Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) won the 2014 Three Days of De Panne overall in Belgium on Thursday, overhauling the race lead of team-mate Gert Steegmans in the final time trial.
Van Keirsbulck placed fifth in the 14.3km test against the clock behind winner Maciej Bodnar (Cannondale), gaining enough time to catapult himself to the top of the general classification.
Luke Durbridge (Orica-GreenEdge) finished second overall at seven seconds, with Steegmans in third at eight seconds. Pre-stage favourite Niki Terpstra finished fourth, giving Omega Pharma-QuickStep three riders in the top five.
Also noteworthy is the result of German sprinter Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano), who placed sixth in the time trial to finish fifth overall.
In the morning’s penultimate stage 3a, Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida) took his second consecutive stage win ahead of Andrea Guardini (Astana) and Kenny van Hummel (Androni Giocattoli).
Many of the riders taking part in the Three Days of De Panne will now turn their attention to Sunday’s Tour of Flanders.
Three Days of De Panne 2014, stage 3a: De Panne to De Panne, 109.7km
1. Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida in 2-22-20
2. Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana
3. Kenny van Hummel (Ned) Androni Giocattoli
4. Kenneth Van Bilsen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
5. Ralf Matzka (Ger) NetApp-Endura all same time
Three Days of De Panne 2014, stage 3a: De Panne to De Panne, 14.3km time trial
1. Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale in 17-51
2. Jan Barta (Cze) NetApp-Endura at 3 secs
3. David Boucher (Fra) FDJ at 6 secs
4. Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge at 7 secs
5. Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickStep at 11 secs
Final overall classification
1. Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickStep in 11-38-16
2. Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge at 7 secs
3. Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickStep at 8 secs
4. Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-QuickStep at 15 secs
5. Marcel Kittel (Ger) Giant-Shimano at 21 secs
Peter Sagan says he was trying to set up the stage win for team-mate Oscar Gatto, but it went a
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