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35th Hel van het Mergelland - 1.1

Netherlands, April 5, 2008

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Martin takes first pro win in High Road dominated race

Martin may have crossed the line
Photo ©: Dion Kerckhoffs
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Team High Road dominated the Hel van het Mergelland, with neo-pro Tony Martin taking his first pro win ahead of team-mate Adam Hansen. The two escaped from the peloton 20 kilometers into the race and stayed away until the end, finishing nearly seven minutes ahead of their closest followers. Pieter Jacobs of Silence-Lotto finished third.

The two riders had such a large lead that Martin could afford to stop and wait when Hansen punctured with 10 km to go. That was when the two decided that the 22 year-old German should take the victory. "Adam said I should win after he punctured and I waited for him," Martin said. "I am very happy. This is my first win as a member of a ProTour team. Incredible."

Martin and Hansen crossed the finish line hand-in-hand, with Martin slightly ahead. Only 37 riders finished the race. It was supposed to end with two laps of a closing round course, but that was reduced to one lap so that the two leaders would not overtake the following group.


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1 Tony Martin (Ger) Team High Road                        4.50.17
2 Adam Hansen (Aus) Team High Road                               
3 Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Silence - Lotto                        6.52
4 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Van Vliet - EBH Elshof                 
5 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Krolstone Continental Team             6.54
6 Bobbie Traksel (Ned) P3Transfer - Batavus                  7.39
7 Björn Glasner (Ger) Team Kuota - Senges                   10.39
8 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Team High Road                      10.41
9 Nico Sijmens (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner         10.59
10 Bram Schmitz (Ned) Van Vliet - EBH Elshof                     
11 Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank                                     
12 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank                             11.01
13 Wouter Mol (Ned) P3Transfer - Batavus                         
14 Hans Bloks (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels                    11.03
15 Reinier Honig (Ned) P3Transfer - Batavus                      
16 Dirk Bellemakers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner         
17 Michael Tronborg Kristensen (Den) Designa Køkken              
18 Egon Van Kessel (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels                    
19 Geert Steurs (Bel) Silence - Lotto                            
20 Maarten Neyens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                      
21 Petr Bencik (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author                      
22 Jacob Nielsen (Den) Glud & Marstrand Horsens                  
23 Lars Vierbergen (Ned) Van Vliet - EBH Elshof                  
24 Niels Scheuneman (Ned) KrolStonE Continental Team             
25 Christian Leben (Ger) Team 3C - Gruppe Lamonta                
26 Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Silence - Lotto                          
27 Dmitriy Kozontchuk (Rus) Rabobank                             
28 Maurice Vrijmoed (Ned) Van Vliet - EBH Elshof                 
29 Frank Dressler (Ger) Mitsubishi-Jartazi                       
30 Francis De Greef (Bel) Silence - Lotto                        
31 Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen             11.09
32 Wout Poels (Ned) P3Transfer - Batavus                         
33 Malaya Van Ruitenbeek (Ned) Team Kuota - Senges               
34 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Silence - Lotto                     11.56
35 Rikke Dijkxhoorn (Ned) Van Vliet - EBH Elshof            12.35
36 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank                             12.37
37 Thom Van Dulmen (Ned) Team Kuota - Senges                15.24
DNF Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner      
DNF Benjamin Gourgue (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Tönissteiner          
DNF Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner       
DNF Luca Barla (Ita) Team Milram                                 
DNF Artur Gajek (Ger) Team Milram                                
DNF Brett Lancaster (Aus) Team Milram                            
DNF Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Team Milram                           
DNF Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Team Milram                        
DNF Elia Rigotto (Ita) Team Milram                               
DNF Marco Velo (Ita) Team Milram                                 
DNF Edvald Boasson - Hagen (Nor) Team High Road                  
DNF Gregory Henderson (NZl) Team High Road                       
DNF Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team High Road                         
DNF Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank                                  
DNF Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank                                 
DNF Michiel Elijzen (Ned) Rabobank                               
DNF Wim Vanhuffel (Bel) Silence - Lotto                          
DNF Nick Gates (Aus) Silence - Lotto                             
DNF Michael Blaudzun (Den) Team CSC                              
DNF Matthew Goss (Aus) Team CSC                                  
DNF Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Team CSC                              
DNF Kasper Klostergaard Larsen (Den) Team CSC                    
DNF Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe) Team CSC                           
DNF Anders Lund (Den) Team CSC                                   
DNF Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Team CSC                             
DNF Ji Cheng (Chn) Skil-Shimano                                  
