Steven de Jongh takes Kuurne - Brussels - Kuurne

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02.03.2008/ Quickstep took revenge for yesterdays defeat at Omloop Het Volk. Dutch Quickstep rider Steven de Jongh won Kuurne - Brussels - Kuurne today. De Jongh outsprinted fellow countryman Sebastian Langeveld.

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Quick-Step took revenge for yesterdays Omloop Het Volk. Steven de Jongh finished a strong team performance. The Dutch rider outsprinted his fellow escapee Sebastian Langeveld.
Current Road Race World Champion Paolo Bettini was brought to hospital after he crashed and felt dizzy. The rest of the Quickstep team controlled the race like they did at yesterdays Omloop but today they capitalised their hard work.
On the Kruisberg and the Oude Kwaremont the team demolished the peloton and catched the early breakaway group.

Only fourteen riders were able to follow the complete Quickstep train. The only Quickstep rider that wasn't in the front group was Paolo Bettini as he had to abandoen the race after his crash.
In the two local laps before the finish it was rainignattacks but Quickstep always had one rider in the wheel of the attackers. 

The most promising attack came from Silence - Lotto rider Leif Hoste with six kilometres to go. But Quickstep neutralised Hoste's attack. The next attack came from Rabobank's Sebastian Langeveld. Quickstep sended Steven De Jongh in Langeveld's wheel and the 34 year old outsprinted Langeveld on the line. It was De Jogh's second Kuurne - Brussels - Kuurne victory after the Dutch rider had won the race back in 2004. 
CSC's Matthew Goss won the sprint of the chasing group. Last years winner Tom Boonen (Quickstep) came in fourth.
Steven De Jongh told "At the Omloop things didn't work out the way we wanted to. Today we took revenge. I worked the whole day so it wasn't really planned that I was at the front with Langeveld. Although he asked me I wasn't able to take over. I also wasn't allowed to."
De Jongh added: "Its not my style to race like that, but Langeveld was riding really fast. I couldn't risk anything. I dedicate this victory to my little son, he just broke his leg."
Sebastian Langeveld said: "I knew he [De Jongh, editor] was much faster, but I had to choose. Or getting caught up with and not have a top ranking, or come in second. Still a very nice result."
Langeveld considered for a while to keep his legs still. "When Leif Hoste closed in on us I briefly had the idea to put the pressure on Steven, but those guys had Tom Boonen in the group behind us so I actually did not have much of a choice." Langeveld knew that De Jongh was staying in his wheel because his fellow escapee received a team order. "And I in no way blame him for that. It is part of cycling, you know that. The second place was the best I could do today," admitted Sébastian.
CSC was satisfied with the performance of the team. Aussie Matthew Goss won the sprint of the first chasing group and even left Tom Boonen behind him.
"Again we had two riders in the decisive break. Our guys did really well in this race and they were up front about their form so we managed to focus our energy and strength in the right way. Matthew made a fantastic effort and a third place here is just what he needs right now," said CSC sports director Lars Michaelsen after the race.

Goss and Kroon were up front for Team CSC in the decisive phase and that turned out to be a good combo.

"We decided that Goss should concentrate on the sprint, when we got to the end of the race. Karsten's chance was to ride along if the group should split, so he was very active for the last 10 kilometers," continued Michaelsen.
De Jongh and Langeveld got a gap to the rest of the front group, when there was about three and a half kilometers left.

"They attacked at the perfect time. There were other attempts before that, which were actually more aggressive, but no one would allow them at the time so those two had perfect timing that way," concluded Michaelsen.
Slipstream Chipottle was satisfied with the Belgian weekend. “Steven Cozza was up there in the right split at the start. But when the group split again, he got caught in second group. Martijn Maaskant came from behind and joined Cozza but they never got back to the front group again,” said Slipstream sports director Johnny Weltz.
Weltz concluded by saying: “In all, we had a very nice debut on the classic. The riders are very optimistic as they were not just out there hanging on for dear life, but played key roles in forming the races.”

