April 1, 2018
Lampaert gives Quick-Step Floors it's 20th win of the season, while Van Dijk powers to a solo win.
With Dwars door Vlaanderen Yves Lampaert is the tenth Quickstep rider to win a race this season, taking his team their 20th Victory. Earlier in the day Ellen van Dijk took a splendid solo victory in the women's race.
Yves Lampaert © http://www.ddvl.eu
Mens: One Day Race » Roeselare › Waregem (180km)
Yves Lampaert made history as the first rider back-to-back victories at DVV winning by a two second margin over Mike Teunissen (Sunweb), with Sep Vanmarcke of Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale securing third spot.
Speaking afterwards Lamapert said: "We knew the weather could influence the race, so we had two plans. Go for a sprint with Elia or make it really hard for the others in case he wasn't there in the final part of the race. When Viviani got caught behind, together with Niki and Styby we decided to ride hard and see what happens, especially as the rain and cold took their toll on the riders and many were on their limit
"When the hostilities began and Vanmarcke attacked, Niki told me to go, so I jumped and joined the front group. We worked together there and rode full gas, making sure we had a nice advantage for the final. Then, when Pedersen attacked, I responded and seeing I had got a gap, I sprinted to increase my margin and gave everything I had in the tank, knowing many of my rivals were faster. I am super happy to get another win in this race, with such a high-level field and so close to my home. To resume our winning run in Belgium feels great and gives us an extra boost of confidence ahead of Sunday's De Ronde"
Ellen van Dijk © http://www.ddvl.eu
Womens: Tielt › Waregem (118km)
Ellen van Dijk found herself in a seven rider breakaway heading in tothe conclusion of a tough day's racing. Along with teammate Floortje Mackaij she attacked repaeatedly looking for weaknesses in her rivals. After Floortje launched her final salvo with six kilometres to go, van Dijk attacked immediately after pulling away to ride solo to a well deserved victory. The runner-up spot went to Amy Pieters of Boels - Dolmans Cycling Team with Floortje taking 3rd.
Describing her win, van Dijk said: “Today was a great race for the team. It’s really great to see how we turned things around after our bad luck this season. Today was really a textbook race, and we did everything that we had planned to. The girls were always really well positioned and setting a hard pace on the climbs. Me and Floortje were in the 7-rider break and with 15 kilometres to go we just attacked and attacked, maybe 10 times in total. With 6 kilometres to go Floortje attacked, and I went directly after. I opened up a gap and gave it everything I had. The win is a great way to finish this perfect team work and with Floortje also finishing 3rd, the day couldn’t have gone any better. It gives us good confidence with Sunday in our minds.”
Results - Mens
Results - Womens