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									                                                 Gullegem Koerse.
This race consisted of a 9km circuit around the town of Gullegem. It was flat with a minor breeze
blowing through several sections of the race. Of greater interest was the line up of quality riders that
included some ofthe all-stars of Garmin, Quickstep, Vacansoliel, Rabobank, HTC-Colombia, Katusha,
Accqua Sappone and a thorough contingent of continental teams from around Belgium that together
totaled over 220 riders.

This format of racing is known as the ‘pro-kermises’ in Belgium, with about 8 of these races scheduled
throughout the year. The Marco Polo team had several Dutch riders and a new addition to the team in
an Eritrien rider from east Africa. Also in the lineup was the two times ex Dutch road champion Leon
Von Bon. My first year racing in Belgium was about 5 years ago and I recall watching Leon hit the
peloton in the final stages of the race to solo to victory by holding off a fast chasing peloton. What an
incredible feat of strength I thought at the time. Now here I am with the honor of riding alongside a
champion rider that’s efforts includes victories in the Tour de France, and top 5’s in Paris Roubaix etc.

The 175km race was underway at a furious pace. Immediately I notice that even sitting in the peloton
my heart rate was at 80% of my maximum; incredible intensity! I was located around two thirds of the
length of the peloton with little opportunity to move forward. The problem being located here is the
amount of breaking one has to apply around a corner and the increased acceleration I have to find in
order to stay in contact with the turmoil at the front of the group.

Needless to say both Ben King and an English friend James Spragg put in a good show. Ben managed to
get into the first move that went and was brought back, with James narrowly missing the second and
final move that our rider Leon managed to make. Ben looks about 5kg’s lighter from his season thus far
and is going like a diesel engine; Impressive. James is also trucking along nicely and clearly showed the
form that has allowed him to finish the 2.HC tour of Belgium and several other big races.

Once the move went clear the pace backed off slightly and we were destined to follow the breakaway
around the circuit albeit 2min’s in arrears. It still didn’t stop many of the riders from contesting a sprint
finish for 18th; however my training goal had been achieved as I was content on getting the racing
intensity in and finishing the race. An average of between 45-46km/hr accurately reflected the day’s
intensity. A great day out with the first goal of finishing achieved. I have a big tour in France next week,
so I will be doing more of the smaller races as a lead up to this tour, the goal of a stage result is the aim
for that tour, but I still have four months remaining here in Europe and the real form is probably 1-
2months away yet. The results from yesterday’s race are below. Thanks for your time in reading this.
Cheers, B.


1.Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quickstep - Innergetic                                                           3:43:46
2.Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto

3.Arnoud Van Groen (Ned) Vacansoleil

4.Jurgen Francois (Bel) Palmans Cras

5.Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet                          0:00:10

6.Leon Van Bon (Ned) Marco Polo Cycling Team                       0:00:22

7.Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Vacansoleil                                  0:00:37

8.Maxim Debusschere (Bel) An Post-MDonnelly-Grant Thornton - S..

9.Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator

10.Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto

11.James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Willems Verandas

12.Benjamin Verraes (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen - Bauknecht

13.Nico Kuypers (Bel) Wc Soenens-germond Ingelmunster

14.Tom Devriendt (Bel) New Heebra-lombarden

15.Gediminas Kaupas (Ltu)

16.Thomas Chamon (Bel) Dunkerque Littoral Cyclisme

17.Kevin Van Impe (Bel) Quickstep - Innergetic
18.Stijn Nauwynck (Bel) New Heebra-lombarden

19.Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quickstep - Innergetic    0:00:48

20.Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Palmans Cras                    0:01:11

21.Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Team HTC - Columbia

22.Andy Cappelle (Bel) Willems Verandas

23.Thomas Palmer (Aus) Drapac - Porsche Cycling

24.Philip Vandaele (Bel)

25.Kevin Claeys (Bel) Pws Eijssen Cycling Team

26.Michael Phelan (Aus) Drapac - Porsche Cycling

27.Tommy Nankervis (Aus) Dunkerque Littoral Cyclisme

28.Timothy Stevens (Bel) Pws Eijssen Cycling Team

29.Tim Mertens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator

30.Niels Reynvoet (Bel) Cyclingteam Davo - LOtto

31Tom Vermeiren (Bel)

32Gregory Habeaux (Bel) Willems Verandas

33Ben Berden (Bel) Qin Cycling Team
34Sven Van Den Houte (Bel) Willems Verandas

35Joeri Calleeuw (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen - Bauknecht

36Huub Duyn (Ned) Team Netapp

37Jens Vandenbussche (Bel) New Heebra-lombarden

38Martial Ricci Poggi (Bel) Landbouwkrediet

39Jelle Mannaerts (Bel) Cyclingteam Davo - LOtto

40Stijn Mettepenningen (Bel) Wc Soenens-germond Ingelmunster

41Tom Vanbecelaere (Bel) Palmans Cras

42Ludovic Mottet (Bel)

43Sander Verhaeghe (Bel) New Heebra-lombarden

44Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Beveren 2000

45Jan Kuyckx (Bel) Qin Cycling Team

46Gilles Devillers (Bel) Lotto - Bodysol - Pôle Continental Wal..