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Results Kuurne - Brussels - Kuurne 2008
1 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Quick Step                         4.27.03 (43,362 km/h)
2 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank                          0.02
3 Matthew Goss (Aus) Team CSC                                 0.04
4 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step                                    
5 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Liquigas                                  
6 Borut Bozic (Slo) Cycle Collstrop                              
7 Bobbie Traksel (Ned) P3Transfer - Batavus                      
8 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team CSC                                   
9 Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) Agritubel                               
10 Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Tönissteiner          
11 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step                              
12 Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) Française des Jeux                     
13 Christophe Mengin (Fra) Française des Jeux                    
14 Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa) Rabobank                            
15 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step                               
16 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step                               
17 Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas                            0.12
18 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas                            0.18
19 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Quick Step                            0.29
20 Leif Hoste (Bel) Silence-Lotto                             0.40
21 Jurgen Van de Walle (Bel) Quick Step                       4.03
22 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Agritubel                               4.49
23 Yoann Offredo (Fra) Française des Jeux                        
24 Steven Cozza (USA) Slipstream Chipotle - H30                  
25 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                       
26 Martin Elmiger (Swi) Ag2r-La Mondiale                         
27 Roy Sentjens (Bel) Silence-Lotto                           4.56
28 Martyn Maaskant (Ned) Slipstream Chipotle - H30            4.57
29 Anthony Ravard (Fra) Agritubel                                
30 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Silence-Lotto                            
31 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank                              5.07
32 Markus Eichler (Ger) Team Milram                              
33 Gregory Rast (Swi) Astana                                     
34 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Crédit Agricole                            
35 Aurélien Clerc (Swi) Bouygues Telecom                      7.38
36 Kenny De Haes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                       
37 Jurgen François (Bel) Willems Veranda's Continental Team      
38 Sjef De Wilde (Bel) Willems Veranda's Continental Team        
39 Steven Caethoven (Bel) Agritubel                              
40 Jacob Nielsen (Den) Glud & Marstrand Horsens                  
41 Timothy Gudsell (NZl) Française des Jeux                      
42 Kenny Van Braeckel (Bel) Willems Veranda's Continental Team   
43 Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) Ag2r-La Mondiale                         
44 Wim Botman (Ned) P3Transfer - Batavus                         
45 Frederik Nolf (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                       
46 Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Mitsubishi-Jartazi                      
47 Kristof De Zutter (Bel) Willems Veranda's Continental Team    
48 Andy Cappelle (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Tönissteiner              
49 Wouter Mol (Ned) P3Transfer - Batavus                         
50 Detlef Moerman (Bel) Willems Veranda's Continental Team       
51 Roger Hammond (GBr) High Road                                 
52 Fredrik Johansson (Swe) Differdange-Apiflo Vacances           
53 Jarno Van Mingeroet (Bel) Mitsubishi-Jartazi                  
54 Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Crédit Agricole                           
55 Michael Friedman (USA) Slipstream Chipotle - H30              
56 Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Tönissteiner         
57 Sergey Kolesnikov (Rus) Cycle Collstrop                       
58 Jason Donald (USA) Slipstream Chipotle - H30                  
59 Arnoud Van Groen (Ned) P3Transfer - Batavus                   
60 Loyd Mondory (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale                           
61 Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Silence-Lotto                            
62 James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Mitsubishi-Jartazi                  
63 Ralf Grabsch (Ger) Team Milram                                
64 Benoît Joachim (Lux) Astana                                   
65 Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil-Shimano                              
66 Emilien-Benoît Berges (Fra) Agritubel                         
67 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Ag2r-La Mondiale                      
68 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Skil-Shimano                             
69 Gerben Löwik (Ned) Rabobank                                   
70 Anders Lund (Den) Team CSC                                    
71 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team CSC                              
72 Michael Schär (Swi) Astana                                    
73 André Greipel (Ger) High Road                                 
74 Christophe Laurent (Fra) Slipstream Chipotle - H30            
75 Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                       
76 Martin Velits (Svk) Team Milram                               
77 Tyler Farrar (USA) Slipstream Chipotle - H30                  
78 Mathieu Claude (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                         
79 Bas Giling (Ned) Cycle Collstrop                              
80 Bart Vanheule (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                       
81 Michal Golas (Pol) Cycle Collstrop                            
82 Franck Renier (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                          
83 Marcus Ljungqvist (Swe) Team CSC                              
84 Kenny Van Der Schueren (Bel) Cycle Collstrop                  
85 Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                           
86 Mikel Gaztañaga Echeverria (Spa) Agritubel                    
87 Alexandre Usov (Blr) Ag2r-La Mondiale                         
88 Max Van Heeswijk (Ned) Willems Veranda's Continental Team     
89 Francis De Greef (Bel) Silence-Lotto                          
90 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                  
91 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française des Jeux                   
92 Roy Curvers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                
93 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank                                  
94 Allan Johansen (Den) Team CSC                                 
95 Jurgen Van Loocke (Bel) Willems Veranda's Continental Team    
96 Mathieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux                    
97 Hervé Duclos-Lassalle (Fra) Cofidis                           
98 Yohann Gène (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                            
99 Renaud Dion (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale                            
100 Guennadi Mikhailov (Rus) Mitsubishi-Jartazi                  
101 Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Tönissteiner         
102 Martin Müller (Swi) Team Milram                              
103 Matthé Pronk (Ned) Cycle Collstrop                           
104 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Astana                                  
105 Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis                               
106 Steven Kleynen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Tönissteiner            
107 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) Crédit Agricole                      
108 Andreas Klier (Ger) High Road                                
109 Matti Breschel (Den) Team CSC                                
110 David Kopp (Ger) Cycle Collstrop                             
111 Igor Abakoumov (Bel) Mitsubishi-Jartazi                      
112 Stefan Van Dijck (Ned) Mitsubishi-Jartazi                    
113 Huub Duyn (Ned) Slipstream Chipotle - H30                    
114 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano                          
115 Grégory Habeaux (Bel) Mitsubishi-Jartazi                     
116 Nico Eeckhout (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                      
117 Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Française des Jeux                  
118 Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                          
119 Enrico Poitschke (Ger) Team Milram                           
120 Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Française des Jeux                       
121 Sebastian Siedler (Ger) Skil-Shimano                         
122 Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank                                  
123 Benjamin Gourgue (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Tönissteiner          
124 Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                               
125 Steven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                  
126 Bastien Delrot (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                 
127 Florian Vachon (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                 
128 Ger Soepenberg (Ned) P3Transfer - Batavus                    
129 Marco Marcato (Ita) Cycle Collstrop                          
130 Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis                               
131 William Bonnet (Fra) Crédit Agricole                         
132 Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Cofidis                                 
133 Aart Vierhouten (Ned) P3Transfer - Batavus                   
134 Kevin Ista (Bel) Agritubel                                   
135 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                   
136 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Crédit Agricole                            
137 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Crédit Agricole

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