Yves Lampaert won Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne, the final one-day race of the rescheduled 2020 season, after strong winds split the peloton into multiple echelons and caused Mathieu van der Poel to crash into the ditch.
Lampaert was one of four Deceuninck-QuickStep riders in the seven-rider group that emerged on the final windswept circuit and then attacked alone into a headwind with seven kilometres to go.
The former Belgian time trial champion screamed at himself to dig deep and at the race motorbikes for time checks before holding on to win alone.
Tim Declercq attacked in the final kilometre to give Deceuninck-QuickStep first and second, with Tim Merlier (Alpecin-Fenix) winning the sprint for third. John Degenkolb (Lotto Soudal) was fourth.
Van der Poel’s race and 2020 road season ended with 16km to go as he was trying to move up on the sheltered side of the group. He was caught by a gust of wind and went down into the deep ditch. He appeared dizzy but eventually got up and was taken to the finish in a team car.
Lampaert gave Deceuninck-QuickStep their 38th victory of this reduced season, ending his own season on a high.
“With the echelons it was incredibly hard but a race I really liked,” he said.
“You had to stay focused all the time, any second something could happen. Look what happened to Mathieu, he crashed in the ditch. I hope he’s fine.
“We had four riders in the eight and so we had the race fully under control and it’s great that Tim got second, too, he deserves that after the work he does for the team. We didn’t speak much but I said I was going to do something. I tried once and then finally went again on the big road and I got away.
“With the wind, I couldn't hear the radio, so I told the TV guys to give a time gap. The legs were screaming but I went flat out to the finish."
Even before the podium ceremony, Lampaert was already thinking about how he will enjoy his off-season.
“It’s great to finish off the season with a race like today. I’ll celebrate the end of the season with a huge portion of fries. For sure I’ll enjoy it,” he said.
How it unfolded
Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne traditionally precedes the Tour of Flanders but this year the now-one-day race came as a final curtain call for the sprinters and Classics rider, despite the high number of COVID-19 cases in Belgium limiting the number of spectators.
The wind is traditionally a factor in the spring and was even stronger in late October, with organisers deciding to reduce the final 46km circuit to avoid crashes and complications.
It was a day for the strong men, with three groups forming after just 12km and an early crash taking out Michal Kwiatkowski (Ineos Grenadiers), Sep Vanmarcke (EF Pro Cycling), while Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) was also distanced.
The first hour was raced at 51.7kph and the second at 47.65kph, with a group of 14 riders forming up front.
The presence of van der Poel and three Alpecin-Fenix teammates and Kasper Asgreen, Lampaert, Van Bert Lerberghe and Tim Declercq there for Deceuninck-QuickStep meant there was no way back for the rest of the peloton. Jumbo-Visma closed the gap to 20 seconds at one point but when the crosswinds blew, the front group spat out riders almost one by one by one and was never seen again.
De Buyst, Van Keirsbulck, Lawless, and Sénéchal were soon scattered into oblivion, as every acceleration and squeeze on the echelon revealed the weakest in the front group.
Piotr Havik (Riwal Securitas) crashed after an apparent touch of wheels and then Hugo Hofstetter (Israel Start-Up Nation) was cruelly spat out alone after struggling to hold a wheel. Some riders managed to fight back after being caught on the wrong side of a split but paid a huge price for their efforts the next time the wind blew.
Van der Poel was strong as he seemed to work for his teammates as pay back for his Tour of Flanders victory. However, even a rider of the calibre of van der Poel makes mistakes and he paid dearly for trying to move up along the gutter with a high-speed tumble into the ditch. He didn’t move for a while and was dizzy once he stood up but was no doubt just happy not to be seriously injured.
As van der Poel realised his road season was over, Deceuninck-QuickStep prepared for one final show of strength on home roads. Declercq attacked first and then Lampaert made his move, powering away into the headwind to end the 2020 Classic season on a high.
