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Kenny Dehaes wins Tour of Drenthe

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Kenny Dehaes has won the Tour of Drenthe on his Ridley Helium SL. He was the fastest of a quartet which attacked from a large front group in the final.

Because of the wind and the course, it almost was an echelon race. In the second part fifteen riders got ahead, with Kenny Dehaes and Gert Dockx representing Lotto-Belisol.

On the last ascent of the Vamberg four riders took off: Lindeman, Helven, Thwaites and also Kenny Dehaes. In the final there were no attacks, and the four riders battled for victory in the sprint. The chasers came close to the leaders in the final meters, so Kenny Dehaes decided to begin the sprint early. He sprinted to his first victory of the season before Thwaites and Lindeman.

Kenny Dehaes: "I felt good from the start. Because of the wind you always had to be attentive for echelons. We tried to set up one ourselves. Halfway the race we got in front with fifteen riders. I only had Gert Dockx there to support me, who's just come back after an illness."

"I knew beforehand that the men of Topsport Vlaanderen would try something on the last climb. Sander Helven attacked and I got in his wheel together with Lindeman and Thwaites. I knew that I was the fastest of the four leaders, so I had faith. Although at the end it was a bit thrilling. The chasers came very close in the last hundred meters so I decided to start the sprint early. I could keep up my speed and ride to my first win of the season."

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