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65th GP Briek Schotte - NE

Belgium, September 11, 2007

Results    Past winners

De Jongh attacks to win GP Briek Schotte

The winner in Vlaanderen is Steven De Jongh.
Photo ©: Bjorn Haake
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Steven De Jongh (Quick.Step - Innergetic) won the GP Briek Schotte in Desselgem at the amazing average speed of over 51 kilometres an hour. Attacking in the last of the 17-lap event disintegrated the 15-man break that had dominated most of the day. De Jongh was the one of the Quick.Step team who emerged victorious, but with four men in the break (De Jongh, Maarten Wynants, Wilfried Cretskens, Gert Steegmans) it was going to be hard for any other rider to win.

Not even fast man Robbie McEwen (Predictor-Lotto) could do it, as he was shelled out in the last lap of a very fast race. Johnny Hoogerland (Van Vliet - EBH Advocaten) could not repeat his win last year, but was still able to hang onto second place.

After the race De Jongh's celebration almost went unnoticed as most fans had come out to cheer on Peter van Petegem and Serge Baguet, who both did their last race as a professional.

After the initial two-man break, which had taken off in the first lap, got caught in round four, eight riders immediately counter attacked. The group contained two Quick.Step riders with Kevin Seeldraeyers and Sébastien Rosseler. This was going to be the picture of the day, as the Belgian outfit desperately wanted to win. The group never got more much than 30 seconds and was gobbled up in the ninth lap. In the aftermath of the junction, 15 riders got away and Predictor-Lotto with Robbie McEwen and Greg Van Avermaet was again outnumbered by Quick.Step with De Jongh, Wynants, Cretskens and Steegmans keeping their options open.

The will of the peloton was quickly broken and the gap kept increasing. The peloton was rewarded with being whistled off the course one lap earlier. While some may have hoped for 'local' hero Robbie McEwen (he lives near the race site during the European racing season) to win the sprint out of the front group, Quick.Step had other plans and their tactics worked perfectly as De Jongh emerged on the finishing straight with his rivals left behind.


