The prologue of the 3 Days of West Flanders saw the 2nd year pro from Cofidis, Gert Joeaar, power his way home in a time of 7’53” to take the win and the first leader’s jersey of the race. Johan Le Bon (FDJ.fr) finished 2nd, 5 seconds of the pace and Kristof Vandewalle (Trek Factory Racing) was 3rd, 8 seconds back. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung had all its riders get around the course unscathed with both Jaco Venter and Ignatas Konovalovas recording times of 8’23” to finish 31st and 32nd respectively. Venter was content with his ride today considering he had just finished a course of medication. “The.
In almost an exact repeat of yesterday’s stage, Theo Bos (Belkin) won the 9th stage of the Le Tour de Langkawi. Andrea Guardini (Astana) was once again 2nd with Aidis Kruopis (Orica GreenEdge) taking the final step on the podium this time around. Today’s stage was quite a bit shorter than the previous three days at only 109km in length. The day’s proceedings were very much the same as the longer stages though. The early break was made up by Yonathan Monslave (Yellow Fluo) and Carlos Quintero (Colombia). The two riders forged out a lead of just over 2 minutes before the chase to bring them back.
Today starts the 3 Days of West Flanders stage race. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung will once again return to the Belgian race after picking up a stage win at last year’s edition of the race. Racing gets underway with a 7km prologue today followed by 2 road stages over the weekend. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung will have to go into the race one rider short as Injury and Illness affect the team. Jens Zemke explains, “The team is working well and we always start a race to win. One of our challenges though is we are struggling with health problems at the moment, that is.