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2018 Dwars Door Vlaanderen (WorldTour), Belgium

A travers la Flandre - Across Flanders

73rd edition: Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Dwars door Vlaanderen podium history | 2017 edition | Course map & profile | Photos | Start list | Organizer's race preview

Roeselare - Waregem, 180.1 km

Yves Lampaert

Yves Lampaert takes the win. Sirotti photo

Weather at the finish city of Waregem at 1:40 PM, local time. Rain, 7C (45F) with the wind from the SE at 10 km/hr (6 mph).

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

Yves Lampaert sailed to a memorable win in a rain-soaked edition of Dwars door Vlaanderen (180.1 kilometers) after accelerating with 800 meters to go from a select group which attacked inside the last 25 kilometers, when three more hills and a cobblestone sectors were still left on the menu. For Lampaert, who came at the start as the defending champion, this was his first win of the season, one that helped Quick-Step Floors increase the gap at the top of the World Tour classification. Thus, the 26-year-old became the first rider to take back-to-back victories at the prestigious Belgian Classic.

The 73rd edition of the classic, which was raced in atrocious conditions, was enlivened only 80 kilometers from the finish, when several riders pinged off the front, forcing the others to react. Quick-Step Floors took the matters into their own hands, with the experienced and hard-working Iljo Keisse moving to the front of the bunch and splitting it into four groups. The wintry conditions, the crashes and the suffering led to more and more abandons, so by the time the riders hit the Taaienberg, one of the race's main climbs, only 30 riders were still left at the front.

After Yves Lampaert and Niki Terpstra attacked on the iconic hill last week at E3 Harelbeke, this time it was Zdenek Stybar who rode away on the brutal cobbles, forcing another important selection before being reeled in by a group which included two Quick-Step Floors teammates. Later, when Tiesj Benoot (Lotto-Soudal) and Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) went, Yves Lampaert was one of the riders to chase down that move and make the junction, thus hitting the reshuffle button yet again.

A group of 12 men, three of whom were Lampaert, Stybar and Terpstra, entered in the last 25 kilometers of the race, when Sep Vanmarche (EF Education) intensified the pace and went into the offensive, being joined by four other riders. The always-attentive Lampaert was there and didn't spare any effort as he put in some amazing pulls, helping the quintet open a 50-second advantage on the chasers. So confident was the 26-year-old that he led the others over the top of the Nokereberg and covered every single move of his opponents, before the classic cat-and-mouse game ensued under the flamme rouge arch.

When Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) attacked, Yves responded in the blink of an eye and then, sensing a lull in the group, he sprinted and went into time trial mode, quickly putting a significant distance between him and the other four. When the finish line in Waregem came into sight, Lampaert's gap was so big that he sat up and celebrated his first victory of the season, one which took Quick-Step Floors' 2018 season tally to 20 wins.

Czech Champion Zdenek Stybar, who countered an attack of Benoot in the closing kilometers, took sixth, while Niki Terpstra – the E3 Harelbeke victor – came across the line in ninth place, adding to the team's impressive points haul in the World Tour rankings after 12 races.

"We knew the weather could influence the race, so we had two plans. Go for a sprint with Elia or make it really hard for the others in case he wasn't there in the final part of the race. When Viviani got caught behind, together with Niki and Styby we decided to ride hard and see what happens, especially as the rain and cold took their toll on the riders and many were on their limit", said Yves Lampaert, after retaining his crown and becoming the first ever rider to win Dwars door Vlaanderen in consecutive years.

"When the hostilities began and Vanmarcke attacked, Niki told me to go, so I jumped and joined the front group. We worked together there and rode full gas, making sure we had a nice advantage for the final. Then, when Pedersen attacked, I responded and seeing I had got a gap, I sprinted to increase my margin and gave everything I had in the tank, knowing many of my rivals were faster. I am super happy to get another win in this race, with such a high-level field and so close to my home. To resume our winning run in Belgium feels great and gives us an extra boost of confidence ahead of Sunday's De Ronde", concluded Lampaert, the tenth different Quick-Step Floors rider to have won a race this season.

