Klemme takes first win for Leopard Trek

German catches Ista in the final kilometre

Dominic Klemme gave Leopard Trek its first win of the season, attacking in the final kilometre to win the GP Le Samyn. The 24-year-old German caught and easily passed Kevin Ista (Cofidis) who finished second. Robert Wagner took third, to give Leopard Trek two of the three top spots.

"I'm super happy," Klemme said. "I had cramps in the final kilometres, but I knew I had to hang in there because everyone was half dead back in the chase.

"I wasn't sure my attack was going to last until the finish line, but the top of the climb was visible, so I could see the finish all the time. I was super motivated to win this one for us."

The last third of the race was dominated by Vacansoleil-DCM's Björn Leukemans, who took off on a solo ride for over 50 km, only to be caught with about six km to go.

The wind played a role throughout the day, as the field broke up into a number of groups. Three Leopard Trek riders led a chase group which tracked down the leaders, but everything came together again with 60km to go.

After 111 km, the peloton started four laps of a 20km finishing circuit which included two climbs, the Cote Montignes sur Roc and the Cote d'Audregnies. Björn Leukemans (Vacansoleil-DCM) took off in the lead. There were multiple attacks out of the peloton, with Leopard Trek being very active for the whole race.

Leukemans crossed the finish line with two laps to go with a 40 second gap over a chase group which had finally formed, with the peloton having fallen back to nearly two minutes.

The Belgian kept powering along, building up his lead with every kilometre. The chase work didn't work well together and eventually fell apart.

At the penultimate crossing of the finish line, Leukemans still had 55 seconds over this nearest chasers, with the next group at 1:55. The peloton was 2:30 down. The Belgian tried hard but with six km to go, he was finally caught.

With two km to go, Ista jumped into the lead, hoping to avoid a sprint. He took his lead into the final km, with Klemme giving chase ahead of the field.

Klemme caught and passed Ista and never looked back, soloing over the finish line for the first-ever win of the newly founded team.

Full Results
1Dominic Klemme (Ger) Leopard Trek4:43:44 
2Kevin Ista (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:00:08 
3Robert Wagner (Ger) Leopard Trek0:00:09 
4Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team  
5Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) FDJ  
6Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
7Jimmy Casper (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:11 
8Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Team Europcar  
9Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
10Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:00:12 
11Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
12Koen Barbe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
13Gilles Devillers (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole  
14Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
15Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
16Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Veranda's Willems - Accent  
17Bruno Pires (Por) Leopard Trek  
18Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quickstep Cycling Team0:00:21 
19Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
20Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 930:00:26 
21Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet0:00:44 
22Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
23Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
24Rony Martias (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:55 
25Franck Bouyer (Fra) Team Europcar0:01:08 
26Huub Duyn (Ned) Donckers Koffie - Jelly Belly0:01:57 
27Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
28David Veilleux (Can) Team Europcar0:02:17 
29Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole0:02:22 
30Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent0:02:24 
31Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:02:31 
32Eric Baumann (Ger) Team Netapp0:03:36 
33Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ  
34Jonas Ljungblad (Swe) Team Differdange - Magic Sportfood.de  
35Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
36Adam Blythe (GBr) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
37Yuriy Krivtsov (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
38Rob Goris (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent  
39Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Donckers Koffie - Jelly Belly  
40Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
41Thomas Vernaeckt (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent  
42Ludovic Mottet (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole  
43Kristof Goddaert (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale  
44Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
45Simon Lambert-Lemay (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
46Hugo Houle (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
47Thomas Degand (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent  
48Jan Tratnik (Slo) Quickstep Cycling Team  
49Robin Steenuit (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole  
50Arnaud Gerard (Fra) FDJ  
51Kevin Peeters (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
52Vytautas Kaupas (Ltu) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.de  
53Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ  
54Arnaud Molmy (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
55Ronan Racault (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
56Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
57Jesús Del Nero Montes (Spa) Team Netapp  
58Patrick Gretsch (Ger) HTC-Highroad  
59Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar  
60Guillaume Le Floch (Fra) Team Europcar  
61Boris Dron (Bel) Lotto - Bodysol Pole Continental Wallon  
62Anders Lund (Den) Leopard Trek  
63Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Donckers Koffie - Jelly Belly  
64Marcello Pavarin (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
65Geert Steurs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
66Grégory Habeaux (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent  
67Jens Debusschere (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
68Jan Barta (Cze) Team Netapp  
69Julien Vermote (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team  
70Jürgen Van Goolen (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent  
71Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent  
72Nikola Aistrup (Den) Team Concordia Forsikring - Himmerland  
73Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
74Maarten Neyens (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
75Olivier Pardini (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole  
76Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
77Craig Lewis (USA) HTC-Highroad  
78Danny Pate (USA) HTC-Highroad  
79Iljo Keisse (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team  
80Martin Mortensen (Den) Leopard Trek  
81Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
82Matthew Brammeier (Irl) HTC-Highroad  
83Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
84Sander Helven (Bel) Donckers Koffie - Jelly Belly  
85Steve Houanard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
86Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale  
87Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
88Stefan Denifl (Aut) Leopard Trek  
89Tom Dernies (Bel) Lotto - Bodysol Pole Continental Wallon  
90Saïd Haddou (Fra) Team Europcar  
91Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJ  
92Mathieu Claude (Fra) Team Europcar  
93Jean-Lou Paiani (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
94Anthony Colin (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
95Loïc Desriac (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
96Gert Dockx (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
97Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
98Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar  
99Christophe Laborie (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
100William Clarke (Aus) Leopard Trek  
101Johan Mombaerts (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
102James Spragg (GBr) Donckers Koffie - Jelly Belly  
103Kevin Lalouette (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
104Romain Lemarchand (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
105Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
106Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
107Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
108Cyril Bessy (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
109Ricky Eno Jorgensen (Den) Team Concordia Forsikring - Himmerland0:06:25 

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