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2012 Tour of Flanders

Ronde van Vlaanderen - Tour des Flandres

96th edition: Sunday, April 1, 2012

Tour of Flanders podium history | 2011 edition | 2013 edition | Race photos | Pre-Race Photos

Brugge - Oudenaarde, 256 km, 16 hills.

climbsAscents: Taaienberg, Eikenberg, Molenberg, Rekelberg, Berendries, Valkenberg, Oude Kwaremont, Paterberg, Koppenberg, Steenbeekdries, Kruisberg, Oude Kwaremont, Paterberg, Hoogberg-Hotond, Oude Kwaremont, Paterberg

The Race: With 61 km to go, Fabian Cancellara fell badly, ending his Tour of Flanders. On the Oude Kwaremont Alessandro Ballan initiated the move that brought Tom Boonen, Filippo Pozzato and Ballan together to make the winning break. Near the end Ballan tried to get away, but Boonen was too strong. Boonen easily won the sprint, making three Flanders victories for reborn Belgian.

Complete Results: more photos below results. 199 starters, 106 finishers, 93 abandons

2012 finish

  1. Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) 6hr 4min 33sec. 42.159 km/hr
  2. Filippo Pozzato (Farnese Vini) s.t.
  3. Alessandro Ballan (BMC) @ 1sec
  4. Greg van Avermaet (BMC) @ 38sec
  5. Peter Sagan (Liquigas) s.t.
  6. Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) s.t.
  7. Luca Paolini (Katusha) s.t.
  8. Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) s.t.
  9. Matti Breschel (Rabobank) s.t.
  10. Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) s.t.
  11. Grégory Rast (Radio shack-Nissan) s.t.
  12. Oscar Freire (Katusha) s.t.
  13. Fabio Sabatini (Liquigas) s.t.
  14. Björn Leukemans (Vacansoleil) s.t.
  15. Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) s.t.
  16. Matthieu Ladagnous (FDJ-Big Mat) s.t.
  17. Xavier Florencio (Katusha) s.t.
  18. Karsten Kroon (Saxo) s.t.
  19. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky) s.t.
  20. Juan Antonio Flecha (Sky) s.t.
  21. Hayden Roulston (Radio Shack-Nissan) s.t.
  22. Elia Favilli (Farnese Vini) s.t.
  23. Maxim Iglinskiy (Astana) s.t.
  24. Tony Gallopin (Radio Shack-Nissan) s.t.
  25. Maarten Wynants (Rabobank) s.t.
  26. Sébastien Turgot (Euorpcar) s.t.
  27. Vincent Jerome (Europcar) s.t.
  28. Michael Schär (BMC) s.t.
  29. Marco Marcato (Vacansoleil) s.t.
  30. Heinrich Haussler (Garmin-Barracuda) s.t.
  31. Jens Keukeleire (GreenEdge) s.t.
  32. Steve Chainel (FDJ-Big Mat) s.t.
  33. Lloyd Mondory (Ag2r) s.t.
  34. Danilo Hondo (Lampre) s.t.
  35. Egidijus Joudvalkis (Landbouwkrediet) s.t.
  36. Marcus Burghardt (BMC) s.t.
  37. Leif Hoste (Accent Jobs-Willems Veranda's) s.t.
  38. Kevin Hulsmans (Farnese Vini) s.t.
  39. Dmitriy Muravyev (Astana) s.t.
  40. Stijn Vandenbergh (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) s.t.
  41. Gustav Larsson (Vacansoleil) s.t.
  42. Bert De Waele (Landbouwkrediet) s.t.
  43. Francesco Failli (Farnese Vini) s.t.
  44. Andrey Amador (Movistar) s.t.
  45. Oscar Gatto (Farnese Vini) s.t.
  46. Dries Devenyns (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) s.t.
  47. Matteo Tosatto (Saxo) @ 48sec
  48. Sep Vanmarcke (Garmin-Barracuda) s.t.
  49. Johan Van Summeren (Garmin-Barracuda) @ 1min 6sec
  50. Sébastien Minard (Ag2r) @ 1min 18sec
  51. Pieter Jacobs (Topsport Vlaanderen) @ 3min 26sec
  52. George Hincapie (BMC) s.t.
  53. Bram Tankink (Rabobank) s.t.
  54. Bernhard Eisel (Sky) s.t.
  55. Thor Hushovd (BMC) s.t.
  56. Davy Commeyne (Landbouwkrediet) s.t.
  57. Ian Stannard (Sky) s.t.
  58. Christian Knees (Sky) s.t.
  59. John Degenkolb (Argos-Shimano) s.t.
  60. Daniel Oss (Liquigas) s.t.
  61. Kristof Goddaert (Ag2r) @ 2min 43sec
  62. Ruben Perez (Euskaltel) s.t.
  63. Andy Cappelle (Accent Jobs-Willems Veranda's) s.t.
  64. Jack Bauer (Garmin-Barracuda) s.t.
  65. Frédéric Guesdon (FDJ-Big Mat) s.t.
  66. Preben Van Hecke (Topsport Vlaanderen) s.t.
  67. Marcel Sieberg (Lotto-Belisol) s.t.
  68. Manuele Mori (Lampre) s.t.
  69. Maxime Vantomme (Katusha) s.t.
  70. Jens Debusschere (Lotto-Belisol) s.t.
  71. Jérôme Baugnies (NetApp) s.t.
  72. David Veilleux (Europcar) s.t.
  73. Assan Bazayev (Astana) s.t.
  74. Alexandre Pichot (Europcar) s.t.
  75. Philippe Gilbert (BMC) s.t.
  76. Mickael Delage (FDJ-Big Mat) s.t.
  77. Edward King (Liqugias) s.t.
  78. Imanol Erviti (Movistar) s.t.
  79. Mathew Hayman (Sky) s.t.
  80. Wouter Mol (Vacansoleil) s.t.
  81. Dennis Van Winden (Rabobank) s.t.
  82. Yaroslav Popovych (Radio Shack-Nissan) s.t.
  83. Koen Barbe (Landbouwkrediet) @ 10min 52sec
  84. Andreas Klier (Garmin-Barracuda) s.t.
  85. Tom Stamsnijder (Argos-Shimano) s.t.
  86. Laurens De Vreese (Topsport Vlaanderen) @ 13min 41sec
  87. Tomas Vaitkus (GreenEdge) s.t.
  88. David Boucher (FDJ-Big Mat) s.t.
  89. Baptiste Planckaert (Landbouwkretiet) s.t.
  90. Vladimir Isaichev (Katusha) @ 15min 34sec
  91. Luke Roberts (Saxo) s.t.
  92. Peio Bilbao (Euskaltel) s.t.
  93. Aliaksandr Kuschynski (Katusha) s.t.
  94. Gert Dockx (Lotto-Belisol) s.t.
  95. Kris Boeckmans (Vacansoleil) s.t.
  96. Daniele Bennati (Radio Shack-Nissan) s.t.
  97. Manuel Belletti (Ag2r) s.t.
  98. Jacob Rathe (Garmin-Barrcuda) s.t.
  99. Staf Scheirlinckx (Accent Jobs-Willems Veranda's) s.t.
  100. Pablo Lastras (Movistar) s.t.
  101. Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Barracuda) s.t.
  102. Maciej Bodnar (Liquigas) s.t.
  103. Jaroslaw Marycz (Saxo) s.t.
  104. Jonas Aaen Jorgensen (Saxo) s.t.
  105. Anders Lunds (Saxo) s.t.
  106. Dominique Rollin (FDJ-Big Mat) s.t.

