Wouter Weylandt had to wait ten minutes to find out that he had taken his fourth victory of the season yesterday in the Ster Elektrotoer. The Quickstep rider crossed the finish line simultaneously with Gerolsteiner's Robert Förster and Wiesenhof's Stefan van Dijk, and the three had to wait until the race jury had analysed the finish-line photos before they could announce who had won.
"Look! The hair on my arms is standing up!" the happy winner said. But he had known going into the stage why he had won, he told sportwereld.be. Before the start he had spoken with Cynthia, the race "Miss," and reassured her that he would see here again later on the podium. "You see, I have kept my word," he said.
He won the stage by approximately two millimetres. He crossed the line shoulder to shoulder with Förster, "but we didn't know who had won. I had to wait ten minutes to get the results after the jury analysed the photo. Very stressful. I can tell you, that was worse than the sprint," Weylandt said. "Usually the riders know who has won, but this time it was just too close."
"Who all did I leave behind me? Förster, Ciolek, Brown, Eisel, Guidi ... and Cavendish, also a man for the future. Something like this really does me a lot of good," he said.
"Of course Robert would have liked to have won," said Gerolsteiner Directeur Sportif Christian Wegmann. "It was damned close, really a photo finish."