Wouter Weylandt (Quick Step) takes the final stage of the Circuit Franco-Belge


Wouter Weylandt won the final stage of the Circuit Franco-Belge

He was close in the third stage in the Franco-Belge with a second place, today Wouter Weylandt took revanche and won the final stage of this stage race. In the stage to Tournai Weylandt was involded in an early escape group, with also Tom Boonen involved. Their attempt didn`t succeed, just like other breakaways was neutralized by the bunch. In the group sprint former Quick-Stepper Steegmans launched the sprint from far, but Weylandt overtook him and gained his sixth win of this season.

It was a really hard stage – Weylandt said after victoriously ending the stage – Wind made the race even tougher. Our average speed during the race was near 50 km per hour. I must thank all of my team for the great job they did. Boonen has been magnificent managing the competition until the very final stages. Then the rest of the team guided me perfectly. We sticked together and this is the result. I’m satisfied.”

Before the peloton reached the final lap on the circuit, Tom Boonen abandoned the race after working very hard for the team. “The race was challenging and the circuit was tough”, Boonen said. “I worked to support Wouter and I’m really happy he won. Team work paid off. As far as I’m concerned, it was a good four days without feeling any pain in my knee. I’m tired but satisfied of the work done.”

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