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Frank Vandenbroucke to miss key races, first French winner of season at Besseges, Brown secures Lang

Frank Vandenbroucke to miss key races, first French winner of season at Besseges, Brown secures Lang
PIC BY TDWSPORT.COM Frank Vandenbroucke has said that he will not take part in the spring Classics because his form is simply not good enough yet. Speaking to Belgian daily Het Laatste Nieuws, Vandenbroucke revealed: "I have been out of training for too long a period. I will not be able to take part in the opening weekend of the Belgian season [Het Volk]. I will not be ready for the Flemish Classics. "I will perhaps be ready for the Ardennes races, and even for Amstel. But the season is only just beginning and there are some good races in May and June." Vandenbroucke's early season training with his new MrBookmaker team was disrupted when he broke a bone in his foot playing football. - La Franaise des Jeux's Freddy Bichot won the opening stage of the Etoile de Bessges on Wednesday, easily beating Landbouwkrediet's Maxime Monfort in a two-up sprint. The pair had been away for almost all of the 126km stage with Auber 93's Arnaud Labbe, who was dropped on the last hill. It was third-year pro Bichot's first major win. He now has a good chance of taking the overall prize in the five-day event as the bunch was led in by Jens Voigt more than five minutes down. 1 Freddy Bichot (Fra) La Franaise des Jeux 126km in 3.25.31 (36.79kph) 2 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 0.02 3 Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Auber 93 0.30 4 Jens Voigt (Ger) CSC 5.10 5 Serge Baguet (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto 6 Bobbie Traksel (Hol) 7 Jef Peeters (Bel) Chocolade Jacques 8 Lilian Jgou (Fra) La Franaise des Jeux 9 Said Haddou (Fra) Auber 93 10 Erwin Thijs (Bel) - Australian sprinter Graeme Brown won his third stage at the Tour de Langkawi on Thursday, edging Italian Moreno di Biase, who had already started to celebrate what he thought was his first success of the race. There was no change at the top of the leaderboard, where Japan's Koji Fukushima remains going into tomorrow's crucial Genting Highlands mountain stage. Stage 7 result: 1 Graeme Brown (Aus) Ceramica Panaria 168km in 3.45.44 (44.54kph) 2 Daniele Di Biase (Ita) Colombia Selle Italia 3 Steffen Radochla (Ger) Wiesenhof 4 Oleg Grishkine (Rus) Navigators 5 Rob Hayles (GB) Great Britain 6 Ruben Bongiorno (Arg) Panaria 7 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Panaria 8 Antonio Bucciero (Ita) Acqua & Sapone 9 Julian Dean (NZ) Crdit Agricole 10 Stefan van Dijck (Hol)
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