Greipel wins Belgium stage
Thu, 26 May 17:29:00 2011
Andre Greipel won the first stage proper of the Tour of Belgium after a bunch sprint in Knokke-Heist.
The Omega Pharma-Lotto rider shaded Kenny van Hummel (Skil-Shimano) and Katusha’s Maxime Vantomme to top the podium after the pack caught a 20-man breakaway from earlier in the flat, 162.5km ride from Lochristi.
Tom Boonen (Quick Step) was fourth, while Katusha’s Nikolay Trusov was fifth.
Greipel takes the overall lead ahead of Belgian team-mate Philippe Gilbert, who was second in Wednesday's time trial.
Friday's stage starts in Knokke-Heist and ends in Ieper.
Tour of Belgium Stage 2