Viviani wins Driedaagse De Panne

Italian racks up another sprint victory

Quick-Step Floors continued their winning streak with Elia Viviani taking victory at the new-look Driedaagse De Panne. Viviani had a clear margin as he claimed the team’s sixth win this month and his fifth of the season.

Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) was the only rider to get close to the Italian, finishing second as he thumped his handlebars in frustration. Jasper Philipsen of Hagens Berman Axeon took the final place on the podium.

Despite having two teammates to guide him, the win was not straightforward for Viviani. He had to thread his way through several riders after starting his sprint from around five places back, slotting himself through a few gaps that looked like they were quickly disappearing.

Veranda's Willems Crelan might contest that one of those gaps was not there as one of their riders had to sit up briefly as Viviani charged through. However, he Italian did get through and as they rounded the final, slight curve, he had just Ackerman in front of him. With just a few metres remaining, Viviani moved out into the wind for the first time, charging to the line with more than a bike’s length advantage over the chasing German.

“Personally, it’s the first in Europe this year. I’ve won in Australia and in the Emirates and I’ve had some placings in Paris-Nice, but the condition is really good,” Viviani said after his victory. “I really want to end the first part of my season really well and after that I will think about the Giro. Winning in Belgium with a Belgian team is always beautiful, and it’s a good start to the next few important weeks in Belgium for this team, and we will try to continue in this way.”

How it unfolded

Despite the name, the Driedaagse De Panne was just one day after losing its pre-Tour of Flanders slot to Dwars door Vlaanderen. With E3 Harelbeke this Friday, it has turned into a one-day affair with a new, sprinter-friendly route to go with it. The 202.4km route set off from Bruges’ Grote Markt on Wednesday morning, taking a meandering route around Flanders, along the French border and into De Panne with three circuits around the seaside town.

It took more than 20 kilometres for the day’s breakaway to form, with six riders swiftly gaining two minutes on the bunch behind. Conor Dunne (Aqua Blue Sport), an ever-present feature of breakaways this season, went clear alongside David Boucher and Ylber Saer (both Terteletto-Isorex-SH), Sean Bennett (Hagens Berman Axeon), Tanner Putt (UnitedHealthcare) and Brian van Goethem (Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij).

The gap had gone out to six minutes by the time the riders hit the series of five climbs after 80 kilometres of racing. A brief attack from Luke Durbridge (Mitchelton-Scott) and Nikolas Maes (Lotto Soudal) on the Kemmelberg didn’t stick but helped cut the advantage to the leaders, and it would continue to go down quickly over the coming kilometres. The large part of the chase was taken on by Quick-Step Floors with Remi Cavanga doing a big shift on the front.

With just over 70 kilometres to go, echelons began to form as crosswinds hit the peloton on a long, exposed stretch of road. A surge from Quick-Step and Lotto Soudal saw the bunch split in two but a lack of cooperation meant that it wouldn’t last long and the group eventually came back together 30 kilometres later. Quick-Step and Lotto Soudal, joined by Bora-Hansgrohe, turned up the pressure dial once again, however, and broke the bunch permanently this time.

