Yesterday, Gorik Gardeyn won the 177 kilometre Putte-Kapellen in Belgium. The 26 year-old Belgian gave his Unibet.com team payback for the trust they gave him. Gardeyn, winless in 2006 until yesterday, had faith from Unibet.com team management to go ahead with renewal of his contract last Friday.
Gardeyn was able to slip away after seven of 12 laps with a group including Nico Mattan and Tom Steels of Davitamon-Lotto. The Belgian then proceeded to win in front of a Benny De Schrooder (Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen) and Andy Cappelle (Landbouwkrediet-Colnago).
Gardeyn's contract renewal with Unibet.com is welcomed news young Belgian. The team is expected to move from the Pro-Continental level to ProTour for the coming 2007 season, which will give Gardeyn more opportunities to race with the best in cycling.