Complete Results:

180.1 kilometers raced at an average speed of 43.282 km/hr

1 Lampaert, Yves Quick-Step Floors 4hr 9min 40sec
2 Teunissen, Mike Team Sunweb @ 2sec
3 Vanmarcke, Sep EF Education First-Drapac s.t.
4 Hagen, Edvald Boasson Dimension Data s.t.
5 Pedersen, Mads Trek-Segafredo s.t.
6 Štybar, Zdeněk Quick-Step Floors + 00' 29''
7 Benoot, Tiesj Lotto-Soudal + 00' 30''
8 Van Avermaet, Greg BMC + 00' 59''
9 Terpstra, Niki Quick-Step Floors s.t.
10 Stuyven, Jasper Trek-Segafredo s.t.
11 Valverde, Alejandro Movistar s.t.
12 Moscon, Gianni Sky s.t.
13 Roosen, Timo LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
14 Nielsen, Magnus Astana + 02' 42''
15 Degenkolb, John Trek-Segafredo s.t.
16 Laporte, Christophe Cofidis s.t.
17 Poppel, Danny van LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
18 De Buyst, Jasper Lotto-Soudal s.t.
19 Drücker, Jempy BMC s.t.
20 Noppe, Christophe Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
21 Pfingsten, Christoph Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
22 Rowe, Luke Sky s.t.
23 Haussler, Heinrich Bahrain-Merida s.t.
24 Theuns, Edward Team Sunweb s.t.
25 Schär, Michael BMC s.t.
26 Allegaert, Piet Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
27 Roelandts, Jürgen BMC s.t.
28 Van Lerberghe, Bert Cofidis s.t.
29 Houle, Hugo Astana s.t.
30 Jansen, Amund LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
31 Durbridge, Luke Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
32 Bystrøm, Sven Erik UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
33 Rickaert, Jonas Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
34 Modolo, Sacha EF Education First-Drapac s.t.
35 Martin, Tony Katusha-Alpecin s.t.
36 Richeze, Maximiliano Quick-Step Floors s.t.
37 Scully, Tom EF Education First-Drapac s.t.
38 Andersen, Søren Team Sunweb + 04' 01''
39 Jules, Justin WB-Aqua Protect-Veranclassic + 06' 47''
40 Curvers, Roy Team Sunweb s.t.
41 Sütterlin, Jasha Movistar s.t.
42 Mullen, Ryan Trek-Segafredo s.t.
43 Keisse, Iljo Quick-Step Floors s.t.
44 De Vreese, Laurens Astana s.t.
45 Vanbilsen, Kenneth Cofidis s.t.
46 Farazijn, Maxime Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
47 Vermote, Julien Dimension Data s.t.
48 Denz, Nico Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
49 Politt, Nils Katusha-Alpecin s.t.
50 Jensen, August Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
51 Backaert, Frederik Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
52 Spengler, Lukas WB-Aqua Protect-Veranclassic s.t.
53 Wynants, Maarten LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
54 Carretero, Héctor Movistar s.t.
55 Ackermann, Pascal Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
56 Ventoso, Francisco BMC s.t.
57 Dougall, Nic Dimension Data s.t.
58 Rast, Grégory Trek-Segafredo s.t.
59 Dibben, Jonathan Sky s.t.
60 Quintana, Nairo Movistar s.t.
61 Wiśniowski, Łukasz Sky s.t.
62 Van Keirsbulck, Guill.. Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
63 Kuznetsov, Vyatcheslav Katusha-Alpecin s.t.
64 Bauer, Jack Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
65 Mezgec, Luka Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
66 Vandenbergh, Stijn Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
67 Božič, Borut Bahrain-Merida s.t.
68 Gruzdev, Dmitriy Astana s.t.
69 Vantomme, Maxime WB-Aqua Protect-Veranclassic s.t.
70 Docker, Mitchell EF Education First-Drapac s.t.
71 Smith, Dion Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
72 Chavanel, Sylvain Direct Energie s.t.
73 Bardet, Romain Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
74 Petit, Adrien Direct Energie s.t.
75 Küng, Stefan BMC s.t.
76 Kristoff, Alexander UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
77 Van Hoecke, Gijs LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
78 Koren, Kristjan Bahrain-Merida s.t.
79 Stannard, Ian Sky s.t.
80 Swift, Ben UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
81 Groenewegen, Dylan LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
82 Wallays, Jelle Lotto-Soudal s.t.
83 Aert, Wout van Veranda's Willems-Crelan s.t.
84 Edmondson, Alex Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
85 De Gendt, Aimé Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
86 Soupe, Geoffrey Cofidis s.t.
87 Bak, Lars Lotto-Soudal + 11' 49''
88 Boivin, Guillaume Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
89 Cardis, Romain Direct Energie s.t.
90 Menten, Milan Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
91 Pedersen, Casper Aqua Blue Sport s.t.
92 Naesen, Lawrence Lotto-Soudal + 11' 51''
93 Pichot, Alexandre Direct Energie s.t.
94 Van Asbroeck, Tom EF Education First-Drapac s.t.
95 Lemoine, Cyril Cofidis s.t.
96 Gibbons, Ryan Dimension Data s.t.
97 Barbero, Carlos Movistar s.t.
98 Steels, Stijn Veranda's Willems-Crelan s.t.
99 Marcato, Marco UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
100 Reijnen, Kiel Trek-Segafredo s.t.
101 Hayman, Mathew Mitchelton-Scott + 11' 54''
102 Hodeg, Alvaro Quick-Step Floors s.t.
103 Chétout, Loïc Cofidis s.t.
104 Winden, Dennis van Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
105 Hepburn, Michael Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
106 Bagdonas, Gediminas Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
107 Arcas, Jorge Movistar s.t.
108 Kreder, Wesley Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
109 Offredo, Yoann Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
110 Selig, Rüdiger Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
111 Kort, Koen de Trek-Segafredo s.t.
112 Halvorsen, Kristoffer Sky s.t.
113 Perry, Benjamin Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
114 Waeytens, Zico Veranda's Willems-Crelan s.t.
115 Arndt, Nikias Team Sunweb + 12' 01''
116 Hofstede, Lennard Team Sunweb s.t.

