Thursday, April 25, 2013

Verhelst sprints to first stage win at Tour de Bretagne

Photo: Fabrice Lambert /

In the first stage of the seven stage tour, Louis Verhelst (Etixx-iHNed) sprinted to his 3rd win of the season ahead of Jan Sokol (Gourmetfein-Simplon) and Timothy Dupont (Ventilair-Steria). The bunch had to overcome a late attack from Norwegian Vegard Breen, who has 10 seconds headed into the final three kilometers. A speeding bunch was able to shut him down and Julian Alaphilippe lead out Verhelst  until 300 meters to go and Verhelst launched his sprint and according to him in a post-race interview, he knew from the moment he launched, he would win.

According to Verhelst, who graduated from the U23 ranks last year, he was in contact with multiple pro teams last year including Bretagne-Schuller (now Bretagne-Seche Environment) but they all turned him down. With three UCI wins so far this year, Verhelst has definitely shown he is ready for the next level.

Top 10:

1 Verhelst Louis Etixx-iHNed CT
2 Sokol Jan Team Gourmetfein-Simplon
3 Dupont Timothy Ventilair-Stéria
4 Villegas Juan 472-Colombia
5 Laborie Christophe Sojasun
6 Torres Muiño Pablo Burgos BH - Castilla y Leon
7 Alafaci Eugenio Leopard - Trek CT
8 Benfatto Marco Continental Team Astana
9 Zabel Rick Rabobank Development Team
10 Manzin Lorenzo UC Nantes Atlantique

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