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Ronde van Vlaanderen/Tour of Flanders
By Mark Sharon
Date: 4/6/2014
Ronde van Vlaanderen/Tour of Flanders
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26 September, 2013

Cancellara wins Flanders

Cancellara Sprints to Flanders Victory Fabian Cancellara wins Ronde van Vlaanderen from a four-man leading group, his third victory in the Flanders’ Monument 

. It was a game of ‘cat-n-mouse’ as four riders entered the final kilometer and slowed to a crawl, each watching the other, waiting for the first rider to make the first move. At 300 meters to go they still eyed each other. Finally, Fabian Cancellara, sitting in fourth wheel, jumped, and immediately opened a gap. The others reacted, but none could match ‘Spartacus’ as he powered his way to the finish line:

it was an impressive third win at Ronde van Vlaanderen. Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) and Sep Vanmarcke (Team Belkin) rounded out the podium.

“I tried to ask Dirk [Demol] through the radio how many seconds we had because the last thing I wanted was the others coming back,” explained Cancellara soon after the race had finished. “That would have been the end of the world. For the spectators at home I am sure it was an exciting track final. It was man against man and I just kept pushing to the end. I did it for the team, and for my wife because I promised to bring the flowers home. I feel sorry for the Belgians. I was against three Belgians at the end….but now I am happy and it’s time to go rock the bus and have a nice evening.”

The 259 kilometre race came down to a riveting tactical battle as Fabian Cancellara had to play a cool hand with no teammates remaining, most victims of crashes that marred the race all day.

The first major crash for the team happened with 112 kilometers to go, which took down Stijn Devolder and Gregory Rast. A few kilometers later Yaroslav Popovych would hit the tarmac hard, resulting in a trip to the hospital. “The only thing I knew is that I hit a lady in red with my handlebar. There is nothing broken, I am lucky,” said Yaroslav Popovych when reached at the hospital. “I may have a torn tendon in the hip. I could not walk at first and I was thinking the worst. I am very sad not to be able to finish the race, and especially to help at the end.”

It would not be the last crash for the team, as Stijn Devolder would go down for the second time just before the penultimate ascent of the Paterberg. “A lot of bad luck," said a disappointed Devodler. "My elbow is really bad, my back too, and it was too much to continue. I really wanted to do the last 40k of the race. I am really disappointed because I know I could be there with Fabian at the end. “After the first crash Gregy [Rast] got me back on, he helped me a lot, and I came back to the first group pretty easy. Just before the second crash I went back to the car and said, ‘I feel really good today,’ and then in one second everything changed. After the second crash I had to change the bike, and the car was not there so I had to go for 5k before I could change it. It was just in a bad moment. In the end I am really happy that Fabian won, that makes this all feel better.”

With no more teammates around him Cancellara had to rely on his savviness and strength. On the Kwaremont, with only the Paterberg climb remaining, Cancellara launched a brutal attack that only Sep Vanmarcke could follow, leaving the other favorites scrambling behind. Over the top they would grab back the two leaders, first Stijn Vandenbergh (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) and moments later Greg Van Avermaet. This would be the final four-man selection.

“Since I was alone I knew I had to make the selection up the Kwaremont. On the Paterberg I could not go more, I was dead, and then I had to make a gamble to stay with Vandenbergh, Vanmarcke and Van Avermaet. I wanted to finish alone, but today it was better to wait for the sprint. Winning solo was the goal – I wanted to lift the bike over the line – but I was not afraid to sprint at the end, since then it is each man for himself; I still don’t know how I did it, I just did it.

“The race was quite intense, quite hard. We lost a lot of riders to crashes straightaway. To manage a race like this was amazing. Everyone did his little piece - Jesse [Sergent], Markel [Irazar], Hayden [Roulston], all the team – you need these little pieces to be at the top of the pyramid.

“It was so tough, I almost got dropped two times when they attacked. I don’t know, everything went well in the end. It’s just amazing. Last year I won in an amazing way here, but to repeat, this is even bigger – I have no words. There is no Monday, we said with the team before the race.”


1 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing 6:15:18
2 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
3 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
4 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
5 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha 0:00:08
6 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:00:18
7 Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:00:35
8 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:37
9 Björn Leukemans (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:00:41
10 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Garmin Sharp 0:00:43
11 Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar 0:01:12
12 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team  
13 Nicki Sörensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:01:15
14 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Team Giant-Shimano 0:01:19
15 John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano 0:01:25
16 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale  
17 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
18 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
19 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) IAM Cycling  
20 Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
21 Yoann Offredo (Fra)  
22 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Sky  
23 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Belisol  
24 Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:01:35
25 Oscar Gatto (Ita) Cannondale 0:01:41
26 Iljo Keisse (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:01:43
27 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
28 Steve Chainel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
29 Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) MTN - Qhubeka  
30 Bram Tankink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
31 Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetApp - Endura  
32 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team Sky  
33 Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team  
34 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
35 Zico Waeytens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
36 Luca Paolini (Ita) Team Katusha 0:03:52
37 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica Greenedge  
38 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale  
39 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar  
40 Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:04:12
41 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cannondale  
42 Stig Broeckx (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
43 Jos Van Emden (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
44 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
45 Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
46 Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
47 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin Sharp  
48 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
49 Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team  
50 Sébastien Turgot (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
51 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica Greenedge  
52 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica Greenedge  
53 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Team NetApp - Endura  
54 Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano  
55 Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team  
56 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
57 Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Cannondale  
58 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
59 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team 0:07:41
60 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Sky  
61 Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek Factory Racing  
62 Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky  
63 William Bonnet (Fra)  
64 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team Giant-Shimano  
65 Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky  
66 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol 0:08:17
67 Thomas Leezer (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
68 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
69 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra)  
70 Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
71 Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
72 Kenneth Van Bilsen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
73 Egoitz Garcia Echeguibel (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
74 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale  
75 Yannick Martinez (Fra) Team Europcar  
76 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) IAM Cycling  
77 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Team Katusha  
78 Scott Thwaites (GBr) Team NetApp - Endura 0:09:49
79 Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Trek Factory Racing  
80 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
81 Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin Sharp  
82 Alexey Tsatevitch (Rus) Team Katusha  
83 Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale  
84 Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo  
85 Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano  
86 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Trek Factory Racing  
87 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
88 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano  
89 Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Garmin Sharp  
90 Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing Team  
91 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
92 Gert Joeaar (Est) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
93 Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
94 Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar  
95 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky  
96 Roger Kluge (Ger) IAM Cycling 0:12:25
97 Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica Greenedge 0:12:38
98 Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica Greenedge  
99 Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
100 Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Team Katusha  
101 James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
102 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Tinkoff-Saxo  

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