Wickholm wins Sylvester 5days
Wickholm, the Swedish speaking Fin from Sibbo-Vagarna, was very satisfied with his victory. "I knew the maps in Flanders were going to be different compared to Finland and specially very fast. Therefor I prepared well during the last week before the races so my speed would be good enough. I enjoyed it and will come back for sure in some years", he commented after today's prize giving ceremony.
Hendrickx was still quite enthusiastic about his second place overall. "I think the rules should be changed. Why not count only the 3 best of 5 races, or count the WRE double?", he was joking. "I did my very best but lost too much time the days I didn't win.", Hendrickx was commenting more seriously.
In second spot today we found another Finnish Swede Frederic Portin. He was some seconds faster than Wickholm. His Belgian physio already informed us yesterday that his legs were good, even very good. But not good enough to take the 3rd place overall from Ken Peeters. Peeters could also keep of Jeroen Hoekx. Local runner Hoekx complained about sore legs, running too fast on stage 4 and has to be happy with the 5th spot.
Alexander Lubina had been sick and twittered after day one that he hoped for better legs every day. The very quick German scored more points every day and became eventually 6th in the overall ranking.
Greet Oeyen won the sylvester 5 days in the women elite class. As we wrote yesterday, she was already sure about her overall victory, after winning the first 4 stages. Saartje Sallaerts was second and Kim Geypen, who won the last stage, third.
Map (Yannick Michiels)