|Pos.||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Yves Lampaert (Bel) Deceuninck-Quickstep||3:57:12|
|2||Tim Declercq (Bel) Deceuninck-Quickstep||0:00:21|
|3||Tim Merlier (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix||0:00:22|
|4||John Degenkolb (Ger) Lotto Soudal|
|5||Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Bora-Hansgrohe|
|6||Matteo Trentin (Ita) CCC Team|
|7||Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Deceuninck-Quickstep|
|8||Stefan Küng (Swi) Groupama-FDJ|
|9||Kasper Asgreen (Den) Deceuninck-Quickstep|
|10||Jonas Rickaert (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix||0:00:28|
|11||Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) UAE Team Emirates||0:01:31|
|12||Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis||0:01:37|
|13||Maximilian Walscheid (Ger) NTT Pro Cycling||0:02:41|
|14||Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Israel Start-Up Nation|
|15||Alexander Krieger (Ger) Alpecin-Fenix||0:02:43|
|16||Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) CCC Team|
|17||Florian Senechal (Fra) Deceuninck-Quickstep||0:02:45|
|18||Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Israel Start-Up Nation||0:02:49|
|19||Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe||0:02:52|
|20||Timo Roosen (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma||0:03:16|
|21||Roger Kluge (Ger) Lotto Soudal|
|22||Taco Van der Hoorn (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma|
|23||Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo||0:03:19|
|24||Nikolas Maes (Bel) Lotto Soudal||0:03:21|
|25||Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates|
|26||Romain Cardis (Fra) Total Direct Energie|
|27||Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo|
|28||Johan Jacobs (Swi) Movistar Team|
|29||Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix|
|30||Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma|
|31||Bram Welten (Ned) Team Arkea-Samsic|
|32||Owain Doull (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers|
|33||Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Start-Up Nation|
|34||Bert De Backer (Bel) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept|
|35||Pascal Eenkhoorn (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma|
|36||Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team Emirates|
|37||Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) NTT Pro Cycling|
|38||Adrien Petit (Fra) Total Direct Energie|
|39||Jens Keukeleire (Bel) EF Pro Cycling||0:03:27|
|40||Connor Swift (GBr) Team Arkea-Samsic|
|41||Maarten Wynants (Bel) Team Jumbo-Visma||0:03:35|
|42||Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe|
|43||Tom Scully (NZl) EF Pro Cycling|
|44||Benjamin Declercq (Bel) Team Arkea-Samsic||0:04:15|
|45||Tobias Mørch Kongstad (Den) Riwal Readynez||0:06:52|
|46||Artyom Zakharov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team|
|47||Fabio Van den Bossche (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise||0:06:55|
|48||Carlos Rodriguez Cano (Spa) Ineos Grenadiers||0:11:48|
|49||Christopher Lawless (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers||0:11:53|
|DNF||Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) EF Pro Cycling|
|DNF||Jonas Koch (Ger) CCC Team|
|DNF||Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) CCC Team|
|DNF||Nathan Van Hooydonck (Bel) CCC Team|
|DNF||Matis Louvel (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic|
|DNF||Jonas Castrique (Bel) Bingoal Wb|
|DNF||Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) EF Pro Cycling|
|DNF||Stefan Bissegger (Swi) Ef Pro Cycling|
|DNF||Moreno Hofland (Ned) EF Pro Cycling|
|DNF||Norman Vahtra (Est) Israel Start-Up Nation|
|DNF||Jonas Rutsch (Ger) EF Pro Cycling|
|DNF||Donavan Vincent Grondin (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic|
|DNF||Aksel Nõmmela (Est) Bingoal WB|
|DNF||Sebastian Mora Vedri (Spa) Movistar Team|
|DNF||Travis McCabe (USA) Israel Start-Up Nation|
|DNF||Nils Politt (Ger) Israel Start-Up Nation|
|DNF||Luis Guillermo Mas Bonet (Spa) Movistar Team|
|DNF||Christophe Noppe (Bel) Team Arkea-Samsic|
|DNF||Juan Diego Alba Bolivar (Col) Movistar Team|
|DNF||Iñigo Elosegui Momeñe (Spa) Movistar Team|
|DNF||Eduard Prades Reverter (Spa) Movistar Team|
|DNF||Davide Martinelli (Ita) Astana Pro Team|
|DNF||Amund Grøndahl Jansen (Nor) Team Jumbo-Visma|
|DNF||Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma|
|DNF||August Jensen (Nor) Riwal Readynez|
|DNF||Arvid De Kleijn (Ned) Riwal Readynez|
|DNF||Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) Riwal Readynez|
|DNF||Piotr Havik (Ned) Riwal Readynez|
|DNF||Joel Suter (Swi) Bingoal WB|
|DNF||Mauri Vansevenant (Bel) Deceuninck-Quickstep|
