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Tour of Belgium - 2.1

Belgium, May 24-28, 2006

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Stage 3a - May 26: Buggenhout ITT, 15.9 km

Discovery Channel shines in TT

By Gabriella Ekström

Discovery Channel took the time trial triple when Stijn Devolder won the 15.9 kilometre time trial four seconds ahead of Leif Hoste and 15 seconds ahead of Jurgen Van Den Broeck. Race leader Maarten Tjallingii (Skil-Shimano) defended himself with honour as he finished 8th, 36 seconds down on Devolder, but eight seconds ahead of Tom Boonen who was second overall coming into the time trial.

Devolder commented on his success after the race, "Hoste won't be annoyed at me, for sure. I was very motivated to show myself strongly here. My early season is behind me, I am only looking forward now. In the Dauphiné Libéré, I want to ensure my selection for the Tour de France."

How it unfolded

The early morning time trial saw rain drenched streets in Buggenhout, as two important fights took place. The most evident was the fight for the stage win, but just as a important fight stood between the top placed riders in the GC, none of them outstanding time trial specialists. One of the pre-race favourites, Leif Hoste, started early, and set an early good time of 19'41 over the 15.9 kilometre course. Shortly after, Ubbink's Niki Terpstra moved in as second with an even time of 20 minutes.

Next rider to move in to the top three was Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Discovery channel), who moved ahead of Terpstra with his time of 19'52, and the Discovery Channel top three became complete when Stijn Devolder shortly after put in the day's best time of 19'37.

Behind the trio, Kai Reus of Rabobank's continental team put in an impressive performance as he finished 5th, 25 seconds after Devolder, but 11 seconds ahead of race leader Tjallingii, a move that saw the young Dutchman climb to second in the GC. Tjallingii, in his turn rode an outstanding time trial and managed to put in eight seconds on Tom Boonen, almost all the time that Boonen gained thanks to his bonuses yesterday.


