After 117 kilometres the peloton hit the local circuit - five laps of 17 kilometres each with Rabobank and Cofidis taking command. The local circuit featured three climbs: first the Bruine Put (800m, maximum gradient 14 percent), then the Lindenberg (600m, maximum gradient 7 percent) and finally the AlsembergThe finishing circuits were so hard that on the second to last lap only 50 riders remained in the group, out of 200 starters only 97 finished. Attacks ensued and Kim Kirchen, with only Boogerd(Rabo), Nuyens(Cofidis), Freire (Rabo), (P-Lotto), Gasparotto (Liquigas) and Kroon (CSC) following.
(400m, maximum gradient 10 percent) where the finish line was marked.
Having Oscar Freire in your break, seems to have the same effect as being with Boonen, racing for 2nd place. Leukemans, who attacked with 5k to go only to be caught at 1k, said
"It's not a good idea to wait for a sprint against Freire, so I gambled but lost,"
Sure enough, Freire won the sprint thereby winning the race for the third time.
Current Odds at Unibet for Flanders
Boonen 3 to 1
Bettini 7 to 1
Cancellara 9 to 1
Pozzato 17 to 1
Freire 25 to 1.