Wouter Weylandt just misses win in Sluitingsprijs


The peloton in full sprint with 100m to go.

Today the peloton started in the Sluitingsprijs Putte-Kapelen, the traditional final race of the Belgian cycling season. A five man lead group dominated the race, but in the eleventh and final local lap they were caught by the peloton. So a bunch sprint had to bring the decision in this last Belgian race of 2010. Wouter Weylandt was looking for another win, but he was beated by Adam Blythe. Weylandt had to be satisfied with a second place.

The race was also Tom Boonen’s final race of a troubled 2010 season. The Quick Step team leader has opted not to ride the Giro del Piemonte on Thursday and will now focus on completing his rehabilitation treatment on his knee.

Result
1. Adam Blythe (GB)
2. Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step
3. Stefan van Dijk (Ned)

36.Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step
78. Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Quick Step
79. Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick Step
106. Nikolas Maes (Bel) Quick Step
126. Kevin Van Impe (Bel) Quick Step


Wouter Weylandt put up an impressive sprint but he was beated by Adam Blythe


Podium (l-r): 2nd: Wouter Weylandt (Quick Step), 1st: Adam Blythe (Omega Pharma – Lotto), 3rd: Stefan Van Dijck (Verandas Willems)

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