2010 Gent - Wevelgem

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  1. steve

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    The Gent - Wevelgem was first run in 1934, and it is often called the sprinters' classic due to its flat finishing terrain.

    It's early-season date means riders are often tested by wind and rain, while the route also takes them twice over the difficult cobbled climb of the Kemmelberg where key splits often emerge. Very few editions of Gent–Wevelgem actually end in a bunch sprint, usually having an elite group (including the top sprinters) fighting for victory.

    In recent years, the race was situated on the Wednesday between de Ronde van Vlaanderen and Paris-Roubaix. In 2010 the race moves from the Wednesday after the Ronde Van Vlaanderen to the Sunday before it.

    The 2010 edition of the race covers a 219km course with 16 short, sharp climbs in the final half of the race. The race will be held on March 28.

    2010 Gent - Wevelgem News Links

    Henderson confident ahead of Gent-Wevelgem: Greg Henderson is confident he can continue his successful season at Gent-Wevelgem on Sunday. The race will be the New Zealander's last major one-day race before he targets a stage win at the Giro d'Italia.
    Link: Henderson Confident Ahead Of Gent-Wevelgem | Cyclingnews.com

    HTC-Columbia prepares for its one Belgian weekend race: With two days to go until Gent-Wevelgem, HTC-Columbia’s squad spent Friday morning out on a short recovery ride. The American team will skip E3 Prijs Vlaanderen on Saturday and will instead ride reconnaissance over Sunday’s Gent-Wevelgem course.
    Link: HTC-Columbia Prepares For Its One Belgian Weekend Race | Cyclingnews.com

    Burghardt vows to have big Belgian weekend: Marcus Burghardt will help spearhead BMC Racing Team at this year’s cobbled Classics, starting with the E3 Prijs Vlaanderen – Harelbeke, Gent-Wevelgem double this weekend.
    Link: Burghardt Vows To Have Big Belgian Weekend | Cyclingnews.com

    Cancellara primed for E3 and Gent-Wevelgem: Fabian Cancellara will line up for E3 Prijs Vlaanderen-Harelbeke and Gent-Wevelgem this weekend but the Swiss powerhouse isn't letting the reality of sponsorship dealings get in the way of racing.
    Link: Cancellara Primed For E3 And Gent-Wevelgem | Cyclingnews.com

    2010 Gent - Start List

    ProTour teams

    Sky Professional Cycling Team
    1 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor)
    2 Michael Barry (Can)
    3 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor)
    4 Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa)
    5 Mathew Hayman (Aus)
    6 Gregory Henderson (NZl)
    7 Chris Sutton (Aus)
    8 Geraint Thomas (GBr)

    Omega Pharma - Lotto
    11 Adam Blyth (GBr)
    12 Kenny De Haes (Bel)
    13 Mickael Delage (Fra)
    14 Philippe Gilbert (Bel)
    15 Olivier Kaisen (Bel)
    16 Sebastian Lang (Ger)
    17 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel)
    18 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel)

    Quick Step
    21 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra)
    22 Dries Devenyns (Bel)
    23 Kevin Deweert (Bel)
    24 Kurt Hovelijnck (Bel)
    25 Nikolas Maes (Bel)
    26 Jerome Pineau (Fra)
    27 Matteo Tosatto (Ita)
    28 Wouter Weylandt (Bel)

    Ag2R - La Mondiale
    31 Martin Elmiger (Swi)
    32 Kristof Goddaert (Bel)
    33 Sébastien Hinault (Fra)
    34 René Mandri (Est)
    35 Lloyd Mondory (Fra)
    36 Anthony Ravard (Fra)
    37 Nicolas Rousseau (Fra)
    38 Gatis Smukulis (Lat)

    Astana
    41 Assan Bazayev (Kaz)
    42 Allan Davis (Aus)
    43 Valeriy Dmitriyev (Kaz)
    44 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita)
    45 Andriy Grivko (Ukr)
    46 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz)
    47 Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz)
    48 Mirko Selvaggi (Ita)

