The UCI decided in the case of Femke Van den Driessche

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"The UCI announces Disciplinary Commission decision in the case of Femke Van den Driessche

26 April 2016

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) today announces that its Disciplinary Commission has rendered its decision in the case of Belgian rider Femke Van den Driessche.

The UCI Disciplinary Commission issued the following decision:

Ms Femke Van den Driessche is found to have committed a violation of art. 1.3.010 in combination with art. 12.013bis (Technological fraud) of the UCI Regulations;

Ms Femke Van den Driessche is suspended for a period of 6 years starting from and including October 11, 2015 and ending on October 10, 2021;

As a consequence of her suspension, all competitive results achieved by Ms Femke Van den Driessche from and inclusive October 11, 2015, shall be disqualified. Her name and results shall be removed from the concerned ranking lists and Ms Femke Van den Driessche shall no longer hold any corresponding title (notably Under 23 European Champion title and Under 23 Belgian Champion title);

Ms Femke Van den Driessche is ordered to return the medals and the prize-monies she received in connection with the disqualified competitions to the respective organisers;

Ms Femke Van den Driessche is ordered to pay to the UCI a fine in the amount of CHF 20’000;

Ms Femke Van den Driessche shall pay the costs of the proceedings in an amount which will be determined in the full reasoned decision.
This decision follows the discovery of a concealed electric motor in one of the rider’s bikes during checks at the Women Under 23 race of the UCI Cyclo­cross World Championships in January 2016. The bike concerned was scanned using the new magnetic resonance testing deployed this year by the UCI. This detected the motor whilst the bike was in the rider’s pit area. The motor was a Vivaxwhich was concealed along with a battery in the seat-tube. It was controlled by a Bluetooth switch installed underneath the handlebar tape.

Over 100 bikes were scanned at the event and this new method of testing has proven in trials to be extremely effective in locating hidden motors or other forms of technological fraud as it quickly detects motors, magnetic fields and solid objects concealed in a frame or components.

The UCI has tested bikes at many races in different disciplines this year (for example 274 at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in London, 216 at the Tour of Flanders, 232 at Paris-Roubaix, 173 at the U23 Liège-Bastogne-Liège). It will continue to test heavily in all disciplines throughout the year."

UCI President Brian Cookson said
“We have invested considerable resources in developing this new and highly effective scanning technology and also in strengthening the sanctions applicable to anyone found cheating in this way. This case is a major victory for the UCI and all those fans, riders and teams who want to be assured that we will keep this form of cheating out of our sport.” 


Tour of Croatia: HUGE victory for Matija Kvasina n Baku

Historical day for Team Baku that won the final GC and the Team Classification.
A very good result also for Trek Segafredo: Giacomo Nizzolo secured the points jersey while Riccardo Zoidl claimed first in the mountains competition.
In today stage Trek's Edward Theuns was a very close 2nd.

Matija Kvasina:
"Yesterday I had an emotional day with the team time trial to keep the lead and today the team fought really hard and used their last legs to defend this lead. I am happy for them and will be forever grateful. Now I need to take some rest mentally, not physically, as I am really ready for the Tour d'Azerbaidjan next.”

Edward Theuns:
"It was the plan to get Giacomo (Nizzolo) there, but I couldn't reach the front because it was going really fast and it was a technical finish. It was too late to help Giaco, so then I tried to go from far. But I was a little bit too far back at the start of the climb – around 15th-20th position – and I went maybe a little bit too early, but I felt I had to go. I thought I had it, and then one guy passed me. For me, I am happy with the result. I would, of course, be happier if I could win, but I gave it a go. I think we can be very satisfied with the Tour of Croatia. It's a finish that really suits me. It's a pity to get second, but I tried. Giacomo and I didn't have a chance to talk in the last kilometers it was so hectic. Giaco was in good position in the front, and I think he just tried to go since he was there, and then I came from behind and tried to go on the outside because I had some speed. I know in this kind of finish I am really strong and have the power to make a gap. But one guy was stronger and passed me."

