Procycling: De Ronde

I spent the morning at my son's race, all flat and uneventful. When I turned the tv on the Ronde was already on the Tenbosse, the 7th climb of the day. There is a break-away including Mark McNally (Wanty-Gobert), Oliviero Troia (UAE Emirates), Julien Duval (AG2R La Mondiale), Stef Van Zummeren (Veranda's Willems Crelan), Michael Goolaerts (Veranda's Willems Crelan), Julien Morice (Direct Energie), Edward Planckaert (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise) and André Looij (Roompot). They have about 6' on the peloton and are approaching the Muur.
Coryb Rivera wins the Ronde 
Tom Boonen takes it in front. Sagan and van Avermaet excluded, all the main contenders are there. Boonen, Gilbert, Trentin, Vanmarcke, , Kristoff, Rowe, Modolo, Moscon, Bodnare and Coquard got a gap. Chavanel, Démare, Vanspeybrouck and Stuyven join.

Meanwhile the women's race is at the last km with a 15 riders group going to the sprint. Coryn Rivera wins!

In the men's race, the 3rd group with Sagan and van
Avermaet is 1' behind the 2nd group with all the favourites.
Kanarieberg, 70 km to go Goolaerts is caught.
The rest of the break is only 19'' ahead. 
65 km to go the first two groups merge. So now in the lead there are: Tom Boonen, Philippe Gilbert, Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step), Bryan Coquard, Sylvain Chavanel (Direct Energie), Arnaud Démare (FDJ), Sep Vanmarcke (Cannondale-Drapac), Alexander Kristoff (Katusha), Luke Rowe, Gianni Moscon (Sky), Maciej Bodnar (Bora-Hansgrohe), Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo), Sacha Modolo (UAE Emirates), Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), Mark McNally (Wanty-Gobert), Oliviero Troia (UAE Emirates), Julien Duval (AG2R La Mondiale), Stef Van Zummeren (Veranda's Willems Crelan), Michael Goolaerts (Veranda's Willems Crelan), Julien Morice (Direct Energie), Edward Planckaert (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise) and André Looij (Roompot).
Next is the Oude Kwaremont, 54 km from the finish. Can Sagan and van Avermaet come back to the front? Boonene and Trentin sprint to be first on the climb and the front group risk to split.
Sep Vanmarcke is also in front. Philippe Gilbert attacks and gets a gap. Troia is dropped. Gilbert goes but the group doesn't chase. It's still a long way to go...
Luke Rowe and Sep van Marcke and Macej Bodnar crashed! Vanmarcke's bike is broken.
Paterberg: Gilbert is 28'' ahead.
Omg Sep Vanmarcke! his jersey is completely ripped! 
Many riders are joining the chasing group, Sagan and van Avermaet included.
Koppenberg: Van Baarle and Felline are chasing Gilbert.
Sonny Cobrelli is in the Boonen's group in spite he crashed while training for the Ronde and injuried his foot. Indeed he's wearing a special shoe... Niki Terpstra is there too, and relatively fresh.
Taaienberg: Boonen's chain drops!!! He changes bike but... the chain drops again!!! race over.
Sagan attacks! Sagan, Naesen and Van Avermaet join, as well as Trentin and Offredo. They catch Felline and Van Baarle. Seven riders in the first chasing group.
Only three climbs are left: Kruisberg/Hotond, Oude Kwaremont and Paterberg. Gilbert keeps going and his gap is about 1'.
23 km to go Greipel gets off the peloton, Modolo follows with Valgren and Pozzato.
3rd and last time on the Oude Kwaremont.
OMG Sagan, van Avermaet and Naesen crash! it seems he rode into the barrier! All back on bike but the race is over.
Sep Vanmarcke retired: a broken finger for him probably.
Van Avermaet is back in the peloton and attacks, Terpstra on his wheel. Gilbert is on the last climb. In the middle there is still Van Baarle.
9 km to go Van Avermaet and Terpstra join Van Baarle.
6 km to go Gilbert's advantage is down to 37''.
Last km. It's done. He's won and proudly points out his jersey of Belgian National Champion. He crosses the line on foot and rises the bike.
Sprint for the 2nd place: van Avermaet wins on Terpstra.