    Caisse d´Epargne
    51 Arnaud Coyot (Fra)
    52 Mathieu Drujon (Fra)
    53 Rui Da Costa (Por)
    54 Vasili Kiryienka (Blr)
    55 Pablo Lastras (Spa)
    56 Angel Madrazo (Spa)
    57 Plaza Molina Ruben
    58 José Joaquín Rojas (Spa)

    Euskaltel - Euskadi
    61 Javier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Spa)
    62 Koldo Fernandez (Spa)
    63 Inaki Isasi (Spa)
    64 Izaguirre Gorka
    65 Alan Pérez Lezáun (Spa)
    66 Ruben Perez (Spa)
    67 Romain Sicard (Fra)
    68 Pablo Urtasun (Spa)

    Footon-Servetto
    71 Matthias Brandle (Aut)
    72 Ermanno Capelli (Ita)
    73 Vidal Celis Zabala (Spa)
    74 Thomas Faiers (GBr)
    75 Fabio Felline (Ita)
    76 Noe Gianetti (Swi)
    77 Michele Merlo (Ita)
    78 Johnnie Walker (Aus)

    Francaise des Jeux
    81 Olivier Bonnaire (Fra)
    82 Sébastien Chavanel (Fra)
    83 Anthony Geslin (Fra)
    84 Frederic Guesdon (Fra)
    85 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr)
    86 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra)
    87 Yoann Offredo (Fra)

    Lampre - Farnese Vini
    91 Alfredo Balloni (Ita)
    92 Lorenzo Bernucci (Ita)
    93 Vitaliy Buts (Ukr)
    94 Mauro Da Dalto (Ita)
    95 Danilo Hondo (Ger)
    96 Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita)
    97 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita)
    98 Marcin Sapa (Pol)

    Liquigas - Doimo
    101 Daniele Bennati (Ita)
    102 Francesco Chicchi (Ita)
    103 Tiziano Dall'Antonia (Ita)
    104 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr)
    105 Daniel Oss (Ita)
    106 Manuel Quinziato (Ita)
    107 Fabio Sabatini (Ita)
    108 Frederik Willems (Bel)

    Rabobank
    111 Graeme Brown (Aus)
    112 Rick Flens (Ned)
    113 Oscar Freire (Spa)
    114 Tom Leezer (Ned)
    115 Joost Posthuma (Ned)
    116 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned)
    117 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned)
    118 Jos Van Emden (Ned)

    Team HTC-Columbia
    121 Lars Ytting Bak (Den)
    122 Mark Cavendish (GBr)
    123 Gert Dockx (Bel)
    124 Bernhard Eisel (Aut)
    125 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus)
    126 Vicente Reynes (Spa)
    127 Hayden Roulston (NZl)
    128 Marcel Sieberg (Ger)

    Garmin-Transitions
    131 Julian Dean (NZl)
    132 Timothy Duggan (USA)
    133 Tyler Farrar (USA)
    134 Robert Hunter (RSA)
    135 Martijn Maaskant (Ned)
    136 Svein Tuft (Can)
    137 Johan Van Summeren (Bel)
    138 Matthew Wilson (Aus)

    Team Katusha
    141 Denis Galimzyanov (Rus)
    142 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus)
    143 Sergei Ivanov (Rus)
    144 Mikhaylo Khalilov (Ukr)
    145 Robbie McEwen (Aus)
    146 Nikolai Trusov (Rus)
    147 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel)
    148 Maxime Vantomme (Bel)

    Team Milram
    151 Wim De Vocht (Bel)
    152 Markus Eichler (Ger)
    153 Thomas Fothen (Ger)
    154 Servais Knaven (Ned)
    155 Christian Knees (Ger)
    156 Roy Sentjens (Bel)
    157 Niki Terpstra (Ned)
    158 Peter Wrolich (Aut)

    Team RadioShack
    161 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn)
    162 Markel Irizar (Spa)
    163 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra)
    164 Fuyu Li (Chn)
    165 Dimitri Muravyev (Kaz)
    166 Gregory Rast (Swi)
    167 Sebastien Rosseler (Bel)
    168 Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu)

