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by Mark Zalewski
March 23, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Strength in numbers: Quick-Step goes 1-2 from breakaway at Dwars Door Vlaanderen; Lotta Lepistö wins Dwars door Vlaanderen; Valverde wins in Catalunya, Van Garderen into lead; Movistar team responds to Catalunya TTT relegation; Team Wiggins left out of Tour de Yorkshire; Lars Boom ‘In Astana I lacked the necessary support’; Reijnen comes away with a few stitches after crashing into ditch at Dwars door Vlaanderen; British amateur cyclist suspended two years for doping positive; Cylance men’s team to race entirely on disc brakes; Trofeo Alfredo Binda highlights; Kenny Belaey rides the UCI HQ; Video: Flanders Classics 2016 compilation.
Belgian team Quick-Step Floors stepped into its role as a cobbled classics force Wednesday, finishing first and second from a four-man breakaway at Dwars Door Vlaanderen, with domestique Yves Lampaert soloing to victory. Thirty-nine seconds later, teammate Philippe Gilbert won the three-man sprint for second, ahead of Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) and Luke Durbridge (Orica-Scott).
“For me it’s a dream that came true. It’s not that far from my home and I did a lot of recons to do this race,” Lampaert said. “To win, for me it’s a fantastic gift that I can give to the team and thanks to everybody.”
A WorldTour race for the first time in 2017, the 203km Dwars Door Vlaanderen — “Across Flanders” — uses many of the same cobbled climbs used at the Ronde van Vlaanderen 10 days later, including the Taaienberg, Oude Kwaremont, and Paterberg, in succession.
And while it’s a good precursor or things to come, many of the biggest favorites for the Tour of Flanders, such as Greg van Avermaet (BMC Racing), Tom Boonen (Quick-Step Floors), and defending champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) did not take the start in Roeselare, where a moment of silence was held to observe the one-year anniversary of the terror attack in Brussels.
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