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2012/09/02 STEVEN CAETHOVEN WINS GP SCHERENS!!
Steven Caethoven from Accent Jobs-Willems Veranda’s won in Leuven the 46th edition of the GP Jef Scherens (1.1). He’s the first Belgian winner since Niko Eeckhout in 2001.
Caethoven was the fastest in the sprint after a race from 183 Km, Stijn Neirynck en Frederic Amorison filled the podium.
The race exploded after 8Km when 16 riders took off amongst them: Jelle Wallays, Sep Vanmarcke, Sylvain Chavanel, Frederik Veuchelen and Kevin Hulsmans.
The breakaway stayed in front till 50 km from the end. When everything came together Wallays and Vanmarcke escaped again and 14 riders followed, but the breakaway was no success either.
At the beginning of the last lap of the local laps of 14,1 Km, it was again Wallays that attacked.
Omega Pharma - Quick.Step countered the attack, but Wallays tried again with Leukemans and Freire.
But the race ended in a big pelotonsprint and it was Steven Caethoven that took care of the first international success in 2012 for Accent.Jobs – Willems Veranda’s!
“Today I felt good from the start of the race”, reacted Caethoven. When I felt during the last 5 laps that the race was going to explode, I placed myself in front.
I was always one of the first to come back to Wallays and Vanmarcke.
And when at the end Freire, Leukemans and Wallays where in the attack I didn’t panic and kept faith in my speed during the sprint.”
“When it was clear for Wallays that he wouldn’t be the winner of the day, Stijn Neirynck came up front. But I passed him easily in the sprint”, said Caethoven. “I am looking forward to Paris-Brussels and Fourmies”
01. Steven Caethoven – 183 km in 4u13’27″
02. Stijn Neirynck
03. Frédéric Amorison
04. Björn Leukemans
05. Huub Duijn (Ned)
06. Dries Devenyns
07. Jelle Wallays – 3″
08. Damien Gaudin (Fra) – 9″
09. Matteo Trentin (Ita)- 13″
10. Jelle Vanendert 12. Oscar Freire (Spa)
18. Sep Vanmarcke – 47″
87. Tom Boonen – 1’28″