Photos:

Andrea Tafi and Manuel Belletti at the start

2002 Flanders winner Andrea Tafi (The Gladiator) talks with Manuel Belletti

Brugge at the start

Brugge at the start

Patersberg

The winning break on the Patersberg. Pozzato leads Ballan and Boonen.

Thos Hushovd

Thor Hushovd on the Patersberg

Philippe Gilbert

Philippe Gilbert

Thomas Voeckler

Thomas Voeckler

Tyler Farrar

Tyler Farrar leads

George Hincapie

That should be George Hincapie on Alessandro Ballan's wheel.

Stijn Devolder

Stijn Devolder was one of the many crash casualties.

Stijn Devolder

Help is on the way for Devolder

Stign Devolder

He got back on the road by taking Mirko Selvaggi's bike.

Flanders panorama

Flanders panorama

Tyler Farrar leads up the Steenbeekdries

Tyler Farrar leads up the Steenbeekdries

Flanders panorama

Another panorama

Manuel Belletti

Manuel Belletti leads an earlier break.

Berendries

Berendries

Peter Sagan

Peter Sagan

Peter Sagan leads Tom Boonen up the Old Kwaremont

Peter Sagan leads Tom Boonen up the Old Kwaremont.

Boonen

Boonen just after the race's end.

Winning podium

The 2012 podium: Filippo Pozzato, Tom Boonen and Alessandro Ballan.


Pre-Race Photos:

cobbles

The cobbles are waiting.

Patersberg

Close-up of the Patersberg cobbles.

2012-p-koppenberg

The Koppenberg doesn't look any more friendly

Liquigas

The Liquigas boys give it a test run

Danilo hondo

Danilo Hondo

Daniele Righi

Daniele Righi

Thomas Voeckler

Thomas Voeckler

Luca Paolini

Luca Paolini

Marco Marcato

Marco Marcato

Daniele Righi on the Koppenberg

Daniele Righi leads Lampre on the Koppenberg

Sylvain Chavanel

Sylvain Chavanel (French Champion's kit)

Daniel Oss

Daniel Oss and Liquigas teammates

Peter Sagan

Peter Sagan

setting up

Setting up the barriers

set up

What a huge job...