|DNF||Dries Devenyns (Bel) Deceuninck-Quickstep|
|DNF||Arjen Livyns (Bel) Bingoal WB|
|DNF||Luc Wirtgen (Lux) Bingoal Wb|
|DNF||Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team|
|DNF||Daniel Oss (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe|
|DNF||Hugo Houle (Can) Astana Pro Team|
|DNF||Ludovic Robeet (Bel) Bingoal WB|
|DNF||Daniil Fominykh (Kaz) Astana Pro Team|
|DNF||Mark Cavendish (GBr) Bahrain McLaren|
|DNF||Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain McLaren|
|DNF||Marco Haller (Aut) Bahrain McLaren|
|DNF||Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain McLaren|
|DNF||Luka Pibernik (Slo) Bahrain McLaren|
|DNF||Chun kai Feng (Tpe) Bahrain McLaren|
|DNF||Oscar Gatto (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe|
|DNF||Brian Van Goethem (Ned) Lotto Soudal|
|DNF||Lionel Taminiaux (Bel) Bingoal WB|
|DNF||Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto Soudal|
|DNF||Juraj Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe|
|DNF||Yevgeniy Gidich (Kaz) Astana Pro Team|
|DNF||Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Circus-Wanty Gobert|
|DNF||Frederik Frison (Bel) Lotto Soudal|
|DNF||Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R la Mondiale|
|DNF||Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) AG2R la Mondiale|
|DNF||Lawrence Naesen (Bel) AG2R la Mondiale|
|DNF||Julien Duval (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale|
|DNF||Silvan Dillier (Swi) AG2R la Mondiale|
|DNF||Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale|
|DNF||Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis|
|DNF||Bryan Coquard (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept|
|DNF||Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Cofidis|
|DNF||Julien Vermote (Bel) Cofidis|
|DNF||Damien Touze (Fra) Cofidis|
|DNF||Leonardo Basso (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers|
|DNF||Attilio Viviani (Ita) Cofidis|
|DNF||Christian Knees (Ger) Ineos Grenadiers|
|DNF||Alfdan De Decker (Bel) Circus-Wanty Gobert|
|DNF||Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Circus - Wanty Gobert|
|DNF||Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Circus-Wanty Gobert|
|DNF||Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Circus-Wanty Gobert|
|DNF||Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise|
|DNF||Robbe Ghys (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise|
|DNF||Lindsay De Vylder (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise|
|DNF||Sasha Weemaes (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise|
|DNF||Cedric Beullens (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise|
|DNF||Amaury Capiot (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise|
|DNF||Jens Debusschere (Bel) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept|
|DNF||Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix|
|DNF||Mathieu Van der Poel (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix|
|DNF||Piet Allegaert (Bel) Cofidis|
|DNF||Charles Quarterman (GBr) Trek-Segafredo|
|DNF||Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team Emirates|
|DNF||Dries Van Gestel (Bel) Total Direct Energie|
|DNF||Senne Leysen (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix|
|DNF||Anthony Turgis (Fra) Total Direct Energie|
|DNF||Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Total Direct Energie|
|DNF||Samuele Battistella (Ita) NTT Pro Cycling|
|DNF||Michael Gogl (Aut) NTT Pro Cycling|
|DNF||Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) NTT Pro Cycling|
|DNF||Rasmus Tiller (Nor) NTT Pro Cycling|
|DNF||Florian Maitre (Fra) Total Direct Energie|
|DNF||Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo|
|DNF||Lucas Eriksson (Swe) Riwal Readynez|
|DNF||Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Ineos Grenadiers|
|DNF||Ryan Mullen (Irl) Trek-Segafredo|
|DNF||Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal|
|DNF||Niccolò Bonifazio (Ita) Total Direct Energie|
|DNF||Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept|
|DNF||Luca Mozzato (Ita) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept|
|DNF||Elmar Reinders (Ned) Riwal Readynez|
|DNF||Tom Bohli (Swi) UAE Team Emirates|
|DNF||Jérémy Lecroq (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept|
|DNF||Kévin Geniets (Lux) Groupama-FDJ|
|DNF||Fabian Lienhard (Swi) Groupama-FDJ|
|DNF||Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ|
|DNF||Jake Stewart (GBr) Groupama-FDJ|
|DNF||Luke Rowe (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers|
|DNF||Kris Boeckmans (Bel) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept|
|DNF||Toms Skujins (Lat) Trek-Segafredo|
|DNS||Michael Schär (Swi) CCC Team|
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