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Lampaert lands back-to-back wins in Flemish classic

Amgen Tour of California - Men's Race Stage 8

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 17: (R-L) Yves Lampaert of Belgium riding for riding for Etixx - Quick-Step, Matteo Trentin of Italy riding for riding for Etixx - Quick-Step, Danny Pate of the United States riding for Team Sky, Jacques Janse van Rensburg of South Africa riding for MTN-Qhubeka and Ruben Zepuntke of Germany riding for Team Cannondale-Garmin ride in the breakaway early in the race during stage eight of the 2015 Amgen Tour of California from Los Angeles to Pasadena on May 17, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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WAREGEM, Belgium -- Belgium’s Yves Lampaert won the Across Flanders race for the second straight year after surging from the leading group in the final kilometer of the Flemish cobbled race on Wednesday.

In difficult weather conditions, Lampaert attacked with 800 meters to go on a road made slippery by rain and pulled away from a group of five riders including Edvald Boasson Hagen and Sep Vanmarcke.

Lampaert’s rivals were slow to react and when they launched the chase it was already too late.

The Belgian rider, a former black belt judoka who took up cycling at the age of 17, posted his first win of the season ahead of Mike Teunissen of the Netherlands. Vanmarcke completed the podium of the UCI World Tour event. Boasson Hagen beat Mads Pedersen for fourth place.

The quintet had ridden away from a group of breakaway riders with a bit more than 20 kilometers left.

Lampaert, who secured a 20th win this year for his Quick-Step team, joined a group of 12 riders who have won the race twice, including former classics specialist Johan Museeuw of Belgium. He is the only rider to have won the race two years in a row.