Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne: A New Classics Star Is Born?
Roy Sentjens of Holland, riding in the orange and blue of Rabobank, has scored a solo win at Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne, becoming the fourth Dutchman in history to win the Belgian semi-classic. In only his second season as a pro, he took a hugely impressive win escaping before the finish, coming home 19 seconds ahead of his 4 breakaway companions, apparently unaffected by the flu epidemy that floored his team.
The 22 year-old Neerpelt resident finished clear of Belgium’s Leif Hoste, repairing some of the damage done to the Lotto-Domo team after their annihilation at the hands (Wheels?) of Quickstep-Davitamon at Het Volk. Volker Ordowski took probably his career-best result, placing 3rd.
Sentjens was a prolific winner as a junior and in the espoirs category, where he notably won the under-23 Tour of Flanders.
Not quite such a crushingly dominant day for Quickstep – after their demolition of the opposition at Het Volk. They missed the podium, with 4th place finisher Davide Bramati being their top finisher.
USPS’s Antonio Cruz just missed the top 10, in 11th, Benoit Joachim was 16th, while George Hincapie was 22nd. Paolo Bettini, 3rd at Het Volk yesterday, finished over 8′ 30″ behind in 25th.
Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne 190km (UCI 1.2)
1 Roy Sentjens (Ned) Rabobank 4.48.00 (39.55 km/h)
2 Leif Hoste (Bel) Lotto-Domo + 0.19
3 Volker Ordowski (Ger) Gerolsteiner same
4 Davide Bramati (Ita) Quick Step-Davitamon same
5 Andy Flickinger (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance same
6 Jimmy Casper (Fra) FDJeux.com + 1.52
7 Johan Coenen (Bel) Marlux-Wincor Nixdorf same
8 Geert Omloop (Bel) Palmans Collstrop same
9 Frederik Penne (Bel) Palmans Collstrop same
10 Vincent Van der Kooij (Ned) Bankgiroloterij CT + 2.14