1 Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) IAM Cycling 3:45:14
2 Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
3 Timothy Dupont (Bel) Veranda's Willems Cycling Team 0:00:02
4 Markus Eibegger (Aut) Team Felbermayr - Simplon Wels 0:00:03
5 Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team
6 Brecht Dhaene (Bel) Veranda's Willems Cycling Team 0:00:05
7 Jordi Simon (Spa) Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling Team
8 Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani CSF 0:00:08
9 Karol Domagalski (Pol) ONE Pro Cycling 0:00:09
10 Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Continental Team Join-S de Rijke
11 Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
12 Ivan Savitskiy (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo
13 Jetse Bol (Ned) Continental Team Join-S de Rijke
14 Radoslav Rogina (Cro) Adria Mobil
15 Jay McCarthy (Aus) Tinkoff Team
16 Felix Grosschartner (Aut) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
17 Scott Davies (GBr) Team WIGGINS
18 Jesper Hansen (Den) Tinkoff Team
19 Domen Novak (Slo) Adria Mobil
20 Víctor De La Parte (Spa) CCC Sprandi Polkowice 0:00:17
21 Matija Kvasina (Cro) Synergy Baku Cycling Project
22 Kirill Pozdnyakov (Rus) Synergy Baku Cycling Project
23 Elia Favilli (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team
24 Guillaume Boivin (Can) Cycling Academy Team 0:00:23
25 Michele Viola (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team
26 Bruno Maltar (Cro) Radenska - Ljubljana 0:00:25
27 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:27
28 Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSF 0:00:31
29 Luuc Bugter (Ned) Continental Team Join-S de Rijke 0:00:32
30 Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF 0:00:35
1 Matija Kvasina (Cro) Synergy Baku Cycling Project 23:29:29
2 Jesper Hansen (Den) Tinkoff Team 0:00:24
3 Víctor De La Parte (Spa) CCC Sprandi Polkowice 0:00:32
4 Felix Grosschartner (Aut) CCC Sprandi Polkowice 0:00:47
5 Radoslav Rogina (Cro) Adria Mobil 0:01:16
6 Domen Novak (Slo) Adria Mobil 0:01:47
7 Kirill Pozdnyakov (Rus) Synergy Baku Cycling Project 0:02:19
8 Markus Eibegger (Aut) Team Felbermayr - Simplon Wels 0:03:26
9 Scott Davies (GBr) Team WIGGINS 0:03:38
10 Riccardo Zoidl (Aut) Trek-Segafredo 0:03:50
11 Jordi Simon (Spa) Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling Team 0:03:53
12 Daniel Pearson (GBr) Team WIGGINS 0:05:01
13 Jay McCarthy (Aus) Tinkoff Team 0:05:39
14 Richard Handley (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling 0:05:42
15 Maksym Averin (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling Project 0:06:15
16 Brecht Dhaene (Bel) Veranda's Willems Cycling Team 0:06:54
17 Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF 0:07:27
18 Emanuel Kiserlovski (Cro) Meridiana Kamen Team 0:07:28
19 Marko Pavlic (Slo) Cycling Academy Team 0:07:45
20 Karol Domagalski (Pol) ONE Pro Cycling 0:08:19
21 James Oram (NZl) ONE Pro Cycling 0:08:48
22 Jetse Bol (Ned) Continental Team Join-S de Rijke 0:10:09
23 Jure Golcer (Slo) Adria Mobil 0:10:52
24 Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team 0:10:56
25 Robbert De Greef (Ned) Continental Team Join-S de Rijke 0:11:05
26 Davide Mucelli (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team 0:11:38
27 Jonathan Fumeaux (Swi) IAM Cycling 0:11:55
28 Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk 0:12:54
29 Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) IAM Cycling 0:12:59
30 Antonio Santoro (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team 0:13:09
31 Liam Holohan (GBr) Team WIGGINS 0:13:50
32 Ivan Savitskiy (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo 0:13:56
33 Izidor Penko (Slo) Radenska - Ljubljana 0:13:57
34 Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice 0:14:02
35 Sander Cordeel (Bel) Veranda's Willems Cycling Team 0:14:30
36 Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice 0:14:36
37 David Lozano Riba (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk 0:15:02
38 Ioannis Tamouridis (Gre) Synergy Baku Cycling Project 0:15:35
39 Matej Mugerli (Slo) Synergy Baku Cycling Project 0:15:42
40 Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:16:03
41 Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSF 0:16:13
42 Elchin Asadov (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling Project 0:16:39
43 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data 0:16:40
44 Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF 0:17:39
45 Jiri Polnicky (Cze) Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling Team 0:17:54
46 Bruno Maltar (Cro) Radenska - Ljubljana 0:18:00
47 Daniele Ratto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
48 Ziga Rucigaj (Slo) Radenska - Ljubljana 0:18:13
49 Mark Christian (GBr) Team WIGGINS 0:18:51
50 Wouter Mol (Ned) Continental Team Join-S de Rijke 0:19:43
51 Timothy Dupont (Bel) Veranda's Willems Cycling Team 0:21:56
52 Aydar Zakarin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo 0:22:13
53 Roman Maikin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo 0:22:43
54 Adrian Kurek (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice 0:22:47
55 Sergio Paulinho (Por) Tinkoff Team 0:24:07
56 Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo 0:24:16
57 Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team Felbermayr - Simplon Wels 0:24:29
58 Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Continental Team Join-S de Rijke 0:24:57
59 Elia Favilli (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team 0:25:01
60 Alexey Kurbatov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo 0:25:04
61 Michele Viola (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team 0:25:07
62 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 0:25:10
63 Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff Team 0:25:15
64 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data 0:25:52
65 Juraj Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff Team 0:25:59
66 Stef Van Zummeren (Bel) Veranda's Willems Cycling Team 0:26:29
67 Gasper Katrasnik (Slo) Adria Mobil 0:26:40
68 Pawel Franczak (Pol) Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling Team 0:26:56
69 Javier Megias (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk 0:27:06
70 Adam Stachowiak (Pol) Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling Team 0:27:11
71 David Per (Slo) Adria Mobil 0:27:57
72 Alberto Nardin (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec 0:28:34
73 Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani CSF 0:28:37
74 Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) IAM Cycling 0:28:47
75 Andrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk 0:29:10
76 Guillaume Boivin (Can) Cycling Academy Team 0:29:28
77 Marcel Aregger (Swi) IAM Cycling 0:29:41
78 Luuc Bugter (Ned) Continental Team Join-S de Rijke 0:29:49
79 Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:29:53
80 Erik Baska (Svk) Tinkoff Team 0:29:57
81 Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSF 0:30:19
82 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension Data 0:30:22
83 Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 0:30:23
84 Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk 0:30:33
85 Tilen Finkst (Slo) Radenska - Ljubljana 0:30:51
86 Artur Ershov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo 0:30:53
87 Artem Ovechkin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo 0:31:01
88 Luca Pacioni (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec 0:31:54
89 Samir Jabrayilov (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling Project 0:31:57
90 Kamil Gradek (Pol) Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling Team 0:31:58
91 Grégory Rast (Swi) Trek-Segafredo 0:32:51
92 Marcin Mrozek (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice 0:32:54
93 Pirmin Lang (Swi) IAM Cycling 0:33:04
94 Andrew Tennant (GBr) Team WIGGINS 0:33:33
95 Tiziano Dall'Antonia (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec 0:33:51
96 Marco Benfatto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec 0:34:03
97 Elias Van Breussegem (Bel) Veranda's Willems Cycling Team 0:34:08
98 Daan Meijers (Ned) Continental Team Join-S de Rijke 0:34:18
99 Taco Van Der Hoorn (Ned) Continental Team Join-S de Rijke 0:34:19
100 Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani CSF 0:34:28
101 Kirill Sveshnikov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo 0:34:47
102 Robert Jenko (Slo) Radenska - Ljubljana 0:34:49
103 Johannes Schinnagel (Ger) Team Felbermayr - Simplon Wels 0:34:55
104 Josef Cerny (Cze) CCC Sprandi Polkowice 0:35:18
105 Jon Bozic (Slo) Adria Mobil 0:35:25
106 Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Veranda's Willems Cycling Team 0:35:37
107 Joeri Calleeuw (Bel) Veranda's Willems Cycling Team 0:36:45
108 Matej Drinovec (Slo) Adria Mobil 0:37:09
109 Leigh Howard (Aus) IAM Cycling 0:37:24
110 Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk 0:37:31
111 Michal Kolár (Svk) Tinkoff Team 0:38:22
112 Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Veranda's Willems Cycling Team 0:38:30
113 Nick Dougall (RSA) Dimension Data
114 David Jabuka (Cro) Meridiana Kamen Team 0:39:38
115 Aviv Yechezkel (Isr) Cycling Academy Team 0:40:10
116 Rok Korosec (Slo) Radenska - Ljubljana 0:40:30
117 Lukasz Bodnar (Pol) Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling Team 0:41:16
118 Marcin Bialoblocki (Pol) ONE Pro Cycling 0:41:29
119 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension Data 0:41:46
120 Kevin De Mesmaeker (Bel) Team Novo Nordisk 0:42:13
121 Josip Rumac (Cro) Synergy Baku Cycling Project 0:43:36
122 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec 0:43:52
123 Joshua Hunt (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling 0:44:12
124 Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) Dimension Data 0:45:39
125 Nicolas Lefrancois (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk 0:46:14
126 Simon Pellaud (Swi) IAM Cycling 0:47:44
1 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 70 pts
2 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data 64
3 Timothy Dupont (Bel) Veranda's Willems Cycling Team 59
4 Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani CSF 35
5 Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) IAM Cycling 26
6 Riccardo Zoidl (Aut) Trek-Segafredo 25
7 Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Continental Team Join-S de Rijke 25
8 Markus Eibegger (Aut) Team Felbermayr - Simplon Wels 24
9 Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo 22
10 Matija Kvasina (Cro) Synergy Baku Cycling Project 20
11 Ioannis Tamouridis (Gre) Synergy Baku Cycling Project 20
12 Roman Maikin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo 20
13 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension Data 19
14 Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani CSF 18
15 Víctor De La Parte (Spa) CCC Sprandi Polkowice 16
1 Riccardo Zoidl (Aut) Trek-Segafredo 20 pts
2 Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani CSF 20
3 Artem Ovechkin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo 19
4 Matija Kvasina (Cro) Synergy Baku Cycling Project 15
5 Víctor De La Parte (Spa) CCC Sprandi Polkowice 10
6 Jesper Hansen (Den) Tinkoff Team 8
7 Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF 8
8 Kevin De Mesmaeker (Bel) Team Novo Nordisk 7
1 Domen Novak (Slo) Adria Mobil 23:31:16
2 Scott Davies (GBr) Team WIGGINS 0:01:51
3 Daniel Pearson (GBr) Team WIGGINS 0:03:14
4 Izidor Penko (Slo) Radenska - Ljubljana 0:12:10
5 Bruno Maltar (Cro) Radenska - Ljubljana 0:16:13
6 Ziga Rucigaj (Slo) Radenska - Ljubljana 0:16:26
7 Aydar Zakarin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo 0:20:26
8 Alexey Kurbatov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo 0:23:17
1 Syndergy Baku 68:55:59
2 Adria Mobil 0:04:15
3 CCC Sprandi Polkowice 0:07:10
4 Team WIGGINS 0:07:29
5 Tinkoff Team 0:09:56
7 Meridiana Kamen Team 0:15:26
8 Trek-Segafredo 0:15:45
9 Bardiani CSF 0:18:40
10 Cycling Academy Team 0:20:02
11 Veranda's Willems Cycling Team 0:20:49
12 Team Felbermayr Simplon Wels 0:24:28
13 C.T. JOIN-S DE RIJKE 0:25:17
14 IAM CYCLING 0:27:24
15 Team Novo Nordisk 0:30:30
16 Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling Team 0:32:16
17 Radenska - Ljubljana 0:33:06
18 Gazprom-Rusvelo 0:33:38
19 Astana Pro Team 0:36:35
20 Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec 0:51:24
21 Dimension Data 0:52:00


