January Denuwelaere Takes Late December Win at Bredene

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by David Evans

Relative unknown January Denuwelaere (Style and Concept) out sprinted World Champion Zdenek Stybar (Quick Step) in Bredene on Thursday.

The race is not part of the Superprestige or World Cup classifications, meaning some big names such as Bart Wellens, Sven Nys and Kevin Pauwels took the opportunity for a rare festive season day off.

Denuwelaere, Stybar and Dieter Vanthourenhout (BKCP-Powerplus) rode away together early on in the race. Vanthourenhout found himself gapped, leaving the 23 year old former motocross rider Denuwelaere battling the reigning World Champion for his first win at this level. A mistake by Stybar in the sandbox allowed Denuwelaere to get back onto his wheel after previously fading. Stybar tried to out-muscle his young companion by leading out the sprint. A strong headwind put paid to this display and Denuwelaere was able to pass the rainbow jersey at the last.

Speaking to a Belgian journalist, Denuwelaere said “I’ve surprised myself and everyone.”

Vanthourenhout held on for the final podium spot and a slightly sick Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) finished 25″ down in 4th.

Elite Men’s Results:

RankNameNat.
1Jan DENUWELAEREBEL
2Zdenek STYBARCZE
3Dieter VANTHOURENHOUTBEL
4Niels ALBERTBEL
5Michael VANTHOURENHOUTBEL
6Kenneth VAN COMPERNOLLEBEL
7Vinnie BRAETBEL
8Matthieu BOULOFRA
9Florian VOGELSUI
10Tim MERLIERBEL
11Jiri POLNICKYCZE
12Jelle BRACKMANBEL
13Geert WELLENSBEL
14Ian FIELDGBR
15Vojtech NIPLCZE
16Toon DEVENYNSBEL
17Gianni DENOLFBEL
18Martin GUJANSUI
19Radek POLNICKYCZE
20Matthias BOSSUYTBEL
21Ritchie DENOLFBEL
22Lubomir PETRUSCZE
23Christophe BALANECFRA
24Yannick MAYERGER
25Bjorn RONDELEZBEL
26Stijn PENNEBEL
27Sven VANDOUSSELAEREBEL
28Maxim DE BUSSCHEREBEL
29Kevin VAN HOOVELSBEL
30Zico WAEYTENSBEL
31Jelle WALLAYSBEL
32Guillaume VAN KEIRSBULCKBEL
33Erwan GOASGUENFRA
34Stijn MORTELMANSBEL
35Valentijn VAN DE VELDEBEL
36Craig RICHEYCAN
37Michael COTTYGBR
38Yoann CORBIHANFRA
39Romain PINOTFRA
40Jake WELLSUSA


 

 

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