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2017 Dwars Door Vlaanderen (WorldTour), Belgium

A travers la Flandre - Across Flanders

72nd edition: Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Dwars door Vlaanderen podium history | 2016 edition | Course map

Roeselare - Waregem, 203.3 km

Yves Lampaert

Yves Lampaert wins a big one

The race: Here's the report from winner Yves Lampaert's Quick Step team.

Quick-Step Floors owned the 72nd edition of Dwars door Vlaanderen, which this year made its debut in the World Tour calendar, taking 1-2 in Waregem with Yves Lampaert and Philippe Gilbert. Our team stamped its authority on the Belgian classic right from the beginning, when powerhouse Tim Declercq hit the front of the peloton and put in some mammoth turns, thus bringing down the advantage of the six men who managed to escap the clutches of the bunch after 20 kilometers.

Belgian Champion Philippe Gilbert, who was racing Dwars door Vlaanderen for the first time since 2004, instigated a move with 78 kilometers to go on Berendries, forcing a selection which saw around 20 riders extricating themselves from the peloton and establishing a 30-second lead. Behind, Cannondale-Drapac, FDJ and Trek-Segafredo led the chase, but their effort was to no avail, as Gilbert and Yves Lampaert, who too was part of the group, worked hard to keep them at bay.

On Eikenberg, Yves attacked, and even though he was reeled in over the top of the climb, his action still produced some damage, as the front group was reduced to 12 men. At one point, it looked like the peloton will come back, with the gap dropping to 20 seconds, but the same Quick-Step Floors riders ensured the move will stick, and as a result they tackled the Oude Kwaremont with a 40-second lead.

It was on the steep and brutal Paterberg that Philippe showed his class and put the hammer down, taking with him only three riders: Yves, Luke Durbridge (Orica-Scott) and Alexey Lutsenko (Astana). Behind, the peloton got fragmented and Zdenek Stybar and Niki Terpstra took advantage of this and of the tough terrain to go in pursuit of the first chasing group, to which they bridged inside the last 25 kilometers.

Final climb of the day – Nokereberg – had the Belgian Champion in the spotlight, as he pulled clear over the top of the hill and opened a five-second gap before the others came back on his wheel. Herlegemstraat was the race's last hurdle, and on the long cobblestone stretch Yves struck a move which left Durbridge and Lutsenko speechless. In the blink of an eye, the advantage grew to 30 seconds, and long before "Lampy" went under the flamme rouge it became clear he'll nab his biggest victory since turning pro.

Philippe Gilbert led home the chasers, making it a memorable 1-2 for Quick-Step Floors at Dwars door Vlaanderen and taking the outfit managed by Patrick Lefevere at the top of the World Tour standings after nine events.

"To win a World Tour classic in the Quick-Step Floors kit gives me an amazing feeling. I can't tell you how happy I am for myself and for the team. Together with Philippe, who proved again today what a huge champion he is, we did a superb job", said Yves Lampaert after his maiden World Tour victory, one which came not far from his home.

The 25-year-old Belgian, now in his third season with Quick-Step Floors, talked us through the closing kilometers of Wednesday's race: "We had the strength in numbers and this played in our advantage. When I attacked, I wasn't sure I will open a gap, despite feeling strong, but I noticed they couldn't bridge across and that gave me confidence. The final kilometers of the race were like a short and tough time trial, but I gave everything. To win Dwars door Vlaanderen is a dream come true, especially as I did this together with such a fantastic team and in front of so many supporters!"

This was for the first time since 2012 that Quick-Step Floors nabbed the top two positions in a Belgian race. Back then, it happened at the same Dwars door Vlaanderen, with Niki Terpstra and Sylvain Chavanel. Now, it was Philippe Gilbert who made the team's day perfect, by sprinting to second from the chasing group.

"We were always on the front today. After the selection I made on Berendries, some guys in the group started to sit in, so we decided to go again, this time on Eikenberg. On Paterberg, we were first and second at the bottom of the climb and went full gas. Behind, Styby and Niki did a great job and helped us stretch out our advantage to one minute", said Philippe after the race. "By Nokereberg, we knew this was enough to win, so our plan was to attack there, and after they caught me, it was Yves' turn to follow up with a move. He made it all the way to the finish and I'm very happy for him and the team, this is a big day for us!"