Rain and snow! what a weather for Liège-Bastogne-Liège! as if it wasn't already a very hard race... At least the organisers have got a plan B: in order to avoid the worst of the snow riders will skip the section from km 45 to km 75.
It seems that no extreme weather protocol meeting was held as rider's delegate Kristof Vandewalle was ill... Is maybe the case to nominate a vice?
La Roche-en-Ardenne, 2.8 km at 6.2%.. A break is away, including Tiralongo, De Gendt, Roy, Laengen, Brutt, De Marchi, Edet and Benedetti. They have a good gap, about 7', but that's a long, tachtical race.
Côte de Saint-Roch, 1km at 11.2%: the peloton started the serious chase. Now it's dry and a little sunny but still very cold.
Côte de Wanne: 2.8km at 7.4%.  The gap is 4'19" 80 km to go.
Cote de la Haute-Levee.
On the break is raining again, and very hard. Now the peloton gets in the rain storm too. There is also a strong crosswind. Rain turns in snow, big flakes are falling on the race.
Col du Rosier: 4.4km at 5.9%. They are in the feed zone but it's going to be hard to eat today... still it's vital, always and especially in this cold.
The sun shines again! what a crazy weather! and how hard it makes it for riders forced to pass through all these changes of temperature!
51 km to go Voeckler attacks with Calemejane, Adam Yates follows and they get  a few meters, but the move is soon neutralised and only Voeckler is still away.
Tony Gallopin crashed off. 54 km to go the gap is just 1'45". The break is down to De Marchi, Edet and De Gendt.
46 km to go Poljanski, Thurau, Van der Sande and Vliegen attack from the peloton.
Cote de La Redoute: 2 km, 8.9%. Laengen is back with the front group.
Edet goes, De Marchi follows. Behind Voeckler is caught.
WOW! Eavy snow on La Redoute! 
Roche-aux-Faucons, Saint-Nicolas and Rue Naniot are the last climbs left on the way to Liège. De Gendt joined the front group.
31 km to go we have the first attacks from the peloton.  Andriy Grivko has got a gap. He joins De Gendt but they are caught. Edet and De Marchi remains in front.
26 km to go a crash brings down several riders Majka included. 
La Roche-aux-Faucons: 1300 meters, 11%. break over. Race on? Nobody attack.
18 km to go Carlos Betancur - in shorts - gets off the peloton! he gets a slight gap but his move is neutralised by Etixx-QS.
In Ans, in the deluge.
Cote de Saint-Nicolas: 1200 meters, 8.6%. 9.5km to go Kwiatkowski, Betancur and Grivko have a small gap. But they are caught. Betancur keeps attacking but the peloton reacts. At the back Vincenzo Nibali is dropped.
Bardet attacks! Rosa goes on conter, Zakarin follows. All caught.
Cote de la Rue Naniot, 600 meters, 10.5%, paved, 2500 m from the finish. Albasini, Rui Costa, S. Sanchez and Poels are in the lead.
Last km, the slight climb and the descent. The sprint. Wout Poels launches it, no fear. Albasini is in a perfect position but waits too long. Wout Poels wins! Good one for Team Sky!

