2012 Tour of Belgium

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2012 Tour of Belgium
2012 UCI Europe Tour
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Race details
Dates 23—27 May
Stages 5
Distance 727 km (451.7 mi)
Results
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The 2012 Tour of Belgium was the 82nd edition of the Tour of Belgium cycling stage race. It took place from 23 May to 27 May 2012 in Belgium. The race is part of the UCI Europe Tour. It began with three relatively short stages, followed by two stages meant to be deciding the tour: an individual time-trial on Saturday and a longer stage through the hills of the Ardennes.

Different comparing to the previous years was that the leader in the race will wore a red jersey (instead of black), whereas the black jersey went to the most combative rider. To decide the combativity, there were three sprints in each stage (except for the time-trial), where in case of a breakaway, the first five riders earned points (10, 8, 6, 4 and 2). Based on the lead the breakaway has on the peloton, these riders received bonus points, going from 1 point for a 30-second lead up to 5 points for a lead of 4 minutes or more. Another change, as introduced during the 2011 Tour de France, was the so-called "supersprint": each stage had one supersprint, where riders earned points that counted for the yellow sprint jersey and bonification seconds for the general classification.

Schedule[edit]

Stage Route Distance Date Winner
1 Mechelen to Buggenhout 162 km Wednesday, May 23  André Greipel (GER)
2 Lochristi to Knokke-Heist 169.5 km Thursday, May 24  André Greipel (GER)
3 Knokke-Heist to Beveren 163 km Friday, May 25  André Greipel (GER)
4 Turnhout to Arendonk Time Trial.svg 20.5 km Saturday, May 26  Tony Martin (GER)
5 Clavier to Engis 212 km Sunday, May 27  Carlos Betancur (COL)

Teams[edit]

Twenty-one teams have been invited to the 2011 Tour of Belgium: 7 teams are from the UCI ProTeams, 7 are UCI Professional Continental Teams and 7 are UCI Continental Teams.

UCI ProTeams UCI Professional Continental Teams UCI Continental Teams
  1. ^ Following a new regulation by the UCI, a sponsor name can not appear on the shirt of more than one team during a race. As such, although being invited, Jong Vlaanderen could not participate as a team due to the presence of Topsport Vlaanderen–Mercator. Therefore, the race directors allowed Jong Vlaanderen to participate as a Belgian selection, where they selected 7 riders and were joined by Moreno De Pauw of the Rock Werchter Cycling Team.

Stages[edit]

Stage 1[edit]

23 May 2012 – Mechelen to Buggenhout, 162 km (101 mi)

Early throughout the race, a breakaway of eight riders formed, consisting of Paolo Ciavatta, Leonardo Duque, Simon Geschke, Arnaud Jouffroy, Egidijus Juodvalkis, Philippe Legrand, Michael Schär and Jelle Wallays. With only 17 kilometres to go, Ciavatta, Schär and Wallays sprinted away from the group. They were however not able to stay out of the grasp of the peloton, where mainly Omega Pharma–Quick-Step and Lotto–Belisol had been chasing hard.

The peloton sprinted for the stage win in Buggenhout, where a photo finish was necessary to decide the winner as three riders crossed the line nearly simultaneously. Although Danilo Napolitano ostensively gestured and seemed sure of the victory, the photo finish clearly showed André Greipel to cross the line first, with Napolitano in second and Kenny van Hummel in third. Due to the bonification seconds, Greipel became the first overall leader. He also took the first yellow jersey as leader in the sprint classification, while Leonardo Duque took the black jersey as most combative.[1]

Stage 1 Result
Rider Team Time
1  André Greipel (GER) Lotto–Belisol 3h 33' 11"
2  Danilo Napolitano (ITA) Acqua & Sapone s.t.
3  Kenny van Hummel (NED) Vacansoleil–DCM s.t.
4  Jacopo Guarnieri (ITA) Astana s.t.
5  Adam Blythe (GBR) BMC Racing Team s.t.
6  Michael Van Staeyen (BEL) Topsport Vlaanderen–Mercator s.t.
7  Stefan van Dijk (NED) Accent.jobs–Willems Veranda's s.t.
8  Baptiste Planckaert (BEL) Landbouwkrediet–Euphony s.t.
9  Robin Stenuit (BEL) Wallonie Bruxelles–Crédit Agricole s.t.
10  Tom Meeusen (BEL) Telenet-Fidea s.t.
General Classification after Stage 1
Rider Team Time
1  André Greipel (GER) Red jerseyYellow jersey Lotto–Belisol 3h 33' 01"
2  Danilo Napolitano (ITA) Acqua & Sapone + 4"
3  Kenny van Hummel (NED) Vacansoleil–DCM + 6"
4  Egidijus Juodvalkis (LTU) White jersey Landbouwkrediet–Euphony + 7"
5  Simon Geschke (GER) Argos–Shimano + 8"
6  Leonardo Duque (COL) Black jersey Cofidis + 9"
7  Jacopo Guarnieri (ITA) Astana + 10"
8  Adam Blythe (GBR) BMC Racing Team + 10"
9  Michael Van Staeyen (BEL) Topsport Vlaanderen–Mercator + 10"
10  Stefan van Dijk (NED) Accent.jobs–Willems Veranda's + 10"