Complete Results:

203.3 kilometers raced at an average speed of 42.438 km/hr

1 Yves LAMPAERT Quick-Step 4hr 47min 26sec
2 Philippe GILBERT Quick-Step @ 39sec
3 Alexey LUTSENKO Astana s.t.
4 Luke DURBRIDGE Orica-Scott s.t.
5 Dylan GROENEWEGEN Lotto NL-Jumbo @ 1min 3sec
6 Oliver NAESEN Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
7 Tiesj BENOOT Lotto Soudal s.t.
8 Dylan VAN BAARLE Cannondale Drapac s.t.
9 Mitch DOCKER Orica-Scott s.t.
10 Florian SENECHAL Cofidis s.t.
11 Tony GALLOPIN Lotto Soudal s.t.
12 Matti BRESCHEL Astana s.t.
13 Maxime VANTOMME WB Veranclassic s.t.
14 Jean-Pierre DRUCKER BMC s.t.
15 Lukas PÖSTLBERGER Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
16 Mike TEUNISSEN Sunweb s.t.
17 Stefan KÜNG BMC s.t.
18 Baptiste PLANCKAERT Katusha Alpecin s.t.
19 Sebastian LANGEVELD Cannondale Drapac s.t.
20 Marco MARCATO UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
21 Zdenek ŠTYBAR Quick-Step s.t.
22 Maarten WYNANTS Lotto NL-Jumbo s.t.
23 Loïc VLIEGEN BMC s.t.
24 Reto HOLLENSTEIN Katusha Alpecin s.t.
25 Niki TERPSTRA Quick-Step +1:08
26 Gijs VAN HOECKE Lotto NL-Jumbo s.t.
27 Mathew HAYMAN Orica-Scott s.t.
28 Sep VANMARCKE Cannondale Drapac +1:35
29 Jelle WALLAYS Lotto Soudal +1:51
30 Michael MATTHEWS Sunweb +1:54
31 Edward THEUNS Trek-Segafredo s.t.
32 Sam BENNETT Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
33 Pieter VANSPEYBROUCK Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
34 Zakkari DEMPSTER Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
35 Tom VAN ASBROECK Cannondale Drapac s.t.
36 Raymond KREDER Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij s.t.
37 Roy JANS WB Veranclassic s.t.
38 Arnaud DEMARE FDJ s.t.
39 Bryan COQUARD Direct Energie s.t.
40 Bert VAN LERBERGHE Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
41 Rudy BARBIER Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
42 Guillaume VAN KEIRSBULCK Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
43 Sacha MODOLO UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
44 Jasper DE BUYST Lotto Soudal s.t.
45 Ramon SINKELDAM Sunweb s.t.
46 Laurens DE VREESE Astana s.t.
47 Nikolas MAES Lotto Soudal s.t.
48 Jasha SÜTTERLIN Movistar s.t.
49 Christophe LAPORTE Cofidis s.t.
50 Yoann OFFREDO Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
51 Matthieu LADAGNOUS FDJ s.t.
52 Nils POLITT Katusha Alpecin s.t.
53 Sonny COLBRELLI Bahrain-Merida s.t.
54 Gediminas BAGDONAS Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
55 Pim LIGTHART Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij s.t.
56 Luka PIBERNIK Bahrain-Merida s.t.
57 Iljo KEISSE Quick-Step s.t.
58 Roger KLUGE Orica-Scott s.t.
59 Frederik BACKAERT Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
60 Kenneth VAN ROOY Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
61 Maxime FARAZIJN Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
62 Hugo HOULE Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
63 Truls KORSÆTH Astana s.t.
64 Marko KUMP UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
65 Huub DUYN Veranda's Willems-Crelan s.t.
66 Kevin ISTA WB Veranclassic s.t.
67 Martin ELMIGER BMC s.t.
68 Alexandre PICHOT Direct Energie s.t.
69 Bert DE BACKER Sunweb s.t.
70 Stijn DEVOLDER Veranda's Willems-Crelan s.t.
71 Jurgen ROELANDTS Lotto Soudal s.t.
72 Adrien PETIT Direct Energie s.t.
73 Preben VAN HECKE Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
74 Christopher JUUL JENSEN Orica-Scott s.t.
75 Edward PLANCKAERT Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
76 Vegard Stake LAENGEN UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
77 Oscar GATTO Astana s.t.
78 Jens DEBUSSCHERE Lotto Soudal +2:02
79 Lars BOOM Lotto NL-Jumbo s.t.
80 Alberto BETTIOL Cannondale Drapac s.t.
81 Fabio FELLINE Trek-Segafredo s.t.
82 Dylan TEUNS BMC s.t.
