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17th Memorial Rik van Steenbergen - 1.1

Belgium, September 5, 2007

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Van Avermaet strongest in Antwerp

Van Avermaet gets his best pro win
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Greg Van Avermaet (Predictor-Lotto) pulled out a blistering sprint in order to win the Memorial Rik van Steenbergen outside of Antwerp, coming in well ahead of last year's winner Nico Eeckhout (Chocolade Jacques) and Steven De Jongh (Quickstep-Innergetic). The winner came from a group of 15 which broke free of the peloton early in the race including four riders from the team: Baden Cooke, Jeremy Hunt, Pieter Jacobs and Gorik Gardeyn.

Even with strength in numbers, the beleaguered team could not pull out a win. Hunt attacked in the finishing circuits, but could not stay clear, while Wouter Weylandt crashed out of the break in the final kilometres. In the end, Van Avermaet was able to get the better of his companions without the benefit of team-mates.

The 22 year-old got his first professional victory in the Tour of Qatar in January, but the win on his home soil meant something different. "This is without doubt my most beautiful victory of the season," Van Avermaet told "I kept calm the entire race and jumped with the decisive move. The fall of Weylandt was actually beneficial for me. I went at the right moment. I know that even after a race of 200 km I can still come out of a corner strong."


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Results - 200 km

1 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Predictor-Lotto                      4.30.08 (44.645 km/h) 
2 Nico Eeckhout (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen           
3 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Quickstep-Innergetic                          
4 Volker Ordowski (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                  
5 Baden Cooke (Aus)                                        
6 Pieter Jacobs (Bel)                                      
7 Andy Cappelle (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Tönissteiner                0.04
8 Kevin Neirynck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Tönissteiner               0.12
9 Gorik Gardeyn (Bel)                                  0.17
10 Gregory Joseph (Bel) Davitamon-Win for Life-Jong Vlaanderen        
11 Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Tönissteiner               
12 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                   
13 Joaquim Ortega Gascon (Spa) Fuerteventura-Canarias                 
14 Jeremy Hunt (GBr)                                   0.25
15 Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Team Wiesenhof Felt                      1.55
16 Matti Helminen (Fin) DFL-Cyclingnews-Litespeed                     
17 Tyler Farrar (USA) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone                 
18 René Haselbacher (Aut) Astana                                      
19 Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Skil-Shimano                                  
20 Nick Ingels (Bel) Predictor-Lotto                                  
21 Kristof Goddaert (Bel) Davitamon-Win for Life-Jong Vlaanderen      
22 Cyrille Heymans (Lux) Pictoflex-Thompson-Hyundai                   
23 Jurgen Van Loocke (Bel) Palmans Collstrop                          
24 Lars Croket (Bel) Davitamon-Win for Life-Jong Vlaanderen           
25 Davy Commeyne (Bel) Palmans Collstrop                              
26 Robert Förster (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                  
27 Michael Vanderaerden (Bel) DFL-Cyclingnews-Litespeed               
28 Detlev Moerman (Bel) Quickstep-Innergetic                          
29 Michael Van Stayen (Bel) Davo                                      
30 Robby Meul (Bel) DFL-Cyclingnews-Litespeed                         
31 Pieter Muys (Bel) Babes Only-Villapark Langemeer-Flanders          
32 Michael Blanchy (Bel) Babes Only-Villapark Langemeer-Flanders      
33 Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Quickstep-Innergetic                      
34 Jan Kuyckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Tönissteiner                      
35 Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen         
36 Sven Van Den Houte (Bel) Davitamon-Win for Life-Jong Vlaanderen    
37 Jef Michels (Bel) Pictoflex-Thompson-Hyundai                       
38 Tim Mertens (Bel) Davitamon-Win for Life-Jong Vlaanderen           
39 Fang Xu (Chn) Skil-Shimano                                         
40 Carlo Westphal (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                  
41 Kevin Van Den Eeckhout (Bel) Profel Ziegler Continental Team       
42 Kane Oakley (Aus) DFL-Cyclingnews-Litespeed                        
43 Matthias Frank (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                  
44 Robert Wagner (Ger) Team Wiesenhof Felt                            
45 Clément l'Hottelerie (Fra) Skil-Shimano                            
46 Guennadi Mikhailov (Rus) Astana                                    
47 Bastiaan Giling (Ned) Team Wiesenhof Felt                          
48 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen     
49 Benoît Joachim (Lux) Astana                                        
50 Anthony Van Den Berghe (Bel) Davo                                  
51 Ji Cheng (Chn) Skil-Shimano                                        
52 Michael Stevenson (Swe) Amore & Vita-McDonalds                     
53 Nico Sijmens (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Tönissteiner                    
54 Sergey Kolesnikov (Rus)                                 
55 Peter Wuyts (Bel) Palmans Collstrop                                
56 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel)                                 
57 Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Predictor-Lotto                               
58 Paul Martens (Ger) Skil-Shimano                                    
59 Daniel Musiol (Ger) Team Wiesenhof Felt                            
60 Matthé Pronk (Ned)                                      
61 Bart Vanheule (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen          
62 Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Tönissteiner                   
63 Steven De Neef (Bel) Davitamon-Win for Life-Jong Vlaanderen        
64 Rodrigo Garcia Rena (Spa) Fuerteventura-Canarias                   
65 Peter Ronsse (Bel) Babes Only-Villapark Langemeer-Flanders         
66 Michiel Elijzen (Ned) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone              
67 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quickstep-Innergetic                         
68 Bart Veyt (Bel) Profel Ziegler Continental Team                    
69 Maarten Den Bakker (Ned) Skil-Shimano                              
70 Cameron Jennings (Aus) DFL-Cyclingnews-Litespeed                   
71 Frank Hoj (Den) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone                    
72 Martin Velits (Svk) Team Wiesenhof Felt                            
73 Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quickstep-Innergetic                      
74 Tom Steels (Bel) Predictor-Lotto                                   
75 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone            
76 Hervé Duclos-Lassalle (Fra) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone        
77 Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Tönissteiner               
78 Sven Krauss (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                     
79 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quickstep-Innergetic                          
80 Steven Caethoven (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen       
81 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Astana                                        
82 Yann Huguet (Fra) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone                  
83 Sven Renders (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen       2.27

Past winners

2006 Nico Eeckhout (Bel) Chocolade Jacques    200 km in 4.15.30 
2005 Jean-Patrick Nazon (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance 200 km in 4.17.39
2004 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick.Step-Davitamon    201 km in 4.19.00
2003 Nico Eeckhout (Bel) Lotto-Domo           199 km in 4.42.00
2002 Steffen Radochla (Ger) Team Coast        200 km in 4.25.00
2001 Nico Eeckhout (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
2000 Lars Michaelsen (Den) Française Des Jeux 203 km in 4.24.40
1999 Giuliano Figueras (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step 200 km in 4.32.51
1998 Jan Svorada (Cze)
1997 Andrej Tchmil (Ukr)
1996 Jans Koerts (Ned)
1995 Tom Steels (Bel)
1994 Djamolidine Abdujaparov (Uzb)
1993 Mario Cipollini (Ita)
1992 Olaf Ludwig (Ger)

Past winners by Mario Stiehl,