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KBC Driedaagse van De Panne-Koksijde - 2.HC

Belgium, April 3-5, 2007

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The program

  • Stage 1 - April 3: Middelkerke - Zottegem, 192 km
  • Stage 2 - April 4: Zottegem - Koksijde/Sint-Idesbald, 227 km
  • Stage 3 - April 5: De Panne - De Panne, 119 km
  • Stage 4 - April 5: De Panne - Koksijde - De Panne, 11 km

Final Ronde tester

By Gregor Brown in Gent, Belgium

Leif Hoste after 2006 win
Photo ©: Luc Claessen
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The Ronde van Vlaanderen final pre-race, KBC-Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde (Three Days of De Panne), kicks off in West Flanders. The three-day, four stage race is typically the final tune-up for riders looking to win Sunday's Ronde.

On tap are four stages that will give the riders plenty of opportunity to test their legs over the Hellingen (Belgian's cobbled climbs). Tuesday, stage one, the riders will face 192 kilometres of racing from Middelkerke to Zottegem.

Wednesday, from Zottegem to Koksijde, could be the most taxing day; the riders will face 227 kilometres of racing towards the Belgian coast, where they will likely encounter plenty of winds. Thursday, the race will conclude with two stages; stage three, 119 kilometres around De Panne, and stage four, an 11 kilometre time trial.

Tom Boonen (Quickstep-Innergetic) is a clear favourite even though he has never taken the overall win. The Belgian will encounter a tough fight from 2006 winner Leif Hoste of Predictor-Lotto. Other favourites include Filippo Pozzato and Luca Paolini (Liquigas), Tomas Vaitkus and Stijn Devolder (Discovery Channel), Alessandro Ballan (Lampre-Fondital), Leon Van Bon (Rabobank) and 2001 winner Nico Mattan (DFL-Cyclingnews-Litespeed).

Cyclingnews' Brecht Decaluwé will be in De Panne for daily coverage of this Flemish classic.

Start list

Predictor-Lotto                           Quickstep-Innergetic
 
1 Leif Hoste (Bel)                        11 Tom Boonen (Bel)
2 Wim De Vocht (Bel)                      12 Wilfried Cretskens (Bel)
3 Bart Dockx (Bel)                        13 Steven De Jongh (Ned)
4 Nick Ingels (Bel)                       14 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel)
5 Bert Roesems (Bel)                      15 Sébastien Rosseler (Bel)
6 Fred Rodriguez (USA)                    16 Gert Steegmans (Bel)
7 Roy Sentjens (Bel)                      17 Peter Van Petegem (Bel)
8 Tom Steels (Bel)                        18 Wouter Weylandt (Bel)
 
Bouygues Telecom                          Saunier Duval-Prodir
 
21 Mathieu Claude (Fra)                   31 Raivis Belohvosciks (Lat)
22 Xavier Florencio (Spa)                 32 David Millar (GBr)
23 Yohann Gčne (Fra)                      33 Manuele Mori (Ita)
24 Saďd Haddou (Fra)                      34 Raúl Alarcón (Spa)
25 Vincent Jérôme (Fra)                   35 Ángel Gómez Gómez (Spa)
26 Arnaud Labbe (Fra)                     36 Jesús Del Nero (Spa)
27 Rony Martias (Fra)                     37 Luciano Pagliarini (Bra)
28 Erki Pütsep (Est)                      
 
Discovery Channel                         Milram
 
41 Stijn Devolder (Bel)                   51 Volodymyr Dyudya (Ukr)
42 Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr)                 52 Ralf Grabsch (Ger)
43 Antonio Cruz (USA)                     53 Brett Lancaster (Aus)
44 Steve Cummings (GBr)                   54 Martin Müller (Swi)
45 Allan Davis (Aus)                      55 Fabio Sabatini (Ita)
46 Vladimir Gusev (Rus)                   56 Marcel Sieberg (Ger)
47 Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu)                    57 Sebastian Siedler (Ger)
48 Matthew White (Aus)                    58 Alberto Ongarato (Ita)
 
