Velonews: Yves Lampaert Wins Stage, Takes Lead In Driedaagse Van West-vlaanderen


Jan 3, 2005
Yves Lampaert takes the victory in stage 1 of the Three Days of West Flanders. Photo: AFP
Yves Lampaert (Etixx-Quick-Step) took stage 1 and the overall lead of the Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen on Saturday.
The Belgian proved the best of a five-rider breakaway, with Tosh Van der Sande (Lotto) second and Sander Cordeel (Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace) third.
Lampaert and his break-mates, including Alexis Gougaerd (AG2R La Mondiale) and Mirko Selvaggi (Wanty Groupe Gobert), formed the decisive selection out of a much larger group with 57km to go in the 174.1km stage from Brugge to Harelbeke. Van der Sande led the charge, and heading into the final circuit — four laps of of 9.9km each — the quintet had 40 seconds’ advantage.
The Etixx rider had the most gas left in the tank at the end. And having finished fifth in Friday’s prologue, just eight seconds back of winner Anton Vorobyev (Katusha), the victory also brought Lampaert the leader’s jersey.
Lampaert also has the lead in the points and best young rider competitions.
The second and final stage on Sunday is a 184.5km leg from Nieuwpoort to Ichtegem.
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