhail Timochine (Rus) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago              
Starters: 129
Classified: 86
Sprint 1: Mikhail Timochine (Rus) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago
Sprint 2: Mikhail Timochine (Rus) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago
Sprint 3: Piet Rooyakkers (Ned) Lamonta
Most aggressive rider
Mikhail Timochine (Rus) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago
Bad luck prize
1 Zdenek Dufek (Cze) 

Past winners

2003 Stefan Van Dijck (Ned) Lotto-Domo      199 kms in 4.14.29 (46.91 km/h)
2002 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Lotto-Adecco       199 kms in 4.26.35 (44.8 km/h)
2001 Nico Eeckhout (Bel) Lotto-Adecco       194 kms in 4.28.56 (43.27 km/h)
2000 Leon van Bon (Ned) Rabobank            204 kms in 4.28.15
1999 Servais Knaven (Ned) TVM-Farm Frites   194 kms in 4.24.05
1998 Erik Zabel (Ger) Telekom               194 kms in 4.24.52
1997 Cancelled
1996 Jelle Nijdam (Ned)
1995 Jeroen Blijlevens (Ned)
1994 Maarten Den Bakker (Ned)
1993 Jo Planckaert (Bel)
1992 Johan Capiot (Bel)
1991 Wiebren Veenstra (Ned)
1990 Gerrit Solleveld (Ned)
1989 Jelle Nijdam (Ned)
1988 Peter Pieters (Ned)
1987 Jean-Paul Van Poppel (Ned)
1986 Gerrit Solleveld (Ned)
1985 Ferdinand Van den Haute (Bel)
1984 Luc Colijn (Bel)
1983 Jan Raas (Ned)
1982 Henk Lubberding (Ned)
1981 Eddy Planckaert (Bel)
1980 Gerrie Knetemann (Ned)
1979 Bert Oosterbosch (Ned)
1978 Gerrie Knetemann (Ned)
1977 Freddy Maertens (Bel)
1976 Fedor den Hartog
1975 Gerard Vianen
1974 Tino Tabak (Ned)

Past winners by Mario Stiehl,