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41st Memorial Samyn - 1.1
Fayt-le-Franc, Belgium, March 4, 2009
Weylandts gets his way in the cold
Victory dedicated to late Belgian rider
Belgian Wouter Weylandt (Quick Step) gave local fans something to cheer about as he out-sprinted French breakaway mate Rémi Cusin (Agritubel) to win the 41st Memorial Samyn. The duo caught and dropped Björn Leukemans (Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team) on the final lap, with the Belgian finishing six seconds behind in third place.
"I'm very happy with this victory," said Weylandt. "It's as if I've won a bet with myself after last week's bad results. I'd like to dedicate this win to my friend [Ralph] Nolf, who passed away way too soon. I wanted this victory for him. Now I'm planning to race in the Drie Daagse Van West Vlaanderen. I hope I do as well there."
Leukemans attacked from the lead group of nine riders on the final lap, a move that Weylandt covered with Cusin close behind. Cusin launched an attack in the cold, wet conditions with three kilometres remaining but only Weylandt was able to stay with the rider.
"It was a very tough race for the riders," said Quick Step sports director Rik Verbrugghe. "I'm really happy for Wouter. He responded to some less than optimal performances by making the most of his pedals on a day for true diehards."
Milram's Markus Eichler attacked late from the breakaway in hope of taking the final podium spot. The German classics rider left his move too late however and was forced to settle for fourth place.
"The team made a big impression on the race today," said Milram sport director Ralf Grabsch. "With constant rain, lots of wind and only five degrees, it was a hard race. Markus Eichler made the best of the situation, but he was completely frozen by the finale and therefore couldn't do anything more. We can be satisfied with fourth place."
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1 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step 4.43.28 2 Rémi Cusin (Fra) Agritubel 3 Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0.06 4 Markus Eichler (Ger) Team Milram 0.34 5 Roy Sentjens (Bel) Silence-Lotto 0.43 6 Jérémie Galland (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun 7 Jan Bakelandts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 8 Florian Vachon (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole 9 Geert Omloop (Bel) Palmans Cras 2.06 10 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun 4.58 11 Stijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 6.38 12 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 13 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence-Lotto 14 Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Quick Step 15 Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) Agritubel 16 Robert Förster (Ger) Team Milram 17 Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Verandas Willems 18 Sven Renders (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 19 Emilien Benoit Berges (Fra) Agritubel 20 Kevin Van Impe (Bel) Quick Step 21 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Française Des Jeux 22 Jos Pronk (Ned) Krolstone Continental Team 23 Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Silence-Lotto 24 Francis De Greef (Bel) Silence-Lotto 25 Luca Barla (Ita) Team Milram 26 Bart Vanheule (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 27 Dominik Roels (Ger) Team Milram 28 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française Des Jeux 29 David Boucher (Fra) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago 30 Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 31 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Française Des Jeux 32 Jonathan Thire (Fra) Auber 93 33 Mathieu Criquielion (Bel) Verandas Willems 34 Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom 35 Gil Suray (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole 36 Timothy Vangheel (Bel) Palmans Cras 37 Robert Retschke (Ger) Continental Team Differdange 38 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha 39 Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Team Katusha 7.10 40 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Silence-Lotto 7.23 41 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team 7.30 42 Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 7.37 43 Matheus Pronk (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 8.10 44 Daniel Furmston (Aus) Cinelli Down Under
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