2012 E3 Harelbeke

2012 E3 Harelbeke
2012 UCI World Tour, race 6 of 28
Route of E3 Harelbeke 2012
Race details
Date 23 March 2012
Distance 203 km (126.1 mi)
Winning time 4h 51' 59"
Winner  Tom Boonen (Belgium) (Omega Pharma–Quick-Step)
Second  Óscar Freire (Spain) (Team Katusha)
Third  Bernhard Eisel (Austria) (Team Sky)

The 2012 E3 Harelbeke was the 55th running of the E3 Harelbeke single-day cycling race.[1] It was held on 23 March over a distance of 203 kilometres (126.1 miles) and was the sixth race of the 2012 UCI World Tour season. E3 Harelbeke was held as a UCI World Tour event for the first time,[2] after previously being held as a 1.HC race on the UCI Europe Tour.[3] As well as its promotion to the World Tour, the race moved to a Friday running from a Saturday; the move was in order to give riders a day's break prior to the following World Tour event, Gent–Wevelgem.[4]

In a mass sprint finish, the race was won by Omega Pharma–Quick-Step rider Tom Boonen,[5] who in the process, became the most successful rider in the history of the race; his fifth victory – after four previous victories in succession between 2004 and 2007 – in Harelbeke took him beyond the record tally of four victories that he had been sharing with fellow Belgian rider Rik Van Looy.[6] Boonen finished ahead of Team Katusha's Óscar Freire and Team Sky's Bernhard Eisel, who completed the podium.[7]


As E3 Harelbeke was a UCI World Tour event, all 18 UCI ProTeams were invited automatically and obligated to send a squad. Seven other squads were given wildcard places into the race,[8] and as such, formed the event's 25-team peloton.

The 25 teams that competed in the race were:[9]


Stijn Devolder leads over the Muur


Cyclist Team Time
1  Tom Boonen (BEL) Omega Pharma–Quick-Step 4h 51' 59"
2  Óscar Freire (ESP) Team Katusha s.t.
3  Bernhard Eisel (AUT) Team Sky s.t.
4  Leonardo Duque (COL) Cofidis s.t.
5  Sep Vanmarcke (BEL) Garmin–Barracuda s.t.
6  John Degenkolb (GER) Project 1t4i s.t.
7  Mathieu Ladagnous (FRA) FDJ–BigMat s.t.
8  Alexandre Pichot (FRA) Team Europcar s.t.
9  Alessandro Ballan (ITA) BMC Racing Team s.t.
10  Sébastien Turgot (FRA) Team Europcar s.t.


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  8. "E3 Prijs Vlaanderen wildcards announced". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 8 February 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2012.
  9. "Deelnemerslijst" [List of participants] (PDF). E3 Harelbeke (in Dutch). Hand in Hand Cycling Club of Harelbeke. Retrieved 23 March 2012.
  10. "UCI WorldTour Ranking #5 – E3 Prijs Vlaanderen – Harelbeke (BEL/UWT)". Union Cycliste Internationale. Infostrada Sports. 23 March 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2012.

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