Coryn Rivera:
"Just to start the women's Ronde van Vlaanderen is absolutely incredible, it's such a beautiful race. The team did a brilliant job keeping the leaders safe and in a good position throughout the race. When the going got tough the team animated the race with Rozanne [Slik] taking a lead before the Kanarieberg. Here we showed our intentions to make it a hard race and when the first bunch of 30 exploded on the Kruisberg, we were up there but we couldn't follow on the climb. The team gave everything on the Kwaremont to get the group back at the wheel and we almost closed it, but in the end we couldn't follow the four best climbers. From the moment that Hans [Timmermans] made the call to go full gas for me, Ellen [van Dijk] took charge of the pace. The sprint was absolutely thrilling, but I still feel like I am dreaming."
Gracie Elvin:
“The win would’ve have been amazing, but I was so close today. My best place in previous editions was not even in the front group, so to come here and be in the mix and try to go for the win is amazing. It just goes to show all the hard work I’ve put in this season is paying off and how great the team was today. I really didn’t have to do much before the finish, everyone had a role to play and they did it brilliantly, especially Annemiek right at the end. She could have won today and I had to make sure I made the right decisions once that group had been caught. This is definitely a career highlight for me, I’ve been dreaming about this for a long time and after coming so close again and again I want to keep improving.”


Philippe Gilbert:
"I keep dreaming of the other two Monuments I still have to win.
I rode the Muur very fast with Tom on my wheel. Then it was Tom's turn. With Tom and Matteo Trentin we had decided to attack on the Old Kwaremont. After some 100 meters, I looked back and I saw that I was alone. I asked 10 times on the radio what to do, but I got no answer, so I just rode.
Winning here in my Belgium Champion Jersey is very special. Everybody recognised me, the support was tremendous. We rode past the village where Claude Criquielion, the last Wallonian winner of the Ronde, was born. I thought of him in the finale.
This is very emotional. My mother is here. I want to thank my team for their trust and for the hard work they have done to thwart the pursuit. This is a victory of the whole team."
“We won as a team today and everyone deserves to be on the podium, so a big thanks goes to all the guys, because they did a huge workload. After Tom initiated that move on the Muur, we continued to push and decided to go full gas on the second ascent of the Oude Kwaremont. Tom did a big pull just ahead of the hill, I took over as the road began to rise and soon noticed I opened a small gap and never looked back again. Many people thought I was crazy to attack 55 kilometers out, myself included, but I didn’t go that hard, because I was aware the final 15 kilometers were very tough, so I kept some energy which I knew would prove very useful for that last part of the race. 
I felt good since winter, when I trained with the team in Denia. The motivation was also there, as I knew I still had it in me and Quick-Step Floors was the right team to be in. Then, going into Omloop, the form was there, but you couldn’t see that on TV because I was caught behind a crash, and continued to feel stronger with every race I did. 
When I approached the final kilometer, I looked behind and saw the chasers were still a long way back and thought of a nice way of celebrating my success. That’s why I raised my bike over my head, because it was an important part of my victory. I’m really proud of how I managed today’s race and of what I achieved!” 

Greg Van Avermaet:
"It's disappointing for me because I was going for the win but it didn't happen. But that's how racing is, you have high expectations and you try to achieve them. I did my best and I came second so it is like it is. It was just a little bit of bad luck but there are still more races to come.
I think Peter Sagan was close to the barrier or the people and maybe he hit somebody on the side of the road and I was just behind so I couldn't avoid the crash. That was the moment when maybe we could have still done something with Peter and Olivier Naesen. We could have worked together but then you stop, you crash, and you lose another 30 seconds and then the race is over. If you see how close we still came at the finish I think the race was not over until that point.
Gilbert was really strong and he went early. We were a bit behind and it was hard to work together with some guys and then I had to wait until I could get away and try and close the gap. Then it was still one minute so it was a bit too far. But maybe if the crash hadn't have happened it would have been a different story. Chapeau to Philippe."

Sep Vanmarcke:
"Good luck is not by my side in the last couple of weeks. Not today. A bad crash where I lost a lot of skin, and a x ray scan shows that I have a fractured little finger. I would like to thank my team for all the wonderful work they did in every classics already. It's a great pity that setbacks are piling up for me."


