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Lampaert, van Dijk win Dwars door Vlaanderen, Benoot confident: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

March 29, 2018

Lampaert wins Dwars door Vlaanderen; Van Dijk takes women’s Dwars door Vlaanderen; Benoot confident prior to Flanders: ‘I am in very good condition’; Vanmarcke has ‘worst feeling of Classics period,” yet nets third; Stapleton sceptical about past use of hidden motors, but says it is a ‘growing threat’; Video: Yves Lampaert – Post race interview – Dwars Door Vlaanderen 2018; Video: Dwars door Vlaanderen 2018 – Ellen Van Dijk’s Champagne Malfunction; Video: A Pro Cyclist’s rest day – Team Wiggins

Benoot confident prior to Flanders: ‘I am in very good condition’

by Shane Stokes

Tiesj Benoot in Dwars door Vlaanderen 2018

Winner of Strade Bianche and long seen as a big talent in Belgian cycling, Tiesj Benoot rode aggressively in Wednesday’s Dwars door Vlaanderen and pronounced himself happy with his condition afterwards. The Lotto-Soudal rider attacked on the final ascent of the Côte de Trieu, with Olympic champion Greg van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team) the only one able to go with him.

The duo joined forces for several kilometres and while they were eventually reeled in, Benoot had enough left in the tank to continue racing aggressively. He was finally seventh, but felt that his form is better than what the final result showed.

“Before the race we had decided that I would try to make a selection during the third ascent of Côte de Trieu and so I did,” he explained. “I was joined by Greg Van Avermaet. Unfortunately no Quick-Step rider followed, because they were yet again the strongest team. If a guy from Quick-Step would have joined us, we would have remained ahead of the chasing group, I think.”

He hoped that the chasers would back off, but that didn’t happen. After they were caught the key break went. “I hoped they would think it was a too big risk to go to the finish with Teunissen and Boasson Hagen, but they decided to go through with their move,” he said.

Benoot congratulated Lampaert on his victory, and considered what may have cost him his own chance of winning. “Maybe I missed a teammate by my side today, but André Greipel and Jens Keukeleire are out of the running for a while and we need to accept the situation as it is,” he said. “I am in a very good condition. That’s no guarantee for a top result on Sunday, but without any bad luck I will ride the finale.” Benoot was fifth in 2015 despite being just 21 years of age.

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