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IAM Cycling’s Matthias Brandle one this years opening prologue at the Baloise Belgium Tour today. .
Today’s race against the clock, featured a 6.8 kilometer course in Bornem.
Oliver Pardini was first man down the ramp but it was Etixx Quick Step’s Yves Lampaert, who set the early time to beat of 8.13, some seven seconds quicker than his teammate Niki Terpstra, who had been one of the favourites for the stage.
Martin Elmiger of IAM Cycling set the next fastest time of 8.03.94 but former World Hour Record holder Matthias Brändle was in great form and flew home to become the first rider to set a sub eight minutes time when he finished in 7.54.
Gaetan Bille of the Veranda Willems team put in a great ride to go second finishing in 8.03.
Etixx Quick Step’s Guillame Van Keirsbulck was the last man down the ramp as Rohan Dennis came home to set the second fastest time in 7.56, giving Matthias Brandle the win.
Top 10 Finishers
1 Matthias BRÄNDLE IAM Cycling 07:54
2 Rohan DENNIS BMC +0:02
3 Gaetan BILLE Verandas Willems +0:09
4 Martin ELMIGER IAM Cycling +0:09
5 Greg VAN AVERMAET BMC +0:11
6 Jean-Pierre DRUCKER BMC +0:17
7 William BONNET FDJ +0:19
8 Yves LAMPAERT Etixx – Quick Step +0:19
9 David BOUCHER +0:20
10 Mathieu VAN DER POEL BKCP – Powerplus +0:21
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