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Lotto Belisol: Review Three Days of West-Flanders

Traditionally the Three Days of West-Flanders finished on Sunday in Ichtegem with the Omloop der Vlaamse Ardennen. Guillaume Van Keirsbulck stayed ahead of a chasing peloton and rode solo towards the victory. Kenny Dehaes had to be satisfied with place six.

The Estonian Gert Joeaar of Cofidis won the prologue in Middelkerke on Friday and it’s there where he laid the foundations for his overall victory in this edition of the Three Days of West-Flanders. A day later the Vlaamse Pijl was programmed. The young Dutchman Danny Van Poppel was the fastest in Harelbeke.

Lotto Belisol had some bad luck during this short stage race. Today Boris Vallée joined a breakaway. But Vallée crashed and literally fell out of the front group, this happened on the cobbles of the Steenstraat.

Together with the team doctor Greg Henderson decided not to start in the final stage. Last winter the New-Zealander had surgery of his knee and that wound is infected.

Jean-Pierre Heynderickx, sports director: “Boris isn’t too much hurt after the crash. He only has some superficial abrasions, so we don’t have to worry about that. In the prologue we couldn’t fulfill our ambitions. We had hoped for a good classification, but we didn’t succeed in achieving it.”

“We had our part of bad luck in the first stage. Kenny Dehaes, Vegard Breen and Greg Henderson had a puncture on a crucial moment. We could forget the victory. Without our sprint train Jonas Van Genechten was able to become fifth. Also today we weren’t spared from bad luck, with the crash of Vallée. But also that is cycling. I will especially remember that we showed ourselves in these Three Days of West-Flanders and that we raced offensively with our young squad.”

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