Jelle Wallays (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise) was clearly the strongest rider of the day at today’s Dwars Door Vlaanderen as the Belgian took out the race victory. His teammate Edward Theuns was 2nd with Dylan van Baarle (Cannondale-Garmin) completing the podium. With a constant drizzle and cool temperatures, racing got underway with a flurry of attacks. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung were prominent in all the early moves and it looked as if Jay Thomson had made the break of the day after just 30km of racing. The peloton had other plans though and brought everything back together again. Despite numerous attacks were Nic Dougall was also a.
The Coppi e Bartali is the next appointment for most our climbers as MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung start the 4 day, 5 stage Italian race this Thursday. Racing gets underway with 2 half stages on the opening day. After the morning road stage, the Coppi e Bartali will once again have the unique team time trial stage where 4 riders per team will make up 2 teams each for the stage. The remaining stages in the week will see the parcours suit the climbers on stages 2 and 4 while stage 3 should be one for the sprinters. The Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung riders selected to.