Keukeleire triumphs in Le Samyn

Eurosport - Wed, 03 Mar 18:34:00 2010

Jens Keukeleire unleashed a wily sprint to win the Le Samyn one-day race in Belgium on Wednesday.

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The young Belgian Cofidis rider avoided the tussle behind and triumphed by a bike length over Topsport Vlaanderen's Gregory Joseph and Cedric Pineau of Equipe Roubaix Lille Metropole.

Despite the tense finale, the 191.9km race had been marked by a long break when five riders got away and held a lead of five minutes with 75km remaining,

But with the lead reduced to a slender 3.35 lead at 65km to go and with the gap dropping rapidly, three riders, Steve Chainel, Fabrice Jeandesboz and Jean Zen, launched a pre-emptive strike, only to be caught by the peloton with 25km remaining.

Keukeleire's Cofidis team mate Remi Cusin and Saur-Sojasun's Guillaume-Levarlet attacked at the 18km mark, and although the peloton temporarily splintered under the high tempo, the two were reined in with just five km to go.

Milram's Marcus Eichler passed the two leaders moments before they were caught by the main field, but as the race charged up the slight climb to the finish line, it was Keukeleire who raced up the left side of the final run-in to take victory.

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