    Team Saxo Bank
    171 Matti Breschel (Den)
    172 Fabian Cancellara (Swi)
    173 Baden Cooke (Aus)
    174 Frank Hoj (Den)
    175 Dominik Klemme (Ger)
    176 Kasper Klostergaard (Den)
    177 Anders Lund (Den)
    178 Stuart O'Grady (Aus)


    Wild cards

    Acqua & Sapone
    181 Dario Andriotto (Ita)
    182 Francesco Di Paolo (Ita)
    183 Alessandro Donati (Ita)
    184 Alessandro Fantini (Ita)
    185 Reinier Honig (Ned)
    186 Andrea Masciarelli (Ita)
    187 Giuseppe Palumbo (Ita)
    188 Luca Paolini (Ita)

    Cervélo TestTeam
    191 Theo Bos (Ned)
    192 Roger Hammond (GBr)
    193 Heinrich Haussler (Ger)
    194 Jeremy Hunt (GBr)
    195 Andreas Klier (Ger)
    196 Brett Lancaster (Aus)
    197 Martin Reimer (Ger)
    198 Dominique Rollin (Can)

    BMC Racing Team
    201 Alessandro Ballan (Ita)
    202 Marcus Burghardt (Ger)
    203 George Hincapie (USA)
    204 Alexander Kristoff (Nor)
    205 John Murphy (USA)
    206 Michael Schaer (Swi)
    207 Jackson Stewart (USA)
    208 Danilo Wyss (Swi)

    Landbouwkrediet
    211 Frederic Amorison (Bel)
    212 David Boucher (Fra)
    213 Steven Caethoven (Bel)
    214 Hans Dekkers (Ned)
    215 Bart Dockx (Bel)
    216 Kevin Neirynck (Bel)
    217 Planckaert Baptiste
    218 Martial Ricci Poggi (Fra)

    Skil - Shimano
    221 Roy Curvers (Ned)
    222 Koen De Kort (Ned)
    223 Mitchell Docker (Aus)
    224 Steve Houanard (Fra)
    225 Van Hummel Kenny
    226 Tom Veelers (Ned)
    227 Job Vissers (Ned)
    228 Robert Wagner (Ger)

    Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
    231 Johan Coenen (Bel)
    232 Thomas De Gendt (Bel)
    233 Gregory Joseph (Bel)
    234 Klaas Lodewyck (Bel)
    235 Geert Steurs (Bel)
    236 Van Vooren Steven
    237 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel)
    238 Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel)

    Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
    241 Romain Feillu (Fra)
    242 Arnoud van Groen (Ned)
    243 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned)
    244 Marco Marcato (Ita)
    245 Alberto Ongarato (Ita)
    246 Matthé Pronk (Ned)
    247 Joost Van Leijen (Ned)
    248 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel)

    Recent Winners
    1990 Herman Frison (BEL)
    1991 Djamolidine Abdoujaparov (UZB)
    1992 Mario Cipollini (ITA)
    1993 Mario Cipollini (ITA)
    1994 Wilfried Peeters (BEL)
    1995 Lars Michaelsen (DEN)
    1996 Tom Steels (BEL)
    1997 Philippe Gaumont (FRA)
    1998 Frank Vandenbroucke (BEL)
    1999 Tom Steels (BEL)
    2000 Geert Van Bondt (BEL)
    2001 George Hincapie (USA)
    2002 Mario Cipollini (ITA)
    2003 Andreas Klier (GER)
    2004 Tom Boonen (BEL)
    2005 Nico Mattan (BEL)
    2006 Thor Hushovd (NOR)
    2007 Marcus Burghardt (GER)
    2008 Óscar Freire (ESP)
    2009 Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR)

    Race website
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  2. mattp1975

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    I thought you said Milan San Remo was often called the sprinter's classic? Out of interest what's Paris Tours often called?
     
