van der Kleij wins overall ranking
Thomas van der Kleij (hamok) won the overall ranking of the Flanders 3 days 2008. By finishing second today, 6 seconds behind on winner Tomas Hendrickx (KOL), the "Kattenbosser Kogel" secured his victory ahead of Serge Fedatsenka (AMOR), by more than 4 minutes. Yesterday's lead Jeroen Hoekx (hamok) lost a considerable amount of time, but still held the third place, although almost 9 minutes behind on van der Kleij.
Today's race on Houterenberg was well traced and the tough runnability in some parts of the forest made it a challenging race. Next year's Belgian Championship Long distance will probably be held in the area.
As we mentioned yesterday, the lead in the women's class, Sofie Herremans (hamok), did not start today. We also said that Greet Oeyen (hamok), the number two, was unsure, but she finally did run today. She finished in second place, just about one minute slower than Severine Vandermeulen (CO Liège), but still had 3 minutes left to take the overall victory. The third place in the overall ranking was won by Ewa Fiuk, but 30 minutes behind.