DNF David Deroo (Fra) Skil-Shimano                               
DNF Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Skil-Shimano                              
DNF Yusuke Hatanaka (Jpn) Skil-Shimano                           
DNF Yoshimasa Hirose (Jpn) Skil-Shimano                          
DNF Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil-Shimano                            
DNF Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano                             
DNF Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                  
DNF Frederick Nolf (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                     
DNF Serge Pauwels (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                      
DNF Steve Schets (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                       
DNF Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen               
DNF Evert Verbist (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                      
DNF Jarno Van Mingeroet (Bel) Mitsubishi-Jartazi                 
DNF Geoffrey Coupe (Bel) Mitsubishi - Jartazi                    
DNF Gregory Habeaux (Bel) Mitsubishi-Jartazi                     
DNF Mindaugas Striska (Ltu) Mitsubishi-Jartazi                   
DNF Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Mitsubishi-Jartazi                     
DNF René Andrle (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author                     
DNF Tomas Buchacek (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author                  
DNF Patrick Keller (Ger) PSK Whirlpool - Author                  
DNF Jakub Danacik (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author                   
DNF Leopold Konig (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author                   
DNF Stanislav Kozubek (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author               
DNF Martin Mares (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author                    
DNF Eddy Forner (Ita) Differdange - Apiflo Vacances              
DNF Christophe Masson (Fra) Differdange - Apiflo Vacances        
DNF Fredrik Johansson (Swe) Differdange - Apiflo Vacances        
DNF Morten Knudsen (Den) Differdange - Apiflo Vacances           
DNF Hakan Nilsson (Swe) Differdange - Apiflo Vacances            
DNF Christian Poos (Lux) Differdange - Apiflo Vacances           
DNF Maint Berkenbosch (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels                 
DNF Jos Harms (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels                         
DNF Arne Hassink (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels                      
DNF Adriaan Helmantel (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels                 
DNF Yvo Kusters (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels                       
DNF Klaas Van Hage (Ned) P3Transfer - Batavus                    
DNF Jonas Ljungblad (Swe) P3Transfer - Batavus                   
DNF Bart Oegema (Ned) P3Transfer - Batavus                       
DNF Aart Vierhouten (Ned) P3Transfer - Batavus                   
DNF Jakob Bering (Den) Team Designa Køkken                       
DNF Andreas Frisch (Den) Team Designa Køkken                     
DNF Rasmus Guldhammer (Den) Team Designa Køkken                  
DNF Kasper Jebjerg (Den) Team Designa Køkken                     
DNF René Joergensen (Den) Team Designa Køkken                    
DNF Thomas Oredsson (Den) Team Designa Køkken                    
DNF Lasse Bøchman (Den) Glud & Marstrand Horsens                 
DNF Christian Knørr (Den) Glud & Marstrand Horsens               
DNF Jacob Kodrup (Den) Glud & Marstrand Horsens                  
DNF Kaspar Larsen Schjonnemann (Den) Glud & Marstrand Horsens    
DNF Michael Berling (Den) Glud & Marstrand Horsens               
DNF Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Glud & Marstrand Horsens       
DNF André Steensen (Den) Glud & Marstrand Horsens                
DNF Matthias Friedemann (Ger) Team 3C - Gruppe Lamonta           
DNF Sergej Fuchs (Ger) Team 3C - Gruppe Lamonta                  
DNF Domenik Klemme (Ger) Team 3C - Gruppe Lamonta                
DNF Tobias Erler (Ger) Team 3C - Gruppe Lamonta                  
DNF Björn Papstein (Ger) Team 3C - Gruppe Lamonta                
DNF Sébastien Pristl (Ger) Team 3C - Gruppe Lamonta              
DNF Felix Schäfermeier (Ger) Team 3C - Gruppe Lamonta            
DNF Laurent Didier (Lux) Team Kuota - Senges                     
DNF Stefan Ganser (Ger) Team Kuota - Senges                      
DNF Yannick Maus (Ger) Team Kuota - Senges                       
DNF Peter Möhlmann (Ned) Team Kuota - Senges                     
DNF Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Kuota - Senges                       
DNF Ivor Bruin (Ned) Van Vliet - EBH Elshof                      
DNF Sjoerd Botter (Ned) Krolstone Continental Team               
DNF Rik Kavsek (Ned) Krolstone Continental Team                  
DNF Jos Pronk (Ned) Krolstone Continental Team                   
DNF Eric Van De Meent (Ned) Krolstone Continental Team           
DNF Eelke Van Der Wal (Ned) Krolstone Continental Team           
DNF Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Krolstone Continental Team           

Past winners

2007 Nico Sijmens (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner
2006 Mihaylo Khalilov (Ukr) Team LPR
2005 Nico Sijmens (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago
2004 Allan Johansen (Den) Bankgiroloterij Cycling Team
2003 Wim Van Huffel (Bel) Vlaanderen T-Interim
2002 Corey Sweet (Aus) Bankgiroloterij-Batavus
2001 Not held
2000 Bert Grabsch (Ger) Cologne
1999 (4) Raymond Meijs (Ned) Team Cologne
1998 (3) Raymond Meijs (Ned) Team Gerolsteiner
1997 (2) Raymond Meijs (Ned) Foreldorado Golff
1996 Lucien De Louw (Ned) Foreldorado Golff
1995 Max Van Heeswijk (Ned) Motorola
1994 John Van den Akker (Ned) Collstrop
1993 Erwin Thijs (BEL) Collstrop
1992 Martin Van Steen (Ned) Amateur
1991 Rob Compas (Ned) Amateur
1990 Raymond Meijs (Ned) Amateur
Past winners by Mario Stiehl,