Keukeleire wins in Flanders

Eurosport - Sun, 07 Mar 19:00:00 2010

Jens Keukeleire won the Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen Belgium after coming third in the final stage.

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The Cofidis rider came in just behind fellow Belgian Kris Boeckmans (TSV) and Frenchman Yohann Gene (Bbox Boygues Telecom).

Boeck edged to victory after a mass sprint to round off the 194.5 kilometre ride to Middelkerke Ichtegem.

STAGE TWO REPORT

Robert Wagner won the second stage of the Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen after a nailbiting finish in Belgium.

The German Skil-Shimanio rider took a photo finish on the line ahead of Vacansoleil's Norwegian rider Bobbie Traksel and overall race leader Jens Keukeleire of Codifis after the 176.6km stage from Torhout to Handzame.

Wagner was delighted to register a win after losing out in a similarly close stage finish earlier in the season.

"The difference between me and Oscar Freire in the second stage of the Ruta del Sol was also small," said Wagner. "I'm glad this time it was in my favour."

Keukeliere's third place finish kept him on top of the general classification, four seconds ahead of Wagner with Traksel a further second behind..

STAGE ONE REPORT

Jens Keukeleire (Cofidis) continued his impressive form to take a sprint victory in the first stage of the Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen in Belgium.

The 21-year-old Belgian claimed his first professional win on Wednesday at the GP Samyn and proved too good for Rony Martias (Saur-Sojasun) and Milram's Paul Voss in the sprint finish.

The 183-kilometre stage had been marked by a three-man breakaway from Mitchell Docker (Skil-Shimano), Stephane Poulhies (Saur-Sojasun) and Maurice Vrijmoed (Rabobank Continental) after 26km, but after they were reeled in.

An attack attempt by Frederic Amorison (Landbouwcredit) and Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Topsport Vlaanderen) was also foiled as Keukeleire went clear.

However, Mitchell Docker claimed the first leader's jersey of the three-stage after his efforts gave him the necessary time bonuses.

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