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Results - 155 km

1 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Quick.Step - Innergetic                               3.23.00 (51.099 km/h)
2 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Van Vliet - EBH Advocaten                              0.07
3 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Predictor - Lotto                                      0.36
4 Geert Omloop (Bel) Jartazi Promo Fashion
5 Maarten Wijnants (Bel) Quick.Step - Innergetic
6 James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner
7 Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Quick.Step - Innergetic
8 Sven Renders (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen
9 Mindaugas Striska (Ltu) Jartazi Promo Fashion
10 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Predictor - Lotto                                         0.48
11 Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Team Wiesenhof Felt
12 Stefan Cohnen (Ned) Aurum Hotels                                              0.53
13 Jehudi Schoonacker (Bel) Sunweb Pro Job
14 Nico Eeckhout (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen                   1.03
15 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Quick.Step - Innergetic
16 Nick Ingels (Bel) Predictor - Lotto                                           6.20
17 David Boucher (Fra) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner
18 Reinier Honig (Ned) Fondas-P3Transfer Team
19 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Roubaix Lille Metropole                             10.05
20 Denis Flahaut (Fra) Jartazi Promo Fashion
21 Benjamin Verraes (Bel) C.T. Keukens Buysse Knesselare
22 Ken De Vaere (Bel) Babes Only - Villapark Langemeer - Flanders
23 Koen Barbé (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen
24 Wesley Van Speybroeck (Bel) Foronex CT / Wielerpromotie Z-W
25 Detlef Moerman (Bel) Wielergroep Beveren 2000 VZW
26 Thomas Ongena (Bel) Yawadoo - ABM - TV Vlaanderen
27 Vytautas Kaupas (Ltu) Jartazi Promo Fashion
28 Jan Kuyckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner
29 Christophe Verhaegen (Bel) Foronex Ct / Wielerpromotie Z-W
30 Jurgen Van Loocke (Bel) Palmans Collstrop
31 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Team Maxbo Bianchi
32 Edwig Cammaerts (Bel) Pesant Club Liege
33 Kris Steyaert (Bel) KSV Deerlijk Gaverzicht
34 Björn Coomans (Bel) Rock Werchter-Chocolade Jacques C.T.
35 Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Pôle Continental Wallon Bergasol - Euro Millions
36 Mario Ickx (Bel) Jartazi Promo Fashion
37 Stieven Galle (Bel) Cycling Center
38 Peter Möhlmann (Ned) Team Regiostrom - Senges
39 Kenny De Haes (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen
40 Jurgen François (Bel) Jartazi Promo Fashion
41 Nico Sijmens (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner
42 Martin Vestby (Nor) Time - Van Hemert
43 Sven Nevens (Bel) Jartazi Promo Fashion
44 Aivaras Baranauskas (Ltu) Agritubel
45 Jan Soetens (Bel) Jartazi Promo Fashion
46 Benny De Schrooder (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen
47 Jarno Van Mingeroet (Bel) Jartazi Promo Fashion
48 Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner
49 Steven De Neef (Bel) Davitamon - Win for Life - Jong Vlaanderen
50 Frederik Penne (Bel) Palmans Collstrop
51 Mathieu Criquielion (Bel) Jartazi Promo Fashion
52 Marc Streel (Bel) Palmans Collstrop
53 Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quick.Step - Innergetic
54 Peter Wuyts (Bel) Palmans Collstrop
55 Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Predictor - Lotto
56 Kevin Ista (Bel) Pôle Continental Wallon Bergasol - Euro Millions
57 Wim Vansevenant (Bel) Predictor - Lotto
58 Jens Mouris (Ned) DFL - Cyclingnews - Litespeed
59 David Harrigan (Aus) DFL - Cyclingnews - Litespeed
60 Serge Baguet (Bel) Quick.Step - Innergetic
61 Peter Van Petegem (Bel) Quick.Step - Innergetic
62 Iljo Keisse (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen
63 Wouter Van Mechelen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner
64 Stijn Hoornaert (Bel) DFL - Cyclingnews - Litespeed
65 Frederiek Nolf (Bel) Wielergroep Beveren 2000 VZW
66 Norbert Poels (Ned) Fondas-P3Transfer Team
67 Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick.Step - Innergetic
68 Bart Vanheule (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen
69 Ken Vanmarcke (Bel) Wielerploeg C.L.C - Team Ingelmunster
70 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Wielerploeg C.L.C - Team Ingelmunster

Past winners

2006 Johnny Hoogerland
2005 Wouter Weylandt
2004 Wilfried Cretskens
2003 Wilfried Cretskens
2002 Sven Vanthourenhout
2001 Wilfried Peeters
2000 Max van Heeswijk
1999 Johan Museeuw
1998 Jo Planckaert
1997 Wim Feys
1996 Wim Omloop
1995 Jans Koerts
1994 Hendrik Redant
1993 Bart Leysen
1992 Johan Verstrepen
1991 Patrick Eyk
1990 Gino De Backer
1989 Jean-Marie Vernie
1988 Johan Museeuw
1987 Dirk Demol
1986 Johan Capiot
1985 Dirk Heirweg
1984 Patrick Versluys
1983 Ivan Lamote
1982 Eddy Planckaert
1981 André Dierick
1980 Frans van Looy
1979 Johnny De Nul
1978 Willem Peeters
1977 Jos Schipper
1976 Willem Peeters
1975 Herman Van Springel
1974 Willy Van Malderghem
1973 Walter Godefroot
1972 Christian Callens
1971 Edward Janssens
1970 Eric Leman
1969 Rik Van Looy
1968 Jos Huysmans
1967 Rik Van Looy
1966 Daniel Van Ryckeghem
1965 Willy Planckaert
1964 Julien Gekiere
1963 Gilbert Desmet
1962 Norbert Kerckhove
1961 Arthur De Cabooter
1960 Gilbert Desmet
1959 Gilbert Desmet
1958 Paul Borremans
1957 Emile Severeyns
1956 Germain Derycke
1955 Gilbert Desmet
1954 Paul Borremans
1953 Emile Severeyns
1952 Germain Derycke
1951 Gilbert Desmet
1950 Georges De Craeye
1949 Henri Denijs
1948 André Maelbrancke
1947 Roger Decock
1946 André Maelbrancke
1945 Maurice Meersman
1944 Roger Desmet
1943 André Defoort
1942 Briek Schotte
1941 Briek Schotte