Nuyens Takes Tour of Flanders 2011
Nick Nuyens (Saxo Bank-SunGard) has won the Tour of Flanders 2011.
a group containing Cancellara, Ballan, Leukemans, Chavanel, and Staf Scheirlinckx (Veranda's Willems) by 0:12.
Nuyens, Boonen, and George Hincapie (BMC) joined the Cancellara group. After a number of attacks by other riders, Cancellara got clear. Chavanel and Nuyens joined him.
Boonen and Flecha led the chase. With one km left, Cancellara made his move on the race's last turn. Nuyens overtook Cancellara and fought off challenges by the Swiss star and by Chavanel to win.
The Belgian's victory is the biggest one of his career. He was quick to thank his teammates. "Thanks to Bjarne [Riis] and the whole team I was able to achieve this win," Nuyens said. They have believed in me right from the start and have given me peace to work and think about this great season goal. I'm truly happy to be able to pay back their trust like this."
This coming Sunday, many of the participants in the Tour of Flanders will tackle the Queen of the Classics, Paris-Roubaix. Who will prevail? Defending Paris-Roubaix champion Cancellara? Former Paris-Roubaix champion Boonen? World road race champion Hushovd? Check in at www.roadcycling.com and find out!
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