Wout Poels:
"It's unbelievably. I'm really happy and I still can't believe I won Liege-Bastogne-Liege. It's a really nice victory that's for sure! To be able to win the first Monument for the team, especially a team like this, is really special. I'm riding with the best riders in the world. It's a huge win for the team and also for myself. I know I'm quite fast but I also knew that guys like Albasini were quick too. After 260km no sprint is the same. I think everyone was really tired from the cold, rain, snow and everything else the weather threw at us today. I did a good sprint and luckily it was enough to win Liege-Bastogne-Liege!"

Michael Albasini:
“It was really tough out there. In those kinds of conditions you are always thinking about staying as warm and dry as possible especially towards the end. We had stripped off some layers going into the final and then it snowed again, it was really demanding. It was close at the end, I felt good and I tried a couple of times to get away but I didn’t quite have the legs in the last few metres. Maybe it’s too soon to be happy about second place but I think in the days to come I will pretty happy about it.”

Chris Froome:
"What an epic day of racing! Reliving it on TV, it was worse than it looked out there 😄❄️ Congrats @WoutPoels! 🙌#LBL"

Pieter Serry:
"The Ardennes are over. Happy with current form. Did everything I could for our team and finished as 39th today."

Dan Martin:
"Just ran out of legs. Thank you to our young @Etixx_QuickStep boys. We've learnt so much this week and will be back stronger #WayToRide"
"Honestly, I wouldn't change anything I did today. I just missed some power in the legs at the finish, as the cold took its toll on me. It was important to keep believing you'll feature in the final, which I did, but in the end this wasn't enough, as all of the sudden my legs stopped working and I had no more power left, so I got dropped".

Bauke Mollema:
"What a day in Belgium. Snow, cold, rain, everything. Congrats @WoutPoels!!"

Maxime BOUET
"J'ai eu la chance de faire Milan San remo, l'étape gavia stelvio du Giro sous la neige et Neige Bastogne Neige... 😬❄️⛷"

Patrick Lefevere:
"Not the result we came for #LiegeBastogneLiege but in this weather I can't blame my team @Etixx_QuickStep congrats to my youngsters".

Julian Alaphilippe:
"I am happy for completing the race. It was terrible today: snow, hail, rain, you name it, we had it all. I gave everything and finished the race empty on the inside.”


1 Poels
2 Albasini
3 Costa
4. S.Sanchez,
5. Zakarin,
8. Rodriguez,
9. Mollema,
10. Rosa.


Cycling So Far: Vuelta Castilla y Leon, Giro del Trentino and Tour of Croatia

Mikel Landa in Trentino
The sweetness of April came and immediately vanished, the sun was even  too warm and now it's just a memory under a thick cover of cloud. It's rainy and cold in Italy. It looks like March. 
As far as cycling is concerned I'm only following the classic races I love. 
Matija Kvasina in Croatia
There are too many races in the calendar, historical events must fight to survive while new races are created in the same days. I think it makes no sense that people racing Liège didn't start in Amstel and Fleche but maybe in Trentino. I see Tour of Croatia got an higher profile while Tour of Turkey - already a quite new race - is affected by the political situation. That's normal: cycling races are a part of a wider world and I'd like to see the peloton stopping in support of refugees blocked on the Balkan road. Is this going to happen?
Mikel Landa conquered Trentino before he attacks the Giro d'Italia. Alejandro Valverde won Vuelta Castilla y Leon just before his triumph in the Fleche. Carlos Betancur is back delivering and looks good in his new Team Movistar. 
The Tour of Croatia will finish tomorrow - while I'll be busy with Liège - but so far it has been a success for Trek-Segafredo that scored two victories by Giacom Nizzolo and one by Riccardo Zoidl, but also for Team Baku that's leading by Matija Kvasina. It would be cool if they can bring home that jersey!