1 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                     19.37
2 Leif Hoste (Bel) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                          0.04
3 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team               0.15
4 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Ubbink-Syntec Cycling Team                               0.23
5 Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank (Continental)                                        0.25
6 Matti Helminen (Fin) Profel Ziegler Continental Team                         0.30
7 Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quickstep-Innergetic                                0.31
8 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                        0.36
9 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank (Continental)                                       0.42
10 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quickstep-Innergetic                                       0.44
11 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                      
12 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Quickstep-Innergetic                                      0.45
13 Servais Knaven (Ned) Quickstep-Innergetic                                   0.46
14 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Jartazi-7Mobile                                      0.55
15 Kevin Van Impe (Bel) Quickstep-Innergetic                                   0.56
16 Tiziano Dall'antonia (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                            
17 Nico Eeckhout (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen                   0.57
18 Dominique Cornu (Bel) Bodysol- Win for Life-Jong Vlaanderen                     
19 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                        0.58
20 Leon Van Bon (Ned) Davitamon-Lotto                                              
21 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                     1.03
22 Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Spa) Unibet.com                                      
23 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Unibet.com                                            1.08
24 William Walker (Aus) Rabobank (Continental)                                 1.09
25 David Boucher (Fra) Unibet.com                                              1.11
26 Max Van Heeswijk (Ned) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                   1.14
27 Nico Sijmens (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago                                  1.15
28 Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Quickstep-Innergetic                                   
29 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Rabobank (Continental)                                1.17
30 Maarten Neyens (Bel) Bodysol- Win for Life-Jong Vlaanderen                      
31 Yuri Mitlushenko (Ukr) Team L.P.R.                                          1.18
32 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank (Continental)                                      
33 Nico Mattan (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                           1.19
34 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Bodysol- Win for Life-Jong Vlaanderen                    
35 Bart Dockx (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                            1.22
36 Sven Nys (Bel) Rabobank (Continental)                                       1.23
37 Paul Martens (Ger) Skil-Shimano                                                 
38 Andreas Dietziker (Swi) Team LPR                                            1.26
39 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen              1.29
40 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Quickstep-Innergetic                                      
41 Mikhaylo Khalilov (Ukr) Team LPR                                            1.30
42 Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago                                 
43 Erwin Thijs (Bel) Unibet.com                                                    
44 Glenn D'Hollander (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen               1.31
45 Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                         1.33
46 Richard Groenendaal (Ned) Rabobank (Continental)                                
47 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Unibet.com                                                1.34
48 Christoph Meschenmoser (Ger) Skil-Shimano                                       
49 Kevin Neirynck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago                                1.36
50 Roger Hammond (GBr) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                      1.37
51 Frederik Willems (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen                1.40
52 Jarno Van Mingeroet (Bel) Jartazi-7Mobile                                       
53 Marc Streel (Bel) Pôle Continental Wallon Davitamon-Euro Millions           1.45
54 Guennadi Mikhailov (Rus) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                 1.46
55 Jurgen Van Loocke (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago                             1.48
56 Paul Van Schalen (Ned) Ubbink-Syntec Cycling Team                               
57 Aart Vierhouten (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                          1.49
58 Geert Omloop (Bel) Unibet.com                                                   
59 Steven Cozza (USA) Yawadoo-Colba-ABM                                        1.51
60 Alessandro Maserati (Ita) Team LPR                                          1.52
61 Maarten Wijnants (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen                    
62 Baden Cooke (Aus) Unibet.com                                                1.53
63 Elio Aggiano (Ita) Team LPR                                                     
64 Peter Van Petegem (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                         
65 Matthé Pronk (Ned) Unibet.com                                               1.56
66 Mario Aerts (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                               
67 Johan Verstrepen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago                              1.59
68 Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                      
69 Jean-Paul Simon (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago                               2.03
70 Jorgen Vercammen (Ned) Profel Ziegler Continental Team                      2.04
71 Folkert De Haan (Ned) Ubbink-Syntec Cycling Team                                
72 Steven De Neef (Bel) Bodysol- Win for Life-Jong Vlaanderen                  2.09
73 Steven Caethoven (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen                2.11
74 Kristof De Zutter (Bel) Bodysol- Win for Life-Jong Vlaanderen               2.12
75 Thomas Ongena (Bel) Profel Ziegler Continental Team                         2.14
76 Jurgen Lindhout (Ned) Ubbink-Syntec Cycling Team                            2.17
77 Wim De Vocht (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                              
78 Marlon Alirio Perez Arango (Col) Team Tenax Salmilano                       2.19
79 Sven Van Den Houtte (Bel) Bodysol- Win for Life-Jong Vlaanderen                 
80 Dimitri De Fauw (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen                 2.20
81 Francesco Planckaert (Bel) Jartazi-7Mobile                                      
82 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Bodysol- Win for Life-Jong Vlaanderen               2.21
83 Björn Leukemans (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                           
84 Eduard Bogaert (Bel) Yawadoo-Colba-ABM                                      2.23
85 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quickstep-Innergetic                                       
86 Kenny Van Braeckel (Bel) Profel Ziegler Continental Team                        
87 Glenn Poleunis (Bel) Bodysol- Win for Life-Jong Vlaanderen                  2.24
88 Jonathan Godefroid (Bel) Pôle Continental Wallon Davitamon-Euro Millions        
89 Jens Renders (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen                    2.25
90 Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Rabobank (Continental)                                
91 Gianni Riemslagh (Bel) Yawadoo-Colba-ABM                                    2.32
92 Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Pôle Continental Wallon Davitamon-Euro Millions    2.35
93 Peter Schep (Ned) Ubbink-Syntec Cycling Team                                    
94 Matteo Priamo (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                               2.37
95 Gert Vanderaerden (Bel) Yawadoo-Colba-ABM                                       
96 David McPartland (Aus) Team Tenax Salmilano                                 2.44
97 Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Jartazi-7Mobile                                     2.45
98 Marvin Van Der Pluijm (Ned) Ubbink-Syntec Cycling Team                      2.51
99 Peter Ronsse (Bel) Jartazi-7Mobile                                          2.54
100 Andrea Pagoto (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                              3.02
101 Michael Blanchy (Bel) Jartazi-7Mobile                                      3.03
102 Benjamin Gourgue (Bel) Pôle Continental Wallon Davitamon-Euro Millions     3.04
103 Claudio Cucinotta (Ita) Team Tenax Salmilano                               3.10
104 Samuele Marzoli (Ita) Team LPR                                             3.13
105 Fang Xu (Chn) Skil-Shimano                                                     
106 Sven Renders (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago                                 3.18
107 Honorio Machado Perez (Ven) Team Tenax Salmilano                           3.27
108 Tony Bracke (Bel) Yawadoo-Colba-ABM                                        3.28
109 Igor Abakoumov (Bel) Jartazi-7Mobile                                       3.33
110 Nico Verhoeven (Bel) Profel Ziegler Continental Team                       3.37
111 Mirko Allegrini (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                            3.42
112 Alessandro Bertuola (Ita) Team Tenax Salmilano                                 
113 Frederik Penne (Bel) Yawadoo-Colba-ABM                                     3.47
114 Jin Long (Chn) Skil-Shimano                                                3.52
115 Steven De Champs (Bel) Profel Ziegler Continental Team                     3.54
116 Robby Meul (Bel) Jartazi-7Mobile                                           3.55
117 Frank Van Kuik (Ned) Yawadoo-Colba-ABM                                     4.00
118 Robert Slippens (Ned) Ubbink-Syntec Cycling Team                           4.15
119 Koen Das (Bel) Yawadoo-Colba-ABM                                           4.18
Outside time limit
TC François Roossens (Bel) Pôle Continental Wallon Davitamon-Euro Millions         
TC Aitor Galdos Alonso (Spa) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                             
TC Guillermo Ruben Bongiorno (Arg) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                       
TC Michael Simms (Aus) Profel Ziegler Continental Team                             
General classification after stage 3a
1 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                     8.29.37
2 Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank (Continental)                                        0.22
3 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quickstep-Innergetic                                        0.25
4 Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quickstep-Innergetic                                0.26
5 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                         0.48
6 Nico Eeckhout (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen                    0.54
7 Leon Van Bon (Ned) Davitamon-Lotto                                           0.55
8 Max Van Heeswijk (Ned) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                    1.01
9 Servais Knaven (Ned) Quickstep-Innergetic                                    1.25
10 Mikhaylo Khalilov (Ukr) Team LPR                                            1.27
11 Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago                                 
12 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Quickstep-Innergetic                                  1.29
13 Erwin Thijs (Bel) Unibet.com                                                1.30
14 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Unibet.com                                                1.36
15 Sven Nys (Bel) Rabobank (Continental)                                       1.39
16 Jurgen Van Loocke (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago                             1.45
17 Christoph Meschenmoser (Ger) Skil-Shimano                                   1.49
18 Baden Cooke (Aus) Unibet.com                                                1.50
19 Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Quickstep-Innergetic                               1.55
20 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Rabobank (Continental)                                1.57

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