Belgium’s Leif Hoste (Discovery Channel) won the Three Days of De Panne Thursday after claiming victory in the fourth and final stage.
Hoste dominated the final leg of the race, an 11km individual time trial, finishing ahead of teammates George Hincapie and Stijn Devolver, who crossed 14 and 18 seconds slower, respectively.
Austria’s Bernhard Eisel (Française des Jeux) took second overall at 30 seconds back with Luis Leo Sanchez Gil (Liberty Seguros) third at 1:05. —Agence France Presse
1. Leif Hoste (B), Discovery Channel, 14:17:99
2. George Hincapie (USA), Discovery Channel, at 13:91
3. Stijn Devolder (B), Discovery Channel, at 0:17:90
4. Sébastien Rosseler (B), Quick Step-Innergetic, at 0:26:12
5. Bert Roesems (B), Davitamon-Lotto, at 0:29:76
1. Leif Hoste (B), Discovery Channel, 13:17:03
2. Bernhard Eisel (A), Française des Jeux, at 0:30
3. Luis Leos Sanchez Gil (Sp), Liberty Seguros, at 1:05
4. Sebastien Rosseler (B), Quick Step-Innergetic, at 1:08
5. George Hincapie (USA), Discovery Channel, at 1:25
WADA may appeal Hondo decision
The World Anti-Doping Agency may ask a Swiss court to reconsider its decision that temporarily lifted the two-year doping ban of German cyclist Danilo Hondo.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport banned Hondo for two years in January after he twice tested positive for the stimulant carphedon at last year’s Tour of Murcia, in which he won two stages.
But a court in Lausanne temporarily lifted the ban. The final decision is expected in six months.
Hondo challenged the ban through a little-known provision in the CAS statutes that allows residents of Switzerland to appeal to a provincial court. Hondo has a home in the southern part of the country.
“It is deeply disturbing that other athletes may suffer as a result of the athlete’s suspended sanction, which is not based on the merits of the case, and WADA hopes for a swift resolution of the matter before the court,” WADA said in a statement.
“WADA may, at some stage, request the president of the court of appeal to reconsider the court’s position on the suspension.” —The Associated Press