Me sunbathing before a school meeting
Vuelta Castilla y Leon
2016-04-15 Stage 1 - Alcanices › Bragança BETANCUR Carlos  BETANCUR Carlos 166.3
2016-04-16 Stage 2 - Bragança › Fermoselhe VALVERDE Alejandro  BETANCUR Carlos 170.6
2016-04-17 Stage 3 - Salamanca › Alto de Candelario VALVERDE Alejandro 151.4
Giro del Trentino
2016-04-19 Stage 1 (TTT) - Riva › Torbole AGNOLI Valerio 12.1
2016-04-20 Stage 2 - Arco › Anras LANDA Mikel  LANDA Mikel 220
2016-04-21 Stage 3 - Sillian › Mezzolombardo KANGERT Tanel  LANDA Mikel 204.6
2016-04-22 Stage 4 - Malè › Cles KANGERT Tanel 160.9
Tour of Croatia
2016-04-19 Stage 1 - Osijek › Varazdin NIZZOLO Giacomo  NIZZOLO Giacomo 230.4
2016-04-20 Stage 2 - NP Plitvice › Split CAVENDISH Mark  CAVENDISH Mark 240
2016-04-21 Stage 3 - Makarska › Sibenik NIZZOLO Giacomo  NIZZOLO Giacomo 190.8
2016-04-22 Stage 4 - Crikvenica › Ucka ZOIDL Riccardo  KVASINA Matija 122.1
2016-04-23 Stage 5 (TTT) - Porec › Umag TEAM TINKOFF         KVASINA Matija 40.3
2016-04-24 Stage 6 - Sveti Martin › Zagreb ?           ? 158.5


Fleche Wallonne: Valverde Makes History

Not a rider I like but yes today he DOES make history: he just won la Fleche for four times, the first and only one and always atop Huy.
That's my favourite Ardenne's classic race: short and brutal. Even boring but blasting in the finale. Today in a glorious sun and really uneventful if you exclude the crash involving Frank Schleck, who sadly broke his collarbone. Team Movistar strictly controlled. 
There was a break, started and finished by Steve Cummings. In there also Helven, Van der Sande, Dillier, Pacher, Reijnen, Bouwman, Bono, Pedersen and Laengen.
Bob Jungels attacked and Movistar's Ion Izagirre weirdly followed, passive at first, then collaborating, then going solo. Tim Wellens jumped off the peloton, joined and passed by. But everybody were finally caught.
On the Mur de Huy nobody had the legs to really try: Purito, then Dan Martin didn't do a difference. But Alejandro Valverde went on counter, Alaphilippe on his wheel. An easy victory. If the mur de Huy can be easy!

Amongh the women Anna Van der Breggen won on Stevens and Guarnier. It seems it has been an exciting finale but we couldn't watch it. Shame!

Alejandro Valverde:
“The team was immense. An absolute marvel, the whole squad was amazing, in perfect harmony - since this very morning. We were able to do the race we wanted to - and crown it in the best possible way. Imanol, Rubén, Betancur, Rory, Dani, Visco… all of them pushed like hell and paid attention to every single split into the bunch, keeping me calm at the front.
Before the last Mur de Huy there was a lot of fighting, swerving and also mind games. I wanted to get to the front before the real climbing started to avoid any surprises. Purito attacked first, Daniel Martin followed shortly after. That moment, I saw my feelings were so incredibly great that I couldn't do any other thing but going after them. This victory, as well as the ones in Castilla y León, keeps me much calm. Also, see: before heading into the start, I was nervous because I felt my conditions were better than in previous years. I wanted to keep everything under control and eventually, it turned out well.
I'm really happy, as much as willing to go for next Sunday. We've fulfilled our 'internal' goal, which was winning Flèche - now it's time to rest up and thing about Liège. We don't know if it will rain, maybe the forecast can change, and if he does, we can stay happy: cold without rain is easier to combat. I'm really happy to enter history with this fourth Flèche Wallonne.”

Wout Poels:
"It was a really good day. The team did a really good job for me and actually from the start my legs felt really good.
I did an interview with Dutch television before the race and said I wanted to get a top-five finish because I really want to go to the Olympics with the Netherlands. I have to show that I can perform in one-day races so it's quite cool that I can say I came fourth today. The Mur de Huy is a really long, steep and difficult climb and you need a lot of patience to wait. The last 200m was full gas and my legs were so painful then, I just had to keep going to the finish and see what I could do! I think I did a good climb and the three other guys were just a little too strong. It bodes well for the next few years though."

Daniel Martin:
"We wanted to go for the victory, but second and third on the podium is still a great result for the team. We knew that we can't beat Alejandro on the last 100 meters, so we tried to anticipate with 300 meters to go. We rode aggressively and the tactic was for Julian to stay in the wheel of Valverde, while I tried to go a little bit from afar. I have a very good relationship with Julian and we work very well together. We have to be happy, but we're also a bit sad, because we came here to get the win."

Julian Alaphilippe:
"I felt good throughout the day, rode with confidence and stayed close to Dan during the race. Our tactic was to have Dan start his effort early, because he has the power for such an attack, while I waited behind Valverde. Dan was really incredible and did a fantastic job on the climb. My legs were in pain after a really hard race, always up and down, without any time of respite. Of course, I am disappointed not to take the victory, but I'm also satisfied to come again on the podium at my second participation and especially to see how the team made the race on the Mur de Huy"

Robert Gesink:
“We saved Enrico for the final kilometres before the Mur de Huy. That went well and the other men were very strong earlier. We did fine as a team, but we missed the result we wanted. I wanted to finish top 10, but I failed. I need to become more explosive or be able to go deeper.”

Wilco Kelderman:
“I wanted more than this 13th place. When they attacked on the Mur de Huy, a gap opened just in front of me and I wasn’t able to hold on anymore. I exploded in the end and several riders passed me afterwards.”

Koen Bouwman:
“It was my aim to be in the break, but it took quite a long time before we had a gap. I was there for more time than I imagined I would be. It was a beautiful reward. This was the best possible for me today.”

Samuel Sánchez:
“For the team and for me the objective was to have someone in the top ten, and hopefully more in the top three. But in a race like this it’s difficult when there are such good riders. The tempo was high from the beginning but the guys in the team worked really well. We had Silvan in the breakaway and Dylan to support me in the final. On the last climb I stayed in a good position and then in the last 150m I went full gas and passed a lot of riders. Sixth place is a good result. Liège-Bastogne-Liège is a completely different race and the forecast isn’t good. It’s six or six and a half hours on the bike so it will be all about surviving.”