Stage 2[edit]

24 May 2012 – Lochristi to Knokke-Heist, 169.5 km (105.3 mi)

With still 145 kilometres to go, a group of five pelotonriders broke away from the peloton, achieving a lead of up to five minutes over the main bunch. The five riders were Pim Ligthart, Mark McNally, Aleksejs Saramotins, Ramon Sinkeldam and Jay Thomson. Again Omega Pharma–Quick-Step and Lotto–Belisol were chasing the group, but were unable to bring te gap down below three minutes with 20 kilometres to go. It was only when BMC Racing Team stepped up to help, the gap reduced further.

In the lead group, Sinkeldam sped away from the others and while the others were caught, he managed to stay out of the grasp of the peloton up to two kilometres of the finish line. For the second day in a row, the peloton sprinted for the stage win, with André Greipel and Danilo Napolitano again finishing first and second. Jacopo Guarnieri was the third man on the podium and due to the bonification seconds he became the new leader in the youth classification. Because of his win, Greipel strengthened his lead in both the general classification and the sprint classification. Leonardo Duque was still leading the combativity classification.[2]

Stage 2 Result
Rider Team Time
1  André Greipel (GER) Red jersey Lotto–Belisol 3h 46' 13"
2  Danilo Napolitano (ITA) Yellow jersey Acqua & Sapone s.t.
3  Jacopo Guarnieri (ITA) Astana s.t.
4  Adrien Petit (FRA) Cofidis s.t.
5  Kenny van Hummel (NED) Vacansoleil–DCM s.t.
6  Michael Van Staeyen (BEL) Topsport Vlaanderen–Mercator s.t.
7  Timothy Dupont (BEL) Belgium s.t.
8  Bert De Backer (BEL) Argos–Shimano s.t.
9  Alexei Tsatevich (RUS) Team Katusha s.t.
10  Sven Vanthourenhout (BEL) Landbouwkrediet–Euphony s.t.
General Classification after Stage 2
Rider Team Time
1  André Greipel (GER) Red jerseyYellow jersey Lotto–Belisol 7h 19' 04"
2  Danilo Napolitano (ITA) Acqua & Sapone + 8"
3  Jacopo Guarnieri (ITA) White jersey Astana + 16"
4  Kenny van Hummel (NED) Vacansoleil–DCM + 16"
5  Pim Ligthart (NED) Vacansoleil–DCM + 17"
6  Egidijus Juodvalkis (LTU) Landbouwkrediet–Euphony + 17"
7  Simon Geschke (GER) Argos–Shimano + 18"
8  Mark McNally (GBR) An Post–Sean Kelly + 18"
9  Leonardo Duque (COL) Black jersey Cofidis + 19"
10  Ramon Sinkeldam (NED) Argos–Shimano + 19"

Stage 3[edit]

25 May 2012 – Knokke-Heist to Beveren, 163 km (101 mi)

Maxim Belkov, Tijmen Eising, Alessandro Donati, Pieter Vanspeybrouck en Coen Vermeltfoort were the attackers of the day. Belkov held out the longest, being caught only 8 kilometres from the finish line, before the third peloton sprint in three days was a fact. André Greipel and Danilo Napolitano again took the top two places. The jerseys did not change hands, except for the white jersey, which went to Adam Blythe.[3]