Course map & profile:

Dwars door vlaanderen map

2018 Dwars door Vlaanderen map

2018 Dwars door Vlaanderen profile

2018 Dwars door Vlaanderen profile

Pictures by Fotoreporter Sirotti:

Team BMC

Team BMC is presented before the race start

Sylvain Chavanel

Sylvain Chavanel

Elia viviani

Elia Viviani looks ready for the elements.

John Degenkolb

John Degenkolb

Yves Lampert

Yves Lampaert makes it two DDV's in a row.

Zdenek Stybar

Zdenek Stybar finishes 6th, 29 seconds after Lampaert.

Field sprint

The sprint for eighth place, won by Greg Van Avermaet

Sep Vanmarcke

Sep Vanmarcke after a hard day of racing in belgium

Yves Lampaert

Winner Yves Lampaert

Podium

The podium, from left: Mike Teunissen (2nd), Yves Lampaert, & Sep Vanmarcke (3rd)

Start list with back numbers, March 27, 2018:

QUICK-STEP FLOORS
1 LAMPAERT Yves
2 VIVIANI Elia
3 HODEG Álvaro
4 KEISSE Iljo
5 RICHEZE Ariel
6 STYBAR Zdenek
7 TERPSTRA Niki
BMC
11 VAN AVERMAET Greg
12 DRUCKER Jean Pierre
13 KÜNG Stefan
14 ROELANDTS Jurgen
15 BETTIOL Alberto
16 SCHÄR Michael
17 VENTOSO Francisco
AG2R LA MONDIALE
21 NAESEN Oliver
22 BARDET Romain
23 BAGDONAS Gediminas
24 DENZ Nico
25 BARBIER Rudy
26 GALLOPIN Tony
27 VANDENBERGH Stijn
LOTTO-SOUDAL
31 BENOOT Tiesj
32 BAK Lars Ytting
33 DE BUYST Jasper
34 DEBUSSCHERE Jens
35 MAES Nikolas
36 WALLAYS Jelle
37 NAESEN Lawrence
TREK-SEGAFREDO
41 DEGENKOLB John
42 STUYVEN Jasper
43 REIJNEN Kiel
44 PEDERSEN Mads
45 RAST Grégory
46 DE KORT Koen
47 MULLEN Ryan
MOVISTAR
51 VALVERDE Alejandro
52 QUINTANA Nairo
53 BARBERO Carlos
54 ARCAS Jorge
55 CARRETERO Hector
56 OLIVEIRA Nelson
57 SÜTTERLIN Jasha
EF EDUCATION FIRST-DRAPAC
61 VANMARCKE Sep
62 PHINNEY Taylor
63 LANGEVELD Sebastian
64 DOCKER Mitchell
65 MODOLO Sacha
66 VAN ASBROECK Tom
67 SCULLY Thomas
ASTANA
71 LUTSENKO Alexey
72 VALGREN ANDERSEN Michael
73 DE VREESE Laurens
74 KORSAETH Truls Engen
75 GRUZDEV Dmitriy
76 HOULE Hugo
77 CORT NIELSEN Magnus
TEAM SUNWEB
81 THEUNS Edward
82 KRAGH ANDERSEN Søren
83 ARNDT Nikias
84 BAUHAUS Phil
85 CURVERS Roy
86 HOFSTEDE Lennard
87 TEUNISSEN Mike
SKY
91 MOSCON Gianni
92 HALVORSEN Kristoffer
93 LAWLESS Christopher
94 DIBBEN Jonathan
95 ROWE Luke
96 STANNARD Ian
97 WISNIOWSKI Lukasz
UAE-TEAM EMIRATES
101 KRISTOFF Alexander
102 BYSTROM Sven Erik
103 CONSONNI Simone
104 GANNA Filippo
105 MARCATO Marco
106 SWIFT Ben
107 TROIA Oliviero
BAHRAIN-MERIDA
111 BONIFAZIO Niccolo
112 BOZIC Borut