Silvan Dillier:
“I’m happy with my performance and being in the breakaway. My race today was definitely better than Amstel Gold Race last Sunday so I’m happy about this, but I’m not so happy that I couldn’t stay with Steve Cummings (Dimension Data). He was just one level above, but then compared to the others in the breakaway I was able to stay the longest with him. In the end I don’t think it would have made much of a difference because then caught him too, not too much later. When we went up Mur de Huy the second time I felt really good and we had a one-minute advantage at the bottom of the climb. I said to myself that I would go at my own pace and see what happens at the top, whether or not there would be any moves from the bunch. But all of a sudden I was alone on the Mur and Steve bridged to me and we went the too of us. But I was surprised there wasn’t more attacks from the bunch. To be in the breakaway was really nice but it’s not the way you’re going to win a race like La Flèche Wallonne.”

Philippe Gilbert:
“I was feeling quite good at the start of the race but eventually started to feel fatigued and the side effects of my fractured finger and the different position that I have on the bike because of this. It was quite hard. It was a hard and fast race from the start and that didn’t stop all race. It was a big edition of La Flèche Wallonne. Now we’ll see what happens on Sunday at Liège-Bastogne-Liège”.

Tosh Van der Sande:
"Early" break today @flechewallonne ! If you never shoot, you always miss ! Next Liege Bastogne Liege"

Warren Barguil:
“I am really happy with the team performance today who did a great job in protecting me all day. At the bottom of the Mur de Huy, I lost a lot of positions and I started the climb from too far back because I got boxed in. I’m progressing each year on the classics and that keeps me motivated to keep on improving.”

Kiel Reijnen:
"It was not a super cohesive breakaway and Movistar did not give us a lot of leash, which was a bummer. As the race got harder I was hoping to feel punchier, but I definitely emptied the tank."

Peter Stetina:
"It was a ridiculously stressful race; all day on little cow-path farm roads, and it was honestly scary at times because no one would give anyone an inch and everyone was fresh. The whole team tried to fly the flag together with no big favorite, we all tried to pull our weight. Laurent (Didier), myself and Kiel (Reijnen) were all in early breakaways and eventually the one with Kiel stuck. Unfortunately, we were missing our big hitters with Bauke (Mollema) not here and Fränk (Schleck) crashing and breaking his collarbone. I could have supported and got them into position ahead of the Mur. I was just the last guy standing and just suffered. For me personally, I am 12 months out from my crash and 8 months back riding a bike and so to finally be at the front of a race with the leaders instead of behind getting my head bashed in was a good feeling. Literally every race I am getting stronger and I want to keep the progression going for California and the Tour. The knee is holding up and it is not swelling; it's all moving in the right direction."

Anna van der Breggen (Rabo-Liv) wins La Fleche Wallonne

Anna van der Breggen:
"That feeling.. Thank you girls and staff! @raboliv ✌️"

