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2nd Ronde van het Groene Hart - 1.1

Netherlands, March 23, 2008

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Easy sprint win for powerful Vaitkus

By Susan Westemeyer

Team Astana may not be invited to the big races, but it is taking advantage of the races it rides. Tomas Vaitkus easily won the sprint in the Ronde van het Groene Hart in the Netherlands. Last year's winner Wouter Weylandt (Quick Step) was second and Bobbie Traksel of Team P3 Transfer-Batavus finished third.

The race was made difficult by the weather, which featured sunshine, wind, cold, rain and even snow. A group of four riders got away after 35 kilometres, and Jens Mouris (Mitsubishi-Jartazi), Dennis Smit (Dutch National Team), Eelke Van Der Wal (Krolstone) and Maurice Vrijmoed (Van Vliet-EBH Elshof) were able to stay away for about 50 kilometres. Multiple attacks broke the peloton in several groups with about five kilometres to go. Niko Eeckhout (Topsport Vlaanderen) led the first group into the mass sprint, but Vaitkus was able to charge out of third place and power his way over the finish line, a good two bike lengths ahead of Weylandt.

Results - 204km

1 Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Astana                               4.34.44 (44,683 km/h)
2 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step
3 Bobbie Traksel (Ned) P3Transfer - Batavus
4 Niko Eeckhout (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen
5 Elia Rigotto (Ita) Team Milram
6 Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Mitsubishi-Jartazi
7 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence - Lotto
8 Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil-Shimano
9 Kristof Goddaert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen
10 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank
11 Roy Sentjens (Bel) Silence - Lotto
12 Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil-Shimano
13 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Team High Road
14 Michael Blaudzun (Den) Team CSC
15 Max Van Heeswijk (Ned) Willems Veranda's Continental Team
16 Kenny De Haes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen
17 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Van Vliet - EBH Elshof
18 Anders Lund (Nor) Team Sparebanken Vest                    0.07
19 Nick Gates (Aus) Silence - Lotto                           0.08
20 Marco Bos (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels
21 Sergey Kolesnikov (Rus) Cycle Collstrop
22 Bastian Giling (Ned) Cycle Collstrop
23 Gerben Löwik (Ned) Rabobank
24 Sebastian Schwager (Ger) Team Milram
25 Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank
26 Theo Eltink (Ned) Rabobank
27 Kasper Klostergaard Larsen (Den) Team CSC
28 Koen De Kort (Ned) Astana
29 Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe) Team CSC
30 Fulco Van Gulik (Ned) Krolstone Continental Team
31 Benoît Joachim (Lux) Astana
32 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano
33 Aart Vierhouten (Ned) P3Transfer - Batavus
34 Arnoud Van Groen (Ned) P3Transfer - Batavus
35 Adriaan Helmantel (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels
36 Markus Eichler (Ger) Team Milram
37 Michael Schär (Swi) Astana
38 Michiel Elijzen (Ned) Rabobank
39 Martin Velits (Svk) Team Milram
40 Nicki Sřrensen (Den) Team CSC
41 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Quick Step
42 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick Step
43 Ian Stannard (Landbouwkrediet-Tönissteiner)
44 Matthé Pronk (Ned) Cycle Collstrop
45 Rick Flens (Ned) Rabobank
46 Maarten Den Bakker (Ned) Skil-Shimano                      0.19
47 Jonas Ljungblad (Swe) P3Transfer - Batavus
48 Ger Soepenberg (Ned) P3Transfer - Batavus
49 Laurens Ten Dam (Rabobank)
50 René Haselbacher (Aut) Astana
51 Davide Viganň (Ita) Quick Step                             0.23
52 Servais Knaven (Ned) Team High Road                        2.10
53 Dirk Bellemakers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner
54 Bart Van Haaren (Ned)
55 Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quick Step
56 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team
57 Kristof De Zutter (Bel) Willems Veranda's Continental Team
58 Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Skil-Shimano
59 Matej Jurco (Svk) Team Milram
60 Benjamin Gourgue (Landbouwkrediet-Tönissteiner)
61 Lars Jun (Ned) P3Transfer - Batavus
62 Dennis Smit (Ned)
63 Dennis Kreder (Ned) Van Vliet - EBH Elshof
64 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank
65 Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen
66 John Devine (USA) Team High Road
67 Manman Van Ruitenbeek (Ned) Van Vliet - EBH Elshof
68 Hubert Schwab (Swi) Quick Step
69 Ruud Fransen (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels
70 Jasper Lenferink (Ned) Krolstone Continental Team
71 Aaron Kemps (Aus) Astana
72 Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano
73 Troels Ronning Vinther (Cycle Collstrop)
74 Scott Davis (Aus) Team High Road
75 Steve Schets (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen
76 Jarno Van Mingeroet (Bel) Mitsubishi-Jartazi
77 Lars Vierbergen (Ned) Van Vliet - EBH Elshof
78 Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Silence - Lotto
79 Christian Kux (Ger) Team Milram
80 Michal Golas (Pol) Cycle Collstrop
81 Ivor Bruin (Ned) Van Vliet - EBH Elshof
82 Vytautas Kaupas (Ltu) Mitsubishi-Jartazi
83 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Krolstone Continental Team
84 Roy Curvers (Ned) Skil-Shimano
85 Tony Martin (Ger) Team High Road
86 Berik Kupeshov (Kaz) Astana
87 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team CSC
88 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Cycle Collstrop
89 Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner
90 Tom Steels (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner
91 Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Silence - Lotto
92 Geert Omloop (Bel) Mitsubishi-Jartazi
93 David Deroo (Fra) Skil-Shimano
94 Maurice Vrijmoed (Ned) Van Vliet - EBH Elshof
95 Wim Botman (Ned) P3Transfer - Batavus
96 Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner    2.59
97 Luc Hagenaars (Ned) P3Transfer - Batavus
98 Jos Pronk (Ned) Krolstone Continental Team
99 Jos Harms (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels
100 Marco Brus (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels
101 Geert Steurs (Bel) Silence - Lotto
102 Maarten Neyens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen
103 Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen
104 Eelke Van Der Wal (Ned) Krolstone Continental Team
105 Jens Mouris (Ned) Mitsubishi-Jartazi
106 Mathieu Criquielion (Bel) Mitsubishi-Jartazi
107 Arne Hassink (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels
108 Dennis Haueisen (Ger) Team Milram
109 Kevin Van Impe (Bel) Quick Step
110 Addy Engels (Ned) Quick Step
111 Stefan Vreugdenhil (Ned) Van Vliet - EBH Elshof           3.11
112 Stefan Limburg (Ned)                                      3.36
113 Egon Van Kessel (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels                3.43
114 Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Krolstone Continental Team        5.21
115 Evert Verbist (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen
116 Patrick Kos (Ned)

