3.28.2017

Procycling: De Panne 1

Three days of De Panne kicks off. 7 riders were in lead - Dunne, Brice Feillu, De Ketele, Yechezkel, Duquennoy, Skjerping and Matthias Vandewalle - but approaching the first climbs (Edelare, Leberg and Berendries) only 5 are still away: De Ketele, Dunne, Skjerping, Feillu and Duquennoy. 64 km to go their advantage is only29''.
62 km to go three riders crash in a fence. A Rusvelo's looks bad...
There is a large chasing group (15) with interesting riders like Gilbert, Devenyns, Durbridge, De Buyst, Brändle, Van Poppel and Haller.  
44 km to go, passing on the finish line, the peloton is almost 3' behind the break-away, that has got a 30'' on the first chasing group.
Group 1 and 2 merged. On the Berendries Panckart gets off group 3 and tries to bridge solo to group 2.
Ten Bosse. 28 km to go.
A group with Pozzato, Kristoff, Cannola is getting close to the head of the race.
The Muur: 15 km to go Gilbert attacks and goes solo. The front group explodes. 
Durbridge follows, he's just 5'' from Gilbert. But he can't join and the gap grows: 10 km to go it's up to 12''.
Klemhoudstraat: Gilbert keeps increasing his advantage. 3 riders are chasing behind Durbridge: De Buyst, Consonni and Brandle.
2 km to go Gilbert has 20'' on Durbridge and  36'' on the three riders.
Gilbert wins solo. 2nd solo is Durbridge. Consonni wins the sprint in the chasing group.

Philippe Gilbert:
“To finally get a victory in this beautiful jersey, and for Quick-Step Floors, makes me very happy! I want to thank to my team, and especially to Dries, whose hard-work at the front was quintessential. Now I’m at the top of the overall standings, but I know it won’t be easy to defend my position, so we’ll just take it day by day.
I know that people will now say that I’m one of the favourites for De Ronde and it’s no secret that I would like to win it. My condition is good, I look forward to the race, but to be
frank, the most important thing is for the team to win there. We have many options and in-form riders, and it will be all about playing the right card in the right moment.”


RESULTS
STAGE 1
1 Philippe GILBERT BEL QST 35 4:36:18
2 Luke DURBRIDGE AUS ORS 26 +17
3 Simone CONSONNI ITA UAD 23 +34
4 Jasper DE BUYST BEL LTS 24 +34
5 Matthias BRÄNDLE AUT TFS 28 +34
6 Frederik BACKAERT BEL WGG 27 +53
7 Alexander KRISTOFF NOR KAT 30 +58
8 Edward THEUNS BEL TFS 26 +58
9 Marco CANOLA ITA NIP 29 +58
10 Sacha MODOLO ITA UAD 30 +58
GC
  Name Nationality Team Age Result
1 Philippe GILBERT Belgium QST 35 4:36:05
2 Luke DURBRIDGE Australia ORS 26 +22
3 Simone CONSONNI Italy UAD 23 +43
4 Matthias BRÄNDLE Austria TFS 28 +46
5 Jasper DE BUYST Belgium LTS 24 +47
6 Frederik BACKAERT Belgium WGG 27 +1:06
7 Kristoffer HALVORSEN Norway TJI 21 +1:11
8 Edward THEUNS Belgium TFS 26 +1:11
9 Marco CANOLA Italy NIP 29 +1:11
10 Sacha MODOLO Italy UAD 30 +1:11

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