  3. Andrija

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    I'm not sure how the change of racing calendar will effect Gent - Wevelgem. For cyclists - it's maybe too early to target it with De Ronde and Roubaix in their sight. On the other hand, it could play in favor of sprinters with less chances in De Ronde and Roubaix, which (sprinters) were handicapped while it was between these two classics 'cause all classics' riders were at the peak of their form.
    Also, I'm not sure if the change will attract more viewers. Spectators from abroad won't welcome this decision. It was easier and more economic to see three races in 8 days, than in 15 days. It's too long excursion. TV viewers shouldn't complain, on the contrary.

    It's hard to bet against Freire at the moment. He's in great form, already has won the race, won't be tired of E3 Prijs Vlaanderen...
    Boasson Hagen had some health problems and will be heavily marked, but he's serious contender too. With Flecha (who I'm sure remembers 2005 edition) besides Hagen and in their premier season, with preimer ambitions, Sky is team to watch
    Breschel showed great form in Dwars Door Vlaanderen supported by Cancellara. Cancellara is targeting De Ronde, so he should be in top form too. O'Grady and Baden Cooke are there also. Saxo will be a significant factor in the race.
    If he hadn't injury problems, Haussler would be even strongest contender maybe. He's targeting De Ronde this season and he's very strong in sprints, but this interupt surely left it's mark on his form.
    BMC is very interesting team for this race with two ex winners and Ballan. They'll be a factor.
    Bennati and Chicchi are Liquigas' strong cards supported by team in form.
    Farrar won't have anything against winning this race. Columbia too, which will, besides returning Cavendish, play on several cards.
    Omega - Pharma Lotto will seek their first victory with Gilbert, but I'm not sure how good this course is for him, so Greg Van Avermaet could surprise (my dark horse).
     
  4. steve

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    I've added the start list, its good to see johnie walker has a start!
     
  5. tafi

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    The course is quite different to previous years. There are now 16 classified climbs in the later half of the race. The Kemmelberg is now just the last in a string of hills on a two lap circuit.

    In the past it's always been a race that is line ball between a sprint or a break forming on the Kemmelberg, it's still a long way from the finish. This year, with all the extra hills, there may be the extra pain just to dull the chase and tip it in the favour of a break. But who knows. All the big sprinters are starting so the chase will be on for sure.
     
  6. Andrija

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    No Jack Daniel on the list?
    Then, I'll be cheering Johnie Walker on Sunday. Might be black label.

    Do you think Johnie would join Teacher's or Grant's if they establish teams?
    Someone could get headache.

    Keep pedaling.
     
  7. steve

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    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvaghC3Qhzg]YouTube - Gent-Wevelgem 2010 - (1/2) The hills[/ame]

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgO-9YSCvXE]YouTube - Gent-Wevelgem 2010 - (2/2) Final kilometers[/ame]


