Belgian cyclist Nico Eeckhout achieved the first win for the current season for his Lotto Team, when he won today the French G.P. de Lillers, contested over 186 kms.
Race Distance - 186 kms:
1. Nico Eeckhout (Bel, Lotto-Mobistar-Isoglass) 4.14.45 2. Cedric Vasseur (Fra, GAN) s.t. 3. Stephane Cueff (Fra, La Mutuelle de Seine-et-Marne) +0.06 4. Tom Desmet (Bel, Collstrop) +0.24 5. Arnaud Pretot (Fra, GAN) 6. Jann Kirsipuu (Est, Casino-C'est votre equipe) 7. Davide Rebellin (Ita, La Francaise des Jeux) 8. Jean-Francois Anti (Fra, La Mutuelle de Seine-et-Marne) 9. Francois Simon (Fra, GAN) 10. Thierry Marichal (Bel, Cedico-Ville de Charleroi) all s.t.
Report27-year-old Flemish rider Nico Eeckhout took his second successive victory in this race in the Nord de France on a flattish route with a loop of hills at around 60km. Local rider Cedric Vasseur initiated the decisive move on the climb of the Estree-Blanche, causing splits in a leading group of 24 riders that had led from the first hour of the race. A new split on the plateau at the top of the climb had Eeckhout, Vasseur, Desmet and Cueff clear. Vasseur tried for a long one one kilometre out but the sold Flemish rider beore down on him just before the line.