Van Avermaet again! Sagan went ditch, forcing substitute opponent and the third

The last man who managed to win in a single season, the three Belgian companies, became in 1981 Jan Raas.

Now he therefore followed the Olympic champion van Avarmaet best stables BMC.He earned the position as the biggest favorite for the second spring monument, Tour of Flanders race, which will be scheduled in a week.

It’s never any monument did not win, he can do it this year?

“The three victories gave me a lot of confidence,” he assured.

In the decisive attack of left van Avarmaet along with compatriot Jens Keukeleirem the barn Orika other riders from the five-man escape.

Beyond vainly chased also Peter Sagan in the rainbow jersey of world champion, who then dospurtoval for third place.

Zdeněk Štybar plunged during the race in the attacks, he was active in the gravel and paved climb, but at the crucial division head of the group was missing.

The Quick-Step stable, although this was originally a fourteen-member group had three riders finally lost the final tactical battle.

Sagan: Example of how you can lose a race

it will be between Ghent and Wevelgemem race for sprinters, like so many times in the past?Or it dealt klasikáři title? That was the question before the start of the day. Belgian newspaper Sforza described the two five-star favorites: sprinter Sagan Gaviria and rounder.

New this year were three successive sections over gravel, long 4700 meters. Right at that first attacked 59 kilometers before the finish Stybar with teammate Trentino and former colleague van Keirsbulckem. Cyclists arrived from the original leak the day, but after ten kilometers, were stoned.

Bad moments experienced stable Katyusha.Its leader Kristoff lagged after a puncture and additionally a mass crash at the head of the peloton 44 km before the finish took Tony Martin, who had been the previous cannon zatejpované knee.

The same crash also gripped Sagan, who, however, he avoided ekvilibristicky across the ditch next to the road and continued on.

The decisive attacks began 32 kilometers Meta before the last climb of the day on the Kemmelberg. Avarmaet van went ahead and Sagan behind them dragged Degenkolb, Terpstra, Stybar and Boasson Hagen.Established a seven-member group, which later expanded further by seven other riders and draw yourself up 35vteřinovou advantage.

After the division of the group at the front appeared five Sagan, Terpstra, Keukeleire, van Avarmaet and Andersen, while others were swallowed up thinning the main field, the loss of which grew to a minute.

Terpstra refused rotate Sagan it with him began vyříkávat, which took advantage to pick up van Avarmaet and Keukeleire and rode the remaining three.

“Terpstra goes to leak and then does not want to cooperate.” minded Sagan later. “This is how you can lose the race. I do not work with him on the hook. Now I’m frustrated. But too motivated.If I keep winning, I’m not so motivated. “

Sporting directors Quick-Step late understand that the main field sprinter Gaviria, who was to be their trump card for any mass spurt, already face competition it arrives. Only then started herding nestřídajícího Terpstra, to work together with Sagan and Andersen tried to roll off the leading duo.

No, it’s not. Approached them for 11 seconds, more was in their power.

Large tactics on the last kilometer decide for themselves in a tight sprint Greg van Avarmaet. That spurt started from pole position disadvantageous?In its current form, I did not mind it.