Lieuwe Westra wins Three Days of De Panne race in Belgium
By Rory O'Callaghan
Last Updated: 03/04/16 11:20am
Lieuwe Westra snatched overall victory from Alexander Kristoff in the final stage of the Three Days of De Panne race in Belgium.
Katusha rider Kristoff lead the general classification heading into the final 14.2km time trial on Thursday but could not hold off the 33 year-old Dutchman, who finished 25 seconds quicker than the defending champion.
The final stage was won by Polish racer Maciej Bodnar (Tinkoff), who beat Tony Martin (Etixx-QuickStep) and Tom Bohli (BMC Racing) by a hundredth of a second.
Earlier in the day, Marcel Kittel (Etixx-Quick Step) avoided a late crash to take the third stage of the race, ahead of Kristoff and Bora-Argon 18's Phil Bauhaus.
Kittel, who was narrowly beaten by Team Sky rider Elia Viviani in the 211.1km second stage of the race yesterday, made no mistake after a large section of the peloton was taken out heading into the final straight.
Stage Three (a) result:
1 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Etixx-Quick Step 2hr 27mins 03s
2 Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Bora-Argon 18 st
3 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha st
4 Amaury Capiot (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen st
5 Luka Mezgec (Slo) Orica-GreenEdge st
6 Marc Sarreau (Fra) FDJ st
7 Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Cofidis st
8 Erik Baska (Svk) Tinkoff st
9 Raymond Kreder (Ned) Roompot Oranje Peloton st
10 Marko Kump (Slo) Lampre-Merida st
Stage Three (b) result:
1 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Tinkoff 17mins 39.27s
2 Tony Martin (Ger) Etixx-QuickStep st
3 Tom Bohli (Swi) BMC Racing st
4 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana +3s
5 Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ +19s
6 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Direct Energie +22s
7 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana +24s
8 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha +28s
9 Stefan Küng (Swi) BMC Racing +29s
10 Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge +31s
Final race classification:
1 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana 12hr 08min 19sec
2 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha +13s
3 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana +16s
4 Tony Martin (Ger) Etixx-QuickStep +35s
5 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Direct Energie +59s
6 Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge +01min 04s
7 Stefan Küng (Swi) BMC Racing +01min 06s
8 Mads Pedersen (Den) Stölting Service Group st
9 Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha +01min 19s
10 Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ +01min 19s