Christophe Laporte won the Dwars door Vlaanderen on Wednesday.
Laporte backed up last Sunday’s win at the Gent-Wevelgem after being part of a breakaway with 4km to go in northwestern Belgium.
The route included 11 climbs and eight cobbled sections near the French border.
“A difficult day but a great day. All the team were great. I’m very happy to win again,” Laporte said. “I was strong on the climbs and made the selections there. It was a good collaboration in the group”.
Oier Lazkano claimed the best result of his career, finishing second for Movistar.
“I had always seen on my TV at home that these are beautiful races,” Lazkano said. “I’m so happy with my second place here. It’s amazing.
“Jumbo are having an amazing classics season and playing their cards very well,” the Basque rider added.
Neilson Powless repeated his feat from Milan-Sanremo earlier this month and was confident of his chances at the Tour of Flanders despite the presence of Tadej Pogacar, Wout van Aert and Mathieu van der Poel.
“I think I’m still a dark horse for Flanders,” Powless said. “There’s going to be a much stronger field there so I look forward to the challenge and I hope I can have the same legs I had today on Sunday.
“If I can, then I’m quite sure I can be in the mix,” the 26-year-old added.
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