Sprints

First

1 Maurice Vrijmoed (Ned) Van Vliet - EBH Elshof                 5 pts
2 Jens Mouris (Ned) Mitsubishi-Jartazi                          3
3 Eelke Van Der Wal (Ned) Krolstone Continental Team            1

Second

1 Anders Lund (Den) Team CSC                                    5 pts
2 Michael Blaudzun (Den) Team CSC                               3

Third

1 Jens Mouris (Ned) Mitsubishi-Jartazi                          5 pts
2 Ronan Van Zandbeek (Ned) Van Vliet - EBH Elshof               3
3 Ivor Bruin (Ned) Van Vliet - EBH Elshof                       1

Fourth

1 Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil-Shimano                              5 pts
2 Roy Curvers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                3
3 Tony Martin (Ger) Team High Road                              1

Fifth

1 Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe) Team CSC                            5 pts
2 Tony Martin (Ger) Team High Road                              3
3 Arne Hassink (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels                       1

Sprints classification

1 Jens Mouris (Ned) Mitsubishi-Jartazi                          8 pts
2 Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe) Team CSC                            5
3 Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil-Shimano                              5
4 Anders Lund (Den) Team CSC                                    5
5 Maurice Vrijmoed (Ned) Van Vliet - EBH Elshof                 5
6 Tony Martin (Ger) Team High Road                              4
7 Roy Curvers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                3
8 Michael Blaudzun (Den) Team CSC                               3
9 Arne Hassink (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels                       1
10 Ivor Bruin (Ned) Van Vliet - EBH Elshof                      1
11 Eelke Van Der Wal (Ned) Krolstone Continental Team           1

Past winners

2007 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic