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2017 Record Bank E3 Prijs Harelbeke
(World Tour), Belgium

60th edition: Friday, March 24, 2017

E3 Prijs Harelbeke podium history | 2016 edition | Course map | Start list

Harelbeke - Harelbeke, 206.1 km.

Greg van avermaet

BMC's Greg van Avermaet gets a big one

Weather at Herelbeke at 5 PM, local time: 12C (55F) , mostly sunny, wind from the east at 15 km/hr (9mph)

The race: Here's the report from winner Greg van Avermaet's BMC team.

Greg Van Avermaet showed he is in winning form when he sprinted to victory at Record Bank E3 Harelbeke, his second UCI WorldTour individual victory of the season.

The sprint for the line came down to Van Avermaet, Philippe Gilbert (Quickstep-Floors) and Olivier Naesen (AG2R), after the trio proved the strongest on the day when they dropped the rest of the field with 30km to go.

Earlier, it took almost two hours of racing for a breakaway to go clear when the peloton finally let six riders escape. The pace in the peloton remained high and the race took a turn when Tom Boonen (Quickstep-Floors) attacked on the Taaienberg with 75km to go. Daniel Oss immediately jumped on Boonen's wheel and a small group of around 20 riders formed, including Van Avermaet and Loïc Vliegen.

The group powered away from the peloton and had a small gap to begin with, before putting the hammer down, extending their lead and catching the breakaway with 66km to go. 30km later, the group was down to seven riders and within 10km, the podium trio had established a solid lead.

Behind, the peloton tried to bridge the gap but their multiple attacks were covered brilliantly by Oss, Vliegen and Silvan Dillier. With 10km to go, the Van Avermaet trio had almost two minutes on the bunch and it was clear the podium would be decided in the sprint.

Van Avermaet kept a close eye on Gilbert and Naesen and had the legs to edge Gilbert out on the line, with Naesen coming in behind.

Van Avermaet's win sees him lead the UCI WorldTour individual ranking.

Interview with Greg Van Avermaet

Congratulations Greg! How does it feel to win today?

"This is a really nice win. I know how hard it is to win here. At the beginning of the year, I had only been on the podium once here in 2008. That says it enough, I think. Every year I come back with high expectations and every year it is hard to win this kind of race. I am happy that I have two wins in my pocket now but at the beginning of the season, I said that Tour of Flanders is my big goal. That still has to happen, but it is nice to start with two victories on home soil."

Were you confident you could win the sprint?

"I was confident, but you are never sure. You have to believe in yourself to win a sprint. I knew that if everything went right, I could beat everyone in a sprint on a hard race but you have to be really focused and everything has to go perfectly. But Gilbert has a good sprint, so you are never 100% sure."

How can you describe the team’s efforts today?

"I think we were much better today than in Milan-San Remo. I also made a mistake there to not get into the right position at a crucial moment, but today they did well. They positioned me in the right place. Daniel Oss has to stand up; he is a good guy. I really believe in him, and he is one of the strongest riders in the peloton and with Stefan Küng and Jempy Drucker, I think we can be confident. We don't have the team like Quickstep-Floors, but we have strong guys who can help me, and I am really confident in them."

Does the win give you confidence before Ronde van Vlaanderen?

"It always helps with your confidence going into a big race when you get the win, and the guys know that I am good and that I will always try. If you win, you see that the team gets stronger and more confident. It's good to start a race like Ronde van Vlaanderen with the confidence of the team. They know I am ready and when the leader is good, most of the time the team comes also."

Fabio Baldato, Sports Director: "Greg was looking strong today, and he wanted to go early. Behind him, the team was really strong and controlling the other moves and the other riders. Daniel Oss, Silvan Dillier, and Loïc Vliegen were up there, and if we hadn't lost Jempy Drucker and Martin Elmiger due to flat tires, I am sure they would have been up there too. I am happy with the team and the job they did, and of course, Greg was amazing finishing off the job and taking the win."

"Greg was driving the race along. He knew what he wanted to do and what he need to do. He made a move with two strong guys and then did a super job to do what we hoped, and knew, he could. We are confident for the next two Classics, and we go to Gent-Wevelgem with Greg as our leader once again. For now, we can enjoy today before we start to refocus for Sunday and then towards Ronde van Vlaanderen."

Complete Results:

206.1 kilometers raced at an average speed of 42.895 km/hr

1 Greg VAN AVERMAET BMC 4hr 48min 17sec
2 Philippe GILBERT Quick-Step s.t.
3 Oliver NAESEN Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
4 Luke DURBRIDGE Orica-Scott @ 40sec
5 Lukas PÖSTLBERGER Bora-hansgrohe @ 41sec
6 MICHAEL VALGREN ANDERSEN Astana @ 52sec
7 Sonny COLBRELLI Bahrain-Merida s.t.
8 Tom BOONEN Quick-Step s.t.
9 Dylan VAN BAARLE Cannondale Drapac s.t.
10 Alberto BETTIOL Cannondale Drapac s.t.
11 Fabio FELLINE Trek-Segafredo s.t.
12 Jens KEUKELEIRE Orica-Scott s.t.
13 John DEGENKOLB Trek-Segafredo s.t.
14 Tiesj BENOOT Lotto Soudal s.t.
15 Luke ROWE Sky s.t.
16 Sebastian LANGEVELD Cannondale Drapac s.t.
17 Laurens DE VREESE Astana s.t.
18 Ignatas KONOVALOVAS FDJ s.t.
19 Niki TERPSTRA Quick-Step s.t.
20 Daniel OSS BMC s.t.
21 Tony MARTIN Katusha Alpecin s.t.
22 Matteo TRENTIN Quick-Step @ 57sec
23 Sep VANMARCKE Cannondale Drapac +1:53
24 Magnus Cort NIELSEN Orica-Scott +2:12
25 Borut BOZIC Bahrain-Merida s.t.
26 Sacha MODOLO UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
27 Alexander KRISTOFF Katusha Alpecin s.t.
28 Ramon SINKELDAM Sunweb s.t.
29 Olivier LE GAC FDJ s.t.
30 Scott THWAITES Dimension Data s.t.
31 Jasper DE BUYST Lotto Soudal s.t.
32 Iljo KEISSE Quick-Step s.t.
33 Luka PIBERNIK Bahrain-Merida s.t.
34 Frederik BACKAERT Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
35 Koen DE KORT Trek-Segafredo s.t.
36 Guillaume VAN KEIRSBULCK Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
37 Mathew HAYMAN Orica-Scott s.t.
38 Taco VAN DER HOORN Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij s.t.
39 Carlos BARBERO CUESTA Movistar s.t.
40 Loïc VLIEGEN BMC s.t.
41 Jasha SÜTTERLIN Movistar s.t.
42 Bryan COQUARD Direct Energie s.t.
43 Gijs VAN HOECKE Lotto NL-Jumbo s.t.
44 Stijn DEVOLDER Veranda's Willems-Crelan s.t.
45 Bram TANKINK Lotto NL-Jumbo s.t.
46 Jos VAN EMDEN Lotto NL-Jumbo s.t.
47 Jean-Pierre DRUCKER BMC s.t.
48 Jelle WALLAYS Lotto Soudal s.t.
49 Huub DUYN Veranda's Willems-Crelan s.t.
50 Thomas SPRENGERS Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
51 Alexey LUTSENKO Astana s.t.
52 Kevin ISTA WB Veranclassic s.t.
53 Zdenek ŠTYBAR Quick-Step +2:16
54 Lukasz WISNIOWSKI Sky s.t.
55 Silvan DILLIER BMC s.t.
56 Ian STANNARD Sky s.t.
57 Ivan GARCIA CORTINA Bahrain-Merida s.t.
58 Christopher JUUL JENSEN Orica-Scott s.t.
59 Tom SCULLY Cannondale Drapac s.t.
60 Antoine DUCHESNE Direct Energie s.t.
61 Sylvain CHAVANEL Direct Energie s.t.
62 Gianni MOSCON Sky +2:20
63 Vegard Stake LAENGEN UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
64 Marco MARCATO UAE Abu Dhabi +2:29
65 Tyler FARRAR Dimension Data +2:43
66 Hugo HOULE Ag2r La Mondiale +6:15
67 Aleksei TCATEVICH Gazprom-Rusvelo s.t.
68 Dmitriy GRUZDEV Astana s.t.
69 Reto HOLLENSTEIN Katusha Alpecin s.t.
70 Nils POLITT Katusha Alpecin s.t.
71 Stijn VANDENBERGH Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
72 Michael MORKOV Katusha Alpecin s.t.
73 Martin ELMIGER BMC s.t.
74 Eliot LIETAER Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
75 Søren Kragh ANDERSEN Sunweb s.t.
76 Tom VAN ASBROECK Cannondale Drapac s.t.
77 Mickael DELAGE FDJ s.t.
78 Alexis GOUGEARD Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
79 Kristijan KOREN Cannondale Drapac s.t.
80 Marcus BURGHARDT Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
81 Bert DE BACKER Sunweb +8:36
82 Elmar REINDERS Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij s.t.
83 Twan CASTELIJNS Lotto NL-Jumbo s.t.
84 Floris GERFS BMC s.t.
85 Matthieu LADAGNOUS FDJ s.t.
86 Jorge ARCAS PEÑA Movistar s.t.
87 Kenneth VAN ROOY Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
88 Moreno HOFLAND Lotto Soudal s.t.
89 Romain CARDIS Direct Energie s.t.
90 Mads PEDERSEN Trek-Segafredo s.t.
91 Sjoerd VAN GINNEKEN Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij s.t.
92 Julien VERMOTE Quick-Step s.t.
93 Julien DUVAL Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
94 Nuno MATOS Movistar s.t.
95 Manuel QUINZIATO BMC s.t.
96 Lars BOOM Lotto NL-Jumbo s.t.
97 Simone CONSONNI UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
98 Kris BOECKMANS Lotto Soudal +8:39
99 Edvald BOASSON HAGEN Dimension Data +10:45
100 Sven erik BYSTRØM Katusha Alpecin s.t.
101 Erik BASKA Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
102 Maciej BODNAR Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
103 Sander CORDEEL Veranda's Willems-Crelan s.t.
104 Alexander PORSEV Gazprom-Rusvelo s.t.
105 Igor BOEV Gazprom-Rusvelo s.t.
106 Julien MORICE Direct Energie s.t.
107 Nans PETERS Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
108 Peter SAGAN Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
109 Alexandre PICHOT Direct Energie s.t.
110 Remy MERTZ Lotto Soudal s.t.
111 Pavel BRUTT Gazprom-Rusvelo s.t.
112 Aime DE GENDT Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.

2016 E3 Harelbeke map:

Course map

Start list with back numbers, March 23:

BORA-HANSGROHE
1 SAGAN Peter
2 BASKA Erik
3 BODNAR Maciej
4 BURGHARDT Marcus
5 PFINGSTEN Christoph
6 POSTLBERGER Lukas
7 SAGAN Juraj
8 SARAMOTINS Aleksejs
QUICK-STEP FLOORS
11 BOONEN Tom
12 GILBERT Philippe
13 BAUER Jack
14 KEISSE Iljo
15 VERMOTE Julien
16 STYBAR Zdenek
17 TERPSTRA Niki
18 TRENTIN Matteo
LOTTO - SOUDAL
21 BENOOT Tiesj
22 BOECKMANS Kris
23 HOFLAND Moreno
24 MAES Nikolas
25 WALLAYS Jelle
26 DE BUYST Jasper
27 MERTZ Rémy
28 GALLOPIN Tony
BMC RACING TEAM
31 VAN AVERMAET Greg
32 DILLIER Silvan
33 DRUCKER Jean Pierre
34 ELMIGER Martin
35 GERTS Floris
36 VLIEGEN Loïc
37 QUINZIATO Manuel
38 OSS Daniel
TEAM SKY
41 ROWE Luke
42 STANNARD Ian
43 MOSCON Gianni
44 PUCCIO Salvatore
45 DOULL Owain
46 KNEES Christian
47 VAN POPPEL Danny
48 WISNIOWSKI Lukasz
AG2R LA MONDIALE
51 VANDENBERGH Stijn
52 NAESEN Oliver
53 DUVAL Julien
54 GOUGEARD Alexis
55 HOULE Hugo
56 DENZ Nico
57 PETERS Nans
58 BAGDONAS Gediminas
ASTANA PRO TEAM
61 DE VREESE Laurens
62 BRESCHEL Matti
63 GATTO Oscar
64 GRIVKO Andriy
65 GRUZDEV Dmitriy
66 LUTSENKO Alexey
67 KORSAETH Truls Engen
68 VALGREN ANDERSEN Michael
BAHRAIN - MERIDA
71 FENG Chun Kai
72 BONIFAZIO Niccolo
73 BOZIC Borut
74 COLBRELLI Sonny
75 GARCIA CORTINA Ivan
76 INSAUSTI IRASTORZA Jon Ander
77 PER David
78 PIBERNIK Luka
CANNONDALE-DRAPAC
81 VANMARCKE Sep
82 VAN ASBROECK Tom
83 KOREN Kristjan
84 LANGEVELD Sebastian
85 SCULLY Thomas
86 BETTIOL Alberto
87 VAN BAARLE Dylan
88 MULLEN Ryan
FDJ
91 FOURNIER Marc
92 DELAGE Mickael
93 GUARNIERI Jacopo
94 MANZIN Lorrenzo
95 KONOVALOVAS Ignatas
96 LADAGNOUS Matthieu
97 LE GAC Olivier
98 SARREAU Marc
MOVISTAR TEAM
101 ARCAS PEÑA Jorge
102 BARBERO CUESTA Carlos
103 BICO MATOS Nuno Miguel Alves
104 BETANCUR GOMEZ Carlos Alberto
105 CARRETERO Hector
106 PEDRERO LOPEZ Antonio
107 QUINTANA ROJAS Dayer Uberney
108 SÜTTERLIN Jasha
ORICA - SCOTT
111 KEUKELEIRE Jens
112 KLUGE Roger
113 DURBRIDGE Luke
114 HAYMAN Mathew
115 MEZGEC Luka
116 JUUL JENSEN Christopher
117 DOCKER Mitchell
118 CORT NIELSEN Magnus
DIMENSION DATA
121 BOASSON HAGEN Edvald
122 DOUGALL Nick
123 EISEL Bernhard
124 FARRAR Tyler
125 RENSHAW Mark
126 REGUIGUI Youcef
127 THOMSON Jay Robert