1 Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 3:50:36
2 Evelyn Stevens (USA) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam 0:00:08
3 Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam 0:00:22
4 Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 0:00:23
5 Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle High5 0:00:25
6 Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Canyon SRAM Racing 0:00:38
7 Emma Johansson (Swe) Wiggle High5 0:00:43
8 Katrin Garfoot (Aus) Orica-AIS 0:00:45
9 Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 0:00:48
10 Jolanda Neff (Swi) Servetto Footon
11 Claudia Lichtenberg (Ger) Lotto Soudal Ladies 0:00:53
12 Carmen Small (USA) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team
13 Malgorzta Jasinska (Pol) Ale' Cipollini 0:00:55
14 Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Orica-AIS 0:00:58
15 Rachel Neylan (Aus) Orica-AIS
16 Ane Santesteban Gonzalez (Spa) Ale' Cipollini 0:01:00
17 Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
18 Janneke Ensing (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team
19 Elena Cecchini (Ita) Canyon SRAM Racing 0:01:03
20 Anna Plichat (Pol) BTC City Ljubljana 0:01:09
21 Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Liv-Plantur 0:01:11
22 Nicole Brändli (Swi) Servetto Footon
23 Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica-AIS
24 Lara Vieceli (Ita) INPA - Bianchi
25 Danielle King (GBr) Wiggle High5
26 Eugenia Bujak (Pol) BTC City Ljubljana
27 Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Hitec Products 0:01:21
28 Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam 0:01:23
29 Joelle Numainville (Can) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team 0:01:25
30 Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 0:01:27
31 Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Canyon SRAM Racing 0:01:30
32 Alexis Ryan (USA) Canyon SRAM Racing
33 Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Hitec Products 0:01:37
34 Tayler Wiles (USA) Orica-AIS 0:02:15
35 Carlee Taylor (Aus) Team Liv-Plantur 0:02:16
36 Audrey Cordon (Fra) Wiggle High5 0:02:18
37 Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon SRAM Racing 0:02:21
38 Eleonora Van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
39 Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 0:02:33
40 Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica-AIS 0:02:34
41 Jessie Daams (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies 0:03:01
42 Anna Zita Maria Stricker (Ita) INPA - Bianchi 0:03:20
43 Ganna Solovei (Ukr) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team 0:03:39
44 Tetiana Riabchenko (Ukr) INPA - Bianchi 0:03:49
45 Mayuko Hagiwara (Jpn) Wiggle High5
46 Pauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team 0:03:56
47 Olga Zabelinkskaya (Rus) Bepink 0:04:06
48 Flavia Oliveira (Bra) Lensworld-Zannata 0:04:07
49 Edwige Pitel (Fra) S.C. Michela Fanini 0:04:12
50 Katarzyna Pawlowska (Pol) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam 0:04:16
51 Rozanne Slik (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur 0:04:29
52 Ursa Pintar (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana
53 Léna Gerault (Fra) France
54 Kristabel Doebel-Hickok (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling
55 Jermaine Post (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team 0:04:35
56 Alexandra Nessmar (Swe) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team 0:04:39
57 Eva Buurman (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team
58 Jenelle Crooks (Aus) Australia
59 Kelly Van Den Steen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Etixx 0:04:42
60 Riejanne Markus (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur
61 Stephanie Pohl (Ger) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team
62 Kseniya Tuhai (Blr) Bepink 0:04:45
63 Anisha Vekemans (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies
64 Svetlana Vasilieva (Rus) Astana Women's Team
65 Ana Maria Covrig (Rom) INPA - Bianchi 0:04:48
66 Clara Koppenburg (Ger) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team
67 Lex Albrecht (Can) Bepink
68 Sofie De Vuyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies 0:04:51
69 Dalia Muccioli (Ita) Ale' Cipollini 0:04:52
70 Ann-Sofie Duyck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Etixx 0:04:54
71 Alison Tetrick (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling 0:05:06
72 Polona Batagelj (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana
73 Cecilie Gotaas Johnsen (Nor) Hitec Products
74 Sarah Rijkes (Aut) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team
75 Arianna Fidanza (Ita) Astana Women's Team 0:05:14
76 Charlotte Bravard (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86
77 Valerie Demey (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Etixx 0:05:40
78 Esra Tromp (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team 0:05:52
79 Séverine Eraud (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86 0:05:56
80 Charlotte Becker (Ger) Hitec Products 0:05:59
81 Anna Potokina (Rus) Servetto Footon 0:06:18
82 Jessica Allen (Aus) Australia 0:06:49
83 Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Ale' Cipollini
84 Amélie Rivat (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86
85 Oxana Kozonchuk (Rus) Lensworld-Zannata 0:07:24
86 Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Lensworld-Zannata 0:07:41
87 Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Lensworld-Zannata
88 Jessy Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Etixx 0:09:54
89 Kaat Hannes (Bel) Lensworld-Zannata 0:10:27
90 Willeke Knol (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies 0:10:29
91 Spela Kern (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana 0:10:36
92 Dorleta Eskamendi Gil (Spa) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team 0:10:42
93 Emilie Rochedy (Fra) France
94 Lucia Gonzalez (Spa) Lointek 0:10:44
95 Miriam Bjørnsrud (Nor) Hitec Products 0:15:04
96 Ingrid Lorvik (Nor) Hitec Products
97 Tatiana Antoshina (Rus) Astana Women's Team 0:15:08
98 Marlène Morel Petitgirard (Fra) France 0:15:12
99 Doris Schweizer (Swi) Cylance Pro Cycling 0:15:13
100 Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling 0:15:18
101 An-Li Kachelhoffer (RSA) Lotto Soudal Ladies
102 Sofia Beggin (Ita) Astana Women's Team 0:15:19
103 Greta Richioud (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86 0:16:14
104 Anabelle Dreville (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86 0:16:23
105 Fanny Leleu (Fra) France
106 Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon SRAM Racing 0:16:40
107 Monique Van De Ree (Ned) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team 0:16:42
108 Heidi Dalton (RSA) Bizkaia - Durango 0:16:45
109 Victorie Guilman (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86
110 Sara Penton (Bel) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team 0:16:49
111 Roos Hoogeboom (Ned) Bizkaia - Durango 0:16:52
112 Lierni Lekuona Etxebeste (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango 0:16:58
113 Kyara Stijns (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur 0:17:08
114 Alba Teruel Ribes (Spa) Lointek 0:17:10
115 Michela Pavin (Ita) INPA - Bianchi 0:17:11
116 Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Bepink
117 Kimberley Le Court De Billot (Mri) Bizkaia - Durango 0:17:35
118 Simona Bortolotti (Ita) Bepink 0:18:28
DNF Aurore Verhoeven (Fra) Lointek
DNF Gloria Rodriguez (Spa) Lointek
DNF Rocio Del Alba Garcia Martinez (Spa) Lointek
DNF Maria Del Mar Bonnin Palou (Spa) Lointek
DNF Saartje Vandenbroucke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Etixx
DNF Fien Delbaere (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Etixx
DNF Margarita Lopez (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango
DNF Elisabet Escursell Valero (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango
DNF Astrid Chazal (Fra) France
DNF Claudia Cretti (Ita) INPA - Bianchi
DNF Nicole Moerig (Aus) Australia
DNF Kimberley Wells (Aus) Australia
DNF Shannon Malseed (Aus) Australia
DNF Louisa Lobigs (Aus) Australia
DNF Maaike Polspoel (Bel) Lensworld-Zannata
DNF Veronika Kormos (Hun) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team
DNF Amber Neben (USA) Bepink
DNF Kseniya Dobrynina (Rus) Astana Women's Team
DNF Jelena Eric (Srb) BTC City Ljubljana
DNF Anna Trevisi (Ita) Ale' Cipollini
DNF Ellen Skerritt (Aus) Ale' Cipollini
DNF Rossella Ratto (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling
DNF Maria Vittoria Sperotto (Ita) Servetto Footon
DNF Katia Ragusa (Ita) Servetto Footon
DNF Molly Meyvisch (Bel) Servetto Footon
DNF Anna Sanchis Chafer (Spa) Wiggle High5
DNF Lotta Lepistö (Fin) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team
1 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 4:43:57
2 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step
3 Daniel Martin (Irl) Etixx - Quick-Step
4 Wouter Poels (Ned) Team Sky 0:00:04
5 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:00:05
6 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team
7 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-GreenEdge
8 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - Merida
9 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin
10 Rui Costa (Por) Lampre - Merida
11 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff Team
12 Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale Pro Cycling
13 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
14 Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:00:12
15 Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:00:14
16 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
17 Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
18 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:00:17
19 Pierre-Roger Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
20 Diego Rosa (Ita) Astana Pro Team
21 Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 0:00:23
22 Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale
23 Floris De Tier (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
24 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data 0:00:27
25 Daniel Navarro (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:00:29
26 Louis Meintjes (RSA) Lampre - Merida
27 Pieter Weening (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton
