Yves Lampaert (Quickstep- Floors) won Dwars Door Vlaanderen, out-foxing his 4 breakaway mates in the final kilometer. Mike Teunissen (Sunweb) finished in 2nd, Sep Vanmarcke (EF-Education) was 3rd and Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka had Edvald Boasson Hagen finish in 4th place.
It was a grim day in Belgium for the 180km UCI World Tour Dwars Door Vlaanderen with the cold, rain and wind making a testing parcours that much more difficult. Our African Team was up for the challenge as team leaders, Edvald Boasson Hagen and Julien Vermote generally look to thrive in such conditions.
Despite numerous attacks from the start, the peloton never let up to allow a group of riders any sort of advantage. It was only once the race hit the 50km to go mark when a select group formed at the head of affairs. Boasson Hagen was showing his upward trajectory of form, by being part of the selection for our African Team.
The group was whittled down further to just 13 riders, Boasson Hagen still present, approaching the last 20km. It was at this point when the defining attack occurred as Lampaert, Teunissen, Vanmarcke and Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) got a gap on the rest, before Boasson Hagen crossed over to the quartet. The leading 5 proceeded to work well together to establish a 30″ lead over their chasers.
Only with 2km to go did the tactical “cat & mouse” games begin in front, with each rider having a go and attacking. In the end, it was Lampaert who got the jump on his breakaway companions, riding clear with 800m to go. Boasson Hagen led the chase but the Belgian took the victory. Vanmarcke and Teunissen were able to come over our Norwegian strongman just before the line, relegating “The Boss” to the first step off of the podium.
Edvald Boasson Hagen – Rider
I am happy but also disappointed with today’s race. It was a hard race which made it good for me. I was always in a good position near the front, and I felt good enough to be part of all the definitive moves. It became tricky in the final when it was more about the tactics than strength. I was stupid not to follow Lampaert’s last move initially, and then missed out on the podium because nobody wanted to chase so I led from too far out. So, I am pleased to have been part of the final and can take confidence from the positive signs of my form coming, but obviously I would have liked more from today’s race after coming so close.