Traksel snatches Driedaagse from Eechout

Dutchman Bobbie Traksel (P3 Transfer-Batavus) snatched the overall classification in the Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen from Niko Eeckhout (Topsport Vlaanderen) with a victory on the final stage. Traksel and Eeckhout were seven and nine seconds down on leader Yauheni Hutarovich (Française des Jeux) after the penultimate stage, but the tough final stage saw the race fall to pieces. Hutarovich ultimately finished more than 11 minutes down on the winner, in 23rd overall.

"This is a big deal for a small team like ours," 26 year-old Traksel told Belgian news website Sport Wereld. "Before the start I promised a stage win and the overall classification. Promises create debt. When an elite group of riders containing Eeckhout, (Wouter) Weylandt, (Janek) Tombak and (Roger) Hammond rode away in the hills, the team worked brilliantly.

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