Only broken arrows left for unlucky Hoste

By Brecht Decaluwé in Meerbeke

Three times runner-up and favourite Leif Hoste encountered bad luck during the Ronde van Vlaanderen. The Belgian was riding in the lead group and in a strong position with a team-mate to help, but thanks to a mechanical, the 30-year-old Belgian was brought to a standstill at the foot of the Steenbeekdries, a critical point in the race with 64 kilometres to go. Hoste threw away his bike and couldn't be helped by team-mate Johan Van Summeren who waited for his leader.

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