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Chavanel time trial blitzes field in Belgium

French champion Sylvain Chavanel powered his way to overall victory in the final stage of the Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde.

Image: ERIC LALMAND/Belga/Press Association Images

A BUSY AFTERNOON at the Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde (“Three Days of De Panne”) culminated in a commanding peformance from French national champion Sylvain Chavanel in the 14.7km individual time trial, the second of the final day’s two stages.

Beginning the time trial in a tie for twelfth position overall, the Omega Pharma-Quick-Step rider recorded a time of 17:49 to outpace rival Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil) by four seconds and seize control of the General Classification.

A two-time winner of the Tour de France’s “super combativity” award, the Frenchman considered the victory overdue, telling

“First of all I am super happy with this victory… This year I did not win until now, and a lot of our riders have already won. It was a little disappointing that I was riding well but unable to win a race.”

Alexander Kristoff, racing in the red and white of Katyusha, endured a bittersweet final day.

After capturing the penultimate stage in a chaotic sprint for the line, the 24-year-old entered the time trial hopeful of securing a maiden GC victory, but he lacked the wherewithal to keep pace with Chavanel, and plummeted from a position at the summit of the general classification to a place outside the top-ten.

General Classification

1. Sylvain Chavanel (FRA) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step 12:05:44

2. Liewe Westra (NED) Vacansoleil +4

3. Maciej Bodnar (POL) Liquigas +14

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