1 Coryn RIVERA USA SUN 25 4:02:38
2 Gracie ELVIN AUS ORS 29 +0
3 Chantal BLAAK NED DLT 28 +0
4 Annemiek VAN VLEUTEN NED ORS 35 +0
5 Lotte KOPECKY BEL LSL 22 +0
6 Elena CECCHINI ITA LPR 25 +0
8 Katarzyna NIEWIADOMA POL WM3 23 +0
9 Janneke ENSING NED ALE 31 +0
11 Maria Giulia CONFALONIERI ITA LWK 24 +0
12 Cecilie Uttrup LUDWIG DEN CBT 22 +0
14 Ashleigh MOOLMAN-PASIO RSA CBT 32 +0
16 Amy PIETERS NED DLT 26 +0
17 Elizabeth DEIGNAN GBR DLT 29 +5
18 Ellen VAN DIJK NED SUN 30 +14
19 Hannah BARNES GBR LPR 24 +24
20 Sheyla GUTIERREZ RUIZ ESP CPC 23 +3:50
21 Amalie DIDERIKSEN DEN DLT 21 +3:50
22 Eugenia BUJAK POL BTC 28 +3:50
23 Audrey CORDON RAGOT FRA WHT 28 +3:50
24 Arlenis SIERRA CUB ASA 25 +3:50
25 Shara GILLOW AUS FDJ 30 +3:52
26 Amanda SPRATT AUS ORS 30 +3:55
27 Lucinda BRAND NED SUN 28 +3:57
29 Lisa KLEIN GER CBT 21 +5:32
30 Alice BARNES GBR DRP 22 +5:32
31 Camilla PEDERSEN DEN TVW 33 +5:32
32 Anna Zita Maria STRICKER ITA BTC 23 +5:32
33 Elise DELZENNE FRA LSL 28 +5:32
34 Floortje MACKAIJ NED SUN 22 +5:32
35 Yara KASTELIJN NED WM3 20 +5:32
36 Christine MAJERUS LUX DLT 30 +5:32
37 Marta BASTIANELLI ITA ALE 30 +5:32
38 Rossella RATTO ITA CPC 24 +5:32
39 Anouska KOSTER NED WM3 24 +5:32
40 Sara PENTON SWE TVW 29 +5:32
1 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors 6:23:45
2 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:00:29
3 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quick-Step Floors
4 Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac
5 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin 0:00:53
6 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Team UAE Emirates
7 John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-Segafredo
8 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Wilier Triestina
9 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Direct Energie
10 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
11 Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Astana Pro Team
12 Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-Scott
13 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Quick-Step Floors
14 Yoann Offredo (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
15 Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Sky
16 Scott Thwaites (GBr) Dimension Data
17 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal
18 Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar Team
19 Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 0:01:01
20 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal 0:02:29
21 Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin
22 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data
23 Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:32
24 Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac
25 Alexander Edmonson (Aus) Orica-Scott 0:03:30
26 Adrien Petit (Fra) Direct Energie
27 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
28 Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Sunweb
29 Pim Ligthart (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
30 Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica-Scott
31 Julien Duval (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
32 Matti Breschel (Den) Astana Pro Team
33 Marco Marcato (Ita) Team UAE Emirates
34 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ
35 Julien Vermote (Bel) Quick-Step Floors
36 Yves Lampaert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors
37 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick-Step Floors
38 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
39 Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
40 Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
41 Stefan Küng (Swi) BMC Racing Team
42 Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin
43 Luka Pibernik (Slo) Bahrain-Merida
44 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
45 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale
46 Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
47 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
48 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
49 Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team
50 Eugert Zhupa (Alb) Wilier Triestina
51 Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
52 Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Cannondale-Drapac
53 Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
54 Huub Duyn (Ned) Veranda's Willems Crelan
55 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
56 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ
57 Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
58 Bram Tankink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
59 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data
60 Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Katusha-Alpecin
61 Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team
62 Gaetan Bille (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan 0:03:35
63 Alex Turrin (Ita) Wilier Triestina
64 Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky 0:03:36
65 Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie
66 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe
67 Zdenek Štybar (Cze) Quick-Step Floors
68 Ivan Garcia Cortina (Spa) Bahrain-Merida 0:04:15
69 Sam Bewley (NZl) Orica-Scott 0:04:32
70 Olivier Le Gac (Fra) FDJ 0:06:59
71 Mark Mcnally (GBr) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
72 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac
73 Michael Morkov (Den) Katusha-Alpecin
74 Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb 0:08:02
75 Koen De Kort (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
76 Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
77 Federico Zurlo (Ita) Team UAE Emirates 0:08:35
78 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Sunweb
79 Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team
80 Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
81 Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Sunweb
82 Ryan Mullen (Irl) Cannondale-Drapac
83 Iljo Keisse (Bel) Quick-Step Floors
84 Dries Van Gestel (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
85 Antoine Duchesne (Can) Direct Energie
86 Andrey Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team
87 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar Team
88 Dion Smith (NZl) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
89 Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team
90 Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Sunweb