Stage 3 Result
Rider Team Time
1  André Greipel (GER) Red jersey Lotto–Belisol 4h 03' 34"
2  Danilo Napolitano (ITA) Yellow jersey Acqua & Sapone s.t.
3  Adam Blythe (GBR) BMC Racing Team s.t.
4  Kenny van Hummel (NED) Vacansoleil–DCM s.t.
5  Andrew Fenn (GBR) Omega Pharma–Quick-Step s.t.
6  Tom Van Asbroeck (BEL) Topsport Vlaanderen–Mercator s.t.
7  Bert De Backer (BEL) Argos–Shimano s.t.
8  Lars Boom (NED) Rabobank s.t.
9  Alexei Tsatevich (RUS) Team Katusha s.t.
10  Borut Božič (SLO) Astana s.t.
General Classification after Stage 3
Rider Team Time
1  André Greipel (GER) Red jerseyYellow jersey Lotto–Belisol 11h 22' 28"
2  Danilo Napolitano (ITA) Acqua & Sapone + 12"
3  Kenny van Hummel (NED) Vacansoleil–DCM + 26"
4  Adam Blythe (GBR) White jersey BMC Racing Team + 26"
5  Jacopo Guarnieri (ITA) Astana + 26"
6  Pim Ligthart (NED) Vacansoleil–DCM + 27"
7  Egidijus Juodvalkis (LTU) Landbouwkrediet–Euphony + 27"
8  Maxim Belkov (RUS) Team Katusha + 27"
9  Lars Boom (NED) Rabobank + 28"
10  Mark McNally (GBR) An Post–Sean Kelly + 28"

Stage 4[edit]

26 May 2012 – Turnhout to Arendonk, 20.5 km (12.7 mi)

Stage 4 Result
Rider Team Time
1  Tony Martin (GER) Omega Pharma–Quick-Step 24' 04"
2  Lieuwe Westra (NED) Vacansoleil–DCM + 46"
3  Niki Terpstra (NED) Omega Pharma–Quick-Step + 52"
4  Carlos Barredo (ESP) Rabobank + 1' 00"
5  Alexander Serov (RUS) RusVelo + 1' 05"
6  Lars Boom (NED) Rabobank + 1' 11"
7  Andriy Hryvko (UKR) Astana + 1' 15"
8  Tobias Ludvigsson (SWE) Argos–Shimano + 1' 19"
9  Sergey Firsanov (RUS) RusVelo + 1' 21"
10  Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (BEL) Omega Pharma–Quick-Step + 1' 23"
General Classification after Stage 4
Rider Team Time
1  Tony Martin (GER) Red jersey Omega Pharma–Quick-Step 11h 47' 02"
2  Lieuwe Westra (NED) Vacansoleil–DCM + 46"
3  Niki Terpstra (NED) Omega Pharma–Quick-Step + 52"
4  Carlos Barredo (ESP) Rabobank + 1' 00"
5  Alexander Serov (RUS) RusVelo + 1' 05"
6  Lars Boom (NED) Rabobank + 1' 09"
7  Andriy Hryvko (UKR) Astana + 1' 15"
8  Tobias Ludvigsson (SWE) White jersey Argos–Shimano + 1' 19"
9  Sergey Firsanov (RUS) RusVelo + 1' 21"
10  Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (BEL) Omega Pharma–Quick-Step + 1' 23"

Stage 5[edit]

27 May 2012 – Clavier to Engis, 212 km (132 mi)

Stage 5 Result
Rider Team Time
1  Carlos Betancur (COL) Acqua & Sapone 5h 04' 18"
2  Kevin Pauwels (BEL) Sunweb-Revor + 2"
3  Sergey Firsanov (RUS) RusVelo + 2"
4  Philippe Gilbert (BEL) BMC Racing Team + 5"
5  Lieuwe Westra (NED) Vacansoleil–DCM + 5"
6  Bert De Waele (BEL) Landbouwkrediet–Euphony + 8"
7  Tony Martin (GER) Red jersey Omega Pharma–Quick-Step + 8"
8  Dmitry Kozonchuk (RUS) RusVelo + 8"
9  Alexandr Kolobnev (RUS) Team Katusha + 11"
10  Carlos Barredo (ESP) Rabobank + 13"
Final General Classification
Rider Team Time
1  Tony Martin (GER) Red jersey Omega Pharma–Quick-Step 16h 51' 28"
2  Lieuwe Westra (NED) Vacansoleil–DCM + 43"
3  Carlos Barredo (ESP) Rabobank + 1' 02"
4  Sergey Firsanov (RUS) RusVelo + 1' 11"
5  Andriy Hryvko (UKR) Astana + 1' 26"
6  Francesco Reda (ITA) Acqua & Sapone + 1' 38"
7  Philippe Gilbert (BEL) BMC Racing Team + 1' 45"
8  Simon Špilak (SLO) Team Katusha + 1' 47"
9  Manuel Quinziato (ITA) BMC Racing Team + 1' 50"
10  Maarten Wynants (BEL) Rabobank + 1' 58"

Classification leadership table[edit]

