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by Shane Stokes
October 18, 2017
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Dutch rider Arvid De Kleijn won the final race of the Belgian season on Tuesday, taking a big bunch gallop at the end of the Sluitingsprijs Putte-Kapellen. The Baby-Dump Cyclingteam rider beat compatriot Coen Vermeltfoort (Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij) and the Belgians Timothy Dupont (Vérandas Willems-Crelan), Robin Stenuit (Wanty-Group Gobert) and Roy Jans (WB Vernclassic Aqua Protet) to the line in Stabroek.
The win came just over two months after De Kleijn won Antwerpse Havenpijl. “Apparently, Belgian roads are good for me,” he said, according to Sporza. “The run up to the last bend was very chaotic. It went from left to right. I was perfectly positioned on the wheel of Coen Vermeltfoort and I was able to get past at the appropriate time. And so I won. It’s a nice victory I find myself with.”
The event was the last for Jurgen van den Broeck (Team LottoNL-Jumbo). The former Tour de France podium finisher tried to achieve a big result but while he rode hard, he had nothing to show for his efforts.
The race was marked by a 14 man breakaway group, comprising nine Belgians and five Dutch riders. They worked hard but couldn’t open a big-enough gap and were hauled back close to the end.