Cycling - Dehaes wins weather-affected Handzame Classic

Belgium's Kenny Dehaes (Lotto-Belisol) was a home winner at the Handzame Classic but the course was heavily affected by bad weather.

Cycling - Kenny Dehaes wins Halle-Ingooigem

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Kenny Dehaes of Lotto-Belisol (Imago)

Dehaes won a bunch sprint to take the 1.1 UCE Europe Tour event ahead of Vacansoleil-DCM's Dutch duo of Kenny van Humme and Danny van Poppel,

The 196km course in Flanders was turned into a 35km loop from Bredene before ten laps of 16km circuit around Handzame with heavy snow making the bulk of the original course unsafe.

William Clarke (Argos-Shimano), Jonas Vangenechten (Lotto-Belisol), Youcef Reguigui (MTN-Qhubeka), Sean De Bie (Leopard-Trek) and Kess Heytens (Team 3M) did build up a lead of over four minutes with under five laps to go but were eventually reeled in.

It was Dehaes's second victory of the season as he also won the Trofeo Palma de Mallorca.

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