Le Gac wins final stage in Dunkerque, Claeys takes overall
May 13 2018 04:37 pm CET

Le Gac wins final stage in Dunkerque, Claeys takes overall
Le Gac wins final stage in Dunkerque, Claeys takes overall
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The 6th and final stage in the 4 Jours de Dunkerque has been won by Olivier Le Gac. The Frenchmen riding for Groupama-FDJ was part of a breakaway and benefited from a moment of hesitation among his breakaway companions under the flamme rouge.

At the start of the 170 km long stage there were still three men within 5 seconds of each other. Race leader Dimitri Claeys (Cofidis) was closely followed by Oscar Riesebeek (Roompot, at 2 seconds) and Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal, at four seconds).

The day started with an intermediate sprint, where Greipel took 3 bonus seconds and reduced the virtual gap to 1 second. After this, eleven riders formed the breakaway of the day. Le Gac, Alexis Gougeard, Casper Pedersen, Mauro Finetto, Paul Ourselin, Hector Saez, Nikolai Trusov, Aime De Gendt, Florian Vachon, Xandro Meurisse and Julien Antomarchi were the brave men to try to surprise the peloton. They started the 10 local laps in Dunkirk with an advantage back to the peloton, and at the start of the last lap they still had 15 seconds left. The cooperation was good and together they reached the final kilometre with a 10 second advantage.

Under the flag of the final kilometre there was a slight moment of hesitation and Le Gac took a few metres. He gave his all as soon as he realised he had a gap and held on to the finish line. Casper Pedersen sprinted to the second place, Xandro Meurisse was third. Greipel won the peloton’s sprint 10 seconds later, but since the bonus seconds were already gone Dimitri Claeys took the overall win. Greipel and Riesebeek join the Belgian on the final podium.



By Siebe Kok




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