Driedaagse De Panne - Koksijde - stage 1from De Panne to Zottegem

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by Shane Stokes

March 30, 2016

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Driedaagse De Panne - Koksijde - stage 1from De Panne to Zottegem

Kristoff takes stage one of Three Days of De Panne

by Shane Stokes

Bouncing back from recent illness, defending champion Alexander Kristoff proved best at the end of stage one of the Three Days of De Panne/Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde on Tuesday. Despite being outnumbered two to one by riders from the Astana team, he had little problem in beating them in the finale into Zottegem.

He blasted home ahead of breakaway companions Alexey Lutsenko and Lieuwe Westra. Mads Pedersen (Stolting Service Group) and Team Sky’s Luke Rowe were fourth and fifth, 29 seconds back, while the first big chase group was a further seven seconds back.

Rowe had been part of the lead group but punctured on the last climb of the Muur de Geraardsbergen, losing his chance. Had he not done so the final dynamic would have been different but, despite having two cards to play, Lutsenko and Westra were unable to shake off Kristoff.

Earlier, the climbs hewed down a 30 man lead group to 13, including the top finishers. Also present were BMC Racing’s Taylor Phinney, Loïc Vliegen and Rik Zabel, but these would all miss out in the end. Ditto for the Etixx-QuickStep team, under pressure to deliver after a somewhat lacklustre showing in the big one day races.

Former world time trial champion Tony Martin took sixth, and will hope to show well in the next two days, including the concluding race against the clock.

Stage 1: De Panne > Zottegem - Stage Result

Tuesday 29th March 2016

1. no
KRISTOFF Alexander
Team Katusha
04:22:34
2. kz
LUTSENKO Alexey
Astana Pro Team
-
3. nl
WESTRA Lieuwe
Astana Pro Team
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Today’s feature image comes from the famous Muur van Geraardsbergen and was taken by the Cor Vos agency during stage one of the 2016 Driedaagse De Panne Koksijde.

  • Arfy

    Mr Cookson, you have the wrong idea about how to manage safety from the top level. No-one’s expecting you to micro-manage a particular incident, you’re not a safety expert and you weren’t directly involved. However, many people do expect that the President of the UCI will have the power and foresight to implement a fully-funded UCI Safety panel to review rider safety, amongst other safety issues, as an on-going concern with the goal of continuous improvement, and this Safety panel should be the UCI’s mouthpiece on specific incidents. That you think everyone expects you to just make specific comments on a specific incident, and that you continue trying to move the focus by saying “everyone is responsible for their own safety”, is a continual frustration to teams, riders, and cycling fans. We need and deserve better.

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