Stage Winner General classification
Jersey red.svg
Algemeen klassement
Points classification
Jersey yellow.svg
Puntenklassement
Combativity Classification
Jersey black.svg
Prijs van de strijdlust
Young Rider classification
Jersey white.svg
Jongerenklassement
Team classification
Ploegenklassement
1 André Greipel André Greipel André Greipel Leonardo Duque Egidijus Juodvalkis Landbouwkrediet–Euphony
2 André Greipel Jacopo Guarnieri
3 André Greipel Adam Blythe
4 Tony Martin Tony Martin Tobias Ludvigsson Omega Pharma–Quick-Step
5 Carlos Betancur Pieter Serry RusVelo
Final Tony Martin André Greipel Leonardo Duque Pieter Serry RusVelo

Final standings[edit]

General classification[edit]

Rider Team Time
1  Tony Martin (GER) Red jersey Omega Pharma–Quick-Step 16h 51' 28"
2  Lieuwe Westra (NED) Vacansoleil–DCM + 43"
3  Carlos Barredo (ESP) Rabobank + 1' 02"
4  Sergey Firsanov (RUS) RusVelo + 1' 11"
5  Andriy Hryvko (UKR) Astana + 1' 26"
6  Francesco Reda (ITA) Acqua & Sapone + 1' 38"
7  Philippe Gilbert (BEL) BMC Racing Team + 1' 45"
8  Simon Špilak (SLO) Team Katusha + 1' 47"
9  Manuel Quinziato (ITA) BMC Racing Team + 1' 50"
10  Maarten Wynants (BEL) Rabobank + 1' 58"

Points classification[edit]

Rider Team Points
1  André Greipel (GER) Yellow jersey Lotto–Belisol 90
2  Danilo Napolitano (ITA) Acqua & Sapone 75
3  Kenny van Hummel (NED) Vacansoleil–DCM 58
4  Carlos Barredo (ESP) Rabobank 53
5  Tony Martin (GER) Red jersey Omega Pharma–Quick-Step 43
6  Lieuwe Westra (NED) Vacansoleil–DCM 42
7  Lars Boom (NED) Rabobank 42
8  Adam Blythe (GBR) BMC Racing Team 39
9  Sergey Firsanov (RUS) RusVelo 33
10  Carlos Betancur (COL) Acqua & Sapone 30

Combativity classification[edit]

Rider Team Points
1  Leonardo Duque (COL) Black jersey Cofidis 87
2  Michael Schär (SUI) BMC Racing Team 43
3  Ramon Sinkeldam (NED) Argos–Shimano 35
4  Alessandro Donati (ITA) Acqua & Sapone 26
5  Pim Ligthart (NED) Vacansoleil–DCM 21
6  Jay Thomson (RSA) UnitedHealthcare 19
7  Aleksejs Saramotins (LAT) Cofidis 19
8  Coen Vermeltfoort (NED) Rabobank 18
9  Maxim Belkov (RUS) Team Katusha 16
10  Paolo Ciavatta (ITA) Acqua & Sapone 14

Young rider classification[edit]

Rider Team Time
1  Pieter Serry (BEL) Jersey white.svg Topsport Vlaanderen–Mercator 16h 54' 08"
2  Romain Zingle (BEL) Cofidis + 26"
3  Petr Ignatenko (RUS) Team Katusha + 40"
4  Tobias Ludvigsson (SWE) Argos–Shimano + 1' 00"
5  Egidijus Juodvalkis (LTU) Landbouwkrediet–Euphony + 1' 01"
6  Carlos Betancur (COL) Acqua & Sapone + 1' 39"
7  Laurens De Vreese (BEL) Topsport Vlaanderen–Mercator + 3' 33"
8  Pim Ligthart (NED) Vacansoleil–DCM + 10' 15"
9  Lubomir Petrus (CZE) BKCP–Powerplus + 11' 12"
10  Matteo Trentin (ITA) Omega Pharma–Quick-Step + 11' 25"

Team classification[edit]

Team Points
1 Russia RusVelo 50h 39' 05"
2 Russia Team Katusha + 1' 06"
3 United States BMC Racing Team + 2' 17"
4 Netherlands Vacansoleil–DCM + 3' 45"
5 Belgium Landbouwkrediet–Euphony + 4' 35"
6 Kazakhstan Astana + 9' 47"
7 Netherlands Rabobank + 11' 27"
8 Italy Acqua & Sapone + 12' 23"
9 Belgium Topsport Vlaanderen–Mercator + 12' 54"
10 France Cofidis + 15' 37"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Greipel wins photo-finish sprint" (in Dutch). sporza.be. 2012-05-23. 
  2. ^ "Greipel scores two out of two in Tour of Belgium" (in Dutch). sporza.be. 2012-05-24. 
  3. ^ "Greipel sprints to third win in Tour of Belgium" (in Dutch). sporza.be. 2012-05-25. 

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