Van Emden wins Dwars Door West-Vlaanderen

Dillier second in hotly contested two-up sprint

Jos van Emden (LottoNL-Jumbo) took his first win of 2017 Sunday at the Dwars Door West-Vlaanderen on Sunday, making all the right moves throughout the stage before winning a two-up sprint with BMC Racing's Silvan Dillier.

Wind and rain quickly split the 1.1 race into four echelons, with a front group of 21 riders eventually emerging as the initial breakaway. The leaders had a minute advantage heading onto the first cobbled section with 90km to go, and from there they would continue to pour on the power.

Van Emden and Dillier eventually made the split again when attacks in the breakaway started to shake it up and a group of six peeled away to form the new lead. That group swelled to nine as the peloton neared, providing the impetus for Van Emden to attack again and set off in tandem with Dillier. The duo worked well together and built the winning margin of 35 seconds with a single 13km lap to go.

"I did not want the group to come back, so I took off," Van Emden said. "I had Dillier on my wheel, and we worked well together until just before the finish. Then I started to play the game. Last Wednesday, I went for the win in Le Samyn but had to accept defeat in the sprint. I thought, 'This isn't going to happen here.'"

The duo dug deep to hold off the chase, setting up the hard-fought two-up sprint that Van Emden won. The more-experienced Dutchman forced Dillier to lead out the sprint, coming around him before the line.

"I did not want to head into the sprint because my first kick is not that fast, but when I stood on the pedals to sprint, I felt strength in my legs and overtook the normally faster Dillier," Van Emden said. "It's always nice to win this way. It helps if you've already ridden some finals as I did last Wednesday in Le Samyn. You learn from it. I am now nine years professional and it's my third win in a classic. All the other victories, I achieved in time trials."

Dillier was obviously distraught at the finish after having come so close but failing to secure the win. When Van Amden approached Diller as he lay on the ground past the finish line, the Swiss rider was not in a congratulatory mood.

"I felt really strong today, and I really wanted to take my chance," Dillier said. "I didn't hold anything back, and I was able to go with every move in the end. Van Emden and I were riding well together, but in the end, I think I could have played more of the game going into the final sprint."