91 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica-Scott
92 Mitch Docker (Aus) Orica-Scott
93 Wesley Kreder (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
94 Jonas Rickaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
95 Julien Morice (Fra) Direct Energie
96 Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ
97 Lars Boom (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
98 Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
99 Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team
100 Stijn Steels (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
101 Dries De Bondt (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan
102 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky 0:11:31
103 Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La Mondiale
104 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension Data
105 Twan Castelijns (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
106 Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Team Sky
107 Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo
108 Owain Doull (GBr) Team Sky
109 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan
110 Tom Scully (NZl) Cannondale-Drapac
111 Rudy Barbier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
112 Juraj Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
113 Rafael Andriato (Bra) Wilier Triestina
114 Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
115 Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
116 Amund Grondahl Jansen (Nor) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
117 Yohann Gene (Fra) Direct Energie
118 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Direct Energie
119 Gregory Rast (Swi) Trek-Segafredo
120 Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky
121 Tyler Farrar (USA) Dimension Data
DNF Jonathan Diebben (GBr) Team Sky
DNF Liam Bertazzo (Ita) Wilier Triestina
DNF Nick Dougall (RSA) Dimension Data
DNF Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Soudal
DNF Stef Van Zummeren (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan
DNF Michael Goolaerts (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan
DNF Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) Dimension Data
DNF Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
DNF Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Movistar Team
DNF Jorge Arcas Peña (Spa) Movistar Team
DNF Héctor Carretero (Spa) Movistar Team
DNF Brian Van Goethem (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
DNF Luka Mezgec (Slo) Orica-Scott
DNF Nuno Matos (Por) Movistar Team
DNF Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team
DNF Youcef Reguigui (Alg) Dimension Data
DNF Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale
DNF Tony Martin (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin
DNF Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
DNF Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
DNF Rick Zabel (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin
DNF Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha-Alpecin
DNF Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Soudal
DNF Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
DNF Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
DNF Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe
DNF Oscar Gatto (Ita) Astana Pro Team
DNF Nikolas Maes (Bel) Lotto Soudal
DNF Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
DNF Zhandos Bizhigitov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
DNF Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale
DNF Giuseppe Fonzi (Ita) Wilier Triestina
DNF Otto Vergaerde (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan
DNF Matteo Draperi (Ita) Wilier Triestina
DNF Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky
DNF Michaël Van Staeyen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
DNF Borut Bozic (Slo) Bahrain-Merida
DNF Loic Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
DNF Marko Kump (Slo) Team UAE Emirates
DNF Ion Ander Insausti Irastorza (Spa) Bahrain-Merida
DNF Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Team Sunweb
DNF Taylor Phinney (USA) Cannondale-Drapac
DNF Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Sunweb
DNF Kenneth Van Rooy (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
DNF Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Cannondale-Drapac
DNF Zico Waeytens (Bel) Team Sunweb
DNF Kenneth Vanbilsen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
DNF Andrea Guardini (Ita) Team UAE Emirates
DNF Marc Sarreau (Fra) FDJ
DNF Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) Team UAE Emirates
DNF Berden De Vries (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
DNF Jesper Asselman (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
DNF Oliviero Troia (Ita) Team UAE Emirates
DNF Francisco Jose Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) BMC Racing Team
DNF Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team
DNF Martin Elmiger (Swi) BMC Racing Team
DNF Sander Cordeel (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan
DNF Simone Consonni (Ita) Team UAE Emirates
DNF Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Soudal
DNF Niccolo' Bonifazio (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
DNF Romain Cardis (Fra) Direct Energie
DNF Elmar Reinders (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
DNF Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Bahrain-Merida
DNF Meiyin Wang (Chn) Bahrain-Merida
DNF Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
DNF Andre Looij (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
DNF Edward Planckaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
DNF Jos Van Emden (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
DNF Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal
DNF Steven Lammertink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
DNF Maarten Wynants (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
DNF Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal
DNF Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) FDJ
DNF Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ
DNF Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) FDJ
DNF Taco Van Der Hoorn (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
DNF Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
DNS Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-Scott

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