Nick Nuyens Sprints to Win in 2011 Tour of Flanders
Team Saxo Bank-SunGard's Nick Nuyens (Belgium) won the Belgian Tour of Flanders 2011 cycling classic from a three-man break earlier today.
Chavanel in his slipstream toward the finish.
Their lead quickly built to a minute, with the Swiss rider doing all the work. Chavanel held back because his QuickStep team leader Boonen was in the chasing group.
Cancellara, however, had been so dominant over the past two years that he appeared unlikely to need any help. He had already proven it last week by winning the semi-classic E3 Prize over similar terrain.
This time it didn't work, and the chasers cut down the margin from a minute within a few kilometers (miles) to catch Cancellara and Chavanel on the Wall of Geraardsbergen, the toughest climb on all.
It set up the finale with a dozen riders and gave the 30-year-old Nuyens the biggest win of his career during his first year with Team Saxo Bank-SunGard.
The Ronde van Vlaanderen classic holds very high status in Belgium.
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