Sylvain Chavanel came into the final stage just 10″ down in the overall, and he demolished the Driedaagse Van De Panne-Koksijde Stage 3b 14.7km time trial on Thursday, winning the stage and the overall for the second straight year. Chavanel put on a show despite a technical course, passing the split 9.57 seconds faster than anyone. He won with a time of 18:02, which was fastest by 19 seconds.
“I like to race, it doesn’t matter which race,” Chavanel said. “I like this race a lot, however. Now I have 48 hours to recover after this double victory and be ready for the race on Sunday. Last year I had a few little problems with my health during Paris-Nice. This year everything went good and normal so far. I’m in good condition. My objective is to maintain this form until Paris-Roubaix. As for the Ronde, I’m not one of the favorites. Sagan is strong and also Cancellara, but we have a strong, united team. We are experienced in these kind of races and also with great specialists such as Tom and Niki. The strategy will also be important. Maybe there are also a few underdogs for the race on Sunday that can surprise everyone. We will do our best as a team and we will see!”