47Jonathan Breyne (Bel) Qin Cycling Team

48Stijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator

49Christophe Brandt (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
50Jérôme Gilbert (Bel)

51Dieter Cappelle (Bel) Willems Verandas

52Sjef De Wilde (Bel) Willems Verandas

53Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Beveren 2000

54Philippe Legrand (Fra) Royal Cyclists Pesant Club Liegeois

55Sven Neckebroeck (Bel)

56Sylvain Rolet (Bel) Wielerteam Decock – Sportivo

57Sven Nooytens (Bel) Beveren 2000

58Michael England (Aus) Profel Prorace Cycling Team

59Sjoerd Kouwenhoven (Ned) Van Vliet - EBH Elshof

60Stijn Joseph (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator

61Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Beveren 2000

62Clinton Avery (NZl) Pws Eijssen Cycling Team

63Kurt Hovelijnck (Bel) Quickstep - Innergetic

64Tyler Farrar (USA) Team Garmin - Transitions

65Jonas Decouttere (Bel)
66Muhamad Adiq Husaine Othman (Mas) Drapac - Porsche Cycling

67Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil

68Wouter Mol (Ned) Vacansoleil

69Rasmus Guldhammer (Den) Team HTC - Columbia

70Joeri Bueken (Bel) Profel Prorace Cycling Team

71Maarten De Jonge (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels

72Gert Dockx (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia

73Peter Ronsse (Bel)

74Joris Wagemans (Bel) Cyclingteam Davo - LOtto

75Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto

76Davy De Scheemaeker (Bel) Pws Eijssen Cycling Team

77Jarno Vanguyse (Bel) New Heebra-lombarden

78Maarten Neyens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator

79Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia

80Kristof Zegers (Bel)

81Gianni Denolf (Bel) Bkcp-powerplus
82Frederik Vandewiele (Bel) New Heebra-lombarden

83Sven De Meydts (Bel) Wielerteam Decock – Sportivo

84Kenneth Verhoeven (Bel) Profel Prorace Cycling Team

85Bart Van Damme (Bel)

86Brad Hall (Aus) Marco Polo Cycling Team

87Simone Masciarelli (Ita) Acqua E Sapone

88Floris Smeyers (Bel) Pws Eijssen Cycling Team

89Thomas Kvist (Den) Quickstep - Innergetic

90Joop De Gans (Ned) Palmans Cras

91Angus Morton (Aus) Drapac - Porsche Cycling

92James Spragg (GBr) Qin Cycling Team

93Alphonse Vermote (Bel) Beveren 2000

94Nikolas Maes (Bel) Quickstep - Innergetic

95Jarl Salomein (Bel) Beveren 2000

96Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quickstep - Innergetic

97Ritchie Denolf (Bel)
98Geert Steurs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator

99Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator

100Stijn Mortelmans (Bel) Palmans Cras

10Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Katusha

102Nick Nuyens (Bel) Rabobank ProTeam

103Benjamin King (USA) Trek - Livestrong Presented By Radiosh..

104Adrien Vandermeersch (Fra) Dunkerque Littoral Cyclisme

105Jeroen Socquet (Bel)

106Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto

107Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank ProTeam

108Michel Kreder (Ned) Team Garmin - Transitions

109Adam Blythe (GBr) Omega Pharma-Lotto

110Steven Lapere (Bel) Wielerteam Decock – Sportivo

111Clement Lhotellerie (Fra) Roubaix-Dalkia

112Thierry Declercq (Bel) Wielerteam Decock – Sportivo

113Sander Helven (Bel) Cyclingteam Davo - LOtto
114Tom Stubbe (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto

115Joseph Gregory (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator

116Nick Van Humbeeck (Bel)

117Tom Goovaerts (Bel)

118Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quickstep - Innergetic

119Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet

120Steve Bekaert (Bel) Beveren 2000

121Steven Van Vooren (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator

122Hans Dekkers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet

123Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quickstep - Innergetic

124Jeroen Hoorne (Bel) Wc Soenens-germond Ingelmunster

125Ruben De Marez (Bel) Wc Soenens-germond Ingelmunster

126Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator

127Jean Zen (Fra) Palmans Cras

128Tom Criel (Bel)

129Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
130Bastien Delrot (Fra) Team Netapp

131Benjamin Gourgue (Bel) Landbouwkrediet

132Kenny Lisabeth (Bel) An Post-MDonnelly-Grant Thornton - S..

133Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quickstep - Innergetic

134Shane Braley (GBr)                                            0:05:45

135Bart Verschueren (Bel)

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