113 HAUSSLER Heinrich
114 KOREN Kristjan
115 PER David
116 PIBERNIK Luka
117 GARCIA Ivan
KATUSHA-ALPECIN
121 MARTIN Tony
122 GONCALVES Jose
123 HALLER Marco
124 ZABEL Rick
125 KUZNETSOV Vyacheslav
126 PLANCKAERT Baptiste
127 POLITT Nils
DIMENSION DATA
131 BOASSON HAGEN Edvald
132 DOUGALL Nick
134 GIBBONS Ryan
135 THOMSON Jay Robert
136 SLAGTER Tom Jelte
137 VERMOTE Julien
LOTTO NL-JUMBO
141 GROENEWEGEN Dylan
142 WYNANTS Maarten
143 JANSEN Amund Grøndahl
144 LEEZER Tom
145 ROOSEN Timo
146 VAN POPPEL Danny
147 VAN HOECKE Gijs
BORA-HANSGROHE
151 KOLAR Michal
152 ACKERMANN Pascal
153 BODNAR Maciej
154 PFINGSTEN Christoph
155 SCHWARZMANN Michael
156 SAGAN Juraj
157 SELIG Rüdiger
MITCHELTON-SCOTT
161 HAYMAN Mathew
162 BAUER Jack
163 DURBRIDGE Luke
164 HEPBURN Michael
165 BEWLEY Sam
166 MEZGEC Luka
167 EDMONDSON Alexander
VERANDA'S WILLEMS-CRELAN
171 VAN AERT Wout
172 DEVOLDER Stijn
173 DE BIE Sean
174 STEELS Stijn
175 KRUOPIS Aidis
176 DUYN Huub
177 WAEYTENS Zico
WANTY–GROUPE GOBERT
181 VAN KEIRSBULCK Guillaume
182 BACKAERT Frederik
183 DEVRIENDT Tom
184 OFFREDO Yoann
185 SMITH Dion
186 KREDER Wesley
187 VANSPEYBROUCK Pieter
DIRECT ENERGIE
191 CHAVANEL Sylvain
192 CARDIS Romain
193 GAUDIN Damien
194 GENE Yohann
195 PETIT Adrien
196 PICHOT Alexandre
197 SELLIER Simon
COFIDIS
201 LAPORTE Christophe
202 SOUPE Geoffrey
203 CHETOUT Loïc
204 LEMOINE Cyril
205 VAN LERBERGHE Bert
206 VAN STAEYEN Michael
207 VANBILSEN Kenneth
AQUA BLUE SPORT
211 BLYTHE Adam
212 ARCHBOLD Shane
213 DUNNE Conor
214 FENN Andrew
215 PEDERSEN Casper Phillip
216 KONING Peter
217 BRAMMEIER Matthew
SPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE
221 ALLEGAERT Piet
222 DE GENDT Aimé
223 FARAZIJN Maxime
224 MENTEN Milan
225 NOPPE Christophe
226 RICKAERT Jonas
227 VERWILST Aaron
WB-AQUA PROTECT-VERANCLASSIC
231 KIRSCH Alex
232 DEHAES Kenny
233 STASSEN Julien
234 JULES Justin
235 DUQUENNOY Jimmy
236 SPENGLER Lukas
237 VANTOMME Maxime
ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY
241 PERRY Benjamin
242 BOIVIN Guillaume
243 YECHEZKEL Aviv
244 JENSEN August
245 VAN WINDEN Dennis
246 SAGIV Guy
247 SCHREURS Hamish

Organizer's race preview:

In the showroom of Unilin - Quick-Step Floors, a unique location in the West-Flemish town of Wielsbeke, located only a few miles from the finish line in Waregem, the Organisation Dwars Door Vlaanderen presented their brand new route for the 2018 race to the press, partners and sponsors.

