Telekom’s Klier Wins 65th Ghent-Wevelgem
The annual mid-week semi-classic from Ghent to Wevelgem (204km) was won today by Andreas Klier of Telekom, beating the Navigators Henk Vogels, Tom Boonen (Quickstep) and Domina Vacanze’s Alberto Ongarato. Things got hairy just over the line as Boonen crashed into a race photographer and went down after battling for position with Vogels.
A last minute bid was made by Servais Knaven (winner of Paris -Roubaix 2001 to go solo, but he was reeled in with 2km to go.
Last year’s winner, Mario Cipollini finished in 22nd spot, several seconds down after a crash dropped him out of leader’s contention.
The race traditionally serves as a good indictaor of who’s on form for this Sunday’s Paris-Roubaix. Be sure to stay tuned for our daily Previews of the Hell of The North.
Results: 65th Ghent-Wevelgem
1. Andreas Klier (Telekom) – 04h37’37”
2. Henk Vogels (Navigators) – s.t.
3. Tom Boonen (Quickstep-Davitamon) – s.t.
4. Alberto Ongarato (Domina Vacanze-Elitron) – at :01
5. Servais Knaven (Quickstep-Davitamon) – at :20
6. Raivis Belohvosciks (Mar) – at :43
7. Johan Museeuw (Quickstep-Davitamon) – at 01:05
8. Roger Hammond (Palmans-Collstrop) – s.t.
9. Max van Heeswijk (USPS) – s.t.
10. Matthew Hayman (Rabobank) – s.t.