28 Joaquim Rodríguez Oliver (Spa) Team Katusha 0:00:32
29 Dries Devenyns (Bel) IAM Cycling 0:00:34
30 Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing Team
31 Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Astana Pro Team
32 Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
33 Huub Duijn (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton
34 Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
35 Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:40
36 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale Pro Cycling
37 Daniel Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:43
38 Chris Anker Sorensen (Den) Fortuneo - Vital Concept 0:00:46
39 Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
40 Florian Vachon (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept
41 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Tinkoff Team 0:00:50
42 Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:00:52
43 Julien El Farès (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
44 Jérémy Maison (Fra) FDJ 0:00:55
45 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team
46 Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise 0:01:01
47 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal 0:01:14
48 Simon Clarke (Aus) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:01:22
49 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team 0:01:27
50 Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:01:32
51 Mickaël Chérel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:39
52 Cyril Gautier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
53 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - Merida 0:01:42
54 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Stölting Service Group 0:01:54
55 Luis Angel Maté Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credit 0:02:02
56 Fredrik Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:02:04
57 Pieter Serry (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:02:06
58 Laurens De Plus (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step
59 Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept
60 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Dimension Data 0:02:10
61 Stefan Denifl (Aut) IAM Cycling 0:02:13
62 Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
63 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:02:17
64 Jon Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team 0:02:25
65 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:02:33
66 Bob Jungels (Lux) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:03:01
67 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
68 David De La Cruz (Spa) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:03:16
69 Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:03:23
70 Michel Kreder (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton 0:03:30
71 Natnael Berhane (Eri) Dimension Data
72 Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ
73 Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling
74 Sebastian Henao (Col) Team Sky
75 Jarlinson Pantano (Col) IAM Cycling
76 Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept
77 Nathan Brown (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling
78 Christian Meier (Can) Orica-GreenEdge
79 Jack Haig (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge
80 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
81 Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
82 Alex Howes (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling
83 Clement Chevrier (Fra) IAM Cycling
84 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step
85 Gaetan Bille (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
86 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team
87 Oliver Zaugg (Swi) IAM Cycling
88 Angel Vicioso (Spa) Team Katusha
89 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Tinkoff Team
90 Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton 0:03:34
91 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team
92 Loic Vliegen (Bel) BMC Racing Team
93 Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Tinkoff Team
94 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ 0:04:14
95 Lawrence Warbasse (USA) IAM Cycling 0:04:16
96 Michael Valgren (Den) Tinkoff Team 0:04:56
97 Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale 0:05:00
98 Ivan Rovny (Rus) Tinkoff Team 0:05:11
99 Sergei Chernetckii (Rus) Team Katusha
100 Alberto Losada (Spa) Team Katusha
101 Tiago Machado (Por) Team Katusha
102 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Team Katusha
103 Chad Haga (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin
104 Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto Soudal
105 Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky
106 Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM 0:05:22
107 Petr Vakoc (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:05:25
108 Anthony Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:05:54
109 Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar Team 0:05:58
110 Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Movistar Team
111 Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre - Merida
112 Michal Golas (Pol) Team Sky 0:06:08
113 Paul Martens (Ger) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
114 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing Team
115 Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky
116 Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
117 Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Orica-GreenEdge 0:06:29
118 Mario Costa (Por) Lampre - Merida 0:06:58
119 Sander Helven (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise 0:07:00
120 Stephen Cummings (GBr) Dimension Data 0:07:08
121 Lawson Craddock (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling
122 Romain Combaud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM 0:08:02
123 Benjamin King (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling
124 Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) FDJ
125 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ
126 Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) Team Katusha
127 Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) Dimension Data
128 Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
129 Michael Reihs (Den) Stölting Service Group
130 Bertjan Lindeman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
131 Alexey Vermeulen (USA) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
132 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Tinkoff Team
133 Julien Loubet (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept
134 Stefan Kung (Swi) BMC Racing Team
135 Sander Armée (Bel) Lotto Soudal
136 Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team
137 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin
138 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek-Segafredo
139 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
140 Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept
141 Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek-Segafredo
142 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Trek-Segafredo
143 Rory Sutherland (Aus) Movistar Team 0:08:10
144 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge
145 Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:08:12
146 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - Merida 0:08:15
147 Toms Skujins (Lat) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:08:22
148 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:10:54
149 Aleksei Tsatevich (Rus) Team Katusha 0:11:19
150 Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
151 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin
152 Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
153 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton
154 Omar Fraile (Spa) Dimension Data
155 Leonardo Duque (Col) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
156 Yannick Martinez (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM 0:11:23
157 Reinier Honig (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton 0:11:28
158 Delio Fernández Cruz (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM 0:11:41
159 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Team Sky
160 Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) IAM Cycling
161 Koen Bouwman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
162 Christian Mager (Ger) Stölting Service Group 0:11:47
DNF Quentin Pacher (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
DNF Daniel Diaz (Arg) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
DNF Thomas Koep (Ger) Stölting Service Group
DNF Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Stölting Service Group
DNF Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Stölting Service Group
DNF Otto Vergaerde (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
DNF Dries Van Gestel (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
DNF Youcef Reguigui (Alg) Dimension Data
DNF Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton
DNF Kai Reus (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton
DNF Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal
DNF Caleb Fairly (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin
DNF Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ
DNF William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ
DNF Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek-Segafredo
DNF Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
DNF Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek-Segafredo
DNF Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
DNF Marco Marcato (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
DNF Mark Mcnally (GBr) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
DNF Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Tinkoff Team
DNF Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro Team
DNF Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team
DNF Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Team Sky
DNF Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky
DNF Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
DNF Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-GreenEdge
DNF Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-GreenEdge