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jos van Emden (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo4:55:38 
2Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
3Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Aqua Blue Sport0:00:11 
4Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:00:33 
5Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
6Jesper Asselman (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
7Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:00:43 
8Elmar Reinders (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
9Twan Castelijns (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:00:47 
10Iljo Keisse (Bel) Quick-Step Floors0:01:16 
11Taco Van Der Hoorn (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
12Brecht Dhaene (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen - Vastgoedservice Continental Team0:01:37 
13Amund Grondahl Jansen (Nor) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:01:44 
14Florian Vachon (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
15Roy Jans (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
16Pim Ligthart (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
17Pieter Serry (Bel) Quick-Step Floors0:01:46 
18Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
19Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:02:35 
20Miles Scotson (Aus) BMC Racing Team  
21Brian Van Goethem (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
22Jan Willem Van Schip (Ned) Delta Cycling Rotterdam  
23Tim Declercq (Bel) Quick-Step Floors  
24Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:05:57 
25Alexander Porsev (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
26Aaron Gate (NZl) Aqua Blue Sport  
27Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
28Maxime Farazijn (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
29Floris Gerfs (Ned) BMC Racing Team  
30Martin Elmiger (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
31Stijn Devolder (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
32Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Quick-Step Floors  
33Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Quick-Step Floors  
34Franck Bonnamour (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
35Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
36Frederik Frison (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
37Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ  
38Wesley Kreder (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
39Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:06:07 
DNFKenny Dehaes (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFPieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFXandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFYoann Offredo (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFSander Cordeel (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
DNFJulien Stassen (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
DNFKevin Ista (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
DNFLudwig De Winter (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
DNFHuub Duyn (Ned) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
DNFLawrence Naesen (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
DNFStef Van Zummeren (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
DNFOlivier Pardini (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
DNFJens Mouris (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
DNFBerden De Vries (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
DNFDries De Bondt (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
DNFAndre Looij (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
DNFMaxime Vantomme (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
DNFTom Bohli (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
DNFLoïc Vliegen (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
DNFKris Boeckmans (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
DNFMarcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Soudal  
DNFRemy Mertz (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
DNFKilian Frankiny (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
DNFJames Shaw (GBr) Lotto Soudal  
DNFSander Armee (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
DNFLaurens De Plus (Bel) Quick-Step Floors  
DNFMartin Velits (Svk) Quick-Step Floors  
DNFOdd Christian Eiking (Nor) FDJ  
DNFMarc Fournier (Fra) FDJ  
DNFDaniel Hoelgaard (Nor) FDJ  
DNFKevin Deltombe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
DNFLorrenzo Manzin (Fra) FDJ  
DNFPreben Van Hecke (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
DNFCedric Pineau (Fra) FDJ  
DNFBenoit Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ  
DNFKenneth Vanbilsen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFAidis Kruopis (Ltu) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
DNFMichael Goolaerts (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
DNFMartijn Keizer (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
DNFSteven Lammertink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
DNFKoen Bouwman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
DNFJoseph Rosskopf (USA) BMC Racing Team  
DNFLindsay De Vylder (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
DNFEdward Planckaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
DNFJonas Rickaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
DNFJens Wallays (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
DNFJohan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ  
DNFTimothy Stevens (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen - Vastgoedservice Continental Team  
DNFGianni Bossuyt (Bel) Tarteletto - Isorex  
DNFCiske Aneca (Bel) Tarteletto - Isorex  
DNFKevin Verwaest (Bel) Tarteletto - Isorex  
DNFRob Ruijgh (Ned) Tarteletto - Isorex  
DNFJelle Mannaerts (Bel) Tarteletto - Isorex  
DNFNiels De Rooze (Bel) Tarteletto - Isorex  
DNFJimmy Janssens (Bel) Cibel - Cebon  
DNFLouis Verhelst (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen - Vastgoedservice Continental Team  
DNFIke Groen (Ned) Delta Cycling Rotterdam  
DNFBarry Markus (Ned) Pauwels Sauzen - Vastgoedservice Continental Team  
DNFArjen Livyns (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen - Vastgoedservice Continental Team  
DNFDieter Bouvry (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen - Vastgoedservice Continental Team  
DNFAlexander Geuens (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen - Vastgoedservice Continental Team  
DNFAnthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFJoeri Stallaert (Bel) Cibel - Cebon  
DNFJonas Van Genechten (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFLorenzo Blomme (Bel) Tarteletto - Isorex  
DNFMilan Veltman (Ned) Monkey Town Continental Team  
DNFJonas Bokeloh (Ger) An Post Chain Reaction  
DNFJacob Scott (GBr) An Post Chain Reaction  
DNFSean Mckenna (Irl) An Post Chain Reaction  
DNFSean Mackinnon (Can) An Post Chain Reaction  
DNFPrzemyslaw Kasperkiewicz (Pol) An Post Chain Reaction  
DNFMassimo Vanderaerden (Bel) An Post Chain Reaction  
DNFSven Van Luijk (Ned) Monkey Town Continental Team  
DNFMichael Cools (Bel) Tarteletto - Isorex  
DNFMaarten De Jonge (Ned) Monkey Town Continental Team  
DNFDennis Bakker (Ned) Delta Cycling Rotterdam  
DNFMel Van Der Veekens (Ned) Monkey Town Continental Team  
DNFLuuc Bugter (Ned) Delta Cycling Rotterdam  
DNFJason Van Dalen (Ned) Delta Cycling Rotterdam  
DNFJordi Talen (Ned) Delta Cycling Rotterdam  
DNFMitchell Mulhern (Aus) Delta Cycling Rotterdam  
DNFDaan Meijers (Ned) Delta Cycling Rotterdam  
DNFDennis Coenen (Bel) Cibel - Cebon  
DNFIvar Slik (Ned) Monkey Town Continental Team  
DNFAnthony Delaplace (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
DNFPeter Koning (Ned) Aqua Blue Sport  
DNFDavid Boucher (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen - Vastgoedservice Continental Team  
DNFConor Dunne (Irl) Aqua Blue Sport  
DNFCalvin Watson (Aus) Aqua Blue Sport  
DNFMark Christian (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport  
DNFBenoit Jarrier (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
DNFMichiel Dieleman (Bel) Cibel - Cebon  
DNFErwann Corbel (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
DNFArtur Ershov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
DNFBoris Vallee (Bel) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
DNFJimmy Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFRayane Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFConor Hennebry (Irl) An Post Chain Reaction  
DNFMichaël Van Staeyen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFTimothy Dupont (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
DNFDorian Godon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFArmindo Fonseca (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
DNFMihkel Räim (Est) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNFMathias De Witte (Bel) Cibel - Cebon  
DNFAlexander Maes (Bel) Cibel - Cebon  
DNFStijn De Bock (Bel) Cibel - Cebon  
DNFGianni Marchand (Bel) Cibel - Cebon  
DNFTyler Williams (USA) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNFDennis Van Winden (Ned) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNFDaniel Turek (Cze) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNFGuy Sagiv (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNFPavel Brutt (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
DNFBenjamin Perry (Can) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNFZakkari Dempster (Aus) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNFGuillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNFDmitriy Kozontchuk (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
DNFNikolay Trusov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
DNFKirill Sveshnikov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
DNFAndrei Solomennikov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
DNFIvan Savitskiy (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
DNSJoris Blokker (Ned) Monkey Town Continental Team  
DNSAndrew Fenn (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport  
DNSStephan Bakker (Ned) Monkey Town Continental Team  
DNSBas Tietema (Ned) An Post Chain Reaction  
DNSRick Van Breda (Ned) Monkey Town Continental Team  

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