A reduced peloton of 60 riders took back the six escapees with 15-kilometres to go. From there, it would be a battle between the sprinters’ teams as the riders negotiated the tram tracks around De Panne. Veranda's Willems Crelan sought to set the pace inside the final kilometre, but Quick-Step Floors were still there in numbers and nothing could stop Viviani when he launched his sprint. It is the Belgian team’s 17th victory of the 2018 season.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Elia Viviani (Ita) Quick - Step Floors4:41:08 
2Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora - Hansgrohe  
3Jasper Philipsen (Bel) Hagens Berman Axeon  
4Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Team Katusha Alpecin  
5Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
6Amaury Capiot (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
7Roy Jans (Bel) Cibel - Cebon  
8Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
9Adam Blythe (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport  
10Eduard Michael Grosu (Rom) Nippo - Vini Fantini - Europa Ovini  
11Timothy Dupont (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
12Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
13Jelle Mannaerts (Bel) Tarteletto - Isorex  
14Luka Mezgec (Slo) Mitchelton - Scott  
15Zico Waeytens (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Crelan  
16Maximiliano Ariel Richeze (Arg) Quick - Step Floors  
17Pawel Franczak (Pol) Ccc Sprandi Polkowice  
18Bryan Coquard (Fra) Vital Concept Cycling Club  
19Jimmy Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
20Michael Goolaerts (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Crelan0:00:07 
21Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Team Katusha Alpecin  
22Andrew Fenn (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport  
23August Jensen (Nor) Israel Cycling Academy  
24Travis Mccabe (USA) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
25Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Wb Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
26Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Team Katusha Alpecin  
27Benjamin Perry (Can) Israel Cycling Academy  
28Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
29Michal Kolár (Svk) Bora - Hansgrohe  
30Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
31Jordi Warlop (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
32Adrien Petit (Fra) Direct Energie  
33Nikolas Maes (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
34Mark Mcnally (GBr) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
35Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Bora - Hansgrohe0:00:18 
36Wout Van Aert (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Crelan  
37Florian Senechal (Fra) Quick - Step Floors  
38Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora - Hansgrohe0:00:20 
39Shane Archbold (NZl) Aqua Blue Sport0:00:23 
40Wouter Wippert (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:00:26 
41Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:27 
42Frantisek Sisr (Cze) Ccc Sprandi Polkowice  
43Kenneth Van Rooy (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:00:34 
44Milan Menten (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
45Rui Oliveira (Por) Hagens Berman Axeon  
46Christophe Noppe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
47David Boucher (Bel) Tarteletto - Isorex  
48Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Direct Energie  
49Robbert De Greef (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:00:37 
50Brian Van Goethem (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
51Moreno Hofland (Ned) Lotto Soudal  
52Davide Martinelli (Ita) Quick - Step Floors  
53Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Wb Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
54Lukas Spengler (Swi) Wb Aqua Protect Veranclassic0:00:44 
55Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Bora - Hansgrohe0:00:49 
56Conor Dunne (Irl) Aqua Blue Sport  
57Sean Bennett (USA) Hagens Berman Axeon0:00:52 
58Michaël Van Staeyen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:54 
59Jelle Wallays (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:01:22 
60Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora - Hansgrohe0:01:32 
61Erik Baska (Svk) Bora - Hansgrohe0:01:37 
62Ylber Sefa (Alb) Tarteletto - Isorex0:01:44 
63Gianni Marchand (Bel) Cibel - Cebon0:01:46 
64Michael Rice (Aus) Hagens Berman Axeon  
65Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Quick - Step Floors  
66Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Gazprom - Rusvelo  
67Dennis Coenen (Bel) Cibel - Cebon  
68Timothy Stevens (Bel) Cibel - Cebon  
69Kenneth Vanbilsen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
70Ian Garrison (USA) Hagens Berman Axeon  
71Remy Mertz (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
72Damiano Cima (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini - Europa Ovini  
73Frederik Frison (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
74Julien Stassen (Bel) Wb Aqua Protect Veranclassic0:01:50 
75Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Vital Concept Cycling Club  
76Luke Durbridge (Aus) Mitchelton - Scott  
77Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
78Bert De Backer (Bel) Vital Concept Cycling Club  
79Jan Willem Van Schip (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
80Fabio Jakobsen (Ned) Quick - Step Floors0:01:53 
81Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vital Concept Cycling Club0:02:18 
82Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra) Vital Concept Cycling Club0:02:21 
83Mathew Hayman (Aus) Mitchelton - Scott0:02:29 
84Yohann Gene (Fra) Direct Energie  
85Edward Planckaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
86Tom Devriendt (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:03:46 
87Simone Antonini (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
88Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
89Sergio Torres Jorro (Spa) Tarteletto - Isorex0:03:48 
90Sergei Shilov (Rus) Gazprom - Rusvelo  
91Boris Vallee (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
92Niels De Rooze (Bel) Tarteletto - Isorex  
93Stijn De Bock (Bel) Cibel - Cebon  
94Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
95Peter Koning (Ned) Aqua Blue Sport  
96Imerio Cima (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini - Europa Ovini  
97Guy Sagiv (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy  
98Jimmy Duquennoy (Bel) Wb Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
99Tim Ariesen (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
100Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Tarteletto - Isorex  
101Christophe Masson (Fra) Wb Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
102Kamil Malecki (Pol) Ccc Sprandi Polkowice  
103Michael Hepburn (Aus) Mitchelton - Scott  
104Carlos Eduardo Alzate Escobar (Col) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team0:03:52 
105Alexander Edmondson (Aus) Mitchelton - Scott0:03:53 
106Daniel Eaton (USA) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team0:03:56 
107Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Gazprom - Rusvelo  
108Senne Leysen (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Crelan  
109Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
110Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha Alpecin  
111Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling Academy  
112Michiel Dieleman (Bel) Cibel - Cebon  
113Dmitriy Kozontchuk (Rus) Gazprom - Rusvelo  
114Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom - Rusvelo  
115Simon Sellier (Fra) Direct Energie  
116Romain Cardis (Fra) Direct Energie  
117Marco Mathis (Ger) Team Katusha Alpecin  
118Alexander Cataford (Can) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
119João Almeida (Por) Hagens Berman Axeon  
120Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Israel Cycling Academy  
121Stijn Steels (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Crelan  
122Ivo Oliveira (Por) Hagens Berman Axeon  
123Elias Van Breussegem (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Crelan  
124Aaron Gate (NZl) Aqua Blue Sport0:04:48 
125Hamish Schreurs (NZl) Israel Cycling Academy0:06:14 
126Kevin De Jonghe (Bel) Tarteletto - Isorex0:10:34 
127Sho Hatsuyama (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini - Europa Ovini  
128Leszek Plucinski (Pol) Ccc Sprandi Polkowice  
129Lennert Teugels (Bel) Cibel - Cebon  
130Roman Maikin (Rus) Gazprom - Rusvelo  
131Aviv Yechezkel (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy  
132Tanner Putt (USA) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
DNFAngelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFPawel Bernas (Pol) Ccc Sprandi Polkowice  
DNFJulien Morice (Fra) Vital Concept Cycling Club  
DNFAdrien Garel (Fra) Vital Concept Cycling Club  
DNFEric Marcotte (USA) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
DNFAdrian Hegyvary (USA) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
DNFKohei Uchima (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini - Europa Ovini  
DNFHiroki Nishimura (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini - Europa Ovini  
DNFDamien Gaudin (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFMatthew Brammeier (Irl) Aqua Blue Sport  
DNFReto Hollenstein (Swi) Team Katusha Alpecin  
DNFAlex Dowsett (GBr) Team Katusha Alpecin  
DNFFabio Sabatini (Ita) Quick - Step Floors  
DNFDimitri Claeys (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFIvan Rovny (Rus) Gazprom - Rusvelo  

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