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BMC Racing Team rider, Sebastian Lander, was caught up by a crash in the last kilometer. (Photo by Isaura Van Lancker, BMC Racing Team.)
BMC Racing Team rider, Sebastian Lander, was caught up by a crash in the last kilometer. (Photo by Isaura Van Lancker, BMC Racing Team.)

Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen-Koolskamp: Good Experience For Young Riders

20. September 2013

The 2013 edition of Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen-Koolskamp was marked by a long breakaway of four riders that were brought back in the last lap. The Belgian race ended with a bunch sprint, won by Jens Debusschere.

Dangerous final 
After several attacks in the first race hour four riders - Juul Jensen (Team Saxo - Tinkoff), Pim Lighart (Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team), Tim Declercq (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise), Floris Smeyers (Verandas Willems Continental Cycling) - made it to the breakaway, which earned an advantage of more than three minutes. Eventually the last remnant of the breakaway was caught in the last 10 kilometers. The 192-km race ended with a bunch sprint, won by Jens Debusschere (Lotto - Belisol), followed by Baptiste Planckaert (Crelan - Euphony) and Michael van Staeyen (Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise). BMC Racing Team Sport Director Allan Peiper said it was a good experience for the young riders. "It was a nice race for the boys to do. We have got three stagiaires - Silvan Dillier, Jakub Novak and Julien Taramarcaz  - and two neo-pros with Larry Warbasse and Sebastian Lander", he said. "It was a good race for the young guys to see how the races are in Belgium." But eventually it turned out to a dangerous final. "In the last kilometer seven riders crashed, that put Sebastian Lander a little bit out of contention for the sprint. We tried to do the sprint for him today, but he got caught up just behind the crash which took away his chances", Peiper said. Stagiaire Julien Taramarcaz, 16th, finished as best placed BMC Racing Team rider.