    2010 Gent - Wevelgem Results
    1 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team HTC - Columbia 5:17:12
    2 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
    3 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
    4 George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team
    5 Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 0:00:02
    6 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:00:07
    7 Maxim Iglinsky (Kaz) Astana 0:00:51
    8 Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank 0:01:01
    9 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Transitions
    10 Luca Paolini (Ita) Acqua & Sapone
    11 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram
    12 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank
    13 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas-Doimo
    14 Baden Cooke (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 0:01:08
    15 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia 0:03:14
    16 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia 0:03:29
    17 Greg Henderson (NZl) Sky Professional Cycling Team
    18 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
    19 Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini
    20 Roy Curvers (Ned) Skil - Shimano
    21 Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Garmin - Transitions
    22 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step
    23 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
    24 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana
    25 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo
    26 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo
    27 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team
    28 Tiziano Dall'Antonia (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 0:03:33
    29 Wim De Vocht (Bel) Team Milram 0:03:50
    30 Bobbie Traksel (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
    31 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
    32 Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil - Shimano
    33 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
    34 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana
    35 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Team HTC - Columbia
    36 Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
    37 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Quick Step 0:05:06
    38 Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas-Doimo
    39 Davy Commeyne (Bel) Landbouwkrediet
    40 Roy Sentjens (Bel) Team Milram 0:09:17
    41 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana 0:11:46
    42 Ermanno Capelli (Ita) Footon-Servetto
    43 Matthé Pronk (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
    44 Geert Steurs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
    45 Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Team Katusha
    46 Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
    47 Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam
    48 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank
    49 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
    Alessandro Donati (Ita) Acqua & Sapone 0:22:14
    David Boucher (Fra) Landbouwkrediet
    Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana
    Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
    Johnnie Walker (Aus) Footon-Servetto
    Gregory Joseph (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
    Matthias Brandle (Aut) Footon-Servetto
    Servais Knaven (Ned) Team Milram
    Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Team Radioshack
    Theo Bos (Ned) Cervélo TestTeam
    Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Team Katusha
    Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
    Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team
    Peter Wrolich (Aut) Team Milram
    Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Team Katusha
    Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank
    Vidal Celis Zabala (Spa) Footon-Servetto
    Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
    Fuyu Li (Chn) Team Radioshack
    Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia
    Markus Eichler (Ger) Team Milram
    Thomas Fothen (Ger) Team Milram
    Grégory Rast (Swi) Team Radioshack
    Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
    Javier Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
    Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Rabobank
    Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Astana
    Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) Française Des Jeux
    Anthony Ravard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
    Inaki Isasi Flores (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
    Matthew Wilson (Aus) Garmin - Transitions
    Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo
    Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step
    Steve Houanard (Fra) Skil - Shimano
    Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne
    Robbie Mcewen (Aus) Team Katusha
    Gert Dockx (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia
    Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil - Shimano
    Steven Van Vooren (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
    Johan Coenen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
    Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Française Des Jeux
    Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank
    Frank Hoj (Den) Team Saxo Bank
    Jonas Aaen Jörgensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank
    Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française Des Jeux
    Adam Blyth (GBr) Omega Pharma-Lotto
    Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step
    Alessandro Fantini (Ita) Acqua & Sapone
    Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam
    Michael Barry (Can) Sky Professional Cycling Team
    Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step
    Allan Davis (Aus) Astana
    Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank
    Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank
    Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel - Euskadi
    Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne
    Kevin Van Impe (Bel) Quick Step
    Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Transitions
    Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin - Transitions
    Mickael Delage (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto
    Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Professional Cycling Team
    Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
    Gerben Löwik (Ned) Omega Pharma-Lotto
    Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram
    Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne
    Thomas Leezer (Ned) Rabobank
    Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
    Arnoud Van Groen (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
    Reinier Honig (Ned) Acqua & Sapone
     
  8. genedan

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    Very impressive win by Eisel.

    Who is this mystery man Vanmarcke? Looks like he gave it all at 3km and still had enough left in the tank to finish 2nd.
     
  9. limerickman

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    very very impressive ride from Bernard Eisel : he's always been a strong roadman/cyclist and I agree it looked like he really made a huge effort in the final 5kms.

    I was concentrating on watching the Tour of Catalunya this weekend - so I missed Wevelgem.
    (Wevelgem used to be staged midweek).
     
  10. DancenMacabre

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    My question: what exactly was Freire doing/thinking?

    One of the Liquigas riders had been chatting with the team car and then returned to the bunch. Then someone attacked up front and that LQ rider didn't follow. Freire it appeared expected to be dragged up but apparently had not counted on the LQ rider not working. I can only conclude LQ decided they weren't going to drag a sprinter to the finish, at least not Freire, and so sacrificed one of their 2 in the bunch.

    Why the others in the remaining group did not attack more in the final part of the race, I cannot quite understand. It follows from basic tactics, that if you, as a non-sprinter, carry a sprinter to the line then he or she will beat you....usually by a wide margin.

    If it came to a sprint, there was no doubt Eisel would easily win. Yet it appeared that the other 4 were content with that situation. So it surprised me to see at least Gilbert who had Roelandts with him, not try to escape from the group or at least hurt Eisel with some attacks. The only real attack of serious magnitude I recall towards the very finish, was that of Vanmarcke. He finished 2nd as I recall so his aggressiveness seemed to be rewarded.

    Credit to Eisel though. He stayed with the group, took his turns up front, and then when it was time to sprint, he easily overpowered his rivals.
     
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