Lampaert wins Dwars door Vlaanderen

Teunissen second and Vanmarcke third

Yves Lampaert (Quick-Step Floors) retained his Dwars door Vlaanderen crown with a performance that continued his team's domination of the Belgian cobbled classics.

In pouring rain, Lampaert matched a number of key attacks in the final 25 kilometres before sailing away from a five-man break inside the final kilometre. Mike Teunissen (Team Sunweb) and Sep Vanmarcke (EF-Education First) completed the podium.

The five-man group slipped clear on one of the final major sector of cobbles with 25 kilometres to go with Vanmarcke lifting the pace after a dangerous move involving Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) and Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal) was nullified.

Vanmarcke powered clear on the cobbles and only Lampaert was able to follow at first before Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo), Teunissen and finally Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) made contact.

With Quick-Step monitoring the chase group, the quintet quickly built up a lead of over 40 seconds, as Van Avermaet tried in vain to mount a counter attack.

With five kilometres to go, it was clear that the break would decide the win, and Vanmarcke was the first to begin hostilities with a stinging attack from the front of group. Once again, it was Lampaert who matched him, and the Quick-Step rider responded with the same tactic as he quashed moves from Teunissen, Boasson Hagen and then Pedersen.

Lampaert appeared the freshest, his rivals knew it, but even their collective might wasn't enough to change an inevitable outcome.

Pedersen's surge off the front was swept up with just over 1,000m to go and as the pace slowed and the group began to look at each other, Lampaert sensed the moment to attack. He jumped clear with 850m to go and only looked back as he crossed the line to see the battle for the minor places unfold.

With the win, Lampaert joined an elite club of two-time winners of the race, Johan Museeuw and teammate Niki Terpstra. "It's fantastic to win. I know I'm not a champion like them but today I felt really great. It's again a WorldTour race I've won, so I'm very happy," he said.

The 26-year-old's victory continues Quick-Step's incredible spring campaign. The Belgian team have already tasted victory on 20 occasions this year, but it has been their home form that has stood out with wins in Le Samyn, the Johan Museeuw Classic, Nokere Koerse, Handzame Classics, De Panne, E3 Harelbeke, and now Dwars door Vlaanderen.

Those wins have been obtained by seven different riders – of whom Lampaert is just the latest – and with the Tour of Flanders just days away – the indications are that their run may continue a little while yet.

How it unfolded

After the relatively calm weather conditions at Gent-Wevelgem came the rain. And boy, did it rain. Wrapped head-to-toe in Gore-tex, the peloton shuffled out from Roselare with 180km ahead of them. Peter Sagan and Philippe Gilbert –both of whom stayed at home – probably had the wryest smiles of all as a number of their Ronde rivals huddled together in the opening kilometres and twitched nervously through every wet corner.

The racing itself took several hours to come to life. Perhaps the riders needed time to acclimatise to the race's new date in the calendar, or maybe it was the relentless rainfall, but it took until the second half of the race before an energised Luke Rowe attacked with 90km to go.

While much has been written surrounding Alejandro Valverde's recovery from injury, people forget that Rowe broke 20 bones in a non-cycling related accident last August. Still not back to his complete best, this was still a timely reminder of the ground he has made up. The Welshman established a 40-second lead before taking on the Kluisberg. He was eventually reeled in less than 30km later.

With 65km remaining BMC Racing, and then Quick-Step sprung to life, with both teams surging to the front. Despite the atrocious conditions, Van Avermaet's neat Olympic gold bands were just about distinguishable as he sat patiently in a line of teammates on the first ascent of the Knokteberg.

Once Rowe was brought back, Tony Martin accelerated clear, with Valverde and Heinrich Haussler determined to leave their marks too. Martin would eventually fall on a corner, but the German was still in contention and marked several moves before Quick-Step upped the pace - as they did in 2017 – with an attack on the Tainenberg.

Zdenek Stybar's turn of speed was too much for the rest of the sodden pack, with even Van Avermaet fading away. With 53km to go, the Czech rider sat up, but the strongest riders were beginning to impose themselves. Van Avermaet moved clear soon after with Benoot, Valverde and Martin for company but the Olympic champion never looked like creating a definitive selection. Lampaert, Gianni Moscon (Team Sky), Boasson Hagen, Pedersen, Vanmarcke and John Degenkolb completed the lead group.

Despite so many team leaders out front, Astana and LottoNL-Jumbo were about to bring the group back, but on the second and final ascent of the Knokteberg, the race split again, with Benoot and a desperate Van Avermaet going clear. Their lead never moved beyond the 12-second mark, with Lampaert, Niki Terpstra, Stybar, Valverde, Vanmarcke, Pedersen, Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo), Teunissen, Boasson Hagen, Moscon, and Timo Roosen (LottoNL-Jumbo) all making the juncture.

