Greipel strikes again in Queen Stage 4 Jours du Dunkerque
May 12 2018 11:49 pm CET

Greipel strikes again in Queen Stage 4 Jours du Dunkerque
Greipel strikes again in Queen Stage 4 Jours du Dunkerque
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Andre Greipel has won his second stage in the 4 Jours du Dunkerque. The sprinter of Lotto-Soudal surprised by being part of the day's breakaway and finishing solo in the streets of Cassel. Dimitri Claeys (Cofidis) was also part of the break, and he took over the leader’s jersey from Bryan Coquard (Vital Concept).

Stage 5 of the 4 Jours du Dunkerque was the Queen Stage, as the riders had to climb the famous Kasselberg no less than 10 times. The finish was on top of the final ascent of the 1.7 km long cobbled climb with percentages up to 10% and averaging at 4.9%.

Eighteen riders managed to get into the breakaway early on in the stage, and they got an advantage of more than 5 minutes. The most important names were that of Greipel, Claeys and Oscar Riesebeek (Roompot). Vital Concept controlled the pack for race leader Coquard.

With more than 50 km to go Hector Saéz (Euskadi-Murias) and Peter Koning (Aqua Blue Sport) tried to escape from the breakaway. They never got more than one minute, as the attacks in the chasing groups kept the pace high. In the meantime Wanty Group Gobert took over the chase in the peloton for their leaders Timothy Dupont and Xandro Meurisse.

At the front the breakaway got back together, and shortly after Greipel, Riesebeek and Claeys managed to escape. The gap back to the pack was down to only two minutes by then, but they held on and could fight for the win, despite Alexis Gougeard trying to bridge the gap. Where the other two expected Greipel to save his legs for the sprint, the Gorilla surprised everyone with an attack. He soloed over the line, just ahead of Claeys and Riesebeek. The Belgian Cofidis rider took over the leader’s jersey with one stage to go. He defends a two second lead on Riesebeek and a four second lead on Greipel.

By Siebe Kok