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By VeloNews Interactive wire services , Copyright AFP2002
Lotto’s Aussie sprinter Robbie McEwen held off Tom Steels and Dutchman Stefan Van Dijck to win the 90th Grand Prix de l’Escaut in Schoten, Belgium, Wednesday. It was the 10th win of the season for 29-year-old McEwen, who said he’s ready for more.
“After Milan-San Remo (World Cup classic), I rested up for a while,” said McEwen, winner of two stages in the Paris-Nice stage race in March. “It gave me a boost because my start to the season was pretty busy. But now I fell really motivated to win some more during the rest of the season.”
The Italian Mapei team was at the front of the peloton with five kilometers still to race as it chased down five breakaway riders.
However Steels, who rides for Mapei, was unable to capitalize on the good work of his teammate Stefano Zannini to prepare him for the sprint as McEwen surged ahead to the line.
1. Robbie McEwen (Aus) Lotto 205km in 4:54:00;
2. Tom Steels (B), Mapei same time;
3. Stefan Van Dijk (Nl) Lotto;
4. Michel Van Haecke (B);
5. Oleg Grishkine (Rus);
6. Jan Svorada (Cz);
7. Mauro Zanetti (I);
8. Ludovic Capelle (B);
9. Rudi Kemna (Nl);
10. Nico Mattan (B), all s.t.