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Davitamon-Lotto loses out

As it did two years ago, Marc Sergeant's Davitamon-Lotto team lost the battle with Quick.Step in the opening race of the season. Peter Van Petegem did get himself into one of the most important moves on the Molenberg, but when that was brought back, his team always seemed to be on the defensive.

Nico Mattan summed it up: "We came up against a superstrong Nuyens. The best won. We gambled on the sprint for Robbie McEwen, but he told me that he didn't feel 100 percent. He found it too cold. This is the nicest race of the opening weekend. This - minor - setback is not the end of the euphoria that we are living in, but actually I have to admit that we failed today."

Team manager Marc Sergeant was gracious in defeat. "Nuyens is the deserved winner. He rode beautifully away on the cobbles and held it for 15 kilometres: chapeau!"

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