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Greipel wins Ronde van Zeeland

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André Greipel has won the second edition of the Ronde van Zeeland Seaports. This Duth one day race is part of the Europe Tour. Start and finish were in Terneuzen. The riders had to cover 197 kilometers, with fourteen cobblestone sections on the course. Jürgen Roelandts was selected for this race, but he didn't start because he was feeling ill.

Early in the race a breakaway of six was formed with Jens Debusschere for Lotto Belisol. Kenneth Vanbilsen and Maarten Van Trijp were two of his companions. The front group got more than five minutes lead. In the peloton especially Argos-Shimano and Blanco did much work. At about three kilometers from the end all escapees were caught and the peloton was heading for a sprint. It was won by André Greipel on his Ridley Noah Fast, before Ramon Sinkeldam and Kenny Van Hummel.

André Greipel: "It was our plan today to have someone in the breakaway, so we wouldn't need to work until the end of the race. I was hoping that Jens could stay away, I would have liked him to win. Although we had a guy in the front it wasn't a relaxed race for us, we had to pay attention the whole time. There was wind along the route and there were many turns."

"When the escapees were caught, Jens was still able to help us to move up in the peloton and set up a small lead-out train. Kenny Dehaes and Marcel Sieberg did a great job to lead me out. Every victory is important and it always gives you extra confidence. My next race will be in Berlin, next Sunday. We'll aim for a bunch sprint there, it won't be easy to control the race because we only start with six riders."


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