In a well filled press room, Sporza commentator and moderator for the day, Karl Vannieuwkerke, welcomed all gasts. After a nicely made intro movie, Frans De Cock, General Manager of Quick-Step - Unilin, and Dwars Door Vlaanderen president Carlo Lambrecht were the first to be called upon stage.

President Carlo Lambrecht: "Showed last year that we can handle the WorldTour level"

The frontman of Dwars Door Vlaanderen gave some more insight to the new highlights of next season's race. "In 2017 Dwars Door Vlaanderen wore the WorldTour label for the first time", says Carlo Lambrecht. "It was a big challenge, but the day went fine: perfect weather circumstances, great list of participants, an exciting race and a beautiful winner in the end. Our baptism of fire was successful. We showed that we can handle the WorldTour level."

"Our next challenge was to realize a dream that we were talking about internaly for quite some time now: to get our race on the Wednesday before the Ronde van Vlaanderen. Thanks to Wouter Vandenhaute and Belgian Cycling President Tom van Damme we were able to accomplish this dream."

"This new date involved that we couldn't become an exact copy of "Flanders Finest" only four days before the Ronde. Thanks to our loyal sponsors and the hard work of an entire team, we managed to map out a beautiful new race course."

Two time Kluisberg and three times Knokteberg in 73rd Dwars Door Vlaanderen

The new route was proudly presented by Cycling Director Guy Delesie. The start of the 73rd Dwars Door Vlaanderen will be given once again in Roeselare. Afterwards the peloton passes through Tielt and Wielsbeke direction Waregem. After a passage at the finish line, the riders go via Avelgem towards the hills of the Flemish Ardennes. Money time starts with a double combo of Kluisberg and Knokteberg (côte de Trieu). Afterwards next climbs have to be tamed: Kortekeer, the cobbles of the Mariaborrestraat, Steenbeekdries, Taaienberg and Kruisberg.

With 34km to go, the riders pass by a third time on the Knokteberg. Afterwards they head to familiar grounds. With Varentstraat, Vossenhol, Holstraat, Nokereberg and the coblles of Herlegemstraat, the finale of this race remains the same as last year.

"Mapping out this 73rd edition wasn't without any trouble", says Guy Delesie. "Because of road works, we had to modify the route several times. The fact that the total distance is only 181km, was a conscious choice, being only four days before the Ronde."

Patrick Lefevre: "Many riders will join in to try and win it all"

"I think this is a really nice route. Maybe 181km is rather short for a spring classic, but this might break open the race earlier and then we'll get more spectacle for sure", says last year's winner, Yves Lampaert. "Ik think in the 2018 edition the breakaway will come earlier than the Oude Kwaremont."

An opinion that is shared by Flanders Classics-CEO Wouter Vandenhaute: "I'm convinced that the race will explode way earlier. Dwars Door Vlaanderen now has both a new date and is the first of all Flanders race that has dared to shorten the distance. In my opinion, every race should have their own identity, and I think that's something we managed to do here. A few of the hills we had to leave out of the Ronde, now got a prominent role again in a race of WorldTour level."

"I am in favor of shortening the race and limiting the number of climbs", says Quick-Step Floors-manager Patrick Lefevre. "The risk you take with such a number of spring classics in a short period, is that riders will not give it their all or maybe even consider it a training ride where they stop along the way. This will be not be the case now. But don't underestimate this new course. Oude Kwaremont and Paterberg may have been gone, but there are a few heavy newcomers to compensate."

"That's why I think many riders will join in and try to win it all on this track", continues Lefevre. "On one end there will be riders who think they can win the Ronde van Vlaanderen. They will want to show their good form. On the other end, there a riders who think the Ronde is aiming to high for them. They will try their best to win a WorldTour Classic in Waregem without a doubt.

EXTRA: Jens Debusschere: Knokteberg and Kluisberg are realy nice substitutes for Paterberg and Oude Kwaremont"

Also Jens Debusschere sounded enthusiastic when we called him to talk about the new track: "The finale ahs remained the same and since it's pretty flat, it could be in my advantage. Nevertheless, before the finale the quick sequence of hills and cobbled sections will be pretty tough. When I get passed the Trieu (Knokteberg) and Kluisberg without any big problems, I can hopefully compete till the end.