83 Jens KEUKELEIRE Orica-Scott s.t.
84 Cyril LEMOINE Cofidis s.t.
85 Sylvain CHAVANEL Direct Energie s.t.
86 Dries DEVENYNS Quick-Step s.t.
87 Dmitriy GRUZDEV Astana s.t.
88 Dimitri CLAEYS Cofidis s.t.
89 Borut BOZIC Bahrain-Merida s.t.
90 Fernando GAVIRIA Quick-Step s.t.
91 Aleksejs SARAMOTINS Bora-hansgrohe +2:08
92 Simone CONSONNI UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
93 Rüdiger SELIG Bora-hansgrohe +2:13
94 Ivan GARCIA CORTINA Bahrain-Merida +4:32
95 Twan CASTELIJNS Lotto NL-Jumbo s.t.
96 Marco COLEDAN Trek-Segafredo s.t.
97 Francisco Jose VENTOSO BMC s.t.
98 Jimmy TURGIS Cofidis s.t.
99 Mads Würtz SCHMIDT Katusha Alpecin s.t.
100 Igor BOEV Gazprom-Rusvelo s.t.
101 Guillaume BOIVIN Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
102 Dennis VAN WINDEN Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
103 Carlos BARBERO CUESTA Movistar s.t.
104 Aleksei TCATEVICH Gazprom-Rusvelo s.t.
105 Kenneth VANBILSEN Cofidis s.t.
106 Jorge ARCAS PEÑA Movistar s.t.
107 Christoph PFINGSTEN Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
108 Nuno MATOS Movistar s.t.
109 Taco VAN DER HOORN Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij s.t.
110 Loic CHETOUT Cofidis s.t.
111 Dries DE BONDT Veranda's Willems-Crelan s.t.
112 Ryan MULLEN Cannondale Drapac s.t.
113 Juraj SAGAN Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
114 Simone ANTONINI Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
115 Ryan ANDERSON Direct Energie s.t.
116 Nans PETERS Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
117 Romain CARDIS Direct Energie s.t.
118 Jenthe BIERMANS Katusha Alpecin s.t.
119 Mickael DELAGE FDJ s.t.
120 Olivier LE GAC FDJ s.t.
121 Ruslan TLEUBAYEV Astana s.t.
122 Krists NEILANDS Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
123 Mihkel RÄIM Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
124 Daniel TUREK Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
125 Marcel SIEBERG Lotto Soudal s.t.
126 Alex KIRSCH WB Veranclassic s.t.
127 Julien STASSEN WB Veranclassic s.t.
128 Alexander PORSEV Gazprom-Rusvelo s.t.
129 Boy VAN POPPEL Trek-Segafredo s.t.
130 Wesley KREDER Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
131 Carlos Alberto BETANCUR Movistar s.t.
132 Tom SCULLY Cannondale Drapac s.t.
133 Timo ROOSEN Lotto NL-Jumbo s.t.
134 Héctor CARRETERO Movistar s.t.
135 Jérôme BAUGNIES Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
136 Coen VERMELTFOORT Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij s.t.
137 Tom STAMSNIJDER Sunweb s.t.
138 Antonio PEDRERO LOPEZ Movistar +6:41
139 Federico ZURLO UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
140 Amund Grondahl JANSEN Lotto NL-Jumbo +7:53
141 Floris GERFS BMC +8:44
142 Andrea GUARDINI UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
143 Michaël VAN STAEYEN Cofidis s.t.
144 Tim DECLERCQ Quick-Step s.t.
145 Robert Thomas WAGNER Lotto NL-Jumbo s.t.
146 Sander CORDEEL Veranda's Willems-Crelan s.t.
147 Tom BOHLI BMC s.t.
148 Kevin DELTOMBE Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
149 Riccardo MINALI Astana s.t.
150 Mads PEDERSEN Trek-Segafredo s.t.
151 Brian VAN GOETHEM Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij s.t.
152 Oliviero TROIA UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
153 Jonas RICKAERT Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
154 Zico WAEYTENS Sunweb s.t.
155 Pavel BRUTT Gazprom-Rusvelo +10:21
156 Yohann GENE Direct Energie s.t.
157 Nico DENZ Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
158 Nikolay TRUSOV Gazprom-Rusvelo s.t.
159 Erik BASKA Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
160 Jesper ASSELMAN Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij s.t.
161 Dayer Uberney QUINTANA Movistar s.t.
162 NICCOLO' BONIFAZIO Bahrain-Merida s.t.

Course map:

Course map