Demare snatches Samyn win

Wed, 29 Feb 16:11:00 2012

Arnaud Demare won the GP Le Samyn, a one-day race in the Walloon region of Belgium.

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The French rider from FDJ overtook Vacansoleil's Kris Boeckmans in the closing metres of the uphill finish after the Belgian faded badly.

It was a second victory of the season for the 20-year-old who also claimed a stage at the Tour of Qatar.

Adrien Petit (Cofidis), Anthony Ravard (Ag2r-La Mondiale) and Giacomo Nizzolo (RadioShack-Nissan) completed the top five.

Five Belgians formed a breakaway after around 60km of racing as the peloton, including eight World Tour teams, travelled 110km from Framiers to Dour.

Iljo Keisse, Dennis Vanendert, Antoine Demoitie, Jonathan Breyne and Kevin Van Melsen built up a lead which peaked at seven minutes as they took on five climbs in the middle of the race.

But FDJ and Vacansoleil worked to claw back the escapees and they were caught with 25km remaining on the penultimate of five 19.3km laps of Dour that comprised the race.

Johan Lebon, Yukiya Arashiro and Edwig Cammaerts had a brief counter-attack before Poland's Michal Kwiatkowski escaped from a group of five.

The Omega Pharma-QuickStep man was caught inside the final 3km but his team-mates led a strung-out bunch under the Flamme Rouge. Despite that move their young British sprinter Andrew Fenn was not in sight as world under-23 champion Demare burst through late to snatch victory.

He adds his name to a Roll of Honour in the race, classified at 1.1 by the UCI, that also includes the likes of Robbie McEwen and Philippe Gilbert.

Lee Walker - @Lee_Eurosport on Twitter / Eurosport

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