With BMC looking spent, and Quick-Step deliberating over who would attack next, Vanmarcke accelerated on the cobbled sector through Varent. Van Avermaet's head went down, but Lampaert was astute enough to see the danger, and along with Teunissen, Boasson Hagen, and Pedersen, they scampered away. Benoot, Van Avermaet and finally Stybar mounted late chases, but just over 20km later it was Lampaert who seized the moment with the most telling attack.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Yves Lampaert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors4:09:40 
2Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Sunweb0:00:02 
3Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale  
4Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data  
5Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo  
6Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step Floors0:00:29 
7Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:00:30 
8Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:00:59 
9Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quick-Step Floors  
10Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo  
11Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team  
12Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Sky  
13Timo Roosen (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo  
14Magnus Cort (Den) Astana Pro Team0:02:42 
15John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-Segafredo  
16Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
17Danny van Poppel (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo  
18Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
19Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team  
20Christophe Noppe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
21Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe  
22Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky  
23Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Bahrain-Merida  
24Edward Theuns (Bel) Team Sunweb  
25Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
26Piet Allegaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
27Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
28Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
29Hugo Houle (Can) Astana Pro Team  
30Amund Grøndahl Jansen (Nor) LottoNL-Jumbo  
31Luke Durbridge (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
32Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) UAE Team Emirates  
33Jonas Rickaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
34Sacha Modolo (Ita) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale  
35Tony Martin (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin  
36Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Quick-Step Floors  
37Tom Scully (NZl) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale  
38Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb0:04:01 
39Justin Jules (Fra) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic0:06:47 
40Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Sunweb  
41Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team  
42Ryan Mullen (Irl) Trek-Segafredo  
43Iljo Keisse (Bel) Quick-Step Floors  
44Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team  
45Kenneth Vanbilsen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
46Maxime Farazijn (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
47Julien Vermote (Bel) Dimension Data  
48Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale  
49Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin  
50August Jensen (Nor) Israel Cycling Academy  
51Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
52Lukas Spengler (Swi) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
53Maarten Wynants (Bel) LottoNL-Jumbo  
54Hector Carretero (Spa) Movistar Team  
55Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe  
56Francisco Ventoso (Spa) BMC Racing Team  
57Nicolas Dougall (RSA) Dimension Data  
58Gregory Rast (Swi) Trek-Segafredo  
59Jonathan Dibben (GBr) Team Sky  
60Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team  
61Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Team Sky  
62Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
63Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin  
64Jack Bauer (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott  
65Luka Mezgec (Slo) Mitchelton-Scott  
66Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale  
67Borut Bozic (Slo) Bahrain-Merida  
68Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
69Maxime Vantomme (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
70Mitchell Docker (Aus) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale  
71Dion Smith (NZl) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
72Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Direct Energie  
73Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
74Adrien Petit (Fra) Direct Energie  
75Stefan Küng (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
76Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates  
77Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) LottoNL-Jumbo  
78Kristijan Koren (Slo) Bahrain-Merida  
79Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky  
80Ben Swift (GBr) UAE Team Emirates  
81Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo  
82Jelle Wallays (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
83Wout Van Aert (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
84Alex Edmondson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
85Aime De Gendt (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
86Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
87Lars Bak (Den) Lotto Soudal0:11:49 
88Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling Academy  
89Romain Cardis (Fra) Direct Energie  
90Milan Menten (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
91Casper Pedersen (Den) Aqua Blue Sport  
92Lawrence Naesen (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:11:51 
93Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Direct Energie  
94Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale  
95Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
96Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension Data  
97Carlos Barbero (Spa) Movistar Team  
98Stijn Steels (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
99Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
100Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo  
101Mathew Hayman (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:11:54 
102Alvaro Hodeg (Col) Quick-Step Floors  
103Loic Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
104Dennis van Winden (Ned) Israel Cycling Academy  
105Michael Hepburn (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
106Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale  
107Jorge Arcas (Spa) Movistar Team  
108Wesley Kreder (Ned) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
109Yoann Offredo (Fra) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
110Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe  
111Koen de Kort (Ned) Trek-Segafredo  
112Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) Team Sky  
113Benjamin Perry (Can) Israel Cycling Academy  
114Zico Waeytens (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
115Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Sunweb0:12:01 
116Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Team Sunweb  
DNSNikolas Maes (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
DNFElia Viviani (Ita) Quick-Step Floors  
DNFAlberto Bettiol (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
DNFOliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFRudy Barbier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFTony Gallopin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFJens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
DNFNelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar Team  
DNFTaylor Phinney (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale  
DNFSebastian Langeveld (Ned) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale  
DNFAlexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
DNFMichael Valgren (Den) Astana Pro Team  
DNFTruls Korsaeth (Nor) Astana Pro Team  
DNFPhil Bauhaus (Ger) Team Sunweb  
DNFChristopher Lawless (GBr) Team Sky  
DNFSimone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
DNFFilippo Ganna (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
DNFOliviero Troia (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
DNFNiccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
DNFDavid Per (Slo) Bahrain-Merida  
DNFLuka Pibernik (Slo) Bahrain-Merida  
DNFIvan Garcia (Spa) Bahrain-Merida  
DNFJosé Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-Alpecin  
DNFMarco Haller (Aut) Katusha-Alpecin  
DNFRick Zabel (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin  
DNFBaptiste Planckaert (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin  
DNFJay Thomson (RSA) Dimension Data  
DNFTom-Jelte Slagter (Ned) Dimension Data  
DNFThomas Leezer (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo  
DNFMichal Kolár (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe  
DNFMaciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe  
DNFMichael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe  
DNFJuraj Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe  
DNFSam Bewley (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott  
DNFStijn Devolder (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
DNFSean De Bie (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
DNFAidis Kruopis (Ltu) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
DNFHuub Duijn (Ned) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
DNFTom Devriendt (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
DNFPieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
DNFDamien Gaudin (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFYohann Gene (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFSimon Sellier (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFMichaël Van Staeyen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFAdam Blythe (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport  
DNFShane Archbold (NZl) Aqua Blue Sport  
DNFConor Dunne (Irl) Aqua Blue Sport  
DNFAndrew Fenn (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport  
DNFPeter Koning (Ned) Aqua Blue Sport  
DNFMatthew Brammeier (Irl) Aqua Blue Sport  
DNFAaron Verwilst (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
DNFAlex Kirsch (Lux) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
DNFKenny Dehaes (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
DNFJulien Stassen (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
DNFJimmy Duquennoy (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
DNFAviv Yechezkel (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNFGuy Sagiv (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNFHamish Schreurs (NZl) Israel Cycling Academy  

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