Liquigas                                  Française Des Jeux
 
61 Filippo Pozzato (Ita)                  71 Ludovic Auger (Fra)
62 Murilo Fischer (Bra)                   72 Christophe Detilloux (Bel)
63 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr)             73 Arnaud Gerard (Fra)
64 Luca Paolini (Ita)                     74 Frédéric Guesdon (Fra)
65 Mauro Da Dalto (Ita)                   75 Thierry Marichal (Bel)
66 Manuel Quinziato (Ita)                 76 Christophe Mengin (Fra)
67 Frederik Willems (Bel)                 77 Fabien Patanchon (Fra)
 
Rabobank                                  Lampre-Fondital
 
81 Joost Posthuma (Ned)                   91 Fabio Baldato (Ita)
82 Jan Boven (Ned)                        92 Alessandro Ballan (Ita)
83 Graeme Brown (Aus)                     93 Daniele Bennati (Ita)
84 Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa)              94 Claudio Corioni (Ita)
85 Rick Flens (Ned)                       95 Paolo Fornaciari (Ita)
86 Mathew Hayman (Aus)                    96 Enrico Franzoi (Ita)
87 Gerben Löwik (Ned)                     97 Massimiliano Mori (Ita)
88 Leon Van Bon (Ned)                     98 Daniele Righi (Ita)
 
Astana                                    T-Mobile
 
101 Serguei Ivanov (Rus)                  111 Andreas Klier (Ger)
102 Igor Abakoumov (Bel)                  112 Mark Cavendish (GBr)
103 Koen De Kort (Ned)                    113 Gerald Ciolek (Ger)
104 Benoît Joachim (Lux)                  114 Bernhard Eisel (Aut)
105 Guennadi Mikhailov (Rus)              115 André Greipel (Ger)
106 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz)                116 Roger Hammond (GBr)
107 Gregory Rast (Swi)                    117 Eric Baumann (Ger)
108 Michael Schär (Swi)                   118 Servais Knaven (Ned)
 
Unibet.com                                Landbouwkrediet-Tönissteiner
 
121 Jimmy Casper (Fra)                    131 Frédéric Amorison (Bel)
122 Baden Cooke (Aus)                     132 David Boucher (Fra)
123 Arnaud Coyot (Fra)                    133 Andy Cappelle (Bel)
124 Markus Eichler (Ger)                  134 Sjef De Wilde (Bel)
125 Jonas Ljungblad (Swe)                 135 Frédéric Gabriel (Fra)
126 Erwin Thijs (Bel)                     136 Jan Kuyckx (Bel)
127 Troels Ronning Vinther (Den)          137 Filip Meirhaeghe (Bel)
128 Matthew Wilson (Aus)                  138 James Vanlandschoot (Bel)
 
Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen     Wiesenhof-Felt
 
141 Koen Barbé (Bel)                      151 Bas Giling (Ned)
142 Steven Caethoven (Bel)                152 Jörg Ludewig (Ger)
143 Johan Coenen (Bel)                    153 Daniel Musiol (Ger)
144 Glenn D'Hollander (Bel)               154 Olaf Pollack (Ger)
145 Niko Eeckhout (Bel)                   155 Steffen Radochla (Ger)
146 Kurt Hovelynck (Bel)                  156 Stefan Van Dijck (Ned)
147 Evert Verbist (Bel)                   157 Martin Velits (Svk)
148 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel)              158 Peter Velits (Svk)
 
