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Dunkirk - Timothy Dupont sprints to second place and leader jersey

Dunkirk - Timothy Dupont sprints to second place and leader jersey

Wanty-Groupe Gobert has taken the leader's jersey in the third stage of Four Days of Dunkirk (2.HC, 08-13/05). A breakaway of four riders rode the entire day at the head of the race, but was caught at four kilometers from the finish in Ecques. Timothy Dupont was confident after his second place on Wednesday. The team formed a block around our sprinter and piloted him to the final sprint. In the sprint only Nacer Bouhanni was a little faster. Our 30-year-old Dupont finished second for the second day in a row. With that second spot Dupont takes over the pink leader's jersey from Bryan Coquard. He is also in first place in the points classification.

Timothy Dupont:

"I really hoped for a victory today, but with a second place behind Bouhanni and the leader's jersey on top I can not complain. But I am in need of a first 2018 victory! Someone like Greipel did not perform well today, while I have finished top 5 for three consecutive days. "

"It is a matter of minor factors. The team is very strong here and did a great job in the sprint preparation. At 500 meters from the finish I was positioned perfectly. But then a wave came from behind, and I had to pick in at 60 km/h. That takes energy, otherwise I would have been closer to the win. "

"Tom Devriendt rode an excellent sprint preparation, but everyone from the team is in form here. One by one they did an excellent job. I am very content with it. Of course I want to defend this leader's jersey, but Xandro Meurisse is basically our man for the final classification. He is in super shape and has already won the Saturday stage with arrival at Mont Cassel."

Results Stage 3 (Fort Mahon Plage - Ecques)

1. Nacer Bouhanni
2. Timothy Dupont
3. Wouter Wippert
21. Xandro Meurisse
30. Frederik Backaert
52. Guillaume Van Keirsbulck
58. Tom Devriendt
59. Wesley Kreder
90. Simone Antonini

GC

1. Timothy Dupont
2. Bryan Coquard
3. Marc Sarreau + 00:02
20. Xandro Meurisse + 00:12
29. Frederik Backaert 
84. Guillaume Van Keirsbulck + 00:36
87. Tom Devriendt + 01:00
88. Simone Antonini + 01:18
90. Wesley Kreder + 02:19

Points classification

1. Timothy Dupont 45p.
2. Wouter Wippert 41p.
3. Bryan Coquard 34p.