Lotto Belisol’s 28-year-old Belgian Kenny Dehaes won the snow-affected Handzame Classic outsprinting Kenny van Hummel from Vacansoleil. This is his second win of the season after the early season sprint victory in Trofeo Palma.
The 196km original course in Flanders was turned into a 35km loop from Bredene before ten laps of 16km around Handzame after heavy snow made most of the course unsafe.
After the breakaway group got caught in the final circuit, no escape attempt succeeded and Dehaes sprinted into victory out of a field sprint. Unfortunately, crashing quite seriously seconds after passing the line while trying to celebrate the win.
“After the finish I was thrown off my bike by a sudden gust of wind when I wanted to raise my hands,” Dehaes told. “My knee is swollen, and I have a few scrapes, but my victory makes me forget about it.”
Handzame Classic 2013 Results:
1. Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Lotto Belisol 4:49:12
2. Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
3. Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team