DFL-Cyclingnews-Litespeed                 Tenax-Menikini
 
161 Nico Mattan (Bel)                     171 Alessandro Bertuola (Ita)
162 Dan Fleeman (GBr)                     172 Claudio Cucinotta (Ita)
163 Daniel Lloyd (GBr)                    173 Roberto Ferrari (Ita)
164 Robby Meul (Bel)                      174 Sergio Lagana (Ita)
165 Jens Mouris (Ned)                     175 Christian Murro (Ita)
166 Rhys Pollock (Aus)                    176 Fabrice Piemontesi (Ita)
167 Bernard Sulzberger (Aus)              177 Luca Sabatino (Ita)
168 Jeremy Vennel (NZl)                   
 
Acqua & Sapone-Caffč Mokambo              Navigators Insurance
 
181 Gabriele Balducci (Ita)               191 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb)
182 Alessandro Donati (Ita)               192 Ben Brooks (Aus)
183 Andrei Kunitski (Blr)                 193 Hilton Clarke (Aus)
184 Aurélien Passeron (Fra)               194 Oleg Grishkine (Rus)
185 Andrea Rossi (Ita)                    195 Kristian House (GBr)
186 Branislau Samoilau (Blr)              196 Ciaran Power (Irl)
                                          197 Bernard Van Ulden (USA)
                                          198 Kyle Wamsley (USA)
 
Intel-Action                              Tinkoff Credit Systems
 
201 Jaroslaw Zarebski (Pol)               211 Elio Aggiano (Ita)
202 Marek Rutkiewicz (Pol)                212 Ilya Chernetsky (Rus)
203 Robert Radosz (Pol)                   213 Salvatore Commesso (Ita)
204 Bogdan Bondariew (Ukr)                214 Anton Mindlin (Rus)
205 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol)                215 Ivan Rovny (Rus)
206 Blazej Janiaczyk (Pol)                216 Alexander Serov (Rus)
207 Marcin Osinski (Pol)                  217 Nikolai Trussov (Rus)
                                          218 Steffen Weigold (Ger)
 
Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                 Jartazi Promo Fashion
 
221 Antonio Bucciero (Ita)                231 Mathieu Criquielion (Bel)
222 Tiziano Dall'Antonia (Ita)            232 Jurgen François (Bel)
223 Sergiy Matveyev (Ukr)                 233 Mario Ickx (Bel)
224 Matteo Priamo (Ita)                   234 Vytautas Kaupas (Ltu)
225 Maximiliano Richeze (Arg)             235 Sven Nevens (Bel)
226 Filippo Savini (Ita)                  236 Geert Omloop (Bel)
                                          237 Janek Tombak (Est)
                                          238 Jarno Van Mingeroet (Bel)

Past winners

2006 Leif Hoste (Bel) Discovery Channel
2005 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Discovery Channel  
2004 George Hincapie (USA) US Postal Service presented by Berry Floor
2003 Raivis Belohvosciks (Lat) Marlux-Wincor Nixdorf
2002 Peter Van Petegem (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
2001 Nico Mattan (Bel)
2000 Vjatcheslav Ekimov (Rus)
1999 Peter Van Petegem (Bel)
1998 Michele Bartoli (Ita)
1997 Johan Museeuw (Bel)
1996 Vjatcheslav Ekimov (Rus)
1995 Michele Bartoli (Ita)
1994 Fabio Roscioli (Ita)
1993 Eric Vanderaerden (Bel)
1992 Frans Maassen (Ned)
1991 Jelle Nijdam (Ned)
1990 Erwin Nijboer (Ned)
1989 Eric Vanderaerden (Bel)
1988 Eric Vanderaerden (Bel)
1987 Eric Vanderaerden (Bel)
1986 Eric Vanderaerden (Bel)
1985 Jean-Luc Vandenbroucke (Bel)
1984 Bert Oosterbosch (Ned)
1983 Cees Priem (Ned)
1982 Gerrie Knetemann (Ned)
1981 Jan Bogaert (Bel)
1980 Sean Kelly (Ire)
1979 Gustave Van Roosbroeck (Bel)
1978 Guido Van Sweevelt (Bel)
1977 Roger Rosiers (Bel)
 
Past winners by Mario Stiehl, www.world-of-cycling.com