128 THWAITES Scott
KATUSHA-ALPECIN
131 KRISTOFF Alexander
132 BYSTROM Sven Erik
133 HALLER Marco
134 HOLLENSTEIN Reto
135 BIERMANS Jenthe
136 MARTIN Tony
137 MORKOV Michael
138 POLITT Nils
LOTTO NL - JUMBO
141 BOOM Lars
142 CASTELIJNS Twan
143 LEEZER Tom
144 WAGNER Robert
145 TANKINK Bram
146 VAN EMDEN Jos
147 VAN HOECKE Gijs
148 WYNANTS Maarten
TEAM SUNWEB
151 ANDERSEN Søren Kragh
152 CURVERS Roy
153 DE BACKER Bert
154 SINKELDAM Ramon
155 STAMSNIJDER Tom
156 TEUNISSEN Mike
157 TIMMER Albert
158 WAEYTENS Zico
TREK-SEGAFREDO
161 STUYVEN Jasper
162 COLEDAN Marco
163 DEGENKOLB John
164 DE KORT Koen
165 FELLINE Fabio
166 PEDERSEN Mads
167 RAST Grégory
168 BEPPU Fumiyuki
UAE - TEAM EMIRATES
171 CONSONNI Simone
172 GUARDINI Andrea
173 KUMP Marko
174 LAENGEN Vegard Stake
175 MARCATO Marco
176 MODOLO Sacha
177 TROIA Oliviero
178 ZURLO Federico
SPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE
181 ALLEGAERT Piet
182 DE GENDT Aimé
183 DECLERCQ Benjamin
184 LIETAER Eliot
185 SPRENGERS Thomas
186 VAN GESTEL Dries
187 VAN ROOY Kenneth
188 VAN HECKE Preben
VERANDA'S WILLEMS-CRELAN
191 DEVOLDER Stijn
192 CORDEEL Sander
193 DE BONDT Dries
194 BILLE Gaetan
195 DUYN Huub
196 VAN BREUSSEGEM Elias
197 VAN ZUMMEREN Stef
198 VERGAERDE Otto
WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT
201 VAN KEIRSBULCK Guillaume
202 BACKAERT Frederik
203 KREDER Wesley
204 OFFREDO Yoann
205 ANTONINI Simone
206 VAN MELSEN Kevin
207 VANSPEYBROUCK Pieter
208 BAUGNIES Jérôme
WB-VERANCLASSIC AQUALITY PROTECT
211 DE WINTER Ludwig
212 ISTA Kevin
213 KIRSCH Alex
214 MASSON Christophe
215 NAESEN Lawrence
216 DUQUENNOY Jimmy
217 ROBEET Ludovic
218 STASSEN Julien
DIRECT ENERGIE
221 CHAVANEL Sylvain
222 CARDIS Romain
223 ANDERSON Ryan
224 COQUARD Bryan
225 DUCHESNE Antoine
226 MORICE Julien
227 PETIT Adrien
228 PICHOT Alexandre
GAZPROM - RUSVELO
231 BRUTT Pavel
232 BOEV Igor
233 PORSEV Alexander
234 SAVITSKY Ivan
235 MAIKIN Roman
236 SOLOMENNIKOV Andrey
237 TSATEVITCH Alexey
238 TRUSOV Nikolai
ROOMPOT-NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ
241 ASSELMAN Jesper
242 DE VRIES Berden
243 LIGTHART Pim
244 REINDERS Elmar
245 VAN DER HOORN Taco
246 VAN GINNEKEN Sjoerd
247 